Quotes and Realities
- God Desires Us To Seek Him - Not Be Against Him
"But to the wicked, God says: 'What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips? You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you. When you see a thief, you join with him; you throw in your lot with adulterers. You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit. You speak continually against your brother and slander your own mother's son. These things you have done and I kept silent; you thought I was altogether like you. But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face. Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue....' "
- Psalm 50:16-22 (NIV)
- Samuel Adams
"[T]he only true basis of all government [is] the laws of God and nature. For government is an ordinance of Heaven, designed by the all benevolent Creator."
- Samuel Adams: signer of Declaration of Independence; member of Continental Congress; member of General Court of Massachusetts; formed Boston's Committee of Correspondence; helped draft the Articles of Confederation; signer of the Articles of Confederation; delegate to the Massachusetts constitutional convention; president of the Massachusetts senate; member of state convention to ratify the Federal Constitution; Lieutenant-Governor and Governor of Massachusetts.
Quoted From: Barton, David, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 2010) , 352: originally quoted from Adams, Samuel, The Writings of Samuel Adams, edited by Cushing, Harry Alonzo (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1907), Vol I, 269, "Vindex", December 19 1768.
Have you ever read the Constitution and wondered “what were the Founders intentions behind this or that phrase?” The US Constitution in the Resources section contains online references to the Federalist Papers – an early work by three founding fathers on the intention of each section of the US Constitution. But, if you are looking for something more lively, you could turn to the records of the continental congress link in the Resources section, under Congressional Records, or Elliot's or Farrand's records of the debates, or read about the intentions in the more personalized correspondence, writings and letters of the founders.