VIDEO So Many Statues, So Little Time – Vet Flags

 

by Jerry Newcombe, D.Min.

 

Ronald Reagan once noted, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

There is a frenzy right now of iconoclasm. We are going through a period where so-called “Social Justice Warriors,” are tearing down statues left and right.

It began with heroes of the confederacy, such as Robert E. Lee, but now it has even reached General Lee’s great rival—General Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union army.

When does it stop? Where does it stop? So many statues, so little time. Just last week in the state of Oregon, rioters targeted a statue of George Washington, spray-painting the words “Genocidal Colonist.” Then they burned a U.S. flag on the head of the statue, before pulling it down. And they reveled in their supposedly good deed.

No one is sacrosanct. Not even any of those four heads on Mount Rushmore. Statues of each of them are slated for the chopping block. Like Washington, Jefferson statues have to go. He too committed the original sin of slavery.

Lincoln, though he freed the slaves, has had his statues desecrated recently, and the city of Boston wants to tear down a statue of the “Great Emancipator.” Now it’s Teddy Roosevelt’s turn. How did our 26th president violate today’s standards of political correctness?

WCBS radio reports (6/21/20), “The bronze monument—which features Roosevelt on horseback flanked by a Native American man and a Black man—has been at the front entrance of the [American Museum of Natural History in New York] since 1940.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York said, “[The museum] has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior…The City supports the Museum’s request. It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue.”

If the issue is slavery, then why would the self-styled revolutionaries tear down the statue of Ulysses S. Grant?

TheHill.com reports (6/20/20), “Protesters in San Francisco on Friday toppled the statue of former President Grant, who led the Union Army during the Civil War, in Golden Gate Park. San Francisco police said that approximately 400 people gathered around 8 p.m. to take down the statue, though no arrests were made.”

They also tore down a statue of Francis Scott Key, who wrote our National Anthem, which today is boycotted by the “woke” culture. And they tore down a statue of Father Junipero Serra, an 18th century Catholic missionary who founded many of the missions in California.

It would appear that the real target of all the rioters and iconoclasts is America as founded. But a nation that does not remember its past does not know its future.

A few years ago, James S. Robbins, Ph.D., a writer for USA Today, wrote the book, Erasing America: Losing Our Future by Destroying Our Past.

Robbins told my radio audience when his book came out, “It’s a broad-based assault on the American story, on the American legacy. And the intention of it, in my opinion, is to wipe the slate clean, so that the progressives can write in the future whatever stories they want—emphasizing the values that they want to bring.”

To target George Washington is in many ways to target America itself. Born into the fourth generation of slaveholders, Washington freed his slaves—albeit at his death; but he freed them nonetheless.

Robbins told me, “I admire George Washington. He was the founder of our country. And yet he had this difficult legacy with slavery, like a lot of the founders and a lot of the people back then. But it’s not everything about them. He was not just a slave-master. He had a lot of other much more important, salient characteristics that we honor him for.”

Recently, I saw a 1950s television program on George Washington, highlighting the sacrifices he and his troops made, particularly in that brutal winter of 1777-1778 in Valley Forge. The man playing Washington noted that he has 12,000 men in rags and they are starving. 500 die every month of disease and deprivation. But they are sacrificing so that this upstart nation could be independent and free.

And now all these generations later, barbarians in the streets are tearing down statues of Washington and others. So many statues, so little time.

There is a battle for the soul of America. We should always remember what Ronald Reagan said—and thankfully, they haven’t torn down his statue…yet. Said the Gipper, “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.”

https://www.djameskennedy.org/article-detail/so-many-statuesso-little-time


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Billy Graham “America has gone a long way down the wrong road…”

He personally preached the Gospel to over 210 million people, more than any other person!

“America has gone a long way down the wrong road.

We must turn around and go back and change roads.

If ever we needed God’s help, it is now …” -stated Billy Graham, as he received the Congressional Gold Medal, May 2, 1996.

Born NOVEMBER 7, 1918, Billy Graham wanted to be a baseball player, but in 1934, after attending a revival at age 16, his life changed.

Billy Graham became an evangelist in the 1940s.

He proclaimed:

“All are sinners and stand under the judgment of God …

Christ came to make forgiveness and salvation possible.

What did He do? He died on the cross as the complete sacrifice for our sins. He took upon Himself the judgment that we deserve …

But like any gift, it becomes ours only when we take it …

I may say that I believe a bridge will hold my weight. But I really believe it only when I commit myself to it and walk across it.

Saving faith involves an act of commitment and trust, in which I commit my life to Jesus Christ and trust Him alone as my Savior and Lord.”

He added:

“Yes, it costs to follow Christ. But it also costs not to follow Christ.”

Billy Graham personally addressed crowds of over 210 million people in 185 countries, which is more than any other person in history.

Through his radio and television programs, he reached over 2.5 billion with the Gospel.

He repudiated racial segregation and insisted on racial integration at all his crusades.

At his New York City revival in 1957, he invited Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., to preach.

Billy Graham had an unprecedented access and influence on every U.S. President from 1950 to his death in 2018:

President Truman;

President Eisenhower;

President Kennedy;

President Johnson;

President Nixon;

President Ford;

President Carter;

President Reagan;

President George H.W. Bush;

President Clinton;

President George W. Bush;

President Obama; and

President Trump.

He was friends with Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, and innumerable leaders around the world.

At a news conference, March 21, 1956, President Eisenhower stated:

“This is what I see in Billy Graham – A man who clearly understands that any advance in the world has got to be accompanied by a clear realization that man is, after all, a spiritual being.”

John F. Kennedy told the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, March 1, 1962:

“We bear great responsibilities and great burdens not only to ourselves in this country but to so many around the world …

I commend … Reverend Billy Graham, who has served this cause about which I speak so well here and around the world. He has, I think, transmitted this most important quality of our common commitments to faith in a way which makes all of us particularly proud.”

Ronald Reagan introduced Billy Graham at a California rally, stating:

“Why is a representative of government here?

To welcome with humble pride a man whose mission in life has been to remind us that in all our seeking … the answer to each problem is to be found in the simple words of Jesus of Nazareth, who urged us to love one another.”

Graham stated:

“In a world that might say one vote doesn’t matter … it does matter because each person is of infinite worth and value to God …

Your vote is a declaration of importance as a person and a citizen.”

In answering a question about voting, Billy Graham stated, July 28, 2016:

“The Bible says we should do everything we possibly can to be good citizens and work for the betterment of our society, and one of the ways we can do this is by voting. God tells us to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you” (Jeremiah 29:7).

Rightly or wrongly, you say you’re disillusioned by what you see in politics today. But how will it be changed? Let me tell you how it won’t be changed: It won’t be changed if concerned people refuse to vote!

It also won’t be changed if good people refuse to run for office, or if no one votes for them.

In other words, staying away from the voting booth may only perpetuate the problems you see. Although this election has passed, don’t let another one go by without your intelligent involvement.

Christians in the first century didn’t have the privilege of voting; Caesar was a dictator, not elected by popular vote.

But those early believers were commanded to do the one thing they could do to make the world a better place:

They were told to pray. The Apostle Paul wrote, ‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority’ (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

Our world will never be perfect—not until Christ returns. But in the meantime, God wants to use us to overcome sin and establish a more just world for His glory.”

Rev. Graham added:

“Bad politicians are elected by good people who don’t vote.”

Upon receiving the Congressional Gold Medal, May 2, 1996, Billy Graham continued his message, “The Hope for America”:

“After World War II … we had the opportunity to rule the world …

Something has happened since those days and there is much about America that is no longer good…the list is almost endless …

We have confused liberty with license – and we are paying the awful price. We are a society poised on the brink of self-destruction …”

Rev. Graham continued:

“What is the problem? The real problem is within ourselves …

I believe the fundamental crisis of our time is a crisis of the spirit.

We have lost sight of the moral and spiritual principles on which this nation was established – principles drawn largely from the Judeo-Christian tradition as found in the Bible …

What must be done? Let me briefly suggest three things.

First, we must repent. In the depths of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln called for special days of public repentance and prayer.

Our need for repentance is no less today …”

He explained further:

“What does repentance mean? Repentance means to change our thinking and our way of living.

It means to turn from our sins and to commit ourselves to God and His will.

Over 2700 years ago the Old Testament prophet Isaiah declared

‘Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon’ (Isaiah 55: 6-7, NIV) …”

Graham continued:

“Second, we must commit our lives to God, and to the moral and spiritual truths that have made this nation great.

Think how different our nation would be if we sought to follow the simple and yet profound injunctions of the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount.

But we must respond to God, Who is offering us forgiveness, mercy, supernatural help, and the power to change …”

Rev. Graham concluded:

“Third, our commitment must be translated into action – in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our society.

Jesus taught there are only two roads in life. One in the broad road that is easy and well-traveled, but which leads to destruction.

The other, He said, is the narrow road of truth and faith that at times is hard and lonely, but which leads to life and salvation …

What are YOU going to do? …

As I look out across this distinguished group gathered here, I see more than a few men and women who have what it takes, under God, to lead our country forward ‘through the night'”

Rev. Billy Graham gave a sober warning on October 27, 2015:

“In the event of a national catastrophe, much confusion, terror and consternation would reign … Suppose persecution were to come to the church in America, as it has come in other countries.

The immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual.

Christ strongly warned Christians that to follow Him would not be popular, and that in most circumstances it would mean cross-bearing and persecution.

The Bible says that all who ‘desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution’ (2 Timothy 3:12). Jesus said that as the time of His return draws nigh, ‘They will seize you and persecute you’ (Luke 21:12).

We have no scriptural foundation for believing that we can forever escape being persecuted for Christ’s sake. The normal condition for Christians is that we should suffer persecution.

Are you willing to face persecution and death for Christ’s sake?”

He continued:

“Since we have experienced little religious persecution in this country, it is likely that under pressure many would deny Christ.

Those who shout the loudest about their faith may surrender soonest.

Many who boast of being courageous would be cowardly. Many who say, ‘Though all others deny Christ, yet I will never deny Him,’ would be the first to warm their hands at the campfires of the enemy.

Jesus, in speaking of the last times, warned, ‘Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake’ (Matthew 24:9).

The Scripture says, ‘because iniquity will abound, the love of many will grow cold’ (Matthew 24:12).

The apostle Paul, referring to the coming evil day, said, ‘Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done all, to stand’ (Ephesians 6:13) …”

He explained further:

“Even though most Americans see the storm clouds gathering on the horizon, by and large we are making few preparations to meet God.

This is a time for repentance and faith. It is a time for soul-searching, to see if our anchor holds.

Have you been to the cross where Christ shed His blood for your sins? Have you had the past forgiven? Have you come by faith, confessing that you are a sinner and receiving Christ as your Savior?

I tell you that this cross is the only place of refuge in the midst of the storm of judgment that is fast approaching. Make sure of your relationship with God …”

Billy Graham concluded:

“We must fortify ourselves by meditating upon the person of Christ … Christ must be vitally real to us if we are to prove loyal to Him in the hours of crisis.

Today our nation ranks as the greatest power on the face of the earth. But if we put our trust in armed might instead of Almighty God, the coming conflict could conceivably go against us. History and the Bible indicate that mechanical and material might are insufficient in times of great crisis.

We need the inner strength that comes from a personal, vital relationship with God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

The wheels of God’s judgment can be heard by discerning souls across the length and breadth of nations.

Things are happening fast! The need for a return to God has never been more urgent.

The words of Isaiah are appropriate for us today:

‘Seek the Lord while He may be found, call you upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.'”

On November 7, 2017, Franklin Graham sent via Twitter a photo of his father:

“My father @BillyGraham turns 99 years old today. That means he’s entering his 100th year – it has been an amazing journey.”

President Donald Trump tweeted back:

“Franklin, such a great photo. HAPPY 99th BIRTHDAY to your father @BillyGraham! twitter.com/franklin_graham”

Billy Graham died February 21, 2018. President Donald Trump ordered:

“As a mark of respect for the memory of Reverend Billy Graham, I hereby order … that on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half‑staff.”

Speaking of his own death, Graham once said:

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”

As he received the Congressional Gold Medal, May 2, 1996, Billy Graham exhorted:

“If ever we needed spiritual renewal, it in now.

And it can begin today in each one of our lives, as we repent before God and yield ourselves to Him and His Word.”

https://newsmaven.io/americanminute/american-history/billy-graham-america-has-gone-a-long-way-down-the-wrong-road-E-SlEnnkAkmz3pfPb5mDKg/


Levin on Thanksgiving: No Thanks to Media, America Is a ‘Special Country’

By Emily Ward | November 21, 2018

 

On his nationally-syndicated radio show, “The Mark Levin Show,” on Tuesday, while talking about Thanksgiving, host Mark Levin said that no thanks to the media, the United States of America is a “special country.”

“This is truly such a special country, no thanks to the leftists,” Mark Levin said. “And by the way, no thanks to the modern media, either, despite what they may claim is their vaunted position.”

Mark Levin’s remarks came two days before the United States of America celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday. During the opening monologue, Levin gave a brief history of the holiday and its meaning.

Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show on Tuesday:

“I know millions of you in your cars right now, are getting ready to get in your cars or getting out of your cars— I want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for, no thanks to the libs, by the way. No thankful – no thanks to the left. Let’s be honest.

“But there’s a few issues here that I’d like to address. By the way, do you know the genesis of Thanksgiving? You know the genesis of it? The first Thanksgiving took place at Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts – Massachusetts is what we call it today – in 1621. And then, a couple of centuries later, more than a few centuries, President Abraham Lincoln declared it a national holiday, the final Thursday in November. Congress eventually got around to it in 1941.

“And Lincoln was lobbied by Sarah Josepha Hale, as pointed out at History.com. She was a very influential magazine editor and author, and as they point out, she waged a tireless campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. And she lobbied the hell out of Lincoln. And you might be more familiar with her – she wrote the classic nursery rhyme ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb.’ So, that’s the thumbnail sketch of Thanksgiving.

“Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, and if you can’t be with family, you know, you think about family, to step back and embrace your blessings, and to remember those who are no longer with you in your family and appreciate what you have.

“You know, when you watch CNN and MSNBC and the rest of the left-wing kook media, it’s amazing you don’t hate your country. It’s amazing you don’t reject your faith.

“And yet, Americans instinctively know better – perhaps it’s intuitively. We know better, because unlike many other countries, we’re free to leave if we want to, and we don’t. May take vacations overseas, but we always come back. This is truly such a special country, no thanks to the leftists. And by the way, no thanks to the modern media, either, despite what they may claim is their vaunted position.”

https://cnsnews.com/blog/emily-ward/mark-levin-thanksgiving-no-thanks-media-america-special-country

VIDEO Prayers for America, 2019 – Ragged Old Flag

AUGUST 9, 2019 by CHRIS FIELDS

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Feel free to copy, share, distribute….but most of all PRAY!

 

Phil. 1:9-11 Adapted from TPT – A prayer for love to overtake us.

 

We ask You, Father, that our love for one another would grow; love for our families, communities, and for all in our nation. We pray that our love would increase beyond measure, and forgiveness would flow, bringing us all into the rich revelation of spiritual insight in all things, the experience of the reality of love in all facets of life in America. Enable us, Heavenly Father, to choose what is good, and righteous and that brings peace.  We pray that we would become pure and without offense until the unveiling of Christ. Fill us completely from shore to shore, with the fruits of righteousness that are found in Jesus, the Anointed One—bringing great praise and glory to God!

 

Isaiah 63:15-16; 64:1-7 Adapted from Apostolic Prayers, IHOP  An appeal to heaven

“Look down, Almighty God… and see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are the manifestations of Your zeal and Your strength, the yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward us? You, O Lord, are our Father, our redeemer from Everlasting is Your name. Oh, that you would rend the heavens! That You would come down and manifest Your power! That the mountains and obstacles might shake at Your presence as fire burns brushwood, as fire causes water to boil—to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! When You did awesome things for which we did not look for or expect.Since the beginning of the world men have not heard…nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him. You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers you in Your ways.

So, we wait for You. We appeal to heaven for light and grace in this hour of darkness in our nation. We ask for healing for our land, for the division and hatred that has overtaken us. We confess our unrighteousness to you and ask for your mercy and forgiveness. Give the church in America the spirit of prayer and intercession, so the prayer closets and the prayer meetings will again be full of faith and perseverance. Sound a call to the intercessors who have left their post on the wall, to again take up the sword of the Spirit and war with Your promises.

 

Daniel 9 Adapted from NIV – A confession of sin for America

“Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our leaders and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.

“Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of America, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. We and our leaders and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against you.  The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;  we have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets.11 All of us have transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.

“Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you.  You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing on us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem.  Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.

 “Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong.  Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from America. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made us and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.

 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of nation that calls on Your name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay.”

Romans 15:5-6  A blessing for America -Adapted from TPT

Lord God, You are the source of great endurance and comfort, grant America the grace of unity among us, which flows from our relationship with Jesus, the Anointed One. May those Americans who follow the Lamb, represent His heart, and be beacons of light, hope and love rather than instruments of division and destruction. Pour on us such a rush of passion, such a rain of revival, that we will with one voice glorify God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  May our nation bring You glory when we accept and welcome one another as partners, just as the Anointed One has fully accepted us and received us as his partner.

https://chrisfieldsblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/prayers-for-america-2019/


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America, Our Great Nation, Was Built on Faith

We’re seeing a relentless push to secularize society and demoralize institutions, yet our heritage will keep us free

 

July 4 marks the 243rd anniversary of the signing of America’s Declaration of Independence. Over the years, our presidents have spoken freely of the centrality of God’s Word, the certainty of God’s providence, and the reality of God’s blessing.

I believe their words and their faith will inspire all of us — and give us a new vision for our great land.

More importantly, we will see that the road we’re traveling as a nation was feared by our Founding Fathers — and while there’s still time, their warnings must be heeded.

We’ll begin with our first president, George Washington. He wrote a prayer to “O most glorious God, in Jesus Christ,” and concluded, “Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy holy word … Direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the way, the truth and the life.”

John Adams, our second president, wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson, our third president, asked, “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God?”

Our sixth president, John Quincy Adams, said, “Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?”

Andrew Jackson, our seventh president, confided, “I have full confidence in [God’s] goodness and mercy … The Bible is true … I have tried to conform to its spirit as near as possible. Upon that sacred volume, I rest my hope for eternal salvation, through the merits and blood of our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

The Christian writings of Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, would fill an entire book. In 1863, Lincoln declared in a proclamation calling for a national day of prayer and fasting: “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven … We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined … that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. … we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”

“We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us.”

Theodore Roosevelt, America’s 26th president, wrote this: “In the actual world, a churchless community, a community where men have abandoned and scoffed at or ignored their religious needs, is a community on the rapid downgrade.”

Woodrow Wilson, our 28th president, stated plainly, “America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness, which are derived from the revelations of the Holy Scripture.”

Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president, said this about America’s Founding Fathers: “They were intent upon establishing a Christian commonwealth in accordance with the principle of self-government. They were an inspired body of men … Who can fail to see in it the hand of destiny? Who can doubt that it has been guided by a Divine Providence?”

Franklin Roosevelt, America’s 32nd president, observed, “With every passing year, I become more confident that humanity is moving forward to the practical application of the teachings of Christianity as they affect the individual lives of men and women everywhere.”

Harry Truman, our 33rd president, understood the spiritual heritage of this nation. He said, “If men and nations would but live by the precepts of the ancient prophets and the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount, problems which now seem so difficult would soon disappear … That is a supreme opportunity for the church to continue to fulfill its mission on earth … No other agency can do it. Unless it is done, we are headed for the disaster we would deserve.”

Gerald Ford, the 38th president, quoted a speech by Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first — the most basic — expression of Americanism. Thus, the Founding Fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be.”

Ronald Reagan, our 40th president, observed the growing hostility toward religion: “The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom and open-mindedness. Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion? They refuse to tolerate its importance in our lives.”

Our 43rd president, George W. Bush, when asked in a debate to choose a political philosopher important to his life, chose Jesus Christ, saying, “He changed my heart.”

Donald J. Trump, our 45th and current president, recently said, “Faith is central to American life and to liberty. Our Founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Our currency declares, ‘In God We Trust.’ And we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are ‘One Nation Under God’ … Throughout our history, we see the story of God’s providence. And in every city and town, we see the Lord’s grace all around us, through a million acts of kindness, courage and generosity. We love God.”

These are but a handful of the expressions of faith offered by our presidents throughout American history. Hundreds of other quotes exist in the record.

I can’t read their writings without marveling at the spiritual heritage handed down to us.

But these statements of faith also evoke a certain sadness over what is happening to our great country today.

We are witnessing an unprecedented campaign to secularize our society and demoralize our institutions from the top down. Most forms of prayer have been declared unconstitutional in our public schools — even if student-initiated.

The Ten Commandments have been prohibited on school bulletin boards. Secular universities are blatantly hostile to Christian precepts, and the media scream “Foul!” whenever someone speaks openly of his or her beliefs.

This is the wonderful land of the free — yet we have gagged and bound many of our public officials, our teachers, our elected representatives and our judges.

Since we have effectively censored expressions of faith in public life, today’s youth are growing up with little understanding of the spiritual principles on which our country was founded. No wonder so many of them can kill, steal, take drugs, and engage in promiscuous sex with no pangs of conscience.

We have taught them that right and wrong are arbitrary — subjective — changing. They learned their lessons well. Liberty — the liberty we enjoy as Christians and the liberty we celebrate as Americans — rests upon knowing the truth.

As Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

This Independence Day, let’s celebrate our godly heritage — and recommit to the truth that made us free and will keep us free.

Dr. James Dobson is founder and president of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family.

https://www.lifezette.com/2019/07/america-our-great-nation-was-built-on-faith/

Pray for America… And Overcome Evil with Good

Aug 9, 2019 By Alveda King

(Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

– Philippians 4:8

Our hearts go out and our prayers go up for the victims in America’s most recent tragedies. Perhaps the most comforting compliment to President and First Lady Trump’s outreach to the families of the victims of the recent massacres in Ohio and Texas is the appeal of a young boy who asks Americans to respond to the horrendous violence by performing 22 acts of kindness to those around us.

Meanwhile, in comparison, comments made by former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden, both blaming President Trump, in part, for the mass murders, and O’Rourke going so far as to accuse Trump of being a white supremacist, are untimely and unseemly.

Democrats and their compatriots are not being truthful. Here are seven instances where President Trump denounces  the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacy.

Biden and his Democratic compatriots support immoral baby killers, including Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby.

Race baiters fail to mention that George Wallace apologized. It was a reaching-out moment of reconciliation, of Wallace’s asking for – and receiving – forgiveness. In a statement read for him – he was too ill to speak – Wallace told those in the crowd who had marched 30 years ago: “Much has transpired since those days. A great deal has been lost and a great deal gained, and here we are. My message to you today is, welcome to Montgomery. May your message be heard. May your lessons never be forgotten.”

Fake News refuses to cover President Trump’s accomplishments including fighting for the unborn, criminal justice reform, and aid to HBCUs. Meanwhile, they ignore Biden’s part in incarceration of hundreds and thousands of blacks.

Shame on Biden and his compatriots – race-baiting while POTUS and FLOTUS pay respect to the grieving. PRAY FOR AMERICA.

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”  – Romans 12:21

Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is the founder of King for America, Inc., consultant to the Africa Humanitarian Christian Fellowship and Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries.

https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/alveda-king/alveda-king-pray-america-and-overcome-evil-good

Remembering America’s Christian Roots

Michael Brown: To the extent we’ve cast off biblical foundations, we have deteriorated

Despite our many national failings, it cannot be denied that our nation has deep Christian roots. And it is because of, not despite, these godly, Christian origins that America became a great nation and that our daring national experiment succeeded as wildly as it did.

After all, in the beginning, we were just a bunch of struggling, fragmented colonies, and it seemed like the height of folly to take on the might of the British homeland. How, then, did we become the greatest global superpower in world history?

It is our biblically based foundations that paved the way. To the extent we have cast those off, we have deteriorated.

Consider the original charters of our first colonies. Stephen McDowell cites these representative examples.

The First Charter of Massachusetts (1629) states the desire that all the inhabitants would “be so religiously, peaceably, and civilly governed, as their good life and orderly conversation may win and incite the natives of country to the knowledge and obedience of the only true God and Savior of mankind, and the Christian faith, which in Our royal intention and the adventurers’ free profession, is the principal end of this plantation.”

Adopted Jan. 14, 1639, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut began with the inhabitants covenanting together under God “to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess.”

In 1682 the Great Law of Pennsylvania was enacted revealing the desire of William Penn and the inhabitants of the colony to establish “laws as shall best preserve true Christian and civil liberty, in opposition to all unchristian, licentious, and unjust practices, (whereby God may have his due, Caesar his due, and the people their due).”

Not surprisingly, in some of these colonies, Sabbath (Sunday) laws were enforced, church attendance was mandatory, and biblical morality was required.

Obviously, we cannot return to those days, since America today is greatly diversified. And even among professing Christians, we are far from totally unified. Plus, we cannot expect tens of millions of non-Christians and non-believers to practice some form of Christianity.

To be quite frank, it would be dangerous to think that by passing certain laws, we could turn 21st century America into 18th century America.

Certainly not. To do so would be the equivalent of trying to make America into a Christian theocracy, which is something I categorically reject.

But that doesn’t mean we cannot recover much of the spirit and ethic of our earliest founders. And it certainly doesn’t mean that followers of Jesus cannot live as followers of Jesus. To the contrary, given the unique history and Constitution of our country, our nations depends on it. And without a thriving church, America cannot be truly great.

So, as the colonies developed and the United States of America was born, as the population grew and diversified, changes had to come. And they most certainly did.

There were greater divergences in Christian expression along with an ever-increasing secularism.

But the Bible still remained prominent in American thinking. And, quite certainly, the nation identified as Christian and was, broadly speaking, a God-fearing country.

This is reflected by the observations of the French philosopher and historian Alexis de Tocqueville during his celebrated visit to America in the 1830s.

As he famously remarked, “Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things.”

De Tocqueville noticed how bookseller shops contained “an enormous quantity of religious works, Bibles, sermons, edifying anecdotes, controversial divinity, and reports of charitable societies.” He also spoke of visiting people living in log cabins whose only book was the Bible.

So, despite the diversity of the United States in the 1830s, the biblical principles on which the nation were founded continued to have a profound influence.

As de Tocqueville also noted, “The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom.”

And, he added, “The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other. Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts – the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.”

Ultimately, it was our Christian foundations that enabled us to eradicate slavery and fight against other injustices. If we believe in certain fundamental God-given rights, they must apply to all.

As our first president, George Washington, said in his Farewell Address, “Religion and morality” are the “firmest props of the duties of men and citizens” and therefore are “indispensable supports” of “the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity.” And, he added, “[R]eason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

On this Fourth of July, we do well to remember his words. Our very freedoms are at stake.

(Excerpted and adapted from Michael L. Brown, “Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation.”)

https://www.wnd.com/2019/07/remembering-americas-christian-roots/

VIDEO The Hand of God on America

 

Dan Celia Jun 30, 2017

 

On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia voted to approve a “Resolution of Independence” that would legally separate the 13 colonies from Great Britain.On that same date, founding father—and future President—John Adams wrote a letter to his wife that said, in part, “The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America.

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty…”Adams’ prediction was off by two days, but one thing was certain: our nation’s formation was surely a solemn act of God that should be held up with great devotion, even to this day. Still, I can’t help but wonder how many of us will take the time to think about the intervention of God on this Fourth of July holiday that we will observe across this great land.

Surely we can see the hand of God, not only in the writing of the Declaration of Independence, but in the Revolutionary War that followed.One thing hasn’t changed much since that time—but hopefully is as apparent today as it was back then—the hand of God is still on this nation. We know that the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence were surely written by men submitted to God.

I don’t need a brilliant man as a leader as much as I need one brilliant enough to defer to the will of God. Our nation has weathered many storms, which has allowed us to enjoy 241 unparalleled years of freedom. This could only have taken place because of the hand of God in our midst.

Like many on-air hosts, I whined, moaned and complained to tens of thousands of people throughout the entire past presidential administration and for two years prior to that.I find myself often doing the same about this current administration. But it’s more about the state of the union, the state of disunity among those who are in control, and what seems to be a lack of concern for doing what is right for the good of the people, the good of the nation and for future generations.I don’t perceive any unity that we can feel good about or stand firm upon. While the founding fathers who wrote our founding documents certainly did not agree on everything, their statesmanship still shines on in the 21st century.The art of negotiation, compromise and that unwavering unity, which came from God first and love of country second, was all that was needed to create an atmosphere of cooperation. This spirit of progress enabled the 13 colonies to develop into the greatest nation on earth.

Although it’s sad to say in this day of political correctness, I don’t expect to see a Congress that is unified around one God. But I pray our lawmakers will follow their oath to be unified in the defense of our nation, our freedoms, our Constitution and our republic.

Maybe this Independence Day will be a time we reflect on the great courage and statesmanship of our founding fathers. Maybe it’s time we reflect on unwinnable wars that were won because of America’s unity and faith. Perhaps this Fourth of July, we can reflect on our founding, and honor our fallen heroes and those who still serve today, and remember the strengths of this great country.

On Tuesday, let’s also reflect on the greatness we have yet to see, and know it can be easily obtained. However, we must find statesmen willing to set aside their differences for the good of the greatest nation on earth, the home of the brave and land of the free. God bless America.

https://townhall.com/columnists/dancelia/2017/06/30/the-hand-of-god-on-america-n2348719


God’s Hand In America By Eric Metaxas Church Sermons, Free Sunday Services

Aug 1, 2017
God’s Hand In America
By Eric Metaxas Church Sermons, Sunday Sermons, Church Services, Bible Study, Christian

When the Founding Father’s put this country together they gave us Freedom of Religion: Freedom of Religion is not the same as freedom of worship. Freedom of worship is worthless without freedom of religion. The Christians’ faith is not to be contained in the privacy of a church service it is to be lived out everywhere we go. In this teaching we learn about the golden triangle of freedom. In the 1960’s they stopped teaching this in public schools and today in universities they teach against this. Freedom requires virtue, virtue requires faith, and faith in turn requires freedom. It’s important to understand these principles so we can encourage others about what we believe, and share our liberty with rest of the world.


The Constitutional Christian DVD w/ David Barton & Mike Huckabee


God’s Hand in American History (Part 1)


God’s Hand in American History (Part 2)


 

Christianity, NC, the Mecklenburg Resolves and Freedom

By Dr. Mark Creech – May 19, 2019

Rev. Benjamin Morris was a Congregational minister, who lived from 1810 to 1867, pastored churches in Indiana and Ohio, and other places. When his health failed, he retired from ministry and moved to Washington, D.C.

Morris developed a deep concern that America was drifting from her spiritual moorings and spent a decade writing Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States. 

Morris’ book, which has been reprinted by American Vision, is 1060 pages of masterful documentation showing, as Archie P. Jones, says in the Forward, that:

“it was Christianity – not paganism, ‘religious neutrality,’ or secularism – which produced freedom and justice in the West and in America…He sought to give Christians and Americans a true vision of the hand of the Lord in our history and of the crucial, foundational place of Christianity in our civil government and public life…for the good of the people of the nation, for the cause of Christ, for the future, for Christian liberty and justice, and for the glory of God.”

One section of Morris’s work succinctly records the colonial history of North Carolina and the basis of her institutions on Christianity. He charts the movement of fugitives from Virginia seeking refuge from the “rigid, intolerant laws of that colony, which bore so heavily on all that could not conform to the ceremonies of the established Church” to the “Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, who formed so large a proportion of the people of North Carolina, and molded its religious and political character…”

Morris writes:

“The religious creed of these Christian immigrants formed a part of their politics so far as to lead them to decide that no law of human government ought to be tolerated in opposition to the expressed will of God. Their ideas of religious liberty have given a coloring to their political notions on all subjects – have been, indeed, the foundation of their political creed. The Bible was their text-book on all subjects of importance, and their resistance to tyrants was inspired by the free principles which it taught and enforced.”

Morris sites, as an example, the instructions given to the delegates of Mecklenburg County:

“which constituted the celebrated Mecklenburg Convention of North Carolina convened in 1775.”

The delegates were instructed to “assent and consent” to the Christian religion:

“as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament…to the exclusion forever of all and every other (falsely so-called) religion.”

Morris writes:

 “This political paper declares that the people of North Carolina believed the Bible, and from it drew their principles of morals, religion and polities. To abjure the Christian religion would have been, with them, to abjure freedom and immortality. They asserted in every political form the paramount authority of the Christian religion as the sole acknowledged religion of the state and community.”

During the Mecklenburg Convention, which met on the 15th of May, 1775, delegates also learned of the battle of Lexington, which precipitated the Mecklenburg Resolves five days later on May 20th.

The Mecklenburg Resolves would later become to be known as the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Its claim to fame is that it was the first declaration of Independence made by the Thirteen American Colonies during the Revolutionary War period. It was written a year before the United States Declaration of Independence.

Its original copy having been lost in a fire, the existence of The Mecklenburg Declaration is contested by some. But in 1829, the state legislature ordered a select committee to investigate and settle any controversy surrounding it. The committee heard compelling testimony from eye-witnesses who were said to be men beyond reproach. Many of these men were decorated Revolutionary War heroes, and two were ordained, Presbyterian ministers.

Although not acclaimed as it was by earlier North Carolinians, the state still recognizes The Mecklenburg Declaration. Its date is on the state flag and state seal. Its story was at one time printed in elementary school books and taught in public schools. Moreover, in 1881, the North Carolina General Assembly made May 20th a legal holiday to commemorate the Mecklenburg Declaration. Presidents William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Gerald Ford visited Charlotte to participate in “Meck Dec Day” celebrations.

Morris contends that the Mecklenburg Resolves were:

“a noble monument of the patriotism and piety of the people of North Carolina.”

Morris writes:

“The colony of North Carolina is particularly distinguished for the large number of able and patriotic ministers who were diligent laborers in the fields of intellectual and Christian culture and in sowing broadcast the seeds of liberty and of future independence…These men were the pioneers of freedom and independence, and in all the measure preparatory to the coming revolution they were the foremost leaders.”

Monday, May 20th, marks a historic day for North Carolina. North Carolina was first in freedom. And is it any surprise that the religion of the Great Emancipator, Jesus Christ, would be at the heart of it?

As seen here at Christian Action League of North Carolina. Posted here with permission.

 

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Nation Stolen By Force

May 9, 2019 by DAVE DAUBENMIRE

Words are powerful.  They can make or break an argument, a relationship, or even a judicial system.  Our entire nation has been captured and we really have no idea how it happened.

Well, let me help you here.  One of the greatest weapons that the Left has used to STEAL this nation is through the power of words.  Just stop and consider for a moment the words that we use today that have nothing to do with the meaning of the words 50 years ago.

Some call it evolution.  I call it destruction.  Devolution is actually a better term.  America hasn’t EVOLVED, it has devolved.  Despite what the academics, the entertainers, and the talking heads have told you, America is not better off today than it was fifty years ago.  We have been lied to.  Snookered would be a better term, by the wordsmiths and their effective, decades-long march through the institutions of America.

Think about how the words have changed.  Gay, tolerant, accepting, love, judgment, are neutral words that have been weaponized.  Heck, masculine, male, man, are all nothing more than identifiers twisted and used for an evil intent.  The altering of the words has turned America upside down.  Today, the children, and those who act like children, are running the world.  How did all this happen?

By force.  That’s how they did it.  But we don’t even understand that process either because we have allowed the word-meisters to miss represent what FORCE even means.  Read carefully this verse out of the book of Matthew.

From the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of God has suffered violence and violent men take it by FORCE.”

Is force violence?  Is violence force?  Why is it we always hear from America’s pulpits that we are to avoid “violence” while our entire heritage is being taken from us?  Violence is a result of FORCE.  Let me do a bit of word-excavating with you.

http://webstersdictionary1828.com  is a great place to start if you want to truly understand how the RIGHT has been manipulated by the words that the LEFT has altered.  Can someone explain to me why you find yourself calling homosexuals GAY?  Homosexuals aren’t GAY…happy…they are some of the nastiest people we run into while doing street ministry.  Yet the culture has programmed us to call them by the name that the LEFT has chosen…Gay.  And we dutifully comply.  Why do you call homosexuals gay?

Force is defined by Mr. Webster as “To compel; to constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a power not resistible. Men are forced to submit to conquerorsTo overpower by strength.”

Isn’t that exactly what the LEFT has done to our culture?  Would you like me to rattle off for you the devastating cultural changes that they have FORCED down our throats through the judicial process?  Have they taken over our schools and the education of our children by the use of violence or force?  Has the name of Jesus been stripped from the minds of our children and our government by the use of violence or by force?

You see, violence is what they accuse us of when we choose to push back against the FORCE that they have applied. Like the trained monkeys we all parrot the mantra “don’t get violent.” The LEFT uses FORCE while they accuse us of VIOLENCE.  The two words really aren’t that different.

But even the word “violence” is a sham.  Mr. Webster tells us that to “violate” means  To injure; to hurt; to interrupt; to disturb; To break; to infringe; to transgress;” Don’t you understand how much the average Christian has been violated by the FORCE of the LEFT?  Everything that the LEFT has destroyed in this nation has been done through the use of FORCE…judicial force in particular.  They have perpetrated VIOLENCE on the beliefs of Jesus-fearing Christians for nearly 70 years.

And WE are the ones they accuse of “threats of violence.”  My friends, as difficult as this is for you to swallow, violence comes about as a last result of those who have been FORCED to accept things against their will.  The Left and the courts have FORCED us to violate our conscience while warning us not to get violent.  FORCE by deception IS Violence.

We are at a crossroads in America and if we do not push back WITH FORCE against the Demonic Left, violence awaits us on the horizon.  We must push back NOW with an even greater FORCE to prevent physical VIOLENCE in the streets.

Violence is defined as “unjust force; moral force; vehemence.”  We have lost America through the use of unjust moral vehemence which was FORCED upon us.  We have been violated.  The weapons they have used have been lies and deception.  Those are far more dangerous and destructive than any man-made weapon.

Properly applied moral FORCE will ultimately prevent violence.  Let’s push back NOW before it is too late.

“From the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of God has suffered violence and violent men take it by FORCE.”

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