Leviticus 25:1-2;10;18-19 (New International Version)
1 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the LORD.
10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan.
18 "Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws, and you will live safely in the land. 19 Then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and live there in safety."
Our forefathers were very aware of the God of the Bible and His actions with ancient Israel. The stories of the Exodus, the journey of the Israelites through the desert, and finally into the "promised land", seemed so very familiar as they sought to construct a new nation. They knew of how God dealt with a wayward people, and how His justice ultimately drove them from the land He had given them.
Today many would say that our founders did not build this Nation based on Judeo-Christian principles. They would choose to get rid of any such notion, and direct us down a dangerous, secular path. But for our founding fathers, these stories served to give them a foundation to build a new Nation based on principles and lessons from the Bible. We can clearly read this as we study these words from Thomas Jefferson,our 3rd U.S. President, drafter and signer of the Declaration of Independence:
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event." --Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.
For all of you who strive to uphold our heritage as a Nation, remember how we came to be, and the type of men that helped to make it happen. Embrace the fact of our biblical heritage, and study for yourself how the Word of God helped to make our Nation great. Tomorrow on the 4th of July, celebrate our country's birthday by renewing your commitment to follow God's decrees and be careful to obey His laws, and you will live safely in the land.
"I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ."--The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385.