II Corinthians 5:9-10 “Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
In accordance with Jefferson’s specific instructions, the following is written on Thomas Jefferson’s gravestone:
“Here was buried
Author of the Declaration of American Independence
of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom
& Father of the University of Virginia”
He wished to be remembered “by these as testimonials that I have lived.”
Interestingly, there is one obvious omission from this impressive list – President of the United States. While Jefferson never explained this omission, it is reasonable that Jefferson was selflessly most proud of his creation of lasting institutions rather than his possession of fleeting positions. In the three listed institutions, Jefferson highlights independence, liberty (notably religious liberty), and education.
What institutions are American Christians building today while the mainstays of society are crumbling around us? What are we doing to support the notions of independence, liberty (notably religious liberty), and education? Are we selflessly striving towards the creation and strengthening of lasting institutions rather than the possession of fleeting positions? Jefferson didn’t sit idly by and watch with concern as problems arose in early America. He tackled them, with passion, vision, and selflessness. By these testimonials, he wished to be remembered. What have we done?
PLEASE PRAY FOR CONVICTION TO FALL UPON AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO SELFLESSLY STAND FOR GODLY INSTITUTIONS. May we be remembered by these testimonials that we have lived.
SET YOUR ALARM: If you’re alarmed (that maybe the best America deserves are two deeply-flawed candidates for President), set your alarm (to pray for our nation)!
SET YOUR ALARM: If you’re alarmed (at massive federal overreach and a clear violation of the Tenth Amendment), set your alarm (to pray for our nation)!
Please see the following posts for thoughts on Thomas Jefferson: