Analysis Of Matthew 15 : 13-16 Essay

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In the book of Matthew 15:13-16, Jesus discusses the notion of being a city on a hill. In Winthrop 's speech he tells his shipmates that they will to be a “city on a hill”. Many major politicians have referenced the “city on a hill” speech such a former presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. Kennedy’s speech and Reagan’s farewell address use Winthrop’s “City upon a Hill” speech differently. Kennedy uses the speech in a positive way because he is about to enter the office for his presidency and therefore he doesn’t know how the whole “city on a hill” idea works with America, this is just his prediction for when he starts his term. When Kennedy states his speech he is going into his presidency. He uses the reference to the puritans when he states, “But I have been guided by the standard John Winthrop set before his shipmates on the flagship Arbella three hundred and thirty-one years ago, they, too, faced the task of building a new government on a perilous frontier” (Kennedy 2). Kennedy has this new task of being president and it’s not viewed as being easy, it’s a new job for him and it’s therefore shown as a new journey. Kennedy doesn’t show a huge belief of american exceptionalism in his speech he is very humble. Kennedy believes America is exceptional but he gives credit to his fellow Americans for their efforts in making America great and doesn’t take the credit himself. It is a new journey that Kennedy is going through alike how the Puritans went…

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