As we...the UNITED STATES of AMERICA...a truly BLESSED NATION are celebrating 235 YEARS of FREEDOM today , it is important for ALL of us to REALIZE...and REMEMBER...and to be THANKFUL for several key components of OUR FREEDOM...
First and foremost we must REMEMBER that OUR FREEDOM was not obtained for FREE. In fact, the cost of Our Freedom was clearly counted, although perhaps not fully realized then, by Patrick Henry in his "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech delivered at the Second Virginia Convention approximately 15 months prior to Thomas Jefferson's rought draft of the Declaration of Independence being printed by John Dunlap of Virginia by the order of the Continental Congress on the night of July 4, 1776. Many men and women over the last 235 years (and even before that) have unselfishly given their lives for OUR freedom...and continue in this quest today as we fight not only against flesh and blood, but against extreme and evil ideologies...that not only have claimed, but continue to claim countless...and innocent...men, women and children not only in the United States, but around the world...911...April 19th, 1995 in Oklahoma City...Yemen...Israel...Pakistan...Afghanistan...Iraq...and many, many places around the globe...We thank you...the Men...the Women...and the Children...of both the United States and the WORLD who have unselfishly laid down YOUR lives for OUR FREEDOM...We shall never, ever FORGET your SACRIFICE for US, the United States of America...
Secondly, the VALUE and IMPORTANCE of not only the words "UNDER GOD", but also "ONE NATION" and "INDIVISIBLE" must be REMEMBERED and REALIZED and should not be recklessly ommitted and abandoned as NBC so carelessly and foolishly chose to do recently during it's televised broadcast of the U.S. Open. Many in our country today have responded with comments like "What's the big deal with editing out 'UNDER GOD' from our Pledge of Allegiance?", and not only don't realize their ignorance in this statement, but have failed to even realize that NBC ALSO ommitted "Indivisible" and "ONE NATION" from OUR pledge seconds after the first ommissions...
Let me explain why these THREE phrases and/or words are IMPORTANT to EVERY American...
Despite what you may have heard, or what others or you may believe about the foundation of America, this nation WAS built on godly (as defined by the Christian Faith) principles, and was founded by men who unappologetically identified themselves as Christians. "Listen" to what just a few of them said, as quoted from http://www.blessedcause.org/Patriots/America's%20Judeo%20Christian%20Heritage.htm,:
Patrick Henry (remember the "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" guy?) said: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faith have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here." and, "The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed."
Benjamin Franklin stated, "History will also afford frequent opportunities of showing the necessity of a public religion...and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others."
John Quincy Adams said, "So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year."
U.S. Grant made this obervation: "The Bible is the sheet-anchor of our liberties."
Andrew Jackson concluded, "That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests."
Robert E. Lee declared, "In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength."
Abraham Lincoln stated, "I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book."
Samuel Adams, who has been called the "Father of the American Revolution" said to Britian, "We again make our solemn appeal to the God of heaven to decide between you and us. And we pray that, in the doubtful scale of battle, we may be successful as we have justice on our side, and that the merciful Saviour of the world may forgive our oppressors."
George Washington made this proclaimation: "You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention."
Even the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia has this Bible verse engraved upon it! "Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof. LEVITICUS 25:10"
This Nation, was undoubtedly built on the premise that we are UNDER GOD. I personally believe (along with Isaiah the prophet as spoken in Is. 14:12-23) that when we as a nation recognize our position of submission to Almighty God, He blesses us, but when we, as a nation begin to think and behave as if we are beyond or above God, His blessing could very well be withdrawn.
So to disregard, or blatantly remove the word "Under God" from our nation's Pledge of Alegiance IS a BIG DEAL, and should be viewed as such, as the consequences of God not only removing His Blessing from our Nation, but being "cast out" (Isaiah 14:19) and "cut off" (Isaiah 14:22) are VERY SIGNIFICANT...
Furthermore when you "add insult to injury" by ALSO removing "ONE NATION" and "INDIVISIBLE" from our pledge (which is the FOUNDATIONAL "brick and mortar" of our country's passionate BELIEF SYSTEM , you not only will most likely be a nation in, or being lead to CIVIL WAR, it is NOT POSSIBLE to still have "JUSTICE and LIBERTY for ALL."
My final point is that America IS a BLESSED NATION, and the LORD of HOSTS is specifically reminding us of this during 2011. I will go into more detail in a future BLOG POST with regard to the SYMBOLOGY of NUMBERS, but let me say this about the number ELEVEN, ONE and FOUR...11 in the Hebrew language symbolizes "Blessed Sons and Daughters." The number ONE symbolizes UNITY. And the Hebrew meaning behind the number FOUR is UNIVERSAL. In 2011, there are FOUR times where ALL the numbers consist of ONLY 1's or 11's...1-1-11, 1-11-11, 11-1-11 and 11-11-11.
The significance of AMERICA celebrating 235 years of FREEDOM in 2011 is this....If you take 2 and multiply it by 3 you get 6. Add the 6 to 5 and you get ELEVEN. Combine the 11 in 2011 with this ELEVEN found in 235, and you have a DOUBLE PORTION of BLESSING for His Sons and His Daughters...
So join me in REMEMBERING and DECLARING our Pledge of Allegiance..."We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands...One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for ALL."
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