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Sound Words from a Founding Father

There exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.

George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

The relationship of obedience and blessing is, I believe, eternally true concerning nations but also concerning individuals. If individuals ignore the “eternal rules of order and right” we do so at our own peril. And we will eventually hurt ourselves and others.

So, let us walk in love – which is itself a commandment or rule – and thereby bring honor to our heavenly King and, as God wills, blessings to our own selves and to our loved ones.

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