...As Americans, we partake in a contract between the government and the governed, and there are certain responsibilities that come with that. Here are three examples of responsibility we should remember on Independence Day…
Evangelist Alveda C. King: Let Freedom Ring for Everyone
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
ATLANTA, July 2, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — The following is submitted by evangelist Alveda King, she is available for comment:
On July 4th, as we celebrate Independence Day this year, I can’t help believing that if we can finally see ourselves as the one blood hu(e)man race, many of our problems including abortion, racism, which lives matter, critical race theory, systemic racism, and all human injustices will be resolved…
“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.”Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Folks, this might be the most important Independence Day to celebrate than ever before. It doesn’t (and never did) mean that you agree with every single thing that America has done. But what this country HAS gotten right is a miraculous achievement, and we are all unfathomably lucky beneficiaries. Have a happy and reflective Fourth!
The Supreme Court has issued significant rulings this term that affect everything from collegiate athletics to adoption agencies…
Does “inclusive” history have to be sanitized history?
What do we do when great people do bad things, hold bad beliefs, or support bad causes? (Cancel them?) Across America, communities are arguing over what to do with statues of and memorials to great figures in American history, whose actions or belief…
Source: Cancelling Stonewall Jackson
1776 Commission—comprised of some of America’s most distinguished scholars and historians—has released a report presenting a definitive chronicle of the American founding, a powerful description of the effect the principles of the Declaration of Independence have had on this Nation’s history, and a dispositive rebuttal of reckless “re-education” attempts that seek to reframe American history around the idea that the United States is not an exceptional country but an evil one.
A copy of the report can be found here.
Despite being abolished by the Biden administration, the 1776 Commission established by President Trump to develop a patriotic education curriculum lives on.
The commission’s executive director, Matthew Spalding, told Just the News that the panel is staying operational despite losing its federal charter and shifting its focus to state and local education. A Web site and a new social media presence are forthcoming…
American Minute with Bill Federer
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.
NEW YORK, May 7, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on President Joe Biden’s National Day of Prayer address:
President Biden raised more than eyebrows when he omitted any mention of God in his National Day of Prayer proclamation. What he did was unprecedented: No previous president has failed to mention God since the day it was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry Truman…
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.
American Minute with Bill Federer
Lockdowns on Virginia Baptists shaped James Madison’s views on Freedom of Conscience
In times of crisis, people turn to Christ, and following the crisis of the French and Indian War, there was a move towards religion in the colonies. Virginia’s government, though, was established Anglican and imposed strict lockdowns on unapproved church gatherings. A Virginia historical marker reads: “John Weatherford’s Grave … Baptist Preacher … and early advocate of religious liberty, jailed for five months … for unlicensed preaching. His release was secured by Patrick Henry.”