I SHALL KEEP MY HERITAGE

October 31, 2017

The primary campaign theme of Barrack Obama was the transformation of America.  The election of Donald Trump was a reaction to that proposal.  Millions of Americans awoke from their political slumber long enough to say, “We appreciate our heritage and have no desire to be separated from it.”  Mr. Obama informed us that we are not a Christian nation and even indicated that Muslims had a great deal to do with our founding.  Of course, he failed to give any examples of that pontification.

Important pieces of our historical quilt are left out at the modern schoolhouse which leaves nothing more than a ragged cloth with no particular design.  This effort plays well into the hands of the random evolutionist who rejects the idea of a grand Designer.  The author of the blueprint contradicts that notion with the following:  “But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the host of nations?  And I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me” (Jeremiah 3:19).  To be sure, this address was given to ancient Israel, but God has an interest in all nations (Deuteronomy 32:8) and the basic rules apply to each of them.

That our heritage is Christian is undeniable…let our history speak for itself.  In 1492 when Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, he made the following entries in his journal:  October 8 –“Thanks be to God”…  October 10 –“with the help of our Lord”…October 11 –“obligations to God Almighty.”  In 1513 when Balboa discovered the Pacific Ocean, he got on his knees and thanked God.  In 1541 when Hernando de Soto discovered the Mississippi river, he told the Indians, “Pray only to God Who is in Heaven, for what you need.”  In 1606 the First Charter of Virginia stated that the purpose of the Jamestown Colony was for “propagating of Christian religion to such People as yet live in Darkness.”  A 1609 pamphlet that circulated in the colony stated that the purpose of the settlement was “to preach and baptize into the Christian religion and by the propagation of the Gospel, to recover sinners out of the arms of the Devil.”  This was the spiritual heritage of three quarters of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  The Constitution of South Carolina (1778) required all voters to believe in “one God, and a future state of rewards and punishment.

The “Old Deluder Satan” act of 1642 in Massachusetts stated that children should be taught how to read because “it being one chief project of that old deluder Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures.”

 On September 7,1774, the members of the Continental Congress fell to their knees in prayer in Independence Hall; the prayer ended:  “All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Saviour.”

General George Washington’s “Prayer for the United States of America” began this way:  “Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer.”  It ended with: “we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

In 1853, on a Sunday, when Commodore Perry sailed his gunboats into Tokyo Harbor to open U.S. trade relations with Japan, he held a sacred concert featuring “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" and “Nearer, My God, to Thee” and won the hearts of the Japanese people.

In 1862, General Stonewall Jackson told another officer, “Yes, God blessed our armies again yesterday; and I hope with His protection and blessing we shall do still better today.”  In writing to his wife, he said, “God has been our shield; and to His name be all the glory.”

On April 4, 1865, in his last message to the South, Jefferson Davis said, “Let us not, then despond, my countrymen; but relying on the never failing mercies and protecting care of our God.”

After the Civil War, Robert E. Lee became the president of Washington College; he wrote:  “If I could only know that all the young men in this College were good Christians, I should have nothing more to desire.”  Could it be that the real reason to destroy the memory of Lee and Davis has not been reported by the liberal anti-God media?

In his second inaugural address on March 4, 1905, Teddy Roosevelt said, “but with gratitude to the Giver of good who has blessed us.”  Harry S Truman had a King James Bible on his desk and said, “I never make an important decision until I talk it over with the Lord.”

Voluminous books are filled with similar illustrations of America’s Godly heritage.  If this nation ever was a “great country,” it was not put together by anyone who supported or promoted anything pushed by the ACLU, the humanists, or the news media of the last fifty years.

“The lives are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage” (Psalm 16:6).  The reflections of the Psalmist should enlist a hearty "Amen" from every patriotic American!

 

 

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