John Hancock, SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS; REVOLUTIONARY GENERAL; GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS, Quote: "Sensible of the importance of Christian piety and virtue to the order and happiness of a state, I cannot but earnestly commend to you every measure for their support and encouragement."
Good morning. I bring you greetings from my home away from home. Just joking. I am actually sending this out today from the place where we sleep at night, home sweet home. It's a holiday here on this Friday, July 3, 2015, and we are thinking about our heritage as we anticipate Independence Day. Let me put forth a thought or two for us all to think about in relationship to our history as a nation. The idea that we are founded on Christian principles will soon be very rare in terms of what our children learn in school. That's how we will achieve the secularization of our nation. Through our children. In this scenario morality is being defined based on something other than right and wrong as given by God. You think maybe I am overstating the case? Look at Japan. Look at Germany. The current generations know very little about the roles of their nations in WWII. How did that happen? It came about based on the history they have been taught in school. There were noted folks among our founders who did not promote a faith based approach to the development of our country. They were an extremely small minority. These have become the voice of history past. What do we find when we look at the original source documents that speak to the thoughts and intentions of those who stood up and were willing to pledge their lives for the founding of our nation? We were founded with God and His providence in mind. In fact, 39 of the signers of the Declaration had seminary training. It's the truth and it doesn't matter who says it isn't the truth because it is. We need to teach the entirety of the truth including the good, the not so good, and even the very bad. At the same time, let's do our part in educating our children concerning the facts about the vision of America as seen through the eyes of those who shed their blood that we might be a free people. And, let each of us join together in thanking God for America. We can count on Him. His providence is still at work. Amen. ....More later.
Many years in this sojourn here on planet earth and I have the scars to prove it but I have been, am now, and will be blessed to have had the privilege of doing what little I've done to honor God and serve others.