Newsletter for Feb. 4, 2009
- AmericanNews Commentary*Originally Published as EPOCH Commentary*- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Vol. 12, No. 5 February 4, 2009 © 2009- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -AS WE PROMISED LAST WEEK, in responseto requests, an enlarged and updated version of ourthree installment series on "Evangelical" will shortlybe released in a form to be down-loaded and printed,of course, at no charge. As always, please send yourcomments to: american_news_2008@....- - - - - - - - - -ARE WE STILL HOLDING TO THE HISTORICPATTERN OF AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP ASA CHRISTIAN NATION -- OR ARE WEFACING A DANGEROUS "CHANGE?"Take just a moment to recall these historical facts.Think back to an event which took place almost 400years ago -- Nov. 11, 1620 -- when in ProvincetownHarbor, Cape Cod, the Pilgrims on board the sailingship, Mayflower, drafted and signed the first governingdocument of the Plymouth Colony, the MayflowerCompact. Their purpose was clearly stated: "In thename of God, Amen. Having undertaken, for theGlory of God and advancement of the ChristianFaith ...Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colonyin the Northern Parts of Virginia ..."Just a few years later, in 1629, the Salem Covenantconfirmed: "We covenant with our Lord, and onewith another; and we do bind our selves in thepresence of God, to walk together in all his ways,according as he is pleased to reveal himself untous in his blessed word of truth; and do explicitly,in the name and fear of God, profess and protestto walk as followeth, through the power and graceof our Lord, Jesus Christ. We avouch the Lord tobe our God, and our selves to be his people, in thetruth and simplicity of our spirits."And just one more early document from the originalpilgrims; the Boston Covenant of 1630 read: "In theName of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in Obedienceto his holy Will and Divine Ordinance, We whoseNames are here under written, being by his mostwise and good providence brought together intothis part of America in the Bay of Massachusettsdo hereby solemnly and religiously (as in hismost holy Presence) promise and bind ourselves,to walk in all our ways according to the Rule ofthe Gospel ..."And after 150 years, this view continued: FromGeorge Washington, our first president: "While weare zealously performing the duties of goodcitizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to beinattentive to the higher duties of religion. To thedistinguished character of Patriot, it should beour highest glory to add the more distinguishedcharacter of Christian." (1789)And from John Adams, our second president: "Letdivines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots,unite their endeavors to renovate the age byimpressing the minds of men with the importanceof educating little boys and girls, inculcating inthe minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity,and leading them in the study and practice of theexalted virtues of the Christian system.” (1790)And one more from Patrick Henry: “It cannot beemphasized too strongly or too often that thisgreat Nation was founded not by religionists,but by Christians; not on religious, but on theGospel of Jesus Christ. (1776)Very obviously this nation was founded onChristian beliefs and principles, and was intendedby the founders to be a Christian nation. This factof history should come as no surprise to our readersbecause in more than 100 issues during the past 5years we have cited the views of our nation's foundingfathers concerning the Christian faith.Now with that fact of history in mind - a factwhich was observed and renewed for over threecenturies - where does our nation stand today withrespect to the Christian faith and the intent of thefounding fathers?What is happening today must be a matter of seriousconcern for us - and all - Christians.We are seeing a new administration moving into itsposition of elected power in America, and we canexamine the published agendas, and recall the manypromises made by the new president Barack Obamaduring his campaign for the presidency. On almostevery issue, the new administration is taking a positionwhich is contrary to historic Bible-based Christianprinciples and practice.Remember candidate Obama's pledge at a PlannedParenthood event in 2007 concerning the Freedomof Choice Act which will essentially remove allcontrols from the abortion process, which has killedat least 50 million babies since the infamous Roe vWade decision: "The first thing I'd do as presidentis sign the Freedom of Choice Act, On thisfundamental issue, I will not yield." And involvedin his strong support of abortion, is his support forincreased embryonic stem cell research.In a similar pledge he promised to repeal the Defenseof Marriage Act (signed into law by Bill Clinton) andthus force all states to recognize same-sex marriagesentered into in perhaps one or two states. So on thesetwo Bible based principles, it is clear that the Obamaadministration is taking an anti-Christian position.President Obama's strong support for the LGBT(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-sexual) communityis evident in other elements of his administration'sThose include enactment of new "Hate Crimes" lawsto eliminate criticism of homosexual life styles; opposeany constitutional amendment to ban homosexualmarriages; expand adoption rights for gay couplesand individuals; support new civil union federalprivileges for LGBT couples -- but there is more.Check the agenda email site for yourself.It is clearly evident that our present and futurecourse is to "change" (the Obama operative word!)from America's heritage as a Christian nation andbecome a nation with a multi-religion philosophy - afar cry from the founding principles which for morethan 200 years have made this the greatest nation onearth.These facts do not in any way negate the urgency andimportance for America's Christians to pray that Godwill give wisdom to President Obama as he makesdecisions which will affect our nation for years to come..The American Revolution which brought this nationinto being was based largely on religious grounds. Itappears to be time for the Christians in America toembark upon a new revolution, to reclaim this nationfor God and for the Christian faith. As an initial step --you have every right to ask your Senators andCongressional Representatives to hold to Christianprinciples in their decisions.You can reach them all bycalling: the national switchboard at 1-(202) 224-3121.Always remember they represent you -- and they areyour employees.Having said all that, it does make one wonder whythe president would offer such strong support for theLGBT cause, since homosexuals represent somethingin the 1.6 - 4% range of the US population . . . andChristians represent 80% of that population, and onebranch of the Christian church, the Roman Catholics,represent 25% of the US population, and the Catholicchurch has taken the strongest possible stand againstsame-sex-marriage and abortion. And at the statelevel, 30 states have already adopted constitutionalamendments banning same-sex marriage by solidmajorities. One does wonder just whom PresidentObama represents.Important thoughts from two great men, as areminder that historically this was a Christian nation:"Not until I went into the churches of Americaand heard her pulpits flame with righteousnessdid I understand the secret of her genius andpower. America is great because America is good,and if America ever ceases to be good, Americawill cease to be great." -- Alexis de Tocqueville,French historian, 1835"Knowing that intercessory prayer is our mightiestweapon and the supreme call for all Christianstoday, I pleadingly urge our people everywhere topray... I humbly urge that we take time to pray -to really pray. Let us pray for our nation. Let uspray for moral forces everywhere, for our nationalleaders. Let prayer be our passion. Let prayer beour practice." -- General Robert E. Lee, 1855
Some Random Afterthoughts . . .Don't you just love some "one liners?" "We mustnot let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."-- Former US President Thomas Jefferson, 1816.“This bill is about spending money that we don’thave for things we don’t need." -- US SenatorTom Coburn (R, OK), 2009"Does it make sense to include in a plan to prepareAmerica for the 21st century borrowing billionsfrom Beijing to mail out in $500 checks to folkswho don't pay income taxes, so they can run downto Wal-Mart and buy more goods made in China?-- Commentator Patrick Buchanan, 2009Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who has beenimpeached by the Illinois legislature, and has beenremoved from office, remains under criticism andattack for his un-governorish actions as the Governorof Illinois. It would seem to be time to give seriousconsideration to the question: "OK, he's guilty, but ishe any worse than most other government officials?"How about conducting your own personal poll, andask yourself if a politician at the state or federal levelcan really be honest? And if you can think of one (orperhaps more than one) who is, jot down any suchname(s), and if you can really think of any, use thoseoverwhelming statistics as a measuring rod for hiscomparative status in the American political scene.The sad thing is that in his plea for exoneration hesaid that this is what politicians do to get elected.The real task we face is to elect honest politicians.For just a few moments it was almost like a plannedand rehearsed comedy routine -- Al Gore testifyingbefore the Senate on behalf of his theory of "GlobalWarming" on a day when our nation's capitol wasalmost shut down due to ice, snow and extremelycold weather, but as the dwindling number of his"scientists" so readily do, he shifted to a new term:"Climate Change." But that is one of the popular"slippery slopes" -- the change in climate, world-wide, for the past 100 years or so has not shownany change in the direction of Mr. Gore's dire threatsof massive flooding throughout the world. Plus, theworst ice storms on record were raging in other partsof the country even as he spoke.
For what it's worth: The Pew Research Centerlast week released the results of a survey as toAmerica's most popular cities. The first 5, in order,were Denver, San Diego, Seattle, with OrlandoTampa and San Francisco tied for 4th place, andPhoenix as No. 5. By contrast, the 5 least desirablecities are Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, KansasCity and Minneapolis.In case you are planning torelocate, this might be a helpful guide.And from a religious standpoint, from a currentGallup poll, the five most religious states, in order,are: Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennesseeand with Louisiana and Arkansas tied for fifth place.And the five least religious states are Washington,Alaska, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and at thebottom, Vermont.A thought on being a real American: "SomeAmericans need hyphens in their names,because only part of them has come over;but when the whole man has come over,heart and thought and all, the hyphen dropsof its own weight out of his name."-- President Woodrow Wilson, 1914
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