Whatever a church’s relationship to its political environment in any given case, it can take two measures to avoid becoming politically acculturated. The first measure is to ensure that theology determines politics, and not politics theology…. The second measure is to retain a strong sense of mission.
The public expression through prayer of our faith in God is a fundamental part of our American heritage and a privilege which should not be excluded by law from any American school, public or private. One hundred fifty years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville found that all Americans believed that religious faith was indispensable to the maintenance of their republican institutions. Today, I join with the people of this nation in acknowledging this basic truth, that our liberty springs from and depends upon an abiding faith in God.
Ronald Reagan, May 17, 1982, in a proposed Constitutional amendment for prayer in schools
Righteousness alone can exalt them [America] as a nation. Reader! Whoever thou art, remember this, and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others.
God of our Fathers, whose Almighty hand hath made and preserved our Nation… May it be ever understood that our Liberty is under God and…to the extent that America honors Thee, wilt Thou bless America.
U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall Sr. (1902-1949) in a prayer in July 1947 to open a session of the 80th Congress
Lyrics may be read below the video.
‘Tis you that are the music, not your song.
The song is but a door which, opening wide,
Lets forth the pent-up melody inside,
Your spirit’s harmony, which clear and strong
Sings but of you. Throughout your whole life long
Your songs, your thoughts, your doings, each divide
This perfect beauty; waves within a tide,
Or single notes amid a glorious throng.
The song of earth has many different chords;
Ocean has many moods and many tones
Yet always ocean.
So is this
One music with a thousand cadences.