You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
We shall find that the God of Israel is among us, when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies; when he shall make us a praise and glory that me shall say of succeeding plantations, “the Lord make it like that of New England.” For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill.
John Winthrop, “A Model of Christian Charity” 1630
Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place,
, that shone as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before. America
Barack Obama, “The Audacity of Hope,” Democratic National Convention 2004
The lives of hundreds of thousands of
's sons and daughters were laid down during the last century to preserve freedom, for us and for freedom loving people throughout the world. America
Mitt Romney, “Faith in
,” George Bush Presidential Library 2007 America
The notion that the
In contrast to these conservative histories, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States narrates the colonial era in chapters titled “Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress,” “Drawing the Color Line,” and “persons of Mean and Vile Condition.” Likewise, Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen offers no biblical phrases in the early chapter titles, rather “Handicapped by History: The Process of Hero-Making,” “1493: The True Importance of Christopher Columbus,” “The Truth about the First Thanksgiving,” and “Red Eyes.”