“Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray that your gracious providence may give and preserve to our use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper all who labor to gather them…”
"…What is the grand malady of nations? The answer is short. Selfishness…It is important to notice how much Christianity in every way is set in direct hostility to selfishness. Consequently, the public welfare must be inseparable from her prevalence.
One may almost say that the main object and chief concern of real Christianity is to root out our natural selfishness and to correct the false standard it would impose upon us. Christianity seeks to bring us to a just estimate of ourselves, and of all around us…Benevolence-enlarged, vigorous, operative benevolence is her master principle…"
William Wilberforce Real Christianity Member of Parliament, 18th-century