Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. You’ve heard their names. You may have even heard them referred to as the Founding Fathers. But what exactly does that mean? In this five-part series, Dinesh D’Souza examines how each of them, in their own particular way, helped to create the great enterprise that is America.
For those who may not read these our posts regularly, I will repeat our contention that America is not a Christian Nation nor was it founded as such. HOWEVER, there can be no doubt it was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.
Likewise Christians are commanded to be obedient to civil government (see our 11 part series beginning here:Sunday’s Sermon Series – Civil Government: Part I) as long as that government uses it’s limited authority in a way that does not break God’s law. Whenever that happens we have a problem.
Chief Justice James Kent explained in People v. Ruggles, 1811, what made OATHS effective:”
In Taylor’s case … the court … said, that Christianity was parcel of the law, and to cast contumelious reproaches upon it, tended to weaken the foundation of moral obligation, and the efficacy (effectiveness) of OATHS.”
The has been a lot of talk recently about how “bad” our country is, how bad our form of government (democratic republic) is and so on. Here is the history of one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and his take on the matter.
He was one of six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
President Washington appointed him to be a Justice on the Supreme Court.
George Orwell wrote in his dystopian novel 1984:“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered…
Nothing exists except an endless present in which The Party is always right.”
I clearly remember where I was and what I was doing when the Islamic terrorists perpetrated these attacks on America. Unfortunately, there is an entire generation alive today that has no first-hand recollection, some who would rewrite the history of the events, and maybe the worse some who demand we forget.
Biblicallywe are called to remember and render honors to the heroes of that fateful day. I have listed a number of stories related to 9/11 below ILO our usual devotional:
September 11, 2001… a day that changed America forever… yet a day that made her and her citizens stand stronger and united! God bless America! And God bless all those who have shed blood and tears to help protect her!
A conservative activist who was in Washington, D.C. on the morning of 9/11 believes the situation in Afghanistan stemming from Biden’s failed leadership will continue to cause problems for America in the months and years ahead.
CONTEXT: The book of Joel was the telling of God’s judgment upon His chosen people (Israel), the pagan nations that surrounded them, and the eventual outpouring of the Holy Spirit (restoration of God’s people) Acts 2. Matthew Henry breaks chapter 2 down as follows: God’s judgments. (1-14) Exhortations to fasting and prayer; blessings promised. (15-27) A promise of the Holy Spirit, and of future mercies. (28-32)
I want to look at just v.1 this morning because I think they are applicable to all of us today.
Blow the trumpet in Zion [warning of impending judgment], Sound an alarm on My holy mountain [Zion]! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble and shudder in fear, For the [judgment] day of the Lord is coming; It is close at hand,(AMP)
Judgment by way of the “Day of the Lord” is the predominant theme of the book of Joel. Israel (1:15; 2:1–2) and all the nations (3:2–3) are subject to this judgment. While most associate the “Day of the Lord” with wrath and judgments it can also be a day of salvation and restoration.
Here in chapter 2 v.1, the context is definitely judgment and wrath that Joel is warning against. Israel had become complacent AGAIN, it had fallen back into the sins of its surrounding neighbors and Joel sires out a warning Blow the trumpet in Zion, (any temple, pulpit, or corner will do) Sound an alarm on My holy mountain, we too must be able, ready and willing at every moment to speak out against the anti-Christ. For the [judgment] day of the Lord is coming, God cannot abide sin, nor sinners. The old saying God Loves the Sinner But Hates the Sin? is far from true and He must and will pass judgment on everyone.
Of course, no one knows when the final judgment “day of the Lord” will come but we must (All True Believers) act like it is today. Spiritual Complacency has plagued the “church” for far too long in America. Oh, we are good at giving, missions, and feeding the poor. We respond well to national disasters and the like but do not ask us to get involved in the BIG PICTURE, the moral issues of today.
It is time we, All True Believers, Shout is from the Blogs, Corners, and Pulpits; that we demand that the core values America was founded upon, the Judeo-Christian principles be returned before the Wrath of God, the final judgment, the “day of the Lord” is poured out upon this nation and people.