Patriotism Sermon Illustrations

Patriotism Sermon Illustrations

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A well-known, cruel and powerful ruler demanded things that would hinder advance of Christ's cause through much of the world. A well-known missionary told him that he and Christians would not yield to his desires in that they were accountable to the King of kings, whose desires must have precedence over every earthly ruler. The ruler was subdued in spirit and his opposition overcome.—Gospel Herald.

Then, too, sail on, O Ship of State,
Sail on, O union, strong and great,
Humanity with all her fears,
With all the hope of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate.
Stand thou for righteousness, people so blest,
Lend thou the victory, greatest and blest,
Lead on so grand and free
Nation of Destiny,
For as goes America so goes the world.—Longfellow.

The Liberty Bell

There are some things about the liberty bell it would be well to cut out and paste in your scrapbook:

July 8, 1776, the bell was rung for the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence.

On October 4, 1781, the bell rang out for the surrender of Cornwallis.

April 16, 1783, it rang out for the proclamation of peace.

September 29, 1824, it rang to welcome Lafayette to the Hall of Independence.

July 4, 1826, it ushered in the year of Jubilee, the fiftieth anniversary of the Republic.

July 4, 1826, it tolled the death of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

July 4, 1831, is the last recorded ringing of this famous bell to commemorate the day of independence.

February 22, 1932, it rang to commemorate the birthday of Washington.
In the same year it tolled the death of the last survivor of the Declaration, Charles Carroll, of Carrolton.

July 2, 1834, it tolled once more. Lafayette was dead.

July 8, 1835, while being tolled for the death of Chief Justice John Marshall, a crack was developed, starting from the rim and inclining in a right-hand direction towards the crown.

Its voice is silent, but its deeds will ring in the hearts of all patriotic people so long as the name of liberty shall last.—Selected.

Lincoln's Plea

A visitor to the White House during the days of the Civil War said: "I had been spending three weeks in the White House with Mr. Lincoln as his guest. One night—it was just after the battle of Bull Run—I was restless and could not sleep. It was coming near to the dawn of the day, when I heard low tones proceeding from a private room where the President slept. The door was partly open. Instinctively I walked in, and there I saw a sight which I shall never forget. It was the President kneeling before an open Bible. The light was turned low in the room. His back was toward me. I shall never forget his tones so piteous and so sorrowful. 'O Thou God, that heard Solomon in the night when he prayed and cried for wisdom, hear me! I cannot lead this people, I cannot guide the affairs of this nation without Thy help. I am poor and weak and sinful. O God, thou didst hear Solomon when he cried for wisdom—hear me and save this nation.' God heard, and He answered him then and there. Will He not answer today?"Christian Beacon.

Patriotism consists not in waving a flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.—Anonymous

Who Said It?

Much is being said today about "super-patriots" and "right-wing extremists" and the kind of things they are saying.

Let's look at a few super-patriotic statements that may sound, to some, a little on the extreme side:

  1. "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?"

  2. "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

  3. "The liberties of our country . . . are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors . . . (who) purchased them for us with toil and danger. . . ."

  4. "The present state of America is truly alarming to every man who is capable of reflection."

  5. "Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination."

  6. "Let our object be our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country."

  7. "Civilization itself seems to be in the balance, but right is more precious than peace."

  8. "We, too, born to freedom, are willing to fight to main­tain freedom. We, and all others who believe as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees."

  9. "Of what avail the plow or sail or land or life—if Freedom fail!"

  10. "I would rather be dead than Red."

Would you like to know who made these victory-seeking, super-patriotic, extreme statements, the land that some scoff at and attack these days?

Well, here are the answers: 1) Patrick Henry, of course, and these words were followed by his famous: "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death." 2) Benjamin Franklin. 3) Samuel Adams. 4) Tom Paine. 5) John Adams. 6) Daniel Webster. 7) Woodrow Wilson. 8) Franklin D. Roosevelt. 9) Ralph Waldo Emerson. 10) J. Edgar Hoover.

These men were by no means of the same political persuasion, nor of the same times, and often contemporaries disagreed among themselves. But fortunately for America there have always been men willing to speak up and sometimes take positions regarded by some as extreme.

To these ten statements we can wisely add what Lloyd George, the Baptist, said in indictment of his nation before World War II: "England has let the roar of the lion become the squeak of the mouse and the voice of authority an impotent whisper."

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