The Dillard Doctrine

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Remarks at One Nation Under God Service, July 11, 2010

In adding the words “under God” to our Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, President Eisenhower remarked, “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.”

In the years since, many have tried to remove these two words-the verbal acknowledgement of whose purpose our nation was founded under-from the Pledge, asserting that this acknowledgement violates their individual right to worship as they see fit. How convenient it is for some, in a quest to preserve their own liberty, to disavow the very Grantor of that liberty and our natural rights as a free people.

We gather here today to praise God for the blessings of our nation, and to seek anew his guidance and counsel for a better tomorrow.  We thank Him for the brilliant minds that engineered the American experiment, and for those whose blood and sweat formed the mortar that holds us as one nation, indivisible. We say “thank you” to those who wear our nation’s uniform and their families who serve at home, as well as those who serve as first responders in our local communities.

In this hour, our nation finds itself at a crossroads. Our leaders ask us to put our faith in them instead of our Creator, and when we refuse, they seek to legislate our submission to them. Our liberties and freedoms are under attack from those-on both sides of the political spectrum-who forgot that rights not granted by man cannot be taken by him.

Yet our Republic endures. Why? Not just because of those patriotic Americans who defend our freedoms abroad and ensure our safety at home, but because the same God who created, authored our existence will author our ultimate conclusion. He knows the plans He has for us; not of harm, but of a peace and prosperity greater than we could ever hope to imagine. He has promised that as we seek and acknowledge Him, He will bless us in ways immeasurable.

Today, as President Eisenhower did years ago, we reaffirm the transcendence of religious faith not only in our heritage, but in our future.  We sharpen not the weapons of physical war, but our spiritual connectedness and relationship with the Almighty God to destroy every argument and obstruction that sets itself against his chosen path for us. We ask His continual blessing on those who courageously stand to protect us and ensure our liberty. And we ask that He keep His hand upon us, both as individuals and as a nation.

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Written by Coby Dillard

July 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Posted in Speeches

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