By: Pamela Manard
Recently, to the chagrin of many Christians, Obama declared to the world that America is not a Christian nation; that if it was, it is no longer a Christian nation. Then In an interview with France's Canal Plus TV on June 1, President Obama said that "if you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." this statement is far from accurate as even one of his most avid media outlet supporters, abc points out: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/06/from-the-fact-check...
Although there is no lack of those who deny, suppress and/or try to re-write the history of America's Judeo/Christian foundations and heritage, the overwhelming evidence that it was indeed prayerfully and deliberately founded on the faith and principles found in the Bible remains so ingrained in the overwhelming abundance of evidence left to us , it is impossible to hide it all or to succeed in the lie.
The evidence is found in a vast number of varied documents - including our most valued ones such as the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, our States' Constitutions and many many more. Evidence of our Biblical Judeo/Christian heritage is readily and abundantly found in this country's artifacts; it is engraved in some fashion on nearly alll, if not all of our monuments (many are Scriptures from the Bible). This Biblical Judeo/Christian heritage of ours is mentioned and found in various writings both fiction and non-fiction, in pictures and paintings and even in movies, etc. Some of these treasures were left by the founders themselves. Others were written or spoken by many presidents and numerous other leaders; and by inumerable other citizens of this country; even by non citizens - so that the evidence is all around us - it permeates our very fabric so that it is inseperable from what is America.
John Adams and John Hancock:
'We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!" [April 18, 1775]
“ The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
"No King but King Jesus" was not only a slogan of the War for our Independence, it was actually and intentionally the very cornerstone of the philosophy which Guided the way our Constitution was written, with its concepts of a limited federal government and separation of powers. Of coarse the examples they had witnessed of the abuse of power by governments and kings weilding power over people, depriving them of the freedom to worship according to their own conscience was also a very impertant factor in their considerations as well. An important note here: It was FOR the freedom to worship God they were concerned with to protect - NOT freedom from religion as some are hearalding today!
As Joseph Farah wrote in an article: " Not only did this slogan, "No king but Jesus," in many ways, inspire the American vision of freedom and self-government, it is a slogan with a history that goes back to the First Century church.
Let me remind you of this history.
Why were the early Christians crucified by Rome? Why were they fed to the lions in the Colosseum? Why were the Christians the major target of persecution by the caesars?
The answer is simple and self-evident: Because they recognized no king but Jesus" http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=21482
Like Daniel and his companions who would rather be put in the lion's den or firey furnace rather than bow their knee to the king, the apostles and the first born again believers also left us that same example. Faced with persecutions and death in their allegience to worship and obey God over their earthly leaders - they chose to obey God rather than men when the orders of each were in opposition to one another. When commanded to go and preach or speak no more in this Name of Jesus, they answered : Act 5:29 "But answering Peter and the apostles said, It is right to obey God rather than man".
In 1781, Thomas Jefferson who penned the Declararation of Independence, made this statement in Query XVIII of his Notes on the State of Virginia. Excerpts of these statements are engraved on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.:
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever".
February 29, 1892 THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES decided the case:
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH v. U.S. in which it was decided that evidence was sufficient to conclude that this was a religious people and a Christian nation.
President Harry Truman told an Attorney General's Conference in 1950, "The fundamental basis of this nation's laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and Saint Matthew, from Isaiah and Saint Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don't have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State."
1980 – President Ronald Reagan:
“The time has come to turn to God and reassert our trust in Him for the Healing of America … our country is in need of and ready for a spiritual renewal.”
May 3, 1990 – President George Bush proclaims National Day of Prayer.
“The great faith that led our Nation’s Founding Fathers to pursue this bold experience in self-government has sustained us in uncertain and perilous times; it has given us strength to this very day. Like them, we do very well to recall our ‘firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,’ to give thanks for the freedom and prosperity this nation enjoys, and to pray for continued help and guidance from our wise and loving Creator.”
What has happened then to this country?
From Why Christianity Is Becoming Increasingly Irrelevant by Dr Robert Dreyfus:
"For decades, we have lost ground to the Humanists because they have been more dedicated and courageous than Christians. Most who call themselves Christian or conservative are not involved with the struggle to maintain our freedoms or our Christian culture. Every year, fewer Christians are working to make a difference. Researcher, George Barna, states that we are losing 96% of Christian school children - an average of 9,000 children per day 365 days/year. It´s a sign of insanity to keep on doing over and over what we´ve been doing and expect a different result."
"The reason we´ve been losing the culture is that most of the battles in which Christians engage are defensive such as maintaining the definition of the family. Even if we win, it only reinforces a premise that society has acknowledged for thousands of years. It doesn´t gain any ground. We need to conduct offensive battles to regain lost territory. The primary offensive battle in which we can engage is the salvation of our children and the preparation for them to become spiritual champions. This issue impacts almost every other issue that matters. For instance, it is nearly impossible to convince an uneducated citizenry with a secular worldview that abortion is wrong."
Thomas Jefferson said that "people get the government they deserve,"
" God said to Samuel, they have not reject you as a king, but me! But warn them what a king who reigns over them will do. He said, "This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.
Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and ... Read Moregive them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle] and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves.
When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day."
But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. 22 The LORD answered, "Listen to them and give them a king." Then Samuel said to the men of Israel, 'Everyone go back to his town'."
1 Samuel 8:11-22
When Thomas Jefferson said that "people get the government they deserve," it was more than just a clever turn of phrase. It also was not an isolated insight but a timeless truth, one expressed by many. William Cowper said,
"When was public virtue to be found when private was not?"
Benjamin Franklin stated,
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/05/getting_the_government_the_thi.html
"We live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you´ll join me as we try to CHANGE it."
Barack Obama –
Change to What?
Bill Haymen writes: "Our government is being transformed from capitalism to socialism, yet most young Americans don´t know the difference between the two. Socialism and communism no longer have negative connotations. Some people say capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth. But socialism is the equal distribution of misery! Socialism offers prosperity but in reality brings poverty and empty shelves. Capitalism has proven that it raises the standard of living for all....
"The basic question is this: Is the state sovereign or is God sovereign? ... In socialism, the state owns EVERYTHING and allows you to keep some of it. SO the state can force you to put your kids in their schools. They can tax everything you have. The government that gives you everything you want can take it all away."
Excerpts taken from the article, Is America Still A Christian Nation? http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/104343
“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).
So the Question before us is What shall we do?
God tells us: If My People, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn fom their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. What is our response?