Peculiar Country, Unique History

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”- Psalm 33:12

“In short, ours is a peculiar country with a unique history.  What is best in America can be traced back to our Judeo-Christian heritage.  What is problematic in our nation is our departure from that heritage.”- Dr. David Gibbs Jr. (from the book “One Nation Under God”)

 

Tomorrow people all across this wonderful United States of America are going to be blessed with a privilege, granted an amazing honor and handed a grave responsibility.  YOU the people hold within your hands a responsibility to your country, to those who have fought and died to make America what it is today, to the generations to follow you and to Almighty God in Heaven.

“[T]he Christian religion… is the basis, or rather the source, of all genuine freedom in government… I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of Christianity have not a controlling influence.”-Noah Webster

The above statement from Noah Webster reminds me that in order to have a country such as the United States of America, it must be led and guided by principles, standards and morals from the Bible.  For this to happen, I have the responsibility to go out tomorrow and vote according to the Bible and those principles held within.  I want to share a good portion from the book I mentioned above, “One Nation Under God,” by Dr. David Gibbs Jr. with Jerry Newcombe.  This is an amazing book and I highly recommend it for a read!  Here are 10 things that Dr. Gibbs says every Christian should know about the founding of America.

1.  Christopher Columbus, who opened up the New World to the Old, was motivated by his Christian faith to make his difficult voyage.

2.  In 1620, the Pilgrims drafted our nation’s first self-governing document, the Mayflower Compact.  In that document, they clearly stated that they had come to the New World to glorify God and to advance the Christian faith.

3.  The Puritans, who followed the Pilgrims to New England, created Bible-based commonwealths in order to practice a representative government that was modeled after their previous church covenants.  Their more than one hundred governmental covenants and compacts essentially laid the foundation for America’s Constitution, which was drafted in 1787 and ratified in 1789.

4.  Various settlements throughout the early colonies provided refuge for religious dissidents of all faiths- the most famous being Rhode Island, founded by Roger Williams, and Pennsylvania, founded by William Penn.

5.  The education of America’s settlers and founders was uniquely Christian and Bible-based.  Our Founding Fathers all received a thoroughly Christian education at all levels.  All America’s early universities- including Harvard, William and Mary, Yale, and Princeton- were Biblically Christian in their origins.  Rare was the American of 1776 who did not know the Scriptures.

6.  The Great Awakening was a key factor in uniting the separate pre -Revolutionary War colonies and in increasing communication among them.  As evangelists like George Whitefield roamed up and down the eastern seaboard preaching the Gospel, a religious revival occurred that drew the thirteen colonies together spiritually.  As clashes between Great Britain and America increased, these colonists sought peace with Mother England, but never at the price of compromising their religious convictions.

7.  The colonial pulpits, especially in New England, played a pivotal role in encouraging American independence from Britain.  The Minutemen were generally members of local churches, organized by their pastor or head deacon.  The pastors’ sermons, especially just before election day, informed the people about what was happening politically and what they, as faithful Christians, should do about it.

8.  Christianity played a very important role in bringing about American independence, including shaping the thinking of President George Washington and other early American heroes such as Samuel Adams, sometimes called the lightening rod of the American Revolution, and Patrick Henry, its great orator.

9.  The Declaration of Independence was based on Christian ideas and viewpoints.  Citizens understood that the liberties it granted to them had come directly from the God of the Bible.

10.  The Biblical understanding of the sinfulness of man was the guiding principle behind the United States Constitution.  The Bible was quoted more than any other source in the political writings of America’s founding era.  In the First Amendment, the founders presented America with a framework for religious liberty, not a weapon to be used by secularists against any public expression of Christianity.

Wow!  Some really amazing facts about this country to ponder and take in!  What this country was really founded on and what course it was set to take!  May we cast our vote to uphold this standard!

 

This year Emily Grace went to register to vote!  She was excited that she would be able to participate in the election this year!!  Here are some pics of her registering…………

Emily Grace…….New Voter in America!

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Local City Hall to Register

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Voting………….my freedom, my privilege, my responsibility!!!

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Registration

 

“[The Bible] is the Rock upon which our republic rests.”- Andrew Jackson, 7th President

 

” Finally, let us not forget the religious character of our origin.  Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the Christian religion.  They journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope.  They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, or literary.”- Daniel Webster, 19th Century American Leader

It amazes me to look at quotes and statements such as this and the 10 facts above and then to see these points below.  The below facts are taken form Dr. Gibbs book and are real things that are occurring in this country now.  How have we come to this?

 

*  Senior citizens were told they could not say grace before eating a common meal in a state- run senior center.

*  A local government attempted to outlaw religious displays in some public parks.

*  A government employee was reprimanded for decorating her office door with religious symbols during an Easter door-decorating contest.

*  A Christian student was told he could not read his Bible during independent reading time in public school.  He was also told he could not read a Christian magazine or even a book about the Constitution and Christian values.

*  University Students were prohibited from mentioning Jesus by name in an advertisement for their Christian group, even though school authorities did not censor ads for secular group meetings.

*  Public school students were told they would be expelled if they talked about Jesus in school.

*  School officials threatened to place a public school student in detention because she brought her Bible to school.

*  A pastor sued for what he preached

Then we read this statement from Franklin D. Roosevelt, ” We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic……  Where we have been truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.”

I look at the above statistics of events that are sobering and then these statements and what a contrast!  We as citizens and children of this great country must groan under the state of this nation and be compelled to be active in doing what we can to preserve the liberties of this country!  Is it not an exciting thought  that you and I can actually go out and cast a vote that will help guide this country in the path it is to go??!!

So what is the source of this country’s greatness?  Dr. Gibbs answers this in his book….”We are great because of our rich Christian heritage.  In a very real way, North America began in 1620 ” in the name of God,” as the Mayflower Compact, our very first self- governing document, clearly proclaims.”

As said in “One Nation Under God,”……” America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed.  That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence.”- G.K. Chesterton, popular 20th century writer.  So, lets remind ourselves again of the thought that started this post…….” In short, ours is a peculiar country with a unique history.  What is best in America can be traced back to our Judeo-Christian heritage.  What is problematic in our nation is our departure from that heritage.”  Let us help the “best” continue with our Christian heritage upheld……………..go vote………….your freedom…..your privilege………….your responsibility!!!………..Headin’ out to Vote, Lindsay:)