Here’s a quick calendar update for you Americans out there: Independence Day is almost here! It’s like Christmas for people who love blowing stuff up, or at the least, hate the sky.
To help you get ahead, I’ve found some images that would make great backgrounds for some patriotic/freedom-themed quotes, which you could then share for your church or ministry on or around July 4. I’ve also taken the liberty of gathering some quotes for you, and I even went ahead and made some images for you to use as well. I’ve linked to the original source for the images below.
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Sharable Quotes and Scripture
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable.” George Washington, “Farewell Address”
“In God We Trust” Official Motto of the United States of America, adopted 1956
“”…[I]t is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.” Abraham Lincoln, “Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day”
“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.” The Declaration of Independence
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.” Psalm 33:12
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” 1 Timothy 2:1-3
I hope you find this helpful. In the end, whatever you do to make this occasion, make sure that the message of the Gospel rings louder than the pyrotechnics: True, eternal freedom is found in Christ alone.
[Images via Jakob Owens | Ronda Darby | Claire Anderson | Bryce Barker | Anthony DELANOIX | Lucas Franco | Ximena Torres Rodríguez | Raul654]
[Declaration of Independence via the Library of Congress and the Founding Fathers]