Since we do not really know when Jesus will return, whether today or a thousand years from now,
we must obey God’s teaching and instructions.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Can we do this if we allow our nation to be destroyed or lose God’s blessing?
Romans 6King James Version (KJV)
6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility
, provide for the common defense,[note 1] promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves
and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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, which among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing he forms to which they are accustomed.
Would our Constitution anticipate that we would allow people into America from outside who seek to replace it?
Does “Freedom of Religion” provide the right to destroy Freedom of Religion?
DEFINE AND INTERPRET!
CAN WE STILL LEARN?
The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
How many of the 10 Commandments are NOT universally accepted for the most part?
1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6 “You shall not murder.
7 “You shall not commit adultery.
8 “You shall not steal.
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10 “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his
female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.”
People are created with DIFFERENCES:
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (NIV, Romans 12:5-8)
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (NRSV, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
2 Corinthians 6:14
King James Version (KJV)
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness
with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."
Matthew 5:13-16: You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? ... You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
II Chronicles 7:14: If my people, who are called by my name, will 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.
Has God Created VARIETY & UNIQUENESS or SAMENESS? Proverbs 30 ……
Does God Create NATIONS and LANGUAGES or is it all the same? TOWER OF BABEL?
2 Thes 4: 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Proverbs 30 – Different Talents
11 “There are those who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers;
12 those who are pure in their own eyes
and yet are not cleansed of their filth;
13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty,
whose glances are so disdainful;
14 those whose teeth are swords
and whose jaws are set with knives
a. The act of serving; ministration.
b. One that serves as a means; an instrumentality.
a. The profession, duties, and services of a minister.
b. The Christian clergy.
c. The period of service of a minister.
a. A governmental department presided over by a minister.
b. The building in which such a department is housed.
c. The duties, functions, or term of a governmental minister.
d. often Ministry Governmental ministers considered as a group.
“RENDER UNTO CAESAR ……
Matthew 22:20-22King James Version (KJV)
20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left him, and went their way.
“DAVID / GOLIATH ……
1 Samuel 17New International Version (NIV)
David and Goliath
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.52 Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath[f] and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. 53 When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.
“THE TAX COLLECTORS …….
Luke 19 New International Version (NIV)
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
“THE MONEY CHANGERS”Scripture Reference:
Accounts of Jesus driving the money changers from the Temple are found in Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-46; and John 2:13-17.
“MUST WE TOTALLY OBEY?”
In Acts chapter 5 the Sanhedrin has demanded that the apostles (Peter and John) stop preaching in the name of Jesus. This they cannot do, lest they disobey God. Though they could not and would not stop preaching about their resurrected Lord, they did not challenge the authority of this body. Their answer was evidence of their submissive spirit and intent: “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20). Submission usually is demonstrated by our obedience, but even when we must disobey, we can and should do so in a submissive spirit and manner.
Disregard for government’s authority also has present ramifications. These are described in verses 3 and 4. Government is given an unexpected title in verse 4—“minister of God.” Its task is to serve God by dealing appropriately with those who do good and also those who do evil. God’s purpose for human government is to reward those who do good and to punish those who do evil.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
The preamble of the constitution bears some resemblance to the United States Constitution's in a few phrases near the end. It reads:
“ The end of the institution, maintenance, and administration of government, is to secure the existence of the body politic, to protect it, and to furnish the individuals who compose it with the power of enjoying in safety and tranquility their natural rights, and the blessings of life: and whenever these great objects are not obtained, the people have a right to alter the government, and to take measures necessary for their safety, prosperity and happiness.
The body politic is formed by a voluntary association of individuals: it is a social compact, by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good. It is the duty of the people, therefore, in framing a constitution of government, to provide for an equitable mode of making laws, as well as for an impartial interpretation, and a faithful execution of them; that every man may, at all times, find his security in them.
We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the great Legislator of the universe, in affording us, in the course of His providence, an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence or surprise, of entering into an original, explicit, and solemn compact with each other; and of forming a new constitution of civil government, for ourselves and posterity; and devoutly imploring His direction in so interesting a design, do agree upon, ordain and establish the following Declaration of Rights, and Frame of Government, as the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
We, the people of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and to transmit the same, unimpaired, to succeeding generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution of government.
Sec. 4. RELIGIOUS TESTS. No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall anyone be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.
Sec. 6. FREEDOM OF WORSHIP. All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences. No man shall be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent. No human authority ought, in any case whatever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious society or mode of worship. But it shall be the duty of the Legislature to pass such laws as may be necessary to protect equally every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship.
WE, THE PEOPLE of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, do establish this Constitution.
THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT
In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are under-written, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.
Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of November [New Style, November 21], in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord, King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Dom. 1620.
U.S. Supreme Court
Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 143 U.S. 457 (1892)
"Christianity, general Christianity, is, and always has been, a part of the common law of Pennsylvania; . . . not Christianity with an established church and tithes and spiritual courts, but Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men."
And in People v. Ruggles, 8 Johns. 290, 294-295, Chancellor Kent, the great commentator on American law, speaking as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New York, said:
"The people of this state, in common with the people of this country, profess the general doctrines of Christianity as the rule of their faith and practice, and to scandalize the author of these doctrines is not only, in a religious point of view, extremely impious, but, even in respect to the obligations due to society, is a gross violation of decency and good order. . . . The free, equal, and undisturbed enjoyment of religious opinion, whatever it may be, and free and decent discussions on any religious
Subject, is granted and secured; but to revile, with malicious and blasphemous contempt, the religion professed by almost the whole community is an abuse of that right. Nor are we bound by any expressions in the Constitution, as some have strangely supposed, either not to punish at all, or to punish indiscriminately the like attacks upon the religion of Mahomet or of the Grand Lama, and for this plain reason, that the case assumes that we are a Christian people, and the morality of the country is deeply engrafted upon Christianity, and not upon the doctrines or worship of those impostors."
And in the famous case of Vidal v. Girard's Executors, 2 How. 127, 43 U. S. 198, this Court, while sustaining the will of Mr. Girard, with its provision for the creation of a college into which no minister should be permitted to enter, observed: "It is also said, and truly, that the Christian religion is a part of the common law of Pennsylvania."
If we pass beyond these matters to a view of American life, as expressed by its laws, its business, its customs, and its society, we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth. Among other matters, note the following: the form of oath universally prevailing, concluding with an appeal to the Almighty; the custom of opening sessions of all deliberative bodies and most conventions with prayer; the prefatory words of all wills, "In the name of God, amen;" the laws respecting the observance of the Sabbath, with the general cessation of all secular business, and the closing of courts, legislatures, and other similar public assemblies on that day; the churches and church organizations which abound in every city, town, and hamlet; the multitude of charitable organizations existing everywhere under Christian auspices; the gigantic missionary associations, with general support, and aiming to establish Christian missions in every quarter of the globe. These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation. In the face of all these, shall it be believed that a Congress of the United States intended to make it a misdemeanor for a church of this country to contract for the services of a Christian minister residing in another nation?
GEORGE W. TRUETT 1920
George Washington Truett, also known as George W. Truett (May 6, 1867 – July 7, 1944), was an American clergyman who was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, from 1897 until 1944, and the president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1927 to 1929. He was one of the "most famous Southern Baptist" preachers and writers of his era
A FREE CHURCH IN A FREE STATE
That utterance of Jesus, "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s," is one of the most revolutionary and history-making utterances that ever fell from those lips divine. That utterance, once and for all, marked the divorcement of church and state. It marked a new era for the creeds and deeds of men. It was the sunrise gun of a new day, the echoes of which are to go on and on and on until in every land, whether great or small, the doctrine shall have absolute supremacy everywhere of a free church in a free state.
In behalf of our Baptist people I am compelled to say that forgetfulness of the principles that I have just enumerated, in our judgment, explains many of the religious ills that now afflict the world. All went well with the early churches in their earlier days. They were incomparably triumphant days for the Christian faith. Those early disciples of Jesus, without prestige and worldly power, yet aflame with the love of God and the passion of Christ, went out and shook the pagan Roman Empire from center to circumference, even in one brief generation. Christ’s religion needs no prop of any kind from any worldly source, and to the degree that it is thus supported is a millstone hanged about its neck.
Whoever believes in Christ as his personal Saviour is our brother in the common salvation, whether he be a member of one communion or of another, or of no communion at all.
How is it, then, that Baptists, more than any other people in the world, have forever been the protagonists of religious liberty, and its compatriot, civil liberty? They did not stumble upon this principle. Their uniform, unyielding and sacrificial advocacy of such principle was not and is not an accident. It is, in a word, because of our essential and fundamental principles. Ideas rule the world. A denomination is molded by its ruling principles, just as a nation is thus molded and just as individual life is thus molded. Our fundamental essential principles have made our Baptist people, of all ages and countries, to be the unyielding protagonists of religious liberty, not only for themselves, but for everybody else as well.
AMERICA AND RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL LIBERTY
Just a brief glance at the struggle in those early colonies must now suffice us. Yonder in Massachusetts, Henry Dunster, the first president of Harvard, was removed from the presidency because he objected to infant baptism. Roger Williams was banished, John Clarke was put in prison, and they publicly whipped Obadiah Holmes on Boston Common. In Connecticut the lands of our Baptist fathers were confiscated and their goods sold to build a meeting house and support a preacher of another denomination. In old Virginia, "mother of states and statesmen," the battle for religious and civil liberty was waged all over her nobly historic territory, and the final triumph recorded there was such as to write imperishable glory upon the name of Virginia until the last syllable of recorded time. Fines and imprisonments and persecutions were everywhere in evidence in Virginia for conscience’ sake. If you would see a record incomparably interesting, go read the early statutes in Virginia concerning the Established Church and religion, and trace the epic story of the history-making struggles of that early day. If the historic records are to be accredited, those clergymen of the Established Church in Virginia made terrible inroads in collecting fines in Baptist tobacco in that early day. It is quite evident, however, that they did not get all the tobacco.
On and on was the struggle waged by our Baptist fathers for religious liberty in Virginia, in the Carolinas, in Georgia, in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and Connecticut, and elsewhere, with one unyielding contention for unrestricted religious liberty for all men, and with never one wavering note. They dared to be odd, to stand alone, to refuse to conform, though it cost them suffering and even life itself. They dared to defy traditions and customs, and deliberately chose the day of non-conformity, even though in many a case it meant a cross. They pleaded and suffered, they offered their protests and remonstrance’s and memorials, and, thank God, mighty statesmen were won to their contention. Washington and Jefferson and Madison and Patrick Henry, and many others, until at last it was written into our country’s Constitution that church and state must in this land be forever separate and free, that neither must ever trespass upon the distinctive functions of the other. It was preeminently a Baptist achievement.
A LONELY STRUGGLE
Glad are our Baptist people to pay their grateful tribute to their fellow Christians of other religious communions for all their sympathy and help in this sublime achievement. Candor compels me to repeat that much of the sympathy of other religious leaders in that early struggle was on the side of legalized ecclesiastical privilege. Much of the time were Baptists pitiably lonely in their age-long struggle. We would now and always make our most grateful acknowledgment to any and all who came to the side of our Baptist fathers, whether early or late, in this destiny-determining struggle. But I take it that every informed man on the subject, whatever his religious faith, will be willing to pay tribute to our Baptist people as being the chief instrumentality in God’s hands in winning the battle in America for religious liberty. Do you recall Tennyson’s little poem, in which he sets out the history of the seed of freedom? Catch its philosophy:
Once in a golden hour
I cast to earth a seed,
Up there came a flower,
The people said, a weed.
To and fro they went,
Through my garden bower,
And muttering discontent,
Cursed me and my flower.
"Then it grew so tall,
It wore a crown of light,
But thieves from o’er the wall,
Stole the seed by night.
Sowed it far and wide.
By every town and tower,
Till all the people cried,
‘Splendid is the flower.’
Read my little fable:
He who runs may read,
Most can grow the flowers now,
For all have got the seed.
Very well, we are very happy for all our fellow religionists of every denomination and creed to have this splendid flower of religious liberty, but you will allow us to remind you that you got the seed in our Baptist garden. We are very happy for you to have it; now let us all make the best of it and the most of it.
THE PRESENT CALL
And now, my fellow Christians, and fellow citizens, what is the present call to us in connection with the priceless principle of religious liberty? That principle, with all the history and heritage accompanying it, imposes upon us obligations to the last degree meaningful and responsible. Let us today and forever be highly resolved that the principle of religious liberty shall, please God, be preserved inviolate through all our days and the days of those who come after us. Liberty has both its perils and its obligations. We are to see to it that our attitude toward liberty, both religious and civil, both as Christians and as citizens, is an attitude consistent and constructive and worthy. We are to "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s." We are members of the two realms, the civil and the religious, and are faithfully to render unto each all that each should receive at our hands; we are to be alertly watchful day and night, that liberty, both religious and civil, shall be nowhere prostituted and mistreated. Every perversion and misuse of liberty tends by that much to jeopardize both church and state.
There comes now the clarion call to us to be the right kind of citizens. Happily, the record of our Baptist people toward civil government has been a record of unfading honor. Their love and loyalty to country have not been put to shame in any land. In the long list of published Tories in connection with the Revolutionary War there was not one Baptist name.
HUMANE AND RIGHTEOUS LAWS
Challenging to the highest degree is the call that comes to legislators. They are to see to it continually, in all their legislative efforts that their supreme concern is for the highest welfare of the people. Laws humane and righteous are to be fashioned and then to be faithfully regarded. Men are playing with fire if they lightly fashion their country’s laws and then trifle in their obedience to such laws. Indeed, all citizens, the humblest and the most prominent alike, are called to give their best thought to the maintenance of righteousness everywhere. Much truth is there in the widely quoted saying: "Our country is afflicted with the bad citizenship of good men." The saying points its own clear lesson. "When righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn." The people, all the people, are inexorably responsible for the laws, the ideals, and the spirit that are necessary for the making of a great and enduring civilization. Every man of us is to remember that it is righteousness that exalted a nation, and that it is sin that reproaches and destroys a nation.
THINGS WORTH DYING FOR
When this nation went into the World War a little while ago, after her long and patient and fruitless effort to find another way of conserving righteousness, the note was sounded in every nook and corner of our country that some things in this world are worth dying for, and if they are worth dying for they are worth living for. What are some of the things worth dying for? The sanctity of womanhood is worth dying for. The safety of childhood is worth dying for; and when Germany put to death that first helpless Belgian child, she was marked for defeat and doom. The integrity of one’s country is worth dying for. And, please God, the freedom and honor of the United States of America are worth dying for. If the great things of life are worth dying for, they are surely worth living for. Our great country may not dare to isolate herself from all the rest of the world, and selfishly say: "We propose to live and die to ourselves, leaving all the other nations with their weaknesses and burdens and sufferings to go their ways without our help." This nation cannot pursue any such policy and expect the favor of God. Myriads of voices, both from the living and the dead, summon us to a higher and better way. Happy am I to believe that God has his prophets not only in the pupils of the churches but also in the schoolrooms, in the editor’s chair, in the halls of legislation, in the marts of commerce, in the realms of literature. Tennyson was a prophet when in "Locksley Hall," he sang:
A LEAGUE OF NATIONS
Tennyson believed in a league of nations, and well might he so believe, because God is on his righteous throne, and inflexible are his purposes touching righteousness and peace for a weary, sinning, suffering, dying world. Standing here today on the steps of our nation’s Capitol, hard by the chamber of the Senate of the United States, I dare to say as a citizen and as a Christian teacher, that the moral forces of the United States of America, without regard to political parties, will never rest until there is a worthy League of Nations. I dare to express also the unhesitating belief that the unquestioned majorities of both great political parties in this country regard the delay in the working out of a League of Nations as a national and world-wide tragedy.
The moral and religious forces of this country could not be supine and inactive as long as the saloon, the chief rendezvous of small politicians, that chronic criminal and standing anachronism of our modern civilization, was legally sponsored by the state. I can certify all the politicians of all the political parties that the legalized saloon has gone from American life, and gone to stay. Likewise, I can certify the men of all political parties without any reference to partisan politics, that the same moral and religious forces of this country, because of the inexorable moral issues involved, cannot be silent and will not be silent until there is put forth a League of Nations that will strive with all its might to put an end to the diabolism and measureless horrors of war. I thank God that the stricken man yonder in the White House has pleaded long and is pleading yet that our nation will take her full part with the others for the bringing in of that blessed day when wars shall cease to the ends of the earth.
The recent World War calls to us with a voice surpassingly appealing and responsible. Surely Alfred Noyes voices the true desire for us:
Make firm, O God, the peace our dead have won
For folly shakes the tinsel on its head,
And points us back to darkness and to hell,
Cackling, "Beware of visions," while our dead Still cry, "It was for visions that we fell."
They never knew the secret game of power,
All that this earth can give they thrust aside,
They crowded all their youth unto an hour,
And for fleeting dream of right, they died.
"Oh, if we fail them in that awful trust,
How should we bear those voices from the dust?
THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
The time has come when, as never before, our beloved denomination should worthily go out to its world task as a teaching denomination. That means that there should be a crusade throughout all our borders for the vitalizing and strengthening of our Christian schools. The only complete education, in the nature of the case, is Christian education, because man is a tripartite being. By the very genius of our government, education by the state cannot be complete. Wisdom has fled from us if we fail to magnify, and magnify now, our Christian schools. These schools go to the foundation of the life of people. They are indispensable to the highest efficiency of the churches. Their inspirational influences are of untold value to the schools conducted by the state, to which schools also we must ever give our best support. It matters very much, do you not agree, who shall be the leaders, and what the standards in the affairs of civil government and in the realm of business life? One recalls the pithy saying of Napoleon to Marshal Ney: "An army of deer led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a deer." Our Christian schools are to train not only our religious leaders but hosts of our leaders in the civil and business realm as well.
The one transcending inspiring influence in civilization is the Christian religion. By all means let the teachers and trustees and student bodies of all our Christian schools remember this supremely important fact, that civilization without Christianity is doomed. Let there be no pagan ideals in our Christian schools, and no hesitation or apology for the insistence that the one hope for the individual, the one hope for society, from civilization, is in the Christian religion. If ever the drum beat of duty sounded clearly, it is calling to us now to strengthen and magnify our Christian schools.
THE PRICE TO BE PAID
Are we willing to pay the price that must be paid to secure for humanity the blessings it needs to have? We say that we have seen God in the face of Jesus Christ, that we have been born again, that we are the true friends of Christ, and would make proof of our friendship for him by doing his will. Well, then, what manner of people ought we to be in all holy living and godliness? Surely we should be a holy people, remembering the apostolic characterization, "Ye are a chosen generation; a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that we should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God."
Let us look again to the strange passion and power of the early Christians. They paid the price for spiritual power. Mark well this record: "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." O my fellow Christians, if we are to be in the true succession of the mighty days and deeds of the early Christian era, or of those mighty days and deeds of our Baptist fathers in later days, then selfish ease must be utterly renounced for Christ and his cause and our every gift and grace and power utterly dominated by the dynamic of his Cross. Standing here today in the shadow of our country’s Capitol, compassed about as we are with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us today renew our pledge to God, and to one another, that we will give our best to church and to state, to God and to humanity, by his grace and power, until we fall on the last sleep.
If in such spirit we will give ourselves to all the duties that await us, then we may go our ways, singing more vehemently than our fathers sang them, those lines of Whittier:
Our fathers to their graves have gone,
Their strife is passed, their triumphs won;
But greater tasks await the race
Which comes to take their honored place,
A moral warfare with the crime
And folly of an evil time.
So let it be, in God’s own sight,
We gird us for the coming flight;
And strong in Him whose cause is ours,
In conflict with unholy powers,
We grasp the weapons He has given,
The light and truth and love of Heaven.
• The seminary at Baylor University, George W. Truett Theological Seminary
• Truett-McConnell College (named for both Truett and Truett's cousin, Fernando C. McConnell)
• George W. Truett Elementary School, part of the Dallas Independent School District.
• S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A restaurant chain
• Truett Memorial First Baptist Church, Hayesville, North Carolina
• Truett Hospital, located at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
• Truett Auditorium, located at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
George Washington Truett, also known as George W. Truett (May 6, 1867 – July 7, 1944), was an American clergyman who was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, from 1897 until 1944, and the president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1927 to 1929. He was one of the "most famous Southern Baptist" preachers and writers of his era.
Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptists
The Final Letter, as Sent
To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.
The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.
Jan. 1. 1802.
The Danbury Baptists' letter to Thomas Jefferson
The address of the Danbury Baptists Association in the state of Connecticut, assembled October 7, 1801.
To Thomas Jefferson, Esq., President of the United States of America.
Sir, Among the many million in America and Europe who rejoice in your election to office; we embrace the first opportunity which we have enjoyed in our collective capacity, since your inauguration, to express our great satisfaction, in your appointment to the chief magistracy in the United States: And though our mode of expression may be less courtly and pompous than what many others clothe their addresses with, we beg you, sir, to believe that none are more sincere. Our sentiments are uniformly on the side of religious liberty--that religion is at all times and places a matter between God and individuals--that no man ought to suffer in name, person, or effects on account of his religious opinions--that the legitimate power of civil government extends no further than to punish the man who works ill to his neighbors; But, sir, our constitution of government is not specific. Our ancient charter together with the law made coincident therewith, were adopted as the basis of our government, at the time of our revolution; and such had been our laws and usages, and such still are; that religion is considered as the first object of legislation; and therefore what religious privileges we enjoy (as a minor part of the state) we enjoy as favors granted, and not as inalienable rights; and these favors we receive at the expense of such degrading acknowledgements as are inconsistent with the rights of freemen.
It is not to be wondered at therefore; if those who seek after power and gain under the pretense of government and religion should reproach their fellow men--should reproach their order magistrate, as a enemy of religion, law, and good order, because he will not, dare not, assume the prerogatives of Jehovah and make laws to govern the kingdom of Christ.
Sir, we are sensible that the president of the United States is not the national legislator, and also sensible that the national government cannot destroy the laws of each state; but our hopes are strong that the sentiments of our beloved president, which have had such genial effect already, like the radiant beams of the sun, will shine and prevail through all these states and all the world, till hierarchy and tyranny be destroyed from the earth. Sir, when we reflect on your past services, and see a glow of philanthropy and good will shining forth in a course of more than thirty years we have reason to believe that America's God has raised you up to fill the chair of state out of that goodwill which he bears to the millions which you preside over. May God strengthen you for your arduous task which providence and the voice of the people have called you to sustain and support you enjoy administration against all the predetermined opposition of those who wish to raise to wealth and importance on the poverty and subjection of the people. And may the Lord preserve you safe from every evil and bring you at last to his heavenly kingdom through Jesus Christ our Glorious Mediator.
Signed in behalf of the association,
Nehemiah Dodge Ephraim Robbins Stephen S. Nelson
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Comment to Ameritianity: I like coming to this site and reading the comments The evil people need to stay away if they do not want to read the truth. I did not vote for Oboma. I thought he was not for America. Now we know he is not for America. Keep this good work going we need this. Gives us hope. May God Bless, AND BLESS our country that we once knew.
Your Name: Betty 09/11/2009
Thank you very much Betty. It is people like you and your comments that keep Ameritianity and our readers going.
I don't like the negative comments posted, as I'm sure many of the Christians that come to this website for information...this website uplifts people. Plenty of negative comments are posted on all other websites; in fact foul language and disgusting innuendos about Pres. Bush, Sarah Palin etc. are posted all day long. We know there are people out there that do NOT want to know the truth, until of course it is too late. The people visiting this website find comfort knowing that some way, somehow America will get back on the right track; and believe me those that voted for this government have learned a big time lesson, never again will they be fooled by another candidate telling them "sweet little lies". If the people visiting this website don't like it, they can go back to the other websites that fill their void with Michael Jackson, and things that have nothing to do with what is really going on with this administration!!! One thing that they don't get on the other website, and that is an education; they will always stay simple minded. I also think that a lot of folks out there know what is really going on, but since they voted for Obama they must defend him, lest they too look like fools!!!! In conclusion, if you are telling the truth you do NOT need to defend yourself. Keep up the good work!!! God bless! Joseph S 09/08/09
Comment to Ameritianity: All I can say is "God Bless You"...every time I come to your website, I feel so comforted and KNOW that I'm not alone. I wanted to put out a calendar of the 9/12 March on DC and you have some great pictures. Would you consider letting me use some and I would give the proper credit to whoever the photographer is. Please let me know if you would consider that. Your Name: M [email protected] 09/26/09
Comment to Ameritianity: I just heard about this site. It will now be added to my "favorites". I read up on Saul Alinsky -- boy is his writings scary. So much of what he preached is being practiced in the WH. This has to be stopped. Americans should read this and connect the dots. We have a Saul alinsky diciple as a President. Wake up!!! Your Name: Rae Gepes 10/3/9
Ameritianity, you are a man of many words. You have been listening when Obama speaks. You wrote a very informative article about what the Obama administration is trying to accomplish. Please keep up the good work getting this message out for many have become "deaf, dumb and blind" to what Obama and his CZARS are all about. Finally many are waking up and listening to Obama's' words of "convenience". He did go to Europe and "bad mouthed" his own country. Did he not know that while the people would cheer him own, like a rock star", for putting down America, that it also put himself down at the same time. He lost their respect. He also put ALL of men and women in uniform in harms way in doing so. Please pray that God will have mercy on us all. Bring prayer back into our schools among many other things and if it offends someone, don't apologize. Our Men and Women in the Military are fighting so we will have those rights protected. When you go to bed at night, sleep tight because they are willing to protect those very freedoms that this administration is trying to take away from us. Anita G. 10/05/09
Comment to Ameritianity: It is so refreshing to see that there are some out there who are trying to save this country from those who would destroy it. Keep up the good work. Name: Ruby Wilson 10/06/09
In a message dated 3/10/2009 12:09:41 A.M. Central Daylight Time, ruth.annd:
What a wonderful website. It needs to be broadcast for all to read. I am beginning to feel hope. So much of the anger, frustration, and defeat I have been experiencing is written on this site by others. I am beginning to feel there is hope ? we will survive this mess, and triumph again ? with Gods help. He had a reason for allowing this President to enter office. It was to wake us up and get us on our feet and working to restore this country to what it once was!! We need to understand that freedom isn?t free, to be taken for granted. We need to work for it every day. R.A.Danielson
hey i found yall's website on the comment section of Foxnews. I would like to become a member.
Thank You for always putting the Lord and our beloved country FIRST.
Just happened on this site through Fox News site. God bless you and thank you for it. When God helps build a nation, He should not be forgotten. His patience will not last forever. God bless you, Nancy 03/20/09 San Diego CA
Thank you for replying to me. My husband is a civilian contractor in Iraq. He has spoke to many of the men and women(military and contractors) over there in Iraq and they are very interested in your site. I hope you don't mind that I passed your link on to people that love our country and the Lord.
God Bless You. Samantha L. 031209
Ive, read what is on your site and im letting it sink in. It seems to clear, obvious, and logical, so whats the catch? Oh, and dont forget pro-American. I went Independent in the first term of Bush, because im discussed with the Republicans, they are no longer conservative and the majority of the liberals hate America and/or Americans. Having super liberal in-laws and having tenants that are black, I can see why Obama won. The whites voted for him because of "white Guilt" and the blacks voted for him, just because he is black, either way it doesnt matter to them what he stands for. Well, its a relief to see like minded people out there. John H. 031209
Really loved visiting your site, (I also found the link in the comments on Fox News). Especially liked the page about Obama being a narcissist. Keep fighting the good fight, we will take our country back. We are fighting the same fight and have God and Country pages as well. The Patriotic Resistance http://www.resistnet.com/ Thank You,
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I found your website while surfing comments on Fox News also. I have been hoping I could find a Conservative Christian website where we can express our opinions with the Lord and our Christianity in mind. Thank you. Be blessed. Grace 04/28/09
Thank-you for this wonderful web-site! It is my belief that the big difference between Democrat and Republican is that: Democrates understand that government is by the people, for the people under the people. Republicans understand that government is by the people, for the people under God. Democrates believe in whatever the majority wants, that there is no power higher than themselves. Republicans believe that God is in control and governs everything. Thank-you once again for your insightful information, I will be passing this site onto my friends! Cindi L
Thanks for the add, I think this appears to be the ultimate site, for like minded Americans. Sherry W-F 05/02/09
Thank you, thank you for this site! Praise our Lord and Creator for His goodness in our lives . . . Jackie 05/07/09
Wow a real Christian web site thank God i was led here by a young woman on one of the fox news comments pages. Jerry Ludlow 05/02/09
Comment to Ameritianity: I grew up believing what the popular culture said about religion and Christians. As the years have gone by I've come to realize that I was sold a false bill of goods, that things like lanuage and religion are what bind a culture together and we exclude religion from our public discourse at our own great peril. A democratic republic cannot function unless the politicans are chosen from an educated and moral citizenry and the Founding Fathers did everything they could to get that across in the Founding Documents and it seems the collectivits, Statists and Progressive types have spent the next 200 years trying to convince us they didn't. Bottom line: I'm still struggling with my faith, but I've become aware of the role that faith needs to play in all our lives. Keep the faith brothers and sisters better days will come. Shoey 05/11/09
I found this site while reading Foxnews comments. I am so tired of all the Christian bashing and the hateful remarks toward conservatives, republicans and Christians. It is wonderful to find this site full of like minded people who are smart and educated. Thank you and God Bless. C. Poynter 05/10/09
Dear Ameritianity, Thank you for a wonderful website. It is good to know that others feel as I do about the moral decline of our Country. I only had to read one single line on your Home page, "there is no common ground" to know this was a site for me. I will be keeping all of you working behind the pages in my daily prayers. May God give you His grace to continue your work. Elizabeth C. 05/20/09
Comment to Ameritianity: Your quote above from the Constitution is the answer to this moral dilemma of Abortion. Our Founders saw things very clearly and did not merely stumble across the statement on accident. "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." Each word is superior to the one that follows it, therefore Life is above Liberty or the Pro-Choice mandate at a woman's right to abort. In the same way, Liberty is superior to the pursuit of happiness. Again, the ordering of the words was no accident; this is the same way God has created the world. Andy 05/19/09
Hi, great website. I tried to find your Facebook group but I had no luck. I even tried various spellings and partial words, but no luck. I’m an active fb user, so what’s wrong? Linda S. 05/30/09
NOTE: We are "Ameritianity Members" on FaceBook
Comment to Ameritianity: Found your web site today. I like what I see. Without a grass roots movement to save our country, our traditional way of life will go away. Rick 05/30/09
Dear Ameritianity, may God Bless all the good people who wrote in to comment on your website. And may God Bless all of you at Ameritianity for what you do.
Thank you and God bless our great country(even if the anti-christ is in power right now) Larry (Vietnam 1964-1968) 06/03/09
Thank God, I found this site, sometimes a person can feel so alone. Jeananne 06/03/09
Keep up the good work and spread the message. Bill G. B 06/01/09
I am glad to finally find a website that deals with the current political landscape from a Christian perspective. I agree with almost everything I've read so far. Just one problem for me. I don't see any information concerning who is responsible for production and maintenance of the site. It gives me pause. Knowing who is behind the scenes would remove any reservations I have. Ron 06/01/09
I love this site because factual articles, links, statements are made. I try to post a link to this website for on every post i make on left-wing blog spots, hoping the messages here will wake them up and make them aware as to why they need Christ and to make them aware as to the damage Obama and Congress are causing our nation. God bless those at www.ameritianity.com Ken H. in Alabama 06/08/09
God bless you all. i am old but i am willing. what can i do to help? Lorianne 07/07/09
Thank you for posting this on my wall I sent this out yesterday to all my members of Heal Our Land Patriot Prayer Project. We all have the same heart. Rachel 07/05/09
"GOD BLESS YOU ALL and THANK YOU SO VERY VERY MUCH! Thank you for adding me to your members list. I checked out your link. I will be reading it periodically for sure! Have a Blessed Independence Day. :)" Jeri D. 07/04/09
Oh happy day....I am not alone! So glad to find this site! Ginger 06/10/09
A lot of good and inspiriing information for the Christian American patriot on this page. I posted it to group "America, the Beautiful Christian Nation." Les 07/21/2009
Many Christians in America feel the presence of darkness that surrounds our great country. Homosexuality an abomination to God is rampant; the killing of babies through abortion is a sin (thou shall not kill) and millions of babies are killed every year; atheist are now tearing every word and every sign they can that has the word God in it, this makes God cry I'm sure. The Christmas nativities are no longer displayed because of a few that don't want to see them up (a reminder to Christians of the birth of their Savior). It is no longer politically correct to say Merry Christmas, etc. America is going down the drain ever so slowly. I believe the only way to bring America back is through fasting and praying. Getting down on our knees and asking God for forgiveness, asking God to forgive the land, to forgive those that mock Him, and to heal the land that we love. I'm sure that God loves America as much as we do, after all, America was dedicated to Him hundreds of years ago; and Mr. President, America IS a Christian nation, how dare you say it is not.
What to do? There is a great book written by James Robison "The Soul of a Nation". This book is so awesome, and right for the time. In it you will find 30 days, 30 issues and 30 prayers for America, to bring it back to God. I have bought 32 copies and have distributed them to the ladies in my church. They will read it, and when they are done with the 30 days of prayer, they can continue and start again, or they can pass it along to someone else to read. I don't know if you will print this letter or not for others to view. I just thought I would tell you from my heart what I believe in. Blessings, wendy soto 07/16/09
I Love this site may God Bless you, and Bless Our Country. Betty 07/15/09
What a wondeful website this is! I am always looking for good, conservative political websites. This is chock full of news. People: You need to understand what is happening in this country. We are LOSING our FREEDOMS, way of life, etc. We have to unite and fight this tyranny that sits in the White House. No time to waste! [email protected] 07/30/09
Comment to Ameritianity: this website is like the sound of the loving and protecting G-d to nursering HIS, (which is inside of all of us - the holy spirit...VERy VERY NICE IMPORTANT AND BEAUTIFULL...Thank you! Erzsebet N. 08/22/09
THANK YOU SO MUCH for providing this vitally informative, important and wonderful website. What a blessing.....God Bless You, M. Sherman 08/22/09
This is a great website. I learned of it from a comment in an article on foxnews.com. I have told all my contacts about your website. There is just one thing. I am a detail-oriented person, and I noticed in the sections on the left-hand side of the home page in "sacrifice for others" that the word sacrifice is misspelled. I have done proofreading in the past, and I noticed the error immediately. I just thought you might like to know. As soon as I have time I'm going to read over every part of your website. Thank you!!
Comment to Ameritianity: Just marked your link on my favorites. I found it on the Fox Nation web site. I, too, believe that separation of Church and State should apply to the administration, as well as educator in Florida. http://commonsenseinaradicalage.blogspot.com/
Your Name: Donna F. 08/23/09
Lynne Welke commented on your link: "what a great site. Thank u so much for turning me on to it." 10/18/2009
I am the coordinator for the Life Chain, we are having it this weekend as we live in Hot South Tx and we get a better turn out in cooler weather. God Bless you in all you do! Patty E. 10/21/2009
I saw your web page as I was reading the comments on Foxnews.com, I was reading how our Pompous President, was going to allow the Russians to come to our country and inspect our entire nuclear arsenal. The Russians will always be communists, I think this is a frightening time in our history, but I found comfort in your website .I pray things will get better in this greatest nation on God’s green earth! 10/16/2009 L. E. Flannery
Comment to Ameritianity: God Allows, BUT he doesn't always agree. Joan M Drum 08/24/09
It’s a very good website. We all need to stand up and fight. Fight as hard as we can then fight harder. I'm tired of my gov. taking over my life (and I'm a three war vet). Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, etc. is killing our country and the Veterans Administration is killing our Vets. Randy 08/24/09
Comment to Ameritianity: Oh my gosh, I can't believe I found this website! It is wonderful, full and full of so much information. I am so upset by the direction I see our country going and yet when I try to provide an argument to counter anyone who agrees with our President, I'm told I am not a Christian because if I was, I would want the President to succeed. I'm sending the URL for this site to everyone I know, and it's bookmarked in my favorites! Thanks!!!!!!
Your Name: Reba 08/23/09
Comment to Ameritianity: Hi. I found your website on Foxnews. It is excellent and a God send. My husband was given a DVD the other day at an county fair event. It is entitled "The Obama Deception." It is VERY revealing and very disturbing. Do you have a copy of that? If not, I can send to you. Your Name: Tom and Nancy Clay 11/04/2009
Comment to Ameritianity: Glad I found this site....Praying in Ohio
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Comment to Ameritianity: Love your articles, I get so sick of christians picking and choosing what verses they want to live by in the Bible, Your articles says it best. In the bible is states judgement starts in the church. Wow we are failing as christions; love your information. Your Name: Dana Argent Bush 02/10/2010
Comment to Ameritianity: Thank You for this Web Site - A Patriotic Christian
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Comment to Ameritianity: Incredible website!Keep up the good work. God Bless
Your Name: La Donna 2/3/2010
Comment to Ameritianity: Thank you for providing a voice for truth against the destructive agenda of main stream media.
Comment to Ameritianity: I prayed something like this that I may join and contribute to would appear...I am TheJamestownRoad...a Servant of YAH...THE MOST HIGH....Thank You and God Has Blessed You...LET'S USE THE BLESSINGS THE WAY JESUS SHOWED US...Cains Relatives are still alive....and around us...the Church of Philadelphia teaches that and also The Church Of Smyrna....Let's Take Names AND KICK DRAGON....
Your Name: JAMES DANIEL 01/28/2010
I finally have a place where I can send people to understand what I believe. People are always changing my "label" (Conservative, libertarian, Evangelical, etc) and I don't really like any of them. Now I can proudly tell them I am an Ameritian. Thank you and keep the site going! Mari in Alabama 01/26/2010
I love your site and support the same views.We are still being persecuted for believing in Jesus Christ and He/God is slowly being erased from our entire culture and that's a frightening path. We must fight back. Stanley A. Cobb 6/14/2010
I love the material on your site. My dad's stood-down USMC from 1968-69 and knows full-well what If We Are the Body by Casting Crowns is about. Pray for him, he needs Jesus really bad. He needs delivernce from alcohol real bad as well. I feel like I really messed something up when. Dena 5/12/2010
Comment to Ameritianity: Thank you for the valuable information that you give on this site and for everything you stand for. I love listening to the music of the different Christian Artists and everything that you offer - you are an inspiration of hope in these troubled times. Thank you! Pat Harrell 08/01/2010
Comment to Ameritianity: I loved it when I clicked on your link: "The Faces of Power?" You should have a page of political cartoons, too. Lynn 07/28/2010
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"your birthday? Oh, no! I remember taking Laura to school at McKamy and hearing on the radio that a plane had hit the WTC, thinking it was a small plane. Came home, turned on the tv and watched it all day and cried. Ken was in Orlando and drove home because the planes weren't flying. What an awful day."
Peggy Laurie wrote:
"I was at work and unable to leave but all of us in the office were glued to the radio. I was in shock and numb and sad but also infuriated. My emotions were just jumbled. Prayer had a major calming effect."
09/11/2010 Deanie Sullivan wrote:
The Day Our Country United......For days, months and years after the devastating attacks Americans and
the world united in an unspoken bond. For the first time in years Congress came together in a totally bi-partisan unity. America and countries from around the world openly shared their grief.
Oliver Warren posted on your Wall.
Oliver wrote: "Happy Birthday! Enjoy your Special Day and God Bless you and your family."
Rorschach wrote: "Happy Birthday and God Bless! Be well my friend."
Becky Musick Hanshaw wrote: "♫♪ Happy Birthday Patriot!!! ♫♪"
Kenneth O'Day: "Driving to work, seeing the smoke, the traffic backups, the news reports, and an ex-con road service guy crying on the shop radio as the 2nd plane hit. NJ/NYC/CT came to a standstill. And wondering if any friends were in the city working that day. Big difference actually seeing and smelling the smoke than watching the news reports ......"
Mo Clark wrote: I remember that day, I was watching the news and I could not believe what I was seeing. I supposed to fly out Sept 12th for my 28 day work rotation at the ESSO (ExxonMobile) Kome Drilling Camp in Chad, Africa. All flights in the US were grounded for a week. When I did fly out the next week, security was very, very tight at all the airports. Everyone, around the world, was still trying to figure out what had happen...I could not believe that innocent people were killed in such a terrible way...
Jo Ann Letourneau wrote: 9-11, started out such a typical day, in my ( 2 time) All American City. Just an ordinary day! Things can sure change in a NY minute! 9-12, our tree lined street, became a flag lined street...I knew that we would soon be at war. I held my breath, because my daughter was serving in The U.S. Marine Corps! God Bless The U.S.A.!
Ragnar Danneskjold wrote: September 11th to me is the most emotional day of the year. My emotions run from being saddened to tears as I remember how it felt that day, and how it must feel to those who lost loved ones that day in DC, PA, or NYC, and extreme anger and hatred of the people who perpetrated this atrocity upon us.
Kathy Fortune Gilbert wrote:
"I have so many vivid memories of that terrible day that I will never forget. After all the horendous events were over and at the end of the day I will always remember sitting outside on our porch and looking up to the beautiful clear blue sky and thinking to myself that there are no jet trails at all, which was something we always saw when we looked up into the sky and clouds. It seemed so peaceful where I was but I was remembering all the pictures and people I had seen throughout the day while I was at work and we watched the days events on a TV. I remember feeling goosebumps all over as I pondered over what had happened. The families and friends who lost their loved ones on that day have been on my mind today and I pray for them and all the little babies and children who were left behind."
PJSPOODLES wrote on 09/20/2010....
I just returned from a trip to Hawaii. We took my 85 year old Father who served in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. We were there on 9-11-2010. Hundreds also were there and what an experience. My Dad was treated with the utmost respect by everyone and thanked for his service by too many to count. they took pictures with him. He said it was the best moment of his life. His generation gave and gave and gave till they could give no more and yet they gave more. We watched an old widow be escorted by a member of each branch of the Military while she carried her husband's ashes to be buried at the watery gravesite. 900 Americans are still in these watery graves.The smell of oil is still so strong that it shocked me and to my surprise I shed tears. All that came were proud to be American never ashamed like our First Lady. I don't care if your purple with pink polka dots we should all be proud of our Country. Only in America can you rise from the bottom to the ultimate success. All races have paid the ultimate price for their Country and to maintain our freedoms. Please think for a minute what America would be like if Hitler or Hirrohito had won? Now we have a different enemy even worse than before because they come from many places and they pretend to want the American dream. The true agenda is to kill it and replace it with a barbaric ideology disguised as a religion. They trample and destroy civil rights and women are reduced to mere wombs to breed more Muslim men. Look at both Pearl and 9-11 and you'll see what they are really about. These are monsters with no respect for anybody and whose only goal is domination. Some "peace" we will have, how many will die at the next attack, 10 cities or 10 States or all? It is so hard to see journalists spin the words around to make it all sound rosey. When will the whole Country wake up to the wolf in sheeps clothing in our midst and the enemies in our own government. Let's restore our Country. Another shocker was in Hawaii the Feds have taken over the land where sugar cane and pinneapple used to grow. It will now make organic fuel but it was nothing but dead fields now. More dependence on foreign countries for our food.
"I had just fallen asleep with the television on after a long night shift. I remember dreaming about being at war on U.S. soil... I woke up abruptly to a voice from the television saying that the Pentagon had been attacked. I spent the rest of the day watching every second of the events that were televised that day. I remember it as if it were yesterday. "
"I watched people jump and burn to death. I watched as the towers fell and consumed Manhatten and the area with black smoke. I stood on the rubble for 3 days and nights shifting thru it to find my friends who never came home. I remember picking up body parts, watch's, fingers, rings and wallets. I saw true Americans joining together to help fellow Americans...What I didnt see was the 3rd world countrys we help out lend a hand. I didnt see any one helping the U.S.A out."
"Execellent! "Fundamentally Change" was the statement that should have got everybody's attention. If I was a reporter I would ask him exactly what he meant by that, today. He wouldn't be able to answer it without lying or skirting the question. His mouth will be his demise as he slowly deteriorates." 11/03/2010
Subject: Vote Pro-Life: There is no other issue of singular importance. The obligation for Christians to uphold and defend life takes precedence. Find out which candidates are pro-life. Look at all candidates in all races, from dog catcher to governor to Congress. If they use terms like "freedom of choice" and "reproductive rights" they are pro-abortion, and cannot be supported by a Christian in good conscience. Period. 11/03/2010
"YES Matthew IT is so True I was practicing witchcraft when JESUS found me and HE has changed my whole life. . .HE IS REAL. . .and I can tell by your testimony that you know The REAL JESUS. . .I thank and praise JESUS everyday for HIS Encounter in my life, Many Encounters that have revolutionized my whole life in ways I did not even know could happen. . .Bless you my Brother with the Shalom of JESUS all the days of your life. . .Until we see HIM in the Clouds FACE to FACE MJ ; 0" Michael Judah Farr 10/13/10
"@Michael - Thanks for posting that. I was completely 100% committed to my Jewish Faith, had Christians pray for me and had more than an encounter with Jesus. Today I'm a born-again Christian and also a "completed Jew." My eyes were opened to Him."
Matthew Cloner 10/13/10
Barbara wrote - 12/17/2010:
"This is a great site! There are so many things on it and I love the links to the Military sites. Thank you so much for sharing with me. I will bookmark your site. I am looking for suggestions as to how to survive what is coming, I realize that Christ is in control and that the outcome has already been decided, I just want to prepare in any way that we can. I would welcome any suggestions! God bless you and your family!"