We Remember
Saturday, May 29, 2010

 

“Remember this, fix it in your mind, take it to heart...Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me.”  (Is. 46:8-10) 

Woodrow Wilson said, “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 came from or what we have been about.”  These are powerful words for us to reflect upon this Memorial Day weekend.

 

The entire Christian faith is based on the principle of remembering our heritage.  The whole of Jewish tradition was based upon remembering the times and events when God directly intervened in the life of Israel.  God challenged them to remember those times in the above passage from Isaiah.  Paul said in the Book of Hebrews, “Remember your leaders, who spoke of God to you.  Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”  Wiser counsel could not be given to America today.  So in this Memorial Day newsletter, I would like for us to remember some of the words of our leaders.

 

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence gave birth to this nation.  We often forget that when our forefathers declared independence from an earthly power, they made an unashamed declaration of dependence upon God.  The Declaration closes with these words: “With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”  The 56 brave men who signed this document understood that this was not empty rhetoric.  They knew that if they succeeded, the best they could hope for was years of hardship in a struggling nation.  If they failed, they would face a hangman’s noose as traitors.  Of these 56, most did indeed suffer.  5 were captured, tortured and killed by the British.  12 had their homes sacked, looted, occupied, or burned.  2 lost their sons.  One had two sons captured and 9 died in the war.

 

Shortly after the Revolutionary War, John Quincy Adams left us this sobering message.  “Posterity -- you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom.  I hope you make good use of it.”  Lyman Abbott once said, “A nation is made great, not by its fruitful acres, but by the men who cultivate them; not by great forests, but by the men who use them; not by its mines, but by the men who build and run them.  America was a great land when Columbus discovered it; Americans have made it a great nation.”

 

In discussing the role of God’s Word in American life, John Q. Adams said, “The first and almost the only Book deserving of universal attention is the Bible.”  To which Abraham Lincoln added, “All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated through this Book; but for the Book we could not know right from wrong, all the things desirable to man are contained in it.” 

 

Our leaders left us evidence everywhere of their faith.  Engraved in marble behind the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House and on our coins, we read, “In God We Trust.”  Above the head of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are the Ten Commandments.  And engraved atop the Washington monument is “Praise be to God.”  A tour of our Capital City would reveal many more such quotes.

 This nation, without a doubt, was established on the firm foundation of Christianity and the biblical witness.  Our forefathers, as brilliant as they were, openly gave credit to the eternal principles of God’s Word.  The most fundamental concepts of our republic find their roots in the Bible.  From the beginning, the basis for law and government in American society was decidedly biblical.  So as we prepare for Memorial Day, let’s remember.  Let us follow the words of Scripture and remember our leaders, who for two and one half centuries spoken the Word of God to us.  Let us consider the outcome of their way of life -- of which we are the blessed recipients -- and let us imitate their faith.

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