From Wallbuilders.com – This week we celebrate a uniquely American holiday – Thanksgiving.
While thanksgiving celebrations occurred in North America as early as 1541, our current celebration is generally modeled after the one at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. The Pilgrims, having survived their first winter (during which about half of them died), invited their local Indian friends to join with them in several days of religious activities, feasting, and athletic competition.
Thanksgiving became a festival celebrated annually across New England but did not spread to all the colonies until the American Revolution, when the Continental Congress called for official days of thanksgiving and prayer. Continue Reading
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought I’d share some thoughts regarding the Puritans.
When you hear the word, “Puritan”, what comes to mind? Is it an image of self-righteous, obnoxious, narrow-minded, humorless, witch-hunting, killjoy kind of person? I used to think that way, until I became a believer!
In sixteenth-century England, the Puritans were concerned about bringing Christian values to bear an increasingly secular nation. The Christians today have the same problem. What was the Puritan’s solution back then? Go to America and create a purely Christian society for the world to see and follow. Continue Reading
In honor of our country’s Independence Day this weekend, I thought I’d share a portion of an oration given by John Quincy Adams that he gave on July 4, 1837. It’s fitting for anyone who’s interested in learning more about our Christian heritage in this county.
This oration by John Quincy Adams came from a very resourceful book by David Barton from Wallbuilders, “WallBuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history”. See bottom of this post for a PDF copy of the entire oration.
“In John Quincy Adams’ oration on July 4, 1837, he first chronicled what led up to the Declaration of Independence and expounded on the subsequent development of American government, including the Articles of Confederation and then the Constitution. He reminded Americans of fundamental principles: of how liberty was a gift from God and therefore why the Founders intended for slavery eventually to be abolished; and of how union was a first principle and therefore why secession and disunion were abhorrent to the Founders and should be repugnant to every generation. Adams’ oration is an inspiring look at the reason that the Fourth of July had become such a celebrated day in America—a day on which we looked into our past history, and also a day when we looked at our present responsibilities and renewed our pledge to preserve the trust that had been given us by God and by our Founders. Continue Reading
On Memorial Day, many celebrate the three day weekend to party, have barbecues, enjoy the beginning of summer, have a good time and etc. But we need to remember that on this day, we should take a moment of silence to mourn and to remember those who had fallen for our country. We wouldn’t be here without the soldiers. Memorial Day is about men and women who gave their best. They did what they were called to do to protect the nation, our nation. Continue Reading
“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we have come from, or what we have been about.” – President Woodrow Wilson
God used imperfect men to establish this country. When the Founding Fathers of America established the laws and the constitution, they used biblical principles and standards to go by. The Founding Fathers understood that this country could prosper only under God’s blessings. They recognized that for God to bestow His blessings, His principals had to be honored and embraced. Continue Reading