“The Greatest Need in America”

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With more disrespect being shown to our flag, even within our own borders, it would do us well to revisit our heritage!  Fort McHenry (where in 1812 a battle raged which inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner) was named after a man who served as a medical soldier in George Washington’s army, and later signed the The Greatest Need in AmericaU.S. Constitution.  His name was James McHenry.  While unknown to us today, James McHenry was one of those men who laid such a firm foundation for America that during the 1800’s it would grow to become the greatest nation on earth.  James McHenry got his foundation from the Bible.  In addition to his achievements just mentioned, he also served as a member of the Continental Congress, his state legislature, and the U.S. Secretary of War—and President of the Baltimore Bible Society!  He had this to say about the Bible:

“…public [usefulness] pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures.  The doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the punishment they threaten, the rewards they promise…can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefulness. Continue reading

“The Greatest Threat to Liberty”

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When George Washington was about to leave office, after giving near 50 years of service to his country, he addressed the nation through what has come to be known as his Farewell Address.  In that Address he warned us what to do and what not to do in order to preserve this new government which aimed at giving the “greatest amount of liberty to the greatest number of people.”  In warning us how this new Republic could be overthrown by those working inside it, he stated,

The Greatest Threat to Liberty“But let there be no change by usurpation [one branch of government stealing power from another branch] …for…this…is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”

(Washington, George. September 19, 1796, in his Farewell Address, published in the American Daily Advertiser, Philadelphia, September, 1796. James D. Richardson (U.S. Rep. from Tennessee), ed., A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents 1789-1897, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Gov. Printing Office, published by Authority of Congress, 1897, 1899; Washington, D.C.: Bureau of National Literature and Art, 1789-1902, 11 vols., 1907, 1910), Vol. 1, p. 213-224, Sept. 17, 1796. Tim LaHaye, Faith of Our Fd. Fathers (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 987), p. 91.)

And yet, for over 80 years, the branches of the Presidency and the Supreme Court have been stealing the power which our Founders gave to the Congress, or reserved to the people and the states. Continue reading

“Our Price: Vigilance”

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Thomas Jefferson taught us the principle that “Eternal vigilance is the price of Liberty”.  Watchfulness over their government by the citizens of a Republic is the only way to make sure liberty is preserved.  And only if liberty is preserved will the Gospel go to the next generation by public means.

Our Price - VigilanceAnd yet, in my upbringing, I was not taught that we should be present to watch over local government meetings- and local government is where most seeds are planted that grow into state and national laws.  Consequently, though I was a committed Christian and minister of the Gospel of Christ, I set no time aside to be at local government meetings until I was in my fifties.  I simply didn’t see the need for civil government being given any of my time, except to pray for government servants and to try to vote for moral candidates.  What’s wrong with this picture? Continue reading