Memorial Day-what’s the meaning to you?

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Ok, answer honestly.  I asked a few kids and they had no idea….do you know why we celebrate memorial day? The answer is to honor the men and women who have defended and served our country.

I am not a history buff at all. In fact, history does not interest me most of the time.  I hated being in school and learning about who and why the nations fought eachother, etc. It never interested me.  I did a little research recently, and much to my surprise, I was really getting into it.  It interested me.  Maybe because I’m not a smart aleck teenager anymore (no offense to any teenagers reading this, not all are smart alecks, but I certainly was)

I was reading much about the founding father’s and the history of our nation.  Read what these God-fearing men said, then tell me if the freedom from religion organization can still argue that America was not founded on Christianity :

George Washington “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”

Thomas Jefferson “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event.”

John Hancock “Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”

Benjamin Franklin “Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped”

Samuel Adams “And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace.”

James Monroe “When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good.”

John Quincy Adams “The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made ‘bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God’ (Isaiah 52:10).”

Did you take note of what John Hancock said? It sure stuck out to me “Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”

Here is what has recently been declared by our leader:

“Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”-Barack Obama

“Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy?  Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination?  Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?”-Barack Obama

“I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”-Barack Obama

This post is not meant to be a political standoff with anyone.  I am not trying to dishonor our President but rather show the difference of where we once were.  Im grateful to the men and women who serve our country and for the families of them that sacrifice so that we can be free.  I am thankful for the freedom we have in Christ and for His sacrifice for us.

You see, we are celebrating the lives of men and women who have died fighting for this country and what this country was founded upon.  As John Hancock stated “defend those rights that heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us” You have a voice! Let it be heard! Psalm 96:3 “Declare His glory among the nations!”

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