Fourth of July
From Washington's Farewell Address, 1796 (His warnings fit our times): "One method of assault may be to effect in the forms of the Constitution alterations... and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown.... The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism....
"And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion [i.e. Christianity]. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
"...a passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils. ...it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens... facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country without odium, sometimes even with popularity..."
July 4th: (by Thomas Sowell) "Not only did July 4, 1776 mark American independence from England, it marked a radically different kind of government from the governments that prevailed around the world at the time -- and the kinds of governments that had prevailed for thousands of years before. The American Revolution was not simply a rebellion against the King of England, it was a rebellion against being ruled by kings in general. That is why the opening salvo of the American Revolution was called 'the shot heard round the world.'...
"You couldn't be more exceptional in the 18th century than to create your fundamental document -- the Constitution of the United States -- by opening with the momentous words, 'We the people...' Those three words were a slap in the face to those who thought themselves entitled to rule, and who regarded the people as if they were simply human livestock, destined to be herded and shepherded by their betters. Indeed, to this very day, elites who think that way -- and that includes many among the intelligentsia, as well as political messiahs -- find the Constitution of the United States a real pain because it stands in the way of their imposing their will and their presumptions on the rest of us.....
"More than a hundred years ago, so-called 'Progressives' began a campaign to undermine the Constitution's strict limitations on government....That effort to discredit the Constitution continues to this day."
America! Do You Remember? "When riots were unthinkable. When you left your front doors open. When socialism was a dirty word...."
"The Declaration of Independence was approved JULY 4, 1776....
Benjamin Franklin said, "We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately."
Of the 56 signers: 17 lost their fortunes, 12 had their homes destroyed, 5 became prisoners of war, 1 had two sons imprisoned on the British starving ship Jersey, 1 had a son killed in battle, 1 had his wife die from harsh prison treatment and 9 signers died during the War....
John Adams said, "...I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration.... Posterity will triumph in that day's transaction, even though we [may regret] it, which I trust in God we shall not." The link to this message (American Minute with Bill Federer)
The Declaration of Independence: "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...."But the "inalienable rights" God gives to His people (believers who know and follow Him) are eternal blessings for His children, not "human rights" as defined by the world. Our "rights" are based on the life of Jesus in us, and they don't include any guarantee of social equality, earthly success, or justice here on earth. Instead we are called to "suffer with Him" as we walk with Him each day. And in the midst of pain and injustice, He gives us peace and perseverance:The "rights" (or rather blessings) we have in Christ include all the privileges of being part of His family and “fellow-heirs” with Him for all eternity. For He has...
"...we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body." 2 Corinthians 4:7-10As for nations, He warned His people in Old Testament days that if they forgot Him, ignored His ways and followed “other gods,” they would surely be destroyed. The New Testament reminds us that America would face a similar end if we choose to follow the world's highway to cultural degradation rather than God's narrow way to peace and joy with Him. [See Total transformation]
"...blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace.... In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace..." Ephesians 1:3-7
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
America's Spiritual Slide. As an immigrant (Norwegian), I truly appreciate what God has given us in this country. All the more, I grieve at the erosion of Biblical values and the rising hostility toward God's unchanging truth.
The only hope for our country is Him
If we repent of our ways stand firm and say
We need God in America again.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the USA. This is just a reminder that our freedom is fragile. Let's pray for God's will and protection. Reject UNESCO's "protection." (See UNESCO's War Against National Sovereignty).
What Kids Would Add to Our Constitution. The following suggestions show "empathy" and "tolerance" but little understanding of our founders' intentions. Political activism seems more important than freedom. Where do you suppose they learned these values?"I WOULD make it illegal for the circus to use animals as part of the entertainment. It seems stupid that animals must be tortured just for
"human" pleasure. The word "circus" is just another word for slavery! We are all animals -- some of us more than others." Diana Perez, 14
"The new amendment I came up with is that gays and lesbians are able to get married. To deny them the choice of marriage is to deny them their humanity." Joshua Dail, 14.
"The death penalty will no longer be used.... I find it an injustice to kill people for their mistakes. If you take someone's life it's just like killing one of your family because we are all brothers and sisters." Jessica Gorham, 13 ."Every middle and low class American will receive a yearly sum of $2,500.... The rich hardly have to move a finger and they earn millions and millions. Americans that aren't rich have to break their backs every day." Mayra Carrera, 14.
"Guns should only be issued to police officers." Jen Hill, 13 .But Laura Chew (13) knows better: "I would make it so that everyone needed to pass a test on the Constitution in order to vote. You can't make good decisions on how our government should run without having an idea of how it is run now. You can't decide the future without learning from the past." Laura Chew, 13 .
2008. Singer subs 'black anthem' for 'Star Spangled Banner': "A singer who was to perform the 'Star Spangled Banner' at the presentation of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's State of the City address yesterday substituted the 'Black National Anthem' without notifying anyone, because she says as a black, she just doesn't feel American. ... The singer told the Post she deliberately didn't tell anyone her plans, 'because I don't think it is necessary for an artist to ask permission to express themselves artistically.' Hancock said the stunt was inappropriate, and he's been getting hate-filled e-mails over her actions."