it’s talking points with the Founding Fathers!
A Charge to the Class of 2011!
For my 275th birthday (nice to still be kicking after all these years), a friend of mine gave me a book by Dr. Richard G. Lee, titled “In God We Still Trust”. This book showcases the founding fathers and other great leaders in our history. On page 79, the first graduating class of Columbia University after the Revolutionary War was told the purpose of a public education. I think many of us have selectively forgotten that the purpose is NOT to make us dependents of society. Nor are we to take our public education and use it to better ourselves only and especially at the expense of others.
To the graduating class of 2011, note the following address and its meaning. Although these words were spoken so many years ago, these truths still hold value. Learn them. Honor them. By all means, teach them.
From the book:
William Samuel Johnson, the President of Columbia University, addressed the graduates with these words: “You have…received a public education, the purpose whereof hath been to qualify you the better to serve your Creator and your country…Your first great duties…are those you owe to Heaven, to your Creator and Redeemer. Let these be ever present to your minds and exemplified in your lives and conduct.
Imprint deep upon your minds the principles of piety toward God, and a reverence and fear of His holy name. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and its consummation is everlasting felicity…Remember, too, that you are the redeemed of the Lord, that you are bought with a price, even the inestimable price of the precious blood of the Son of God. Adore Jehovah, therefore, as your God and your Judge. Love, fear, and serve Him as your Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. Acquaint yourselves with Him in His Word and holy ordinance.
Make Him your friend and protector and your felicity is secured both here and hereafter. And with respect to particular duties to Him, it is your happiness that you are well assured that he best serves his Maker, who does most good to his country and to mankind.”
Wow. Let someone direct graduates today like this and they will be thrown in jail.
Yes, graduates. Your public education is to be used to better mankind, to honor those who gave you the privilege to obtain such degrees, to make tomorrow a better future for those who will come after you, and to serve God with all your heart, mind, and soul.