Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Presidential Quote

President Lyndon B. JohnsonFor every generation, there is a destiny. For some, history decides. For this generation, the choice must be our own.

... The next man to stand here will look out on a scene different from our own, because ours is a time of change-- rapid and fantastic change bearing the secrets of nature, multiplying the nations, placing in uncertain hands new weapons for mastery and destruction, shaking old values, and uprooting old ways.

Our destiny in the midst of change will rest on the unchanged character of our people, and on their faith....

If we fail now then we will have forgotten in abundance what we learned in hardship: that democracy rests on faith, that freedom asks more than it gives, and the judgment of God is harshest on those who are most favored.

If we succeed it will not be because of what we have, but it will be because of what we are; not because of what we own, but rather because of what we believe.

- President Lyndon B. Johnson
(from his inaugural address, January 20, 1965)

When you read the entire speech it is not clear if President Johnson was speaking more of faith in God or faith in the American people and their ability. There is no doubt though that he was right about that being a time of "shaking old values" and "uprooting old ways." America hasn't been the same since, and it has been for the worse. Today we are in a similar season. How will we respond? Will we, like the foolish woman spoken of in the Proverb continue to tear down our house with our own hands? I pray that not be the case.

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