In 1630 Puritan John Winthrop, a founder and governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, said in his speech: “For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.”
And on November 3, the day before the 1980 presidential election, Republican nominee Ronald Reagan gave a speech, referring to Winthrop’s “city on a hill!”
“If we shall 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 by-word throughout the world. For I believe that Americans in 1980 are every bit as committed to that vision of a shining “city on a hill” as were those long ago settlers.”
A metaphor of biblical origin in Matthew 5: “. . .a city on a hill cannot be hidden. . .it gives light to everyone in the house.”
The Bible. Its impact and influence continuing through the ages!