Joyanna Adams

Nobody's Opinion

Nobody Remembers Peter Buckley, Ronald Reagan, and the City on the Hill

Nobody Remembers Ronal Reagan City

“Standing on the tiny deck of the Arabella in 1630 off the Massachusetts coast, John Winthrop said, ‘We will be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.’ Well, we have not dealt falsely with our God, even if He is temporarily suspended from the classroom.”…Ronald Reagan

This was one of Ronald Reagan’s most remembered phrase. When he came into office, he inspired all Americans with his optimism and reminded us from where we had come. He truly WAS a God send, after Jimmy Carter.

But, there was another man who this is accredited to besides John Winthrop, The Reverend Peter Buckley.  Peter Buckley was a preacher and one of the founders of Concord, Massachusetts, and he gave a sermon called “The Gospel-Covenant” in 1651, from which a few more mentions of the phrase sentences are presented below:

And for ourselves here, the people of New England, we should in a special manner labor to shine forth in holiness above other people. We have that plenty and abundance of ordinances and means of grace, as few people enjoy the like: We are as a city set upon a hill, in the open view of all the earth, the eyes of the world are upon us—Peter Buckley

There is no people but will strive to excel in something. What can we excel in, if not in holiness? If we look to number, we are the fewest: if to strength, we are the weakest: if to wealth and riches, we are the poorest of all the people of God through the whole world. We cannot excel (nor such much equal) other people in this things, and if we come short in grace and holiness too, we are the most despicable people under heaven: our worldly dignity is gone. If we lose the glory of grace too, then is the glory wholly departed from our Israel, and we are become vile. Strive we, therefore herein to excel, an suffer not this crown to be taken away from us. Be we a holy people, so shall we be honorable towards God and precious in the eyes of His saints.

I really like that last paragraph.

Faith, is the one stronghold that gives a nation the advantage over all its enemies, and Nobody Remembers where that American City on a Hill is located any more. Right now, all we see is desert sand, foaming out the mouths of false prophets who like to play golf in sand traps, far away from the shining hill.

No matter how you frame it, if people are not united by a religion, they certainly will have a hard time standing against one that is:

Islam VS Christianity? Or Islam VS Atheists? Which do you think has a better chance of winning?

And if want to read Ronald’s Reagan’s speech, “We Will Be the City on the Hill” just go here.

We need God to send us another man like him. So I don’t know about you, but this Christmas Night, 2014, I’m praying hard.

December 25, 2014 - Posted by | American History, Uncategorized | ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: