Liberty and happiness have a powerful enemy on each hand; on the one hand tyranny, on the other licentiousness [anarchy]. To guard against the latter, it is necessary to give the proper powers to government; and to guard against the former, it is necessary that those powers should be properly distributed. — James Wilson, Founder and signer of the Declaration and Constitution

Needed: People Who Would Rather be Morally Right Than Socially Correct

May 27, 2012   ·   By   ·   3 Comments

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Twentieth-Century Fox made a motion picture in 1955 titled A Man Called Peter, about the life of U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall, born MAY 27, 1902.

At the age of 25, Peter Marshall emigrated from Scotland, arriving at New York’s Ellis Island in 1927. Members of his Sunday school class paid his way to seminary in Atlanta, where he graduated in 1931.

Peter Marshall pastored a small church in Covington, Georgia, then preached at Atlanta’s Westminster Presbyterian Church.

There he met Catherine Wood, a student at Agnes Scott College, and they married.

In 1937, at the age of 35, he became pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. His services were attended by leaders, such as President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1938, Peter Marshall became a U.S. citizen.

Catherine Marshall’s book on Peter’s life, A Man Called Peter, was turned into the movie by the same title. Her novel, Christy, was made into a CBS television series.

Peter Marshall stated:

“The world has enough women who are popular. It needs more who are pure. We need women, and men, too, who would rather be morally right than socially correct.”

Peter and Catherine’s son, Peter Marshall, Jr., wrote with co-author David Manuel numerous best-selling books chronicling the Providential expansion of liberty throughout American history, such as: The Light and the Glory; From Sea to Shining Sea; and Sounding Forth The Trumpet.

On January 4, 1947 the Senate appointed Peter Marshall to be their U.S. Senate Chaplain. He prayed:

“O Lord our God, even at this moment as we come blundering into Thy presence in prayer, we are haunted by memories of duties unperformed, promptings disobeyed, and beckonings ignored. Opportunities to be kind knocked on the door of our hearts and went weeping away.”

On January 13, 1947, U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall stated:

“The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration. I am rather tired of hearing about our rights…The time is come to hear about responsibilities…

“America’s future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God’s government.”

On May 22, 1947, during the 80th Congress, Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall offered the prayer:

“God of our fathers, give unto us, thy servants, a true appreciation of our heritage, of great men and great deeds in the past, but let us not be intimidated by feelings of our own inadequacies for this troubled hour.

“Remind us that the God they worshiped, and by whose help they laid the foundations of our Nation, is still able to help us uphold what they bequeathed and give it meaning.”

On July 3, 1947, the day before Independence Day, Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed:

“God of our Fathers, whose Almighty hand hath made and preserved our Nation, grant that our people may understand what it is they celebrate tomorrow.

“May they remember how bitterly our freedom was won, the down payment that was made for it, the installments that have been made since this Republic was born, and the price that must be paid for our liberty.

“May freedom be seen not as the right to do as we please but as the opportunity to please to do what is right. May it be ever understood that our liberty is under God and can be found nowhere else. May our faith be something that is not merely stamped upon our coins, but expressed in our lives.

“Let us, as a nation, be not afraid of standing alone for the rights of men, since we were born that way, as the only nation on earth that came into being ‘for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.’ We know that we shall be true to the Pilgrim dream when we are true to the God they worshiped.

“To the extent that America honors Thee, wilt Thou bless America, and keep her true as Thou hast kept her free, and make her good as Thou hast made her rich. Amen.”

Peter Marshall died of a heart attack in 1949 at the age of 45.

Just 6 months before he died, June 11, 1948, Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall opened Congress with the prayer:

“Help us, our Father, to show other nations an America to imitate…the America that loves fair play, honest dealing, straight talk, real freedom and faith in God.”


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  • WXRGina

    What a an amazing man, and sadly, such a short life. He had the Lord’s wisdom.

  • thisoldspouse

    Such language as Marshall’s seems utterly strange to us because we are unaccustomed to pure words inspired by Heaven from a public figure; I don’t remember when we’ve last heard such language in recent history.

    Rather, we are assaulted with vileness and political correctness in the name of God.

  • retiredday

    “May it be ever understood that our liberty is under God and can be found nowhere else.”

    This principle is cast aside by the politically correct (“socially correct”). Their foolishness equates to thinking you can build a house without a sure foundation. Oh, you can build it, but it will not stand (Matthew 7:26 - 27).

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