America is changing fast. The Christian
kindness and compassion that characterized our
nation in the past has been fading from sight. One reason is
gathering storm against uncompromising Christianity.
of Truth, kindness and morality in the public square simply
doesn't fit the new multicultural world we live in.
More specific reasons include today's moral
decline, our nation's countless spiritual options, and the
nearly irresistible allure of
media-inspired myths and occult fantasies. On the personal
level, such seductive snares lead to self-centeredness, sexual
license, broken marriages and rebellious children. On the public or
political level, it fuels heartlessness, corruption, rage and
riots. This lack of mercy is illustrated in a recent article by
The Wall Street Journal:
...a hot meal to anyone who comes to the door each noon, no
This Thursday, in a parish hall not far from the New Jersey
town green where George Washington once made his winter
headquarters, as many as 300 people will gather for their
Thanksgiving meal. Some will be homeless, some will be
mentally ill, some will be old, and some will be folks and
families who have just hit a hard patch.
For all of them, Morristown's Community Soup Kitchen and
Outreach Center is one of the few blessings they can count
Now comes a challenge greater than any snowstorm or
power outage. Earlier this
year, the Morristown Division of
ruled that henceforth the
soup kitchen would be considered a 'retail' food
establishment under New Jersey law....
Ray Friant, a volunteer... called the rule 'crazy.' ...Most
obvious is the higher
cost: at least $150,000 more
a year. To meet this increase, the kitchen is asking each
participating church to up its own contribution. Some
congregations don't have the money. For those that do, it
will mean less for some other need.
Much of this cost results from a
new prohibition on people
donating food they've prepared at home.
For those on the giving end, often this was the only way
they could participate, so eliminating their contributions
means eliminating volunteers. For those on the receiving
end, it means no more
homemade meat loaf,
lasagna, cakes and so forth.
All, of course, in the name of food safety. Still, one
suspects that when a co-worker brings a tin of Christmas
cookies to a friend inside Morristown's Division of Health,
those cookies are not forbidden because they do not come
wrapped from a supermarket or approved restaurant. Yet this
is precisely the restriction these officials have imposed on
men, women and children whose only hope for a home-baked
cookie might be at the soup kitchen.
Finally, there's the
utter soullessness of
the thing. For example, many of the women would bring their
own aprons from home. No more. Now it's all latex gloves,
throw-away aprons, and a ban on food servers even entering
the kitchen. In short, more institutional cafeteria than
old values that defined our pioneer nation no longer fit. God's truth and history
have being rewritten,
re-imagined and redefined to fit the new evolving culture.
Public expressions of God-given agape love are fast being
replaced by heart-less rules and irrational laws.
One sad example brings us back to
the landing place for the faithful Pilgrims who left the hostile
and corrupt environment of 17th century England to establish a
colony where they would be free to worship God:
Our_Fathers_Rock, illustrates a hatred that can only be
understood in the context of
warfare. (See The
Invisible War) Ponder the following example of
burial ground of the 50
Pilgrims who perished during the first cold winter of 1620,
you not only will encounter hundreds of demonstrators who
gather on the last Thursday of every November to
disabuse the memory of the Pilgrim fathers;
but you also can read the
new monument plaque that describes
"Once considered the cradle of American democracy,
Plymouth is slowly but surely being transformed into a city
ashamed of its past....
If you find yourself standing in front of Plymouth Rock this
Thanksgiving Day, do not expect to hear stories of pious
Pilgrims in search of religious freedom. Before you go,
prepare your children and family for a slightly different
vision of America's past.
"If you walk
fewer than a hundred yards from Plymouth Rock and ascend to
Cole's Hill, the magnificent
devastating effect of
Christianity on North America,
the 'genocide' of Native Americans by the Pilgrims (They
were friends!) and
the importance of treating
Thanksgiving as a 'National
Day of Mourning....'
viewed by poets and politicians as the cradle of American
democracy, Plymouth is gradually being transformed—a
stunning example of how a few revisionist historians and a
small cadre of well-organized political activists can
pressure a community into renouncing its heritage."
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revisionists have come a long way. Ponder this example:
"Young students... read stories about the Pilgrims and
Native Americans, simulate Mayflower voyages, hold mock
feasts and learn about the famous meal that temporarily
allied two very different groups. But
what teachers don't mention when they describe the feast is
that the Pilgrims not only thanked the Native Americans for
their peaceful three-day indulgence, but repeatedly thanked
to Thank Anybody, Except God
"'We teach about Thanksgiving from a purely historical perspective,
not from a religious perspective,' said Charles Ridgell....
"Teaching about a
secular Thanksgiving counters the holiday's original
as stated by George Washington in his
duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of
Almighty God to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits,
and humbly to implore his protection and favor.' ... According to
the Web site Plimoth.org... the Pilgrims 'fell upon their knees
and blessed the God of heaven who had brought them over the vast
and furious ocean.'"
"It is the
"Thanks be to God,
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Preparing for Victory
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your
labor is not in vain in the Lord."