Obey them completely, and you will display your wisdom and intelligence among the surrounding nations. When they hear all these decrees, they will exclaim, ‘How wise and prudent are the people of this great nation!’” Deuteronomy 4:6
How nice would it be to have other countries talk about the United States and say “how wise and prudent are the Americans. They completely obey all of God’s laws and display their intelligence to all of us.” Sadly, I do not think this is the first thought that comes to other nations’ minds.
I saved this verse as a draft for my blog a little bit ago and was planning on writing about it, but Saturday Julia shared this quote in her comment. I think his quote discusses Deuteronomy 4:6 better than I can. Thanks, Julia, for sharing it.
Suppos a nation in some distant Region, should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. Every member would be obliged in Concience to temperance and frugality and industry, to justice and kindness and Charity towards his fellow men, and to Piety and Love, and reverence towards almighty God. In this Commonwealth, no man would impair his health by Gluttony, drunkenness, or Lust—no man would sacrifice his most precious time to cards, or any other trifling and mean amusement—no man would steal or lie or any way defraud his neighbour, but would live in peace and good will with all men—no man would blaspheme his maker or prophane his Worship, but a rational and manly, a sincere and unaffected Piety and devotion, would reign in all hearts. What a Eutopa, what a Paradise would this region be.” John Adams Autobiography, February 2, 1756
Happy birthday, America.
Happy Independence Day, everyone.