Holiday Study -- Thanksgiving, Part 3: Our Nation's Christian Heritage

Last week we saw that the American Indian "Squanto" that we learned about in school can be seen as God’s “Joseph” for America. Governor Bradford of the Massachusetts Colony acknowledged that had it not been for Squanto, they would not have survived. And we saw how God had taken Squanto through a tough preparation for the job, much like he took Joseph through a tough road to prepare him to save his family when they came to Egypt.

It causes me to think that God really does have something special in mind for this country.
But we keep turning away, just like Israel.

Let’s examine our Christian heritage. Not our religious heritage, our Christian heritage. Those with an overwhelming sense of political correctness talk about our religious heritage.

Our heritage is not generic.
It is Christian.

I contend that our country is now in a condition of enforced paganism, in the name of freedom from religion.
And in the name of religious tolerance, tolerance for anything but Christianity:

This country is now becoming what the Pilgrims risked their lives to flee from.

Let's remind ourselves of the values that went into the founding of this great country:

1620 - The Mayflower Compact
"In the presence of God, Amen. We...do by these presents solemnly and mutually in ye presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves into a civil body politic."

They were entering into a covenant en the presence of God.
This was a covenant just like the Biblical covenants;
This was exercising a Biblical principle of commitment.

1638 - The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (often called the first American Constitution) said:
"We ... enter into a combination and confederation together to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ which we now profess."

Note, this document is not just religious.
It is Christian.

The Great Law of Pennsylvania Colony
"Whereas the glory of Almighty God and this good of mankind is the reason and the end of government and therefore government itself is a venerable ordinance of God...."

1772 – Samuel Adams
"The rights to freedom being the gift of God Almighty...The rights of the colonists as Christians may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament."

1777 - The First Continental Congress appropriated funds to import for the people 20,000 Holy Bibles as “the great political textbook of the patriots.”

The textbook for the creation of our Country is the Bible.
And now our government has banned its teaching from our schools.

Can you imagine our government today spending money for 20,000 Bibles?

1776 - The Declaration of Independence
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men....”

If you are going to take freedom from people, the first thing you have to do is to create the fiction that their rights come from the government, not from God.

After you convince them that the rights come from the government, it is then easy to gradually take them away.

1787 - The Constitution

1787 - George Washington, on the Constitution:
“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the event is in the hand of God.”

Thomas Jefferson:
“God who gave us life, gave us liberty.”
“Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed conviction that the liberties are the gift of God?”

God will hold us accountable.

1787 – Benjamin Franklin: after an impasse at Constitutional Convention, said: “I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir , in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this....”

1787 - Washington’s Inaugural Address:
“...the propitious smiles of heaven cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which heaven itself has ordained....”

1789 - Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation:
“Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits and humbly to implore His protection and favor...”

1797 - Washington’s Farewell Address:
“...and let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”

Patrick Henry
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

John Quincy Adams
“The first and almost only Book deserving of universal attention is the Bible. The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of Civil Government with the principle of Christianity."
John Jay
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

1861 - Abraham Lincoln:
“It is the duty of all nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

1863 - Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:
“...that we here highly resolve...that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and that the government of the people...shall not perish from the earth.”

1892 -The Supreme Court, after citing 87 precedents, decided:
“Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teaching of the Redeemer of Mankind ... It is impossible that it should be otherwise: and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian..."

That was the Supreme Court in 1892. This is the same institution which has now said that the ten Commandments cannot hang in our schools, although they are engraved on the wall of the building in which the justices sit, right over their heads, as a symbol of the source of all our laws.

This is the same institution which has outlawed prayer in school, and at sporting events.
The Supreme Court has decided to abandon the very principles on which this country was founded.

1982 - Joint Resolution of Congress, October 4, 1982:
“Whereas the Bible, the Word of God, has made a unique contribution to the shaping of the United States as a distinctive and blessed nation and people...

--Whereas Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States...

--Whereas that renewing our knowledge of, and faith in God through Holy Scriptures can strengthen us as a nation and a people,

--Now therefore be it resolved...that the President is authorized and requested to designate 1983 as a national “Year of the Bible” in recognition of both the formative influence the Bible has been for our Nation, and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.”

On Feb 3,1983, President Ronald Reagan issued the above requested proclamation.

1990 – President George Bush [Sr.] declared 1990 to be the International Year of Bible Reading.

“In God We Trust ” is found on our coinage and engraved on the walls of both houses of Congress.

Every session begins with a prayer by its Chaplain, and even the prayer room in the Capitol contains a glass window depicting Washington in prayer surrounded by a quotation of  Psalm 16:1 - Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.

Biblical quotations are etched on and in the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Library of Congress, and many other official buildings.

It is a shame that it takes a terrorist attack and war to get this country to remember there is a God.

Our Pledge of Allegiance is to the flag of  “One Nation under God.”

I wonder how many years it will be before Congress or more probably the Supreme Court will strike the words “Under God”.

The question today is: How long can Lincoln’s hope survive as he raised it in his Gettysburg Address:
“...that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and that the government of the people...shall not perish from the earth.”

What will you do?
Accept Fabian Fascism [the imperceptibly gradual erosion of our freedoms]?
...or hold your representatives accountable?

I contend that without our Christian base, the American democracy will fall.
And it will not take very long.

Deuteronomy 7:9 - Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.

2 Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

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