I believe it is imperative that we remember the foundation upon which our great nation was built.

The freedoms that we enjoy are based upon Christian principles. In order to keep those freedoms secure, we need to have a belief in an all-powerful God.

andquot;Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon the teaching of the Redeemer of Mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise, and in this sense and to this extent, our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian,andquot; the U.S. Supreme Court wrote in 1892.

Our first president, George Washington, said on Oct. 3, 1789: andquot;It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor.andquot;

One more quote, from Benjamin Franklin as he addressed the Constitutional Convention on June 28,1787: andquot;We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writing, that except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.andquot;

Something to think and pray about.

Donald Siex

Crescent City