In preparation for our national elections, I am reviewing our history in Philadelphia, PA.
The British were defeated at Charlestown, Massachusetts, and General Howe had retreated from Boston. Almost a year following the Olive Branch Petition, the Continental Congress resolved that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent. They named a committee to draft it into a formal resolution: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman.
AS the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed.
Amen. Almighty God, we thank You for Your protection and blessing of the United States of America.
I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men.
Amen. Almighty God, we thank You for governing in the affairs of the United States of America.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Amen. Almighty God, we thank You for the gifts of life and freedom and happiness.
Let us live no more to ourselves, but to Him who loved us, and gave Himself to die for us.
Amen. Almighty God, we thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus, and we plead His Blood over Philadelphia, PA.