In 1970, Billy Graham spoke in a ceremony honoring America at the Lincoln Memorial. He gave a challenge to her people to continue the tradition and principles set out by our forefathers.

1970 Honor America Day

The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:17: Honor all men. Fear God. Honor the king.

Today … [we] have come together to honor America on her … birthday.

We are not only here to honor America but we have come as citizens to renew our dedication and allegiance to the principles and institutions that made her great.

The Bible says: Honor the nation. As a Christian, or as a Jew, or as an atheist, we have a responsibility to an America that has always stood for liberty, protection and opportunity.

The men who signed the Declaration of Independence were moved by a magnificent dream. This dream was rooted in a book called the Bible. It proclaimed freedoms which most of the world thought impossible of fulfillment.

The Bible tells us the God has a standard for men and nations and that His standard must be met. It is right and proper to honor our country, to rejoice in her liberties and to sing her praise. But this can be abused when we make it a substitute for God. We honor America but we do not worship her.

We have stood tall in America in most areas, but on this Independence Day I call upon Americans to bend low before God and go to their knees as Washington and Lincoln called us to our knees many years ago. No nation is ever taller than when on its knees. I submit that we can best honor America by rededicating ourselves to God and the American dream.

Today, I call upon Americans to raise your voices in prayer and dedication to God and in recommitment to the ideals and dreams upon which our country was founded. Let’s dedicate ourselves to a renewal of faith in God, equality, justice and peace for all. Let’s dedicate ourselves to building rather than burning.

I’m asking American’s today, especially our young people, to pursue this vision under God, to work for freedom and for peace, to labor relentlessly, to love passionately, to serve selflessly, to pray earnestly, and to die nobly if need be. It will not be easy. The journey will be hard. The day will be long. And the obstacles will be many.

The Bible teaches that God will judge any nation that turns its back on Him – especially a nation like America which has been given more privileges and opportunities than any nation in history. Jesus said, “To whom much is give, much is required.”

At President Eisenhower’s first inauguration he put his finger on a verse of Scripture that every American should remember today: If My people which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

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19 Comments

  1. GEORGE OBIERO says:

    Exactly what I needed to hear right now

  2. GEORGE OBIERO says:

    Exactly what I needed to hear right now

  3. Jose Irizarry says:

    Awesome speach from a great man of God.

  4. Jose Irizarry says:

    Awesome speach from a great man of God.

  5. Elijah Paul Rukidi-Mpuuga says:

    Great inspiration for all readers not America itself. God bless America on this occasion and furthermore.

  6. Elijah Paul Rukidi-Mpuuga says:

    Great inspiration for all readers not America itself. God bless America on this occasion and furthermore.

  7. flo says:

    Thank you pastor Graham for your massage. I hope us a nation we will return to God and ask for forgiveness of our sins so that, God will have mercy and grace on us.

  8. flo says:

    Thank you pastor Graham for your massage. I hope us a nation we will return to God and ask for forgiveness of our sins so that, God will have mercy and grace on us.

  9. “When [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.’” (Luke 5:4-5 NIV) God bless america

  10. “When [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.’” (Luke 5:4-5 NIV) God bless america

  11. Cheryl Ray says:

    Timeless wisdom.

  12. Cheryl Ray says:

    Timeless wisdom.

  13. Chuck walch says:

    Right on the nail head.

  14. Chuck walch says:

    Right on the nail head.

  15. UnknownPersonOfAmerica says:

    War. Wars that our nation have won and wars that our nation have lost. Soldiers have fallen to help our nation rise up and make us truly honor America and our military that fight for us all. To honor the American flag is not taking the right of being a victor of war. It is about sticking together and fighting as one to save our nation from enemies and ourselves as we mourn the fallen that give us the strength to fight on.

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