Posted on 2012 under Musings |
Following the post below:
If we turn away from God, we turn away from his greatness and blessings.
If we become too involved in pleasures forgetting God who gave them as blessings, we risk losing them.
If our spiritual house is removed from the foundation laid for it, it will collapse.
As a man who easily forgets things, I have to keep these close to my heart and meditate on them.
Posted on 2012 under Musings |
There’s a debate raging publicly, not only in the new media, but online in forums, social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Those who are know a bit about the history of the United States know the answer and either prayerfully accept it as fact, or foolishly reject it and live in denial. It’s something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit when I read or hear people trying to avoid this truth, but more so after reading the book “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn. It’s a book that will floor you, and perhaps once it’s sunk in some more, I’ll post a review on it. Anyway, this post is going to be a lot of copying and pasting from the Nation Archives to really make a point that I hope will cause someone to pause and think a bit: Are we one nation under God? Was the United States founded as a Christian country? What’s the power in one man’s words of dedication and the actions of our first Congress? Please bear with me on the length of this post.
George Washington’s First Inaugural Address was the start of a new nation. His words as the first president lay the foundation of our nation, as did the first action a newly formed Congress, representative of the people who put it in power through national consent. While for historical purposes, I could past the entire address, I’ll save page space and try to get more to the point by pasting some critical exerts. The full address if anyone is interested can be found here.
First, a copy and paste from National Archives; a bit of background of what happened in New York City on April 30, 1789:
Presidential inaugurations are important civic rituals in our nation’s political life. The Constitution requires that presidential electoral votes be opened and counted by the Senate and House of Representatives meeting together, that the candidate with a majority of electoral votes be declared the victor, and that the president-elect, before taking charge of the office, swear an oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
In 1788, the Confederation Congress scheduled the first presidential inauguration for the first Wednesday in March of the following year. However, the early months of 1789 proved to be unseasonably cold and snowy and bad weather delayed many members of the First Federal Congress from arriving promptly in New York City, the temporary seat of government. Until a quorum could be established in both the House and the Senate, no official business could be conducted. Finally, on April 6, 1789 – over a month late – enough members had reached New York to tally the electoral ballots. The ballots were counted on April 6 and George Washington won unanimously with 69 electoral votes. Washington was then notified of his victory and traveled to New York City from his home in Virginia.
On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath as the first president of the United States. The oath was administered by Robert R. Livingston, the Chancellor of New York, on a second floor balcony of Federal Hall, above a crowd assembled in the streets to witness this historic event. President Washington and the members of Congress then retired to the Senate Chamber, where Washington delivered the first inaugural address to a joint session of Congress. Washington humbly noted the power of the nations’ call for him to serve as president and the shared responsibility of the president and Congress to preserve “the sacred fire of liberty” and a republican form of government.
**Now I want to past a couple exerts from his address in our nations first joint session of Congress:
Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station; it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own; nor those of my fellow-citizens at large, less than either. No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency. And in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their United Government, the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities, from which the event has resulted, cannot be compared with the means by which most Governments have been established, without some return of pious gratitude along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed. You will join with me I trust in thinking, that there are none under the influence of which, the proceedings of a new and free Government can more auspiciously commence.
I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country can inspire: since there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no loss persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
At that auspicious moment marking the birth of the federal government under the Constitution, Senator William Maclay of Pennsylvania observed even the great Washington trembled when he faced the assembled representatives and senators. “This great man was agitated and embarrassed,” Maclay added, “more than ever was he by the leveled Cannon or pointed Musket.” After concluding his remarks, the President and Congress proceeded through crowds lined up on Broadway to St. Paul’s Church, where a service was conducted. Social gatherings and festivities closed the nation’s first inaugural day. Subsequent presidential inaugurations took place on March 4th (or March 5th when the fourth fell on a Sunday), until the Twentieth Amendment changed the date to January 20th beginning in 1937.
What a sight this must have been. Imagine living in those times; the birth of a nation under the humble leadership of a man whose thoughts even during this personal time of triumph were on God.
President George Washington came into power through a people’s vote as did the Congress. It was the consent of a society for a group of men to govern; it’s what a representative government-Republic is all about. We get a picture of the society in general; what the moral character of the time is, their aspirations, as well as a general sense of direction society is moving. In the early days of our nation, we know historically that it was a nation of Christians. Not even the most stubborn Atheist can deny that fact.
Fast-forward to modern times, 1950′s to present day: We’ve seen a steady progression from what used to be a nation and society centered on God, to a people not only separated from him, but a people focused on themselves with their pleasures and pride taking the forefront. With a government that leads by consent of the people, we naturally see our society represented in our nation’s capital through our laws, actions, and the words of our public officials. It’s with a heavy heart that I report something has gone horribly wrong. How have we gone so wrong, in that our government now champions murder of the unborn, as well as tolerance for immorality on a global scale? Why is it that God is being removed from public places including our schools? As the Babylonians were the war ax of God in delivering punishment to nations, the United States was the sword chosen by God; the champion for liberty, justice, and morality among the nations. It’s a sad thing to see it rust and decay before our very eyes.
There’s a couple things I took from George Washington’s Inaugural Address that I consider a bit prophetic.
In laying the foundation of our country, President Washington dedicated it to God: Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station; it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge.
Further in the address, he indirectly pronounced a consequence. I’m not sure if it was with knowledge of the future, or words provided by inspiration which serve as a warning: Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
A very important example has been laid down in history concerning a nation which dedicated themselves and were accepted as a people by God. That nation was Israel. We’ve seen the result of their turning away from God by the examples of the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judea. Both nations fell from God and abandoned their calling, and the result was complete destruction after a series of warnings. If God out of divine anger but ever so present love, punished a people through which he had a holy covenant with, I doubt he will hold back his fury from a gentile nation who has similarly fallen away from him…no, fleeing from him might be the proper term. As someone who loves who I am and where I live, I think about all this with a great amount of sadness, because I know where this is all heading if our society refuses to turn back to it’s foundation. We are a nation whose foundation of granite is cracked and crumbling; as the decay continues and the danger ignored, our tower of pride and self-reliance is going to collapse. Our fall isn’t going to be as a result of an external enemy or country conquering us, it’s going to be from us abandoning our founding Father God. As we push him out of our society, and run away from him, we surely cannot expect him to chase after us saying, “Wait! I still have some blessings for you!”. As individuals which make up our society, it is our place to chase after our God-creator and protector, and continually seek his face, honoring him and wait for blessings from a good and perfect God who loves to bless those who love him. I pray that someday we will return to that state.
“If you do not listen, and if you do not take it to heart to give honor to My name,” says the LORD of hosts, “then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; and indeed, I have cursed them already, because you are not taking it to heart. Malachi 2:2