Our Nation Under God

Promoting America as a Nation Under God, But Not a National Church as the Church of England

Promoting America as a Nation Under God, But Not a National Church as the Church of England

Introduction:   While, in this day and age, it is difficult to see the United States as a nation under God, it was once commonplace for politicians to consult their Bibles, for children to pray openly in schools, for the Bible to be taught in public schools, and for the court system to reference the Bible for guidance.[1]

These times have passed. The 1960s brought rampant change to American society, and years since have struck even heavier blows to our nation’s Christian heritage. Something integral to our nation has been lost, and it must be found again if America is to endure as its founders envisioned. This discourse will primarily focus on the United State’s Christian roots by examining the beliefs and practices of its founding fathers, namely George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, among others.

By examining the claims of Thomas Jefferson, in particular, we hope to shed some light on common misconceptions about the meaning of the phrase, “separation of church and state,” and its modern day implications. We will also look at the various ways our nation has fallen from its Christian heritage and how Christians can make a difference.

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Profiles in Leadership, Fear, and Morality

Profiles in Leadership, Fear, and Morality

This article examines the link between leadership and fear, using our reactions to current events. The flu occurs every year, with different strains and virility. Past methods for controlling it include; isolation, quarantine, good hygiene, disinfectants, and restricting public gatherings. These limit transmission. They are common sense and should be voluntarily observed in a free society. Read More


Liberalism’s Fruit—Will You Find It Tasty?

Liberalism’s Fruit—Will You Find It Tasty?

This week’s events display some of modern liberalism’s fruit. I’m speaking specifically about the impeachment process underway in Washington, and Virginia Governor Northam’s actions surrounding the recent lobby day on the Martin Luther King holiday. Both events reveal the liberal perversion of principles such as stewardship. Stewardship is important for a number of reasons, and this short series explores that topic.

But first we need to define what stewardship is—and is not. Then draw its relevance to the events just mentioned. We’ll see stewardship not only concerns the use of material things, but relationships as well.

Stewardship

Stewardship’s basis lies in dominion, and dominion is concerned with authority. Sovereign authority rests with a ruler, but some of that authority can be granted to another to exercise. That is a republic’s governing basis. Authority rests in the people who in turn grant some authority in specific areas to those they select to govern in their stead. We see this idea present in the Israelites of the Old Testament and the Christian people’s election of their political and religious leaders in the early Middle Ages after Rome’s collapse.

Someone exercising a ruler’s authority in their place incurs a moral duty of stewardship, the responsibility of caring for whatever has been entrusted to them. In other words, as delegated authority is not theirs by right, they have a duty to use it well—to do good. If they use it poorly that authority can be recalled by the source from whom it originated.

God, as creation’s creator, is its sovereign. God’s authority is moral through His act of creation, and His power over creation is absolute. Man, as part of creation, also lies under His authority. Yet God granted man dominion over His creation. With exercising God’s authority in this area comes the duty of stewardship, which includes not only due care over the things of creation, but also over our relationships with others. The basis and nature of this duty will be examined in future articles.

Modern Liberalism’s Basis …

But back to this week’s events mentioned earlier. It all originates with the ideas we hold. Everyone has faith, it is almost impossible to live well without it. It’s just some have faith in God and others in man. Those placing their faith in God try to recognize his authority and live in obedience. Even Read More


Liberalism’s Effect on Society

Liberalism’s Effect on Society

This upcoming year is likely to be a rough one. Our basic rights are under assault. This article is a repost of one written a year ago. We will likely see the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) passed by the legislature and signed by the governor this time. Like it or not, we are in a war—one of ideas. Legislation like the ERA represent one thread of ideas, a pagan thread. The other comes from Judeo-Christian principles derived from God’s word in the Bible. Read More


Thanksgiving, Washington and God

Thanksgiving, Washington and God

by Michael Giere

[Parts of this article were first published in 2015, and this Thanksgiving it seemed particularly relevant. MG]

Thanksgiving is the distinctive American holiday, born out of the triumph of faith over adversity; a day set aside to recall the blessings and bounty from God delivered to His faithful people.

President George Washington, a man who knew a thing or two about overcoming adversity and riding the Stallion of Faith to victory, issued the first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation for the new nation on October 14, 1789 from New York City. It acknowledged how bereft of merit the people were, yet how grateful they must be of the Almighty’s blessings, for they received those things that they could not provide for themselves;

“[to] acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”   Read More


America’s First Official Annual Thanksgiving: 1619 a.d.

America’s First Official Annual Thanksgiving: 1619 a.d.

 “...yearly and perpetually keept...”

America's first official annual Thanksgiving was a matter of deep prayer and thankfulness

The first English-speaking observance of Thanksgiving occurred in 1619, on the site of what is now Berkeley Plantation.

 1619 a.d, Berkeley Plantation, on Virginia's James River, about 40-miles upriver from Jamestown Island:

"Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall  at the place assigned for the plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God"... Read More


Reducing Violence

Reducing Violence

Well, we had two more mass shootings this past week. Both done by people who held very different beliefs. But their cause is the same. I believe there is a solution that solves both cases, if we are courageous enough a people to accept it and act accordingly. Read More


US priest: Leaving God out of politics is ‘illogical, immoral, and un-American’

US priest: Leaving God out of politics is ‘illogical, immoral, and un-American’

Lisa Bourne | Follow Lisa

August 6, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A Florida Catholic priest told a recent GOP political gathering that leaving God out of politics is “illogical, immoral and un-American.”

Politics is something that pastors usually stay away from, Father Michael Orsi said.

“However if your pastor is staying away from politics, tell him he's an illegitimate pastor,” he said. “The reason I say that is because politics affect our lives. And when we talk about our lives, we necessarily have to remind ourselves that we are called to be moral creatures.” Read More


Pro-China Communists Working to Mobilize 40 Million New Voters Against Trump

Pro-China Communists Working to Mobilize 40 Million New Voters Against Trump

Trevor Loudon | Epoch Times

President Donald Trump and the Republican Party had better be ready for a tsunami of new Democratic voters coming their way in 2020.

Far from the easy victory many pundits are predicting, there’s a strong chance that the president and his party (strong economy notwithstanding) may be overwhelmed by an unexpected wave of new voters coming mainly from the South and Southwest.

The same pro-China, communist-led organizations that almost won gubernatorial races in Florida and Georgia in 2018, and have almost turned once-reliably Republican Virginia blue, are aiming to mobilize a staggering 40 million new voters against President Trump. Read More


“If we don’t speak now”

“If we don’t speak now”

by Tabitha Korol

“Speak now or forever hold your peace” is based upon the marriage liturgy of the Christians’ Book of Common Prayer.  Today it may refer to our self-monitoring for the irrational fear of not being politically correct.

After reading my essay, “An Assumption of Dignity,” on the Internet, a reader commented, “I circulated it to our editorial board who found it very moving.  However, based entirely on the reality of it not being “politically correct,” I am recommending that it will not be posted on our educational site.  That said, given its compelling nature, I will circulate it privately and selectively.” Read More


Women’s World Cup Team Excludes Rare Black Player for her Christian Faith

Women’s World Cup Team Excludes Rare Black Player for her Christian Faith

After yelling about inclusion,  exclusionary Women's World Cup Team illustrates the ultimate hypocrisy...

Making the words "F--- Trump" its battle cry, its rebel yell to rally itself, the women's World Cup team comes with a lot of wokeness.  According to the Washington Times:

The World Cup team's activism is well established. Team captain Megan Rapinoe, who calls herself a "walking protest" against the Trump administration, accused President Trump of "excluding people" in a Tuesday interview on CNN.

"Your message is excluding people. You're excluding me. You're excluding people that look like me. You're excluding people of color," Rapinoe said in a message to the president.

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