“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.” Ps. 33:12

“That [God] would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine author of our blessed Religion, and without  a humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.”  George Washington, Claremont Review of Books, Summer 2003, p. 39

“The church-going classes, those who have come under the influence of evangelical Christianity…form the backbone of philanthropic social interest, of social reform through political action, of pacifism, of popular education.  They embody and express the spirit of kindly goodwill towards classes which are at an economic disadvantage and towards other nations.  It has been the element responsive to appeals for the square deal and more nearly equal opportunities for all.”  John Dewey, The American Intellectual Frontier (1922).  Quoted in The Weekly Standard, June 14, 1999, p. 33

“Americans are the most generous people on earth.  They give more of their wealth away to help others than any nation or combination of nations or groups of people. It would take 3 Frenchmen or 7 Germans or 14 Italians to equal the charitable donations of 1 American.”  Anon

“Americans who help religious congregations not only give more time and money than people working with secular causes, but provide three-quarters of secular charity as well.”  Larry Witham, The Washington Times, June 27, 2002, p. A9

“Altruism is seen as a virtue in many religious traditions, but the explanation for the enormous network of giving in the West—its breadth and depth and continuing vitality—has to be the Christian roots of the West.  Though slowly eroding and almost completely hidden now in the public square, the vast collective Christian faith produced a culture in which service to and comfort of the poor and the sick and every other category of the needy is simply a given.”  Hugh Hewitt, World magazine, March 25, 2006, p. 9

            O God, our help in ages past,

            Our hope for years to come,

            Our shelter from the stormy blast,

            And our eternal home!

            Under the shadow of Thy throne,

            Still may we dwell secure;

            Sufficient is Thine arm alone,

            And our defense is sure.

            Before the hills in order stood,

            Or earth received her frame,

            From everlasting Thou art God,

            To endless years the same.

            A thousand ages in Thy sight,

            Are like an evening gone,

            Short as the watch that ends the night,

            Before the rising sun.

            O God, our help in ages past,

            Our hope for years to come,

            Be Thou our guide while life shall last,

            And our eternal home!

                                    Isaac Watts

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