Saturday, October 13, 2007
Is This a Christian Nation?? Thoughts from a reader...
Let us never forget that one of the first ships that landed on these shores, the Speedwell," was carrying Christians. The first act of those folks was to disembark, make an altar, and make a covenant with Almighty God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that this would be a Christian country, forever and always. A covenant with God cannot be broken, nor can it be altered, even by a wayward, silly US Congresswoman ... or a misguided President.
An inscription on the top left-hand sail of the Speedwell reads: ""God with us," from Matt. 1:23, the name that the angel gave to Joseph to give to the coming Son of God, Jesus Christ: "Emmanuel." These mighty Pilgrims landed in Cape Cod, MA on 11/11/1620. They drew up their famed "Mayflower Compact" on board ship. This was the beginning of the "government of the people, by the people and for the people," of the One Nation Under God. From the Mayflower Compact, we see the covenant with God: "In the Name of God, Amen ... Having undertaken, for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith ... a voyage to plant the first colony in
the northern parts of Virginia ... in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic ... (and signed by all the pilgrims) ... Cape Cod, 11 November, 1620."
On 9/7/1774, 36 Founding Fathers from the 11 States assembled at Carpenters' Hall, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (FYI: Carpenters' Hall is designed in the shape of a cross.) They invited Pastor Jacob Duche to open the Congress in prayer to Almighty God, and it has been opened thusly ever since (until recently, when prayers to false gods have been allowed). Barely six months later, Paul Revere made his famous ride warning, "The British are coming! The British are coming!" As he sounded the alarm, he was met with the battle cry, "No King, but King Jesus!!!" from the settlers, who were busying themselves gathering together arms and ammunition to fight the Redcoats. With the Mayflower Compact and the winning of that famous battle, the United States of America became the first Christian nation in history.
In May of 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia in order to stitch the separate states into a Republic, during which Benjamin Franklin said, "At the beginning of the war, we prayed for divine protection. Our prayers were answered. I have lived a long time. The longer I live, the more I see that "God governs in the affairs of man". A sparrow cannot fall without His notice. Can an empire rise without His aid? The Book of Psalms assures us that, Unless the Lord build a house, they labor in vain who build it. We can build our house in America only with His help. I therefore move that from now on, we begin each session in prayer, asking for assistance and blessing from Heaven." On 9/17/1787, the Constitution of these United States was signed by representatives of each State.
On 4/30/1789, George Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States, placing his hand on the Holy Bible. In his inaugural address to Congress, he said: "I must express my gratitude to the Almighty. No people can acknowledge the invisible hand of God more than the people of the United States. Every step toward independence was protected by His hand. Let us remember that the smiles of Heaven will continue on a nation only when it heeds the eternal rules of right and order."
Oh, how far we have strayed from our early promises. Yet, there is hope. God tells us, in His Word:"If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14.
We must repent, turn from our sins, and pray for His forgiveness. Then, we MUST turn this nation back to God ... the real God ... of the real Bible. If the Muslims, who hate us and are trying to kill us, see and understand that this nation was created, instituted and guided by God, and His Son, Christ, why can't we? Our founding Fathers consulted God, before they ventured forth or made decisions. We must return to that tradition. Our very future as a nation depends upon it. What if we ignore God and delete Him from our government, as Nancy Pelosi and the Nation's Architect are trying to do? Well, Israel tried that once, and they spent 40 years in the desert for their sins. Do we wish to repeat history, or would we rather learn from it?
Now, the original question: Is this a Christian nation? What did you decide?
Oh, by the way, just after the British were defeated, the country was in terrible, serious, financial condition and ready to collapse. It was only a matter of days before there would be no food to feed the settlers. It was a Jewish business man that stepped in and lent this fledgeling nation enough money to keep it afloat. Once again, God sent a Jew to save a Gentile. And the rest, as they say, is history...........