July 4, the Redeemer’s mission, … and Christmas

“Why is it, Friends and Fellow Citizens, that you are here assembled? Why is it, that, entering upon the sixty-second year of our national existence, you have honored with an invitation to address you from this place, a fellow citizen of a former age, bearing in the records of his memory, the warm and vivid affections which attached him, at the distance of a full half century, to your town, and to your forefathers, then Exercising our treasured freedoms in our "youthful days"! the cherished associates of his youthful days? Why is it that, next to the birth day of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? — And why is it that, among the swarming myriads of our population, thousands and tens of thousands among us, abstaining, under the dictate of religious principle, from the commemoration of that birth-day of Him, who brought life and immortality to light, yet unite with all their brethren of this community, year after year, in celebrating this the birth-day of the nation?

Commemorating the birth-day of Him who brought life and immortality to light. Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon the earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfilment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before? …”

-John Quincy Adams, July 4, 1837

Oration

for the people of Newbury, Massachusetts

(Opening paragraphs)

One Comment

  1. Michael December 6, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    What a privilege it is to be a citizen of a country whose birthday is indissolubly linked to the birthday of the Son of God!!! Coming from the mouth of John Quincy Adams, one of America’s greatest founders, it is not an insight to be taken lightly. God has used the United States for the progress of the gospel dispensation more than any nation before it! Woe to us if we now turn and use the blessings God has given us for evil instead of for good. We have laid the cornerstone of human government on the first precepts of Christianity, and our foundation is the Redeemer’s mission on earth. God bless all those who seek to protect and preserve that foundation!

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