Irving Berlin & the classic song “God Bless America!”

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Irving Berlin was born in Russia, the son of a Jewish rabbi, on MAY 11, 1888. At 4-years-old, he immigrated with his family to New York.

Falling in love with America, he served as a U.S. infantry sergeant in World War I.

SOURCE: https://americanminute.com/blogs/todays-american-minute/irving-berlin-the-classic-song-god-bless-america-american-minute-with-bill-federer

Devotional Thought for Today – 05/04/2021

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

2 Chronicles 7

As always context is here is so important. The immediate context of v.14 tells us that King Solomon has finished the Temple and the fact that God will send judgment upon the land in the form of drought, locusts, or pestilence for their disobedience. God hears Solomon’s prayer but gives him this dire warning of the consequences of continued rebellion, v.12-14.

God’s promise of restoration v.14, is offset with ongoing warnings in verses 19-22 for abandoning the law, seeking and worshipping false idols. The consequences of which are so grave, that not only will the temple be forsaken but the people of Israel will be ridiculed among the nations; I will cast this house, which I have consecrated for My Name, out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and an object of scorn among all nations (AMP).

So the question becomes can this text be rightly applied to America today?

My answer is yes, under certain very specific parameters:

  • If my people,NO, we are not as a nation God’s chosen people, No, we were not founded as a Christian Nation (I would be happy to discuss this), Yes, we were however clearly founded upon Judeo- Christian principles, that we as a nation have forsaken.
  • which are called by my name, – God does not call all citizens of America His children as were the those of the Nation of Israel. However, Pew Research as of 2019 shows 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians. That is 213.2 million Americans.
  • shall humble themselves, The first requirement for Israel back in the time of Solomen and for America today is proclaiming for Christians must humble themselves all other actions fall short.
  • and pray, and seek my face, – Next, Christians need to be in an attitude and altitude of prayer. Just as God told Solomon here, the only way one can hope to forestall the Lord’s righteous judgment is to earnestly seek Him in prayer.
  • and turn from their wicked ways; – Finally, we must Repent, obviously for our own sins of commission and omission, but also for the sins of the nation as a whole.
  • then will I hear from heaven, – God promises to hear the prayers of the righteous.
  • and will forgive their sin, – God promises to forgive the sins of the truly repentant.
  • and will heal their land. – God promised to heal the land of Israel, but as we know from history they were overrun many times and still to this day live in turmoil. Here in America are praying for revival, for the end to abortion, for the destruction of anti-Christian enemies, etc. I pray more “Christians” would Humble, Seek, Pray and Repent before the Sovereign God of all creation. Imagine if all 213.2 Million had the same goal to Make America MORAL Again.

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Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible

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Repentance According to the Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 7:14 …

Race relations in America

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James Monroe, 5th President

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James Monroe, 5th President “When the people become ignorant & corrupt … they become the willing instruments of their own … ruin”

James Monroe’s great-grandfather, Captain Andrew Monroe, fought as a Royalist on behalf of King Charles I in the English Civil War. He was taken prisoner, and in 1647, was exiled to Virginia. There Andrew acquired a farm, which grew in two generations to 1,100 acres, part of which was inherited by Colonel Spence Monroe. Spence signed Richard Henry Lee’s Westmoreland Protests in 1765 against the British Stamp Act. Spence’s son, James Monroe,  was born APRIL 28, 1758, and was baptized in the Anglican Church in Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia, the same country George Washington was born in…

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NOTE:

The quote in the headline (also found in the text of the story) is from President Monroe’s first Inaugural Address. It is a warning the U.S. has failed to heed. Here it is in full context:

Such, then, being the highly favored condition of our country, it is the interest of every citizen to maintain it. What are the dangers which menace us? If any exist they ought to be ascertained and guarded against.

In explaining my sentiments on this subject it may be asked, What raised us to the present happy state? How did we accomplish the Revolution? How remedy the defects of the first instrument of our Union, by infusing into the National Government sufficient power for national purposes, without impairing the just rights of the States or affecting those of individuals? How sustain and pass with glory through the late war? The Government has been in the hands of the people. To the people, therefore, and to the faithful and able depositaries of their trust is the credit due. Had the people of the United States been educated in different principles had they been less intelligent, less independent, or less virtuous can it be believed that we should have maintained the same steady and consistent career or been blessed with the same success? While, then, the constituent body retains its present sound and healthful state everything will be safe. They will choose competent and faithful representatives for every department. It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising the sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin. Let us, then, look to the great cause, and endeavor to preserve it in full force. Let us by all wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.

James Monroe
FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS
TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1817

Ulysses S. Grant

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Ulysses S. Grant: Union General & 18th President “Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties” 

Hiram Ulysses Grant was born APRIL 27, 1822, to a Methodist family in Ohio. He did not like the initials H.U.G., so he rearranged them to U.H.G. When he was nominated at age 17 for a position at West Point, Congressman Thomas Hamer mistakenly wrote the “H” as an “S,” thinking it stood for Grant’s mother’s maiden name, Simpson. With the name, U.S. Grant, he attended West Point where he excelled in horsemanship, setting an equestrian high-jump record that lasted for nearly 25 years…

SOURCE: https://americanminute.com/blogs/todays-american-minute/ulysses-s-grant-union-general-18th-president-hold-fast-to-the-bible-as-the-sheet-anchor-of-your-liberties-american-minute-with-bill-federer

Trail of Tears, Oklahoma, Land Rush, Oil & Cherokee Cowboy Will Rogers

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Gold had been discovered in Dahlonega, Georgia, in 1828. It was the first major gold rush in America. Unfortunately, most of the gold was located on Cherokee land in what is today north Georgia...

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David Brainerd “It might have convinced an atheist, that the Lord was indeed in the place!”

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David Brainerd was born in Haddam, Connecticut, APRIL 20, 1718. His parents died while he was a young teenager…

Source: https://americanminute.com/blogs/todays-american-minute/david-brainerd-oh-how-precious-is-time-that-god-would-make-me-more-fruitful-american-minute-with-bill-federer

ALSO SEE: https://fsmandfsmwo.blog/2020/01/14/today-in-church-and-u-s-history-10/

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

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FYI This is my go too online dictionary

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: “The Christian religion is … one of the first things in which all children … ought to be instructed” 

Noah Webster had served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. In 1781, Webster received his Master’s Degree from Yale, with his dissertation: “On the universal diffuse of literature as introductory to the universal diffusion of Christianity.”

In 1783, Webster published his Blue-Backed Speller, which eventually sold over 100 million copies...

Source: https://americanminute.com/blogs/todays-american-minute/websters-1828-dictionary-the-christian-religion-is-the-most-important-and-one-of-the-first-things-in-which-all-children-ought-to-be-instructed

Jefferson’s views on Jesus, Religious Freedom, Rights of Conscience, Government, Indians, Islam, Slavery & more

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Inscribed on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, are his words: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

Thomas Jefferson was born APRIL 13, 1743. He was baptized in the Anglican Church. His father died when he was 14 years old. In 1760, he began attending the College of William and Mary, where he was educated by Anglican ministers and professors.

Continued at Source

World War I: Middle East Oil, Lusitania, Spanish Flu, and the story of Sergeant York

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“The Great War” began in 1914 between Germany and its allies, against England and France and their allies. Battles were fought in Europe, Africa, the Pacific Islands, China, off the coasts of South and North America, and in the Middle East...

Source: https://americanminute.com/blogs/todays-american-minute/what-led-to-u-s-entering-world-war-i-middle-east-oil-and-lusitania-the-story-of-sergeant-york-american-minute-with-bill-federer