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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Being thankful on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is quite a holiday!  I cannot say what I wish to say better than what is said below,  other than to thank all the servicemen, the firemen and policemen and all others who serve to protect and defend the civilian population.   Remember my friends, if you are in such service, that the public must never become part of an "us versus them" mentality.   Men and women in such services need to remember that you come from among us, you are part of us and the vast majority of us support you and are on the same side with you.  You deserve our respect and thanks and you always will.  As for those of you have have served in the past, my thanks!   For those who never have and never will, please be thankful that others have been willing to defend you and that all those who do it are volunteers, so give them respect!

Anything in this color is a comment by me, otherwise this article is entire and is attributed appropriately.

America's Christian Heritage - The Revolution and Beyond

by Alliance for Life Ministries

Most people don't realize what this nation was like at its beginning. Even as late as 1776 – 150 years after a Christian group we refer to as the Pilgrims moved their church to America, we see the population of our country as: 98 percent Protestant Christians, 1.8 percent Catholic Christians, and .2 of 1 percent Jewish. That means that 99.8% of the people in America in 1776 professed to be Christians.

(It should be noted that many theists who were not classic Christians still would be identified as Protestants in those days.   However theists acknowledge a Supreme Being...)
 
Reverend Jonas Clark was a very influential man and the parson of Christ Church, which was "thee" church in a small town named Lexington in 1775. In his church parking lot, only a few feet from the church parsonage, the first shot of the Revelutionary War was fired and the first blood spilled. The people that were killed were members of his congregation. Clark looked down with great anguish at the bodies of those who had died and made this statement: "From this day will be dated the liberty of the world." It began in a church. It began with a pastor that was part of the "Black Regiment" because of the black robes they wore. These pastors preached resounding sermons that resonated throughout New England about the evils of tyranny and the importance of liberty.

Revolutionary leaders were devout men who could not have been more empathic in their determination that our national policy rested on Scriptural foundation. Of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, 52 were Orthodox Christians.

(Also, many were Masons but the Masonic Lodge in the days of the Revolution was, in Europe and especially in the Colonies a kind of a 'gentlemen for freedom' club more concerned about establishing free societies than rituals and secret handshakes.)
 
OUR FOUNDING FOREFATHERS PAVE THE WAY BEFORE US:
 
After signing the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Adams, who was called the firebrand of the American Revolution, affirmed his obedience to God by stating, "We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom alone men ought to be obedient. From the rising to the setting of the sun may His kingdom come."
 
Reverend Doctor John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, described as the "man who shaped the man that shaped America" said, "God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable . . . ." Reverend Witherspoon was also responsible for publishing two American editions of the Bible. 

Benjamin Franklin, who signed the Declaration and was often identified as a deist in his younger years, delivered his most famous speech on June 28, 1787, at the age of eighty-one. He 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."
 
Other notable Christian signers of the Declaration were: Charles Thompson, who is responsible for the first translation of the Greek Septuagint into English; Dr. Benjamin Rush, founder of the first Bible Society in America; Francis Hopkinson, who was responsible for the first American hymnbook; Cesar Rodney, whose home State of Delaware (the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution) required that officeholders sign a declaration of Christian faith, Thomas Nelson JR, Commander of the Virginia Militia, and Thomas McKean, the man responsible for the first legal commentary on the constitution of the United States. Pennsylvania's Chief Justice, a founding father, said to a man sentenced to die for treason, "It behooves you most seriously to reflect upon your conduct, to repent of your evil deeds, to be incessant in prayers to the great and merciful God to forgive you your . . . sins."

John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, said, "Let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe."
 
Governor Morris, who wrote the Constitution in 1787, and wrote in 1790 and in 1791, two commentaries on the Constitution said, "Religion is the solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God."
 
William Paterson, a signer of the Constitution, closed his speeches with Proverbs 29:2: "When the righteous rule, the people rejoice. When the wicked rule, the people groan."
 
George Mason, father of the Bill of Rights, exclaimed, "My soul I resign into the hands of my Almighty Creator, whose tender mercies are all over His works . . . "

Nathan Hale, called the "Martyr Spy," came from a solid Christian foundation and upbringing. He is best remembered for his last words, prior to laying down his life for God and country at the young age of twenty-one, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
 
Two other founding fathers of our nation that expressed their fervent Christian beliefs were Roger Sherman and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. Alexander Hamilton could also be added to that list. 

John Jay, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court wrote, "Unto Him who is the Author and giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings, and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son."
 
James Wilson, George Washington's appointment to the Supreme Court stated, "Christianity is part of the common-law."
 
Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story (appointed by President James Madison) called America a "Christian country."

Statesman Daniel Webster warned of political disaster. He stated, "If we and our posterity neglect religious instruction and authority . . . no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us." Webster said on December 22,1820, observing the 200th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts, "Let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers brought hither their high veneration of the Christian religion."
 
French historian Alex de Tocqueville, author of "Democracy in America" in 1835, wrote, "There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America."
 
Noah Webster, who literally wrote the English dictionary claimed, "The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all civil Constitutions and laws."

Patrick Henry, a Christian patriot, golden tongued orator of the Revolutionary period, and the only U.S. Governor to be elected and reelected five times said in a celebrated speech before the Revolutionary War, "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Henry also said, "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 Gospels of Jesus Christ."

One of the great slogans of the American Revolution was "No King but King Jesus!"
 
In 1799 the Supreme Court in Maryland ruled: "By our form of government the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon equal footing, and they are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty."
 
The founding fathers expected officeholders to be Christians.While denominational affiliation didn't matter, a belief in God and the Bible was paramount. Nine of the thirteen colonies had written constitutions. Many of them required officeholders to sign a declaration that amounted to a statement of faith. The Delaware Constitution of 1776 is a perfect example. Everyone appointed to public office had to say: "I do profess faith in God the Father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed forevermore; and I do acknowledge the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be given by divine inspiration."
 
Two historians at the University of Houston did a 10-year study of the ideas that shaped our republic. They started with 15,000 documents from the Colonial era, which were boiled down to 3,154 statements. The three most quoted individuals were French philosopher Montesquieu (8.3 percent), English jurist William Blackstone (7.9 percent) and English philosopher John Locke (2.9 percent). But Biblical citations dwarfed them all. Ninety-four percent of the founding fathers quotes were based on the Bible--34 percent directly from its pages and 60 percent from men who had used the Bible to arrive at their conclusions.
 
The Bible is the foundation upon which our nation was built. A hundred and nineteen of the first schools, including Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Yale, were established on the Word of God and dedicated to the Lordship of Christ and for the training of disciples of the Lord. As late as 1850 Christians ran virtually every newspaper in this country. The law and the federal and local judiciaries were either all Christians or Jewish. 

The Continental Congress, in 1777, recommended and approved that the Committee of Commerce "import 20,000 Bibles from Holland, Scotland, or elsewhere," because of the great need of the American people and the great shortage caused by the interruption of trade with England by the Revolutionary War.

PRIORITIES OF OUR EARLY U.S. PRESIDENTS:

On April 30,1789, the first President of the United States, George Washington, took the oath of office with his hand on the Bible opened to Deuteronomy 6. In his first inaugural address, President Washington acknowledged God for the reason for America's birth: "It would be improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplication to that Almighty Being. . . . No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than people of the United States. . . . We ought to be no less persuaded that 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." President Washington's inaugural address concluded with a church service at Saint Paul's Chapel, led by the chaplains of Congress. 

(Technically George Washington was NOT the first President and I invite you to do the research, but he was the first President who was Chief Executive and he DID refuse to take the title of King when offered to him.)

President Washington professed his Christian faith publicly in many of his speeches and writings. "True religion offers to government its surest support," Washington said. "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." His personal prayer book, written in his own handwriting, declares: "O most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ my merciful loving Father, I acknowledge and confess my guilt, in the week and imperfect performance of the duties of this day." It is factual that President Washington knelt and prayed and read the Bible for one hour every day. John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court described Washington: "Without making ostentatious professions of religion, he was a sincere believer in the Christian faith, and a truly devout man." 

John Adams, our second president, said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government or any other."
 
Even Thomas Jefferson, third president, and one who certainly did not hold to all the traditional doctrines of Christianity, placed the Bible and Isaac Watt's Book of Psalms and Hymns in the District of Columbia's public schools. Jefferson declared religion: "Deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support."
 
James Madison, fourth president of the United States and referred to as the "Father of the Constitution," stated, "The belief in a God All Powerful, wise and good, is essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man."
 
John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States and "Chief Architect" of the Constitution said, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
 
Andrew Jackson, our seventh president claimed (referring to the Bible) "That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic stands."

A QUICK TOUR OF OUR CAPITOL REMINDS US THAT THIS NATION WAS BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATIONS OF CHRISTIAN BELIEF.

   
  • The Supreme Court building portrays Moses holding the Ten Commandments through which the voice of God thunders "Thou shalt not murder.



  • The Capitol Rotunda contains eight massive oil paintings, each depicting a major event in history. Four of these paintings portray Jesus Christ and the Bible: 1) Columbus landing on the shores of the New World, and holding high the cross of Jesus Christ, 2) a group of Dutch pilgrims gathered around a large, opened Bible, 3) a cross being planted in the soil, commemorating the discovery of the Mississippi River by the Explorer De Soto, and 4) the Christian baptism of the Indian convert Pocahontas. 



  • Statuary Hall contains life size statues of famous citizens that have been given by individual states. Medical missionary Marcus Whitman stands big as life, holding a Bible. Another statue is of missionary Junipero Serra, who founded the missions of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montery and San Diego. Illinois sent a statue of Francis Willard, an associate of the evangelist Dwight L. Moody. 



  • Inscribed on the walls of the Library of Congress are quotes honoring the study of art, the wall is etched with "Nature is the art of God." A quote honoring Science says, "The heavens declare the glory of God." An inspiration honoring religion is Micah 6:8, "What doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God."



  • On a wall in the Jefferson Memorial we read, "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated without His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever."



  • As you climb the steps inside the Washington Monument you will notice stones with inscriptions on them. Some of them are, "Search the Scriptures" – "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it" – "The memory of the just is blessed" – "Holiness to the Lord" – and the top which says "Praise be to God!" 



  • Inscribed on the north wall of the Lincoln Memorial is the Presidents second inaugural address. Lincoln feared that God would not be satisfied until every drop of blood drawn by the lash is repaid by another drop of blood drawn by the sword.



  • Are these inscriptions just empty words, nostalgic sayings that no longer describe the ideals of our nation's government? Consider the message of another inscription, this one at the base of a large statute entitled "Heritage," which is outside the main entrance of the National Archives. It reads: "The heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future."
     
    No seed flourishes if it is not cultivated. 

    These facts of our national history, quotations, monuments, paintings, and inscriptions shout through the generations that the highest values of these United States are firmly founded in the God of truth and the Christian faith.
     
    For more detailed additional information we direct you to Christianity and the Constitution by John Eidsmoe, published by Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 49516
    Whatever happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Click here to find out.

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    The Plymouth community that became The Dominion of New England and eventually roughly comprised the start of what would be the State of Massachusetts did not survive and succeed in part because it incorporated some elements of socialism and it also incorporated religion as a mandate of government rather than a right.  Perhaps this is a very simple way of viewing the Pilgrims but they did help begin our nation and also served as a lesson learned when we became the United States of America.   We would not have a national religion nor would we be a socialist state.

    Now Humanism is the national religion taught in the government schools and Socialism is the philosophy that drives this Obama Administration.   Now is the time that all good men and women and teenagers alike decide whether they will allow this to continue or whether they will work to return this country to the principles of small government, religious freedom, personal freedom, and capitalism as the means by which any and all may be free to pursue life, liberty and happiness.   Even on this day when we give thanks for what we have and who we love, shall we not also decide to make an effort to take every attack on our Constitution as a call to action and be willing to work to restore those wonderful ideals that our Founding Fathers passed on to us, the ideals that Ronald Reagan revived and that are under attack this very day?

    Okay, I had to add something from the Day by Day site...I think this illustrates the great divide between the American People and the State of Obama:

    12 comments:

    Hawkeye® said...

    Radar,
    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

    (:D) Best regards...

    Anonymous said...

    Sad that even on Thanksgiving you can't refrain from dwelling in intolerance, distortion and partisan jabs. Nice.

    radar said...

    Only someone who does not love America as she was founded would consider my post intolerant or partisan. There is not one hint of distortion. Yet another fact-free complaint from the anonymous herd.

    highboy said...

    Sad when the anonymous circle jerk squad can't even let a guy write a Thanksgiving post without crapping more meaningless drivel all over it. If there is something in radar's post that is factually incorrect, go ahead and post it provided with an actual source to verify. Otherwise, you're just another anonymous troll. You don't get internet tough guy points for making baseless accusations.

    Anonymous said...

    Highboy, why not simply admit that you LOVE trolls? After all, you keep feeding them.
    If anything, you're an internet troll's wet dream: someone who just can't contain himself and just has to type a reply, preferably with some attempts at insulting. If there's anything a troll feeds on, it's people who try to insult him/her. He/she might not score tough guy points (what is that anyway?), but sure got you where he/she wanted you.

    Kinda ironic that you attack someone for crapping meaningless drivel over Radar's article while at the same time rewarding any troll behaviour by replying to it and thus encouraging them to come back for more. Do you want Radar's blog to turn into some kind of trollfest? Sheesh, with friends like these...

    anotheranonymouscoward

    Anonymous said...

    Um Radar, you say above,

    "Now Humanism is the national religion taught in the government schools and Socialism is the philosophy that drives this Obama Administration. Now is the time that all good men and women and teenagers alike decide whether they will allow this to continue or whether they will work to return this country to the principles of small government, religious freedom, personal freedom, and capitalism as the means by which any and all may be free to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Even on this day when we give thanks for what we have and who we love, shall we not also decide to make an effort to take every attack on our Constitution as a call to action and be willing to work to restore those wonderful ideals that our Founding Fathers passed on to us, the ideals that Ronald Reagan revived and that are under attack this very day?"

    If this isn't partisan I don't know what is. I mean, you vilify Obama and deify Regan in the same short paragraph.

    Oh and hb, you accuse someone else of "crapping" all over this nice "thanksgiving" post AFTER dropping "circle jerk" on everyone in the first few words of your comment. Really? You do know what that term means, don't you?

    - Canucklehead.

    highboy said...

    "Oh and hb, you accuse someone else of "crapping" all over this nice "thanksgiving" post AFTER dropping "circle jerk" on everyone in the first few words of your comment. Really? You do know what that term means, don't you?"

    Sure, I love embarrassing trolls like you. As for circle jerk, while my expertise may not be as extensive as yours, I certainly know what it means.

    But its interesting how once again, the squad of anonymous trolls were unable to make any verifiable points, so its back to the "we're just screwing with highboy" smokescreen.

    Anonymous said...

    And once again highboy couldn't resist the bait....

    Anonymous said...

    Good stuff, hb. Glad that you can acknowledge the fact that you crudely referenced "mutual masturbation" in a "Thanksgiving" comment where you accuse others of lowering the level of discourse on this blog. Also glad to see that you're still working some shifts for the internet comment police. At least you're working, right? Tell me, as a "Theology major", does this count as "working in your field", or does using the term "circle jerk" preclude you from that honor. Here's hoping that you can make enough cash over the holidays to lift those kids of yours out of that poverty you speak so fondly of raising them in. Although I suspect that your duties with the comment police are, sadly, purely voluntary.

    Oh and why on earth would you think this was an embarrassing situation for me? I mean, I'm not the one allowing ones bizarre fantasies to colour the language in the comments of this blog. You are just so weird hb. I suspect it has something to do with the intense rage you harbor on account of the fact that you have wasted much of your adult life on trying to prove "christian mythology" is "fact". I mean, that would drive a lot of people crazy, and if not crazy, directly to Atheism. LOL. After reading the following article,

    http://iowastatedaily.com/news/article_dc15f8b2-eb81-11df-9186-001cc4c002e0.html

    I thought of you, and have come to the conclusion that you really just need to study that bible harder. I promise that dropping this whole christian apologist thing you've got going on, would do wonders for that pesky rage problem of yours.

    - Canucklehead.

    highboy said...

    Wow Canuck, spend a few hours trying to come up with all that clap trap of lies and retarded childishness? Or does it just come easy for a guy/girl/thing like you nowadays?

    For the record, no one is trying to "police" you. I'm making fun of you. I don't want you to stop. I like how you embarrass yourself. It makes me laugh. Get it? And no, its not "unChristian" to be sarcastic. (ever heard of Jesus) and call it like you see it, and you wouldn't know one way or the other. As for your blatantly ridiculous line about poverty: please son. When you're old enough to actually work, you'll understand the English language better so you won't have to twist what someone posts in order to relieve your hurt feelings. Its not a "rage" problem, its a delight in watching you cheer from the sidelines because you're too incompetent to say anything of substance for yourself. Not all Canadians seem to have your obvious inferiority complex so its puzzling why you display one in such a raw fashion.

    Anonymous said...

    I don't want you to stop. I like how you embarrass yourself. It makes me laugh.

    The feeling is likewise. Please continue to be entertaining by trying to be insulting.

    Anonymous said...

    So its back to the "I'm just screwing with Canucklehead" smokescreen. LOL. Rage on hb, rage on. I'm sure your kids just love that aspect of your personality.

    Oh and while being sarcastic, may not be "unchristian", acting the way you do on this blog certainly would be considered as such. Imagine if someone you knew IRL happened upon your comments here? Now THAT would be embarrassing.

    - Canucklehead.