“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” Ps 107:2
In his first inaugural address, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the thirty-second president of the United States, proclaimed to the nation: “First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance…In such a spirit on my part and on yours, we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things…Practices of the unscrupulous moneychangers who stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men…who know only the rules of a generation of self seekers. They have no vision, and ‘where there is no vision the people perish’ [Pr 29:18]. The moneychangers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths…We face the arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of national unity; with clear consciousness of seeking old and precious moral values…In this dedication of a nation we humbly ask the blessing of God. May He protect each and every one of us! May He guide me in the days to come.” The Bible says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” Let us refuse to allow political correctness or the fear of ridicule to silence us, or tempt us to hide our convictions. Let us remember that, both personally and as a nation, every benefit and bounty we enjoy is given to us by God. And neither we nor our children must ever forget that.