Have you seen the news? I am appalled–but not surprised. Mostly, my heart is breaking. Allow me the luxury of a rant . . .
I wrote the following post a week before the tragedy and failure of our nation’s elite leadership, on July 5th. On that day these “elected” individuals publicly exposed what reasonable, God-fearing, right-thinking people have known for years: We are being held captive in the throes of a corrupt, strategically planned undermining of the fabric of the United States of America.
Elected officials in the highest offices of the land have betrayed and deceived millions as they systematically seek to unravel the most brilliant historical documents ever penned by flawed men, who once sought to separate themselves from a government such as we now serve, to create a truly just human government for all!
I am grieved beyond words to see the trampling of the noble and much-loved traditional values that remain ensconced in stone on monuments set up in every quarter of our nation to remind succeeding generations from whence they have come.
This post is being publishing simultaneously this week on the Ruby for Women blog. May God have mercy on us because of our national sin, deliver us from evil lords, and heal our land.
Red, white, and blue are the ONLY colors I’m flying in any flag to represent the United States of America. Our nation’s title is quite the oxymoron in these current days of manipulated divisions and contrived crisis. Patriotism is politically incorrect, in addition to sense and reason. Helter-Skelter headlines terrorize and confuse the masses, eroding hard-won foundations by the first “greatest generation” of American Christian men and women in the 18th century. Their blood, sacrifices, and precious legacies are dissed and distorted–or not discussed at all–in contemporary classrooms and mainstream media.
Where are the likes of Godly leaders, whose strength is derived from selfless humility, love of mankind, integrity of character, and uprightness of heart?
Where are the men and women with classically trained minds who can critically think and reason from the firm foundation of historical and moral absolutes, rather than the shifting sands of relativism and the arbitrary deceptions of human feelings?
Where are the men and women in power who protect the people and nation entrusted to them by recognizing when the enemy is dressing for war?
A Little History Lesson
Noah Webster spent twenty years meticulously researching every word defined in his 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language. This became the foundation for the first American textbooks used to educate American citizens. He defined terms the way our Founding Father’s generation understood them to be defined. The way such terms were used in conversation and written documents. Noah Webster was part of a generation of classically trained thinkers and educators. Do not be deceived—not one of them would condone much of what is currently passing for new laws of the land and redefined cultural norms. Their words leave behind a different story than what is being conveniently rewritten of late.
Case in point—from the man who wrote our nation’s first public school textbooks:
Patriot Samuel Adams, most notable to this present generation for the beer that’s named after him, echoes Webster. He wrote using an elevated vocabulary, confident the readers of his day would understand him. He communicates far above the third grade reading level in which contemporary newspapers are written, declaring this mandate in no uncertain terms:
“Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots unite their endeavors to renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls in inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Diety and universal philanthropy . . . and in subordination to these great principles, the love of their country, of instructing them in the art of self-government of societies, great or small. In short, of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.”
For my part, as a lover of history, I never tire of reading the primary source historical record of our nation. There are so many amazing documented words left to posterity for us to KNOW the minds and purposes of our Founding Fathers. It always astounds me to see how contemporary spin doctors want to twist their words to match the prevailing departure from moral absolutes and solid rock reasoning. In doing so, they negate, if not erase, the predominant place that Christian precepts, character, and biblical morality have played in the formation of our American government and society.
“The highest, the transcendent glory of the American Revolution was this – it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principle of civil government with the precepts of Christianity.”
John Adams, Letters
The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, were written in keeping with a decidedly Christian worldview. This does not impede upon the idea of separation of church and state. The term “religion” was often used interchangeably with the term “Christian” at the time, both in conversation and personal writings. Saying that government will “not make any laws respecting the establishment of a religion” or give preference to, initially revolved around the idea of diverse denominations having the freedom to worship as they choose. This was forbidden at the time to the English Christians under the monarchy. That is why so much of the Christian faith is etched in stone on our national monuments and in the documented historical record of our government and leadership.
Understood and practiced correctly, Christianity was key to the establishment of true liberty sought by our Founders—an authoritative standard for law and liberty in a new country.
Flawed men as they were, and prone to error, the Founders knew from history that the heart of man is not to be fully trusted. Not only does history bare this truth out, their own consciences pricked by the solid rock of God’s Word does, too:
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; who can know it?”
Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV
Hence the brilliance of creating three divisions of power drafted in one government—checks and balances—was a wise choice in light of the lessons of history and past civilizations. The Founders professed a deep dependence upon God and held to a core belief that He would ultimately guide and direct this nation, via faith and biblical principles, so long as we remained humble in our acknowledgement of His Lordship in all our ways.
Sadly proven by our own history, when we blow it, God lets us eat the consequences of poor national choices. My prayer is for mercy—that we might return to Him and be healed.
So, as the 4th of July rolls around again–clearly jaded by the headlines of the 5th of July–I share some favorite quotes from worthy souls who put everything in their lives on the line for YOU to enjoy the freedoms you’ve had. Freedoms worthy of a lifetime of gratitude and vigilant protection. Freedoms revered, that is, until modern-day politicians and globalists began to denigrate their legacy, twisting our freedoms won to perverse ends, putting our nation on its present slippery slope to destruction.
May we remember our Lord in all the red, white, and blue festivities, apart from Whom our nation could not exist, and mark the day as John Adams hoped we would:
“It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” John Adams
In commemoration of our red, white, and blue, I barely scratch the surface of the available primary sources—in the Founders own words—to sing the praises of the day, and the author’s original intent:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness . . . We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions . . . And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
“It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia
“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? 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 and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets 600 years before.”
John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States
Excerpt from a speech on the 61st anniversary of The Declaration of Independence, 1837
Want to learn more about our American Christian History in the very words of those who crafted it so you can truly understand what they meant by the words they used in their primary source documented writings? I recomment this resource:
Our Founding Father’s words are MORE RELEVANT today–not less relevant–and we would be wise to learn from the lessons and sacrifices they have left us, so well documented.
Visit the Pageant Wagon Publishing blog this month for some Patriotic Book Reviews, and more pertinent quotes by our distinguished forebearers.
Want to learn more about one of the many women who bravely contributed to our American history–a WOMAN truly worthy of honor? Tune into my short story PODCAST this month at: Patriots, Petticoats, and Providential History. What young widow, Betsy Ross did when General Washington called her to make a place in history.
. . . with someone you love from here or the simul-post as my Rant on the Red, White, and Blue guest post at Ruby for Women.
Look for my FOLLOW-UP to this post later this month: LIVE in the Expectation of the Impossible!
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