Updated 09-12-2018

*Your Vote Counts, America!
*Protect The Most Important Document In American History
*Confident
*The Responsibility Of The American Believer
*The Importance of Morality and Religion in Government
*The Heart Of The Issue
*America’s Gift Of Government
*Taking America’s Temperature
*What Most People Don’t Know About The Rise Of America’s Counter-Culture
*Following Our Moral Compass
*The Key to Preserving AMERICA
*Reclaiming Our Nation’s Heritage
*Sen. Sasse Gives History Lesson on American Exceptionalism
*God’s Plan for America’s Comeback
*The Ultimate History Lesson
*A History of The 4th of July
*The Leadership Of George Washington
*Sweet Liberty
*Worth Fighting For
*The Fabric of America
*Freedom’s Rising Sun
*The Lighthouse of America
*“Separation” Anxiety
*America's Godly History
*TAKE A STAND
*LINKS


Your Vote Counts, America!

Your vote means more than you might think!
By Dave Meyer, in Enjoying Everyday Life, Fall 2016

In today's ever-changing world, it's easy to become negative and want to detach ourselves from politics. There's a prevailing attitude; even among Christians that says, ‘What can I do? Can I really make a difference?’

It's this mindset that causes us to be passive observers instead of active participators. However, the Lord has made each of us stewards of this nation; and this includes our rights and opportunities as citizens of the United States. In short, we have a responsibility to take action; and promote biblical principles in any way we can.

Voting Is a Privilege
Each Election, you and I have a tremendous opportunity, the ability to cast our votes and make our voices heard. Today, many Americans take freedom and liberty for granted. They have forgotten (or never learned) the tremendous sacrifices that allow us to live in the most free and prosperous country in the world. Many nations do not have a voice in their government; they live in fear, without the freedom to speak freely or worship as they choose. The early American colonists cherished these basic rights.

I'll never forget when the Afghan and Iraqi people were delivered from oppressive regimes in the early 2000's. Suddenly able to participate in free elections, they turned out in massive numbers to vote for their new leaders and representatives. In fact, voter turnout was close to 90 percent because they realized the importance of every single vote.1 Even under the threat of death by sniper fire or suicide bombers, they willingly risked their lives to stand in line and exercise their right.

Yet, in America, we let little things like bad weather or long lines keep us from voting! It's time for us to take responsibility and protect what has been given to us. Voting is a privilege that should not be taken for granted. Regardless of how things may seem, our votes can and do make a difference.

The Power of One
It's easy to underestimate the value of our vote. Throughout history, many elections were won or lost by only one vote. California, Idaho, Oregon, Texas and Washington became states by just ONE vote. In 1948, Lyndon B. Johnson, our 36th president, became a U.S. senator by just ONE vote. The Declaration of Independence hinged on just ONE vote.2 Each and every vote represents the voice of a citizen of the United States of America. One vote speaking out can literally change the course of history. Sadly, only about 50 percent of Christians in America are registered to vote. Then, only half of those; 50 percent; actually show up at the polls. That means 75 percent of all Christians are not taking advantage of one of their greatest opportunities to shape and protect this nation!3

The potential for standing up against ungodly things and making significant changes has never been greater. Yet, if we do not take the initiative to do our part, we forfeit valuable opportunities. I believe when we take responsibility and do what we can do, then God will do what we can't do. We cannot do God's part, and He will not do our part. I encourage you to take action and let your voice be heard EVERY election. Your one vote could make all the difference!

Keeping God in Government
I love Proverbs 29:2 which says, When the [uncompromisingly] righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh.

In order to maintain this nation we cherish, it is vital for us to vote based on our beliefs and values-for leaders who stand up for righteousness. As Christians, we commonly ask the question, "What would Jesus do?" We apply this question to matters of faith, family, relationships, and everyday decisions. But we must also apply it to government!

"What would Jesus do?" applies to educating ourselves on the important issues of society and learning the true history of America. It includes understanding our political process, how it applies to us, and knowing the consequences of our actions. The direction of our country begins with you and me. Will we passively stand by and "hope" something good happens? Or will we take action and vote for leaders who will do what is right?

1. Carol Sewell, "What Were They Thinking? on Truth, Liberty S Legacy," G2g Publishers, Inc., 2009, p. 2.

2. Ibid, p. 3.

3 providenceforum.org

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Protect The Most Important Document In American History

By Dave Meyer, Spring 2017; Enjoying Everyday Life

On September 17, 1787 our nation's delegates gathered in the Assembly Room of the Pennsylvania State House to sign a document that would forever change history. The Constitution of the United States of America. Our Constitution was an entirely new form of government; a republic that placed the power in the hands of the people and safe-guarded the godly principles of our Founding Fathers through a unique system of checks and balances. Our Founders firmly believed the hand of God directed the writing of the Constitution and they had complete confidence that it embodied everything this country would ever need to succeed. And indeed, it has served the United States well for over two hundred years.(1) However, a little more than a hundred years after its inception, a movement began that would attempt to revise the document's original intent.

"Relative" Danger — Until the 1900s, our courts strictly adhered to the Constitution, fully embracing our Founder's biblical philosophy. However, at the turn of the century, a new philosophy arose among many of our judges and educators - relativism. It would prove to be our Constitution's greatest enemy for the next 115 years.

What is relativism? It's the belief that "views are to be evaluated relative to the societies or cultures in which they appear and are not to be judged true or false, good or bad. There are no absolute standards... man is the measure of all things."(2)

When applied in law, relativism is called "legal positivism" and is characterized by these four major tenets:
There are no objective, God-given standards of law.
Since God is not the author of law, the author of law must be man.
Since man and society evolve, therefore law must evolve.
Judges guide the evolution of law through their decisions.

There was no greater advocate for legal positivism than Christopher Langdell. As Dean of Harvard Law, Langdell applied Darwin's premise of evolution to the constitution. He reasoned that since man evolved, then his laws must also evolve; and judges should be the ones to make it happen.(3)

As a result, Langdell introduced the "case-law study" method in which students would study judges' previous decisions rather than the Constitution; a method eventually adopted by law schools across America. In time, students who embraced positivism were gradually appointed to the Supreme Court, ushering in a new era. Perhaps no statement exemplifies this period more than the famous words of Charles Evank Hughes, who served as Chief Justice from 1930 to 1941.

"We are under a Constitution," said Hughes. "But the Constitution is what the judges say it is."(4)

The Tipping Point — The United States now had two distinctly opposite ways of interpreting the constitution. The difference was summed up by U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese:
Under the old system the question was how to read the Constitution. Under the new approach, the question is whether to read the Constitution."(5)

By the early 1960s, we had reached a tipping point, and legal positivism became the enforced standard. The new decisions being handed down by the Supreme Court reflected these standards and touched nearly every area of society. In 1962, the Supreme Court took prayer out of public schools. In 1963, they then prohibited these same schools from having Bibles in their classrooms. Combined with Judge Hugo Black's 1947 decision that redefined the First Amendment and demanded a "separation of church and state," these new laws branched into every area, slowly erasing God from American society. Simultaneously, the recent teaching of moral relativism in our universities; rejecting the cultural and moral values of our past; had also reached a tipping point, leading to increased drug use, immorality and anti-American sentiment among our nation's youth. Together, these forces combined in 1962 and 1963 to create one of the greatest societal shifts in American history:
Teen Pregnancy - In 1962, the birth rate for unwed teenagers (ages 15-19) was at a decade low before rising sharply to a 50% increase in 1970; on its way to a 200% increase in 1993.(6) Violent Behavior - From 1951 to 1962, the annual number of violent crimes in America rose from 160,000 to 250,000. However, 1962 signaled an abrupt shift, with violent crimes rising to 750,000 in 1972 on its way to 1.9 million in 1993.(6) Education - In 1963, the average SAT exam score was 980, the highest it had been in more than a decade. It then significantly dropped each year after plummeting to 920 in 1974, eventually down to 890 in 1980.(6)

A Delicate Balance — Certainly, there are occasions when governments do need to change and make social adjustments. The ending of slavery and a woman's right to vote are perfect examples. However, Article V of the Constitution clearly defines that these changes should originate from the people. It establishes the proper way for us to adjust or "evolve" our government through Congress and legislation; not through independent revisions by the Supreme Court.(7)

1. Carol Sewell, 'What Were They Thinking? on Truth, Liberty Legacy," G2q Publishers, inc., 2009, p. 145.
2. The Encyclopedia of Religion (New York: MacMillan Publishing Co. 1987), Vol. X", p.274, see "Relativisrn," by Richard H. PopKin.
3. David Barton, "Original Intent," Aledo, Texas: Wallbuilder Press, 2008, p. 233.
4. Charles Evans Hughes, The Autobiographical Notes of Charles Evans Hughes, David J. Danelski and Joseph S. Tu/chin, editors (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1973), p. 144, speech at Elmira, May 3, i90Z
5. Benchmark, Vol. 2, No. j, January-February 1986, p.6, "Toward a Jurisprudence of Original Intention," by Attorney General Edwin Meeser Ill.
6. David Barton, "Original Intent," pp. 248-251.
7, Ibid, p. 236.

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Confident

An excerpt from “Dedicated to Freedom”
By Cathy Duplantis – Voice of the Covenant July 2017

In 1787, the Constitutional Convention was on the verge of total failure over the issue of whether large states should have the same representation as small states. In this hopeless situation, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin offered a suggestion. He was convinced that Psalm 127: 1 was right in declaring, "Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it..." So he said:

"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business...."

The motion carried. From then on, prayer was offered each morning. The change after prayer was introduced was so dramatic that in a short while, an agreement was reached which is still in effect today.

It is always encouraging for me to remember the godly men and women that God used to birth our wonderful nation. They were truly dedicated to freedom, and many laid down their lives to give us the rights and privileges that we enjoy today. But it is just as important that we remain committed to prayer, courageous to stand for the truth, and confident that God will keep His Word and direct our steps. When we pledge our lives to stand in the gap for our nation and all nations around the world, people will see the light of the wonderful Gospel and come to know Jesus as Lord.

Read the entire article at Voice of the Covenant and click the right button until you get to July 2017. Then go to page 22.

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The Responsibility Of The American Believer

Today, Many Of America’s Citizens Wrestle With The Intent Of The Founding Fathers When They Established This Country. More Than 200 Years After The Fact, People Debate Whether Or Not Our Nation Was God-Ordained. Well, Anyone Who Knows God Knows He Established America On Purpose. There’s No Other Nation Like It On Earth.

By Kenneth Copeland, published in ‘Believer’s Voice of Victory’ November 2016

There never has been and there never will be, at least not until other nations are able to place God in control like He is here. His control of this country goes back to the beginning. There was a covenant made aboard the Mayflower ship, binding America and The LORD together. In the same way the nation of Israel has a covenant with God, the United States does too. And just like He held every Jew responsible for how the nation of Israel responded to His prophets and His direction, He holds Christians responsible for America.

Ordained and Separated
Let’s compare what The LORD said in Romans 13:1-3 with how God established the United States:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers [or “civil authority” in the Greek text]. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.

Years ago, I learned about America’s covenant with God and I approached The LORD about the ungodly leaders in this country at the time. I wondered how these leaders could be ordained and separated unto us by Him. Everywhere I looked I saw more ungodliness. God reminded me of Israel’s King Saul. He had never planned for Israel to have a king. It was only because of Israel’s covenant with God and their request for a king that He gave them what they desired. Even later, King David’s leadership was not in God’s perfect will because He never planned for Israel to have a king. But out of His mercy, He fixed a bad situation with Saul and called David to be king.

In the same way, God showed me that the ungodly leaders in this country were put in place because His people—Christians—chose them, either by voting for the ungodly or by not voting at all. He said, A lot of My people did vote, but they ignored the sin side of that administration on account of money. But it was not that political party nor that person in office that brought financial prosperity to this nation. It was because more people had begun to tithe…since so many people had been preaching about it and preaching about heaven’s economy. That’s the reason

It’s Our Responsibility
Government is serious business. Politics, prosperity and the economy have never been political matters. They are spiritual matters because prosperity comes from God. We are responsible for this nation because God gave it to us. Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
If you think our government is a secular institution and you don’t have anything to do with it since you’re a Christian, think again. God didn’t say the whole nation had to repent from evil. He only said His people had to repent. Only then will He heal our land. As one of His people, you will be held responsible for this nation. As born-again believers, it’s time for us to stand up together and clean house. Part of taking a stand is carefully considering which candidate receives our vote. In doing that, we need to look at fruit in that person’s life and make sure they have the same values we do. And if a candidate or the people supporting a candidate are pushing abortion, sexual sin, pornography or anything like it, we need to reconsider supporting that person.

The people in the world aren’t divided about whom to vote for. They support people who will make it easier for them to sin.

Changing the Course
As Christians in America we haven’t been united, and we’ve done a pitiful job praying for our government. Look at 1 Timothy 2:1-3: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.”
I became aware of this verse during my first two years in ministry. For more than 38 years I’ve been praying daily for the leaders of the world. In fact, it’s the first thing I bring up before God in my prayer time. Each day I pause and allow God to show me where He desires to use me and my faith. And many times, a short while after I’ve prayed about a situation, I hear about it. It’s an exciting place to be—to pray and see God work in government situations and know that the devil received a knock in the head. There have even been situations when the LORD later told me that if I hadn’t been obedient to pray, He couldn’t have moved in an area of my life like He did. Since you were My partner in that, He said, I’m going to be your partner in this.

Nothing Apart From God
There is no government apart from God. At the founding of this country, God established a covenant with this nation. He ordained it and He is still in control of it. As His people, we shouldn’t just leave the running of this country to the world. Instead, we must stand up for what God desires to do with it and through it. Remember God is a God of good government—He ordained it. And He ordained us to be responsible for it.

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The Importance of Morality and Religion in Government

By David Barton as Published in “Believer’s Voice of Victory” October 2016

How important was religion to the Founding Fathers of the United States of America? There are literally hundreds of founders’ quotes documenting their beliefs that religion and morality in government were of primary importance. As you read these selections by several of the men who helped frame our Constitution and Declaration of Independence, you’ll see it was foremost in their thinking. Should it be any less so in our own hearts and minds?

JOHN ADAMS: Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Second President of the United States
[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.

SAMUEL ADAMS: Signer of the Declaration of Independence
[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.

FISHER AMES: Framer of the First Amendment
Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits…it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: Signer of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence
I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men…. We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe …that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages…. I…move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business….

BENJAMIN RUSH: Signer of the Declaration of Independence
The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.

JAMES WILSON: Signer of the Constitution
Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. the divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of both.

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The Heart Of The Issue

Discovering The Truth About The First Amendment
By Dave Meyer as published in Enjoying Everyday Life Winter 2017

In the last 50 years, there have been few issues of law more hotly-contested or misunderstood than the First Amendment. What began as a safeguard for religious freedom is now being used to remove the Christian faith from the public arena. Forbidding prayer at a school assembly or preventing crosses from being displayed at a roadside memorial are just a couple examples. At the heart of the issue are the now famous words, “separation of church and state.” Through continuous usage over recent decades, the “separation” language has become so commonplace that many Americans believe it to be a constitutional phrase found in the First Amendment.

But it is not. Let’s begin by looking at what the First Amendment actually says:
“Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Contrary to what many believe, the phrase “separation of church and state” never even appears in the First Amendment. However, with these five words as the standard, the courts have now declared many American customs and traditions unconstitutional. Because of this false interpretation, the Ten Commandments, prayer, and Bible reading have all been removed from public schools!

So, if this term is not in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, then where did it come from?

“DEAR MR. PRESIDENT...”
It all began in 1801 when President Thomas Jefferson received a letter from the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut. This group was strongly in favor of the First Amendment, however they were worried the government could one day attempt to regulate religious expression. In short, they were afraid the language in the amendment wasn’t strong enough. Specifically, there was concern about the establishment of a national church, such as the Church of England. The Baptists wanted to secure their freedom and assure the government could not interfere with the religious activities of its citizens or show partiality to any one denomination.

On January 1, 1802, Jefferson wrote a reassuring reply to the Danbury Baptists. In it, he said:
…Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship...I contemplate with solemn reverence that the act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State…I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights….1
Now, the use of the term “natural rights” here is extremely important. While this term doesn’t mean much to us now, it spoke volumes to the people in that day. “Natural rights” was understood to include everything God has promised within His Holy Scriptures. Therefore, the Danbury Baptists were assured by Jefferson that freedom of religion was an inalienable God-given right and above federal jurisdiction. The “wall” in his Danbury letter was not intended to restrict religious displays in public. Instead, it was to minimize the power of the government to prohibit or interfere with religious expression. Jefferson confirmed an important fact:
The First Amendment is not meant to protect government from religion—it is to protect religion and churches from the government!2

“SEPARATION” ANXIETY
Many scholars today actively seek to erase or rewrite the story of God’s influence in the lives and decisions of our Founding Fathers. They want us to believe that Jefferson meant something different and they attempt to distort his original intent. In 1947, Judge Hugo Black declared that the first amendment of the Constitution prohibits any religious expression within the government. He twisted Jefferson’s intent, convincing an entire generation that the “wall of separation” is something entirely different.

Here’s the saddest part about it: The judicial branch of our government cannot make laws. Only Congress—the legislative body—can do that. However, Judge Black made that decision and, out of ignorance, we allowed it to become a law.

That is why learning America’s true heritage is so extremely vital. It is the foundation that allows us to take action and counter those who want to rewrite history. Simply put, if we don’t know our true godly history and what is ours, then we won’t recognize when these freedoms are taken away. I encourage you to get educated and become a student of our true American history. What you discover will not only surprise you, but it will ignite a fi re and a new passion in your heart for the precious gift God has entrusted to us. There are those who want to forget what really happened. But with God’s help, we can rediscover the genuine history of our nation before it simply becomes another distant memory.

1. David Barton, “Original Intent,” Aledo, Texas: Wallbuilder Press, 2008, pp. 51-52. 2. Carol Sewell, “What Were They Thinking? on Truth, Liberty & Legacy,” G2g Publishers, Inc., 2009, p. 154.

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America’s Gift Of Government

By David Barton as published in BVOV magazine August 2016

When we stand before God at the final judgment, He will ask for an account of what we did with all the blessings He gave us—our lives, our families, our material possessions. Some will reply, “Lord, I loved my wife, I raised my children right, I was a good steward with all that You gave me.”
“Well done,” He will say.
But then He will ask, “I gave you a government - what did you do with it?”
Many Americans will not have an answer.

In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 and Luke 19, a master entrusted each of his servants to be stewards, or managers, over a certain number of talents, then he departed for a season. When he returned to settle accounts, two of his servants had multiplied the talents they were given and were rewarded for being good stewards. But because the third servant was afraid, he hid his talent. He did nothing with it. That servant got into trouble with his master. Like the fearful servant, for years many Christians have chosen not to get involved in what is going on in the world politically. We have let fear, confusion, and apathy keep us from taking our proper place in this country. The interesting thing about the servants in this parable is that not one of them asked to be stewards over the talents they were given. Still, the master held them accountable. In the same way, as Americans we didn’t ask to be born here. We didn’t ask for this government. Nevertheless, I believe God is going to hold us accountable for what we do with what we’ve been given. Being involved in the civil arena is not an option…especially in America.

We’re Responsible to Choose

I have always believed the Word of God applies equally to people everywhere at all times—that God will bless any nation that will do what He says. But our Founding Fathers said Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn,” has a different meaning in America than in other nations.

Why is that?
Because more than 200 years ago in America, we were the first nation in 2,000 years where the people were able to choose whether the righteous would rule or the wicked would rule. The Founders considered our government a “stewardship government.”

Other countries were ruled by a king who was born into that leadership position. If he was righteous, the people were blessed. If he was wicked, the people suffered. They didn’t get to choose their leaders. But God gave Americans this government with the opportunity and the responsibility to choose godly leaders. And we will have to answer for what we do with that responsibility.

The Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing the forms of government under which they should live.
Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. - John Jay, first chief justice of the Supreme Court.

A Bible-Based Government

Many people have become convinced that God is not involved with nor interested in the civil arena. They think politics is separate from their spiritual life because they have heard about separation of church and state. There is a misconception that the First Amendment to the Constitution talks about this separation, but it doesn’t. In fact, there is no such thing as “separation of church and state” in any of our official government documents. Since the Founders didn’t address this in the Constitution or the First Amendment, it clearly was not their intent for American society.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.... - The First Amendment

America is the most successful nation in the history of the world. We are the longest ongoing constitutional republic, and it’s not because we were founded on secular or worldly principles. In fact, if you research our Constitution, it’s amazing to see how many biblical principles it contains. America has been blessed because the Founding Fathers took godly principles and put them into our founding documents, choosing many of their ideas from Two Treatises of Civil Government by John Locke. It cites the Bible more than 1500 times to show the proper operation of civil government.

America’s first civil government was based on a covenant with God. Those who came over on the Mayflower wrote the Mayflower Compact before they stepped onto American soil. Paraphrased, they basically said, “We have come to this nation to propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ and to establish good government, based on His principles, and we covenant with God to do that.”

Twenty-three years later, the colonies made a joint covenant saying basically the same thing. It was the first time in history for there to be anything like a United States where the various colonies cooperated together.

Our government was set up on biblical principles such as that in Exodus 18:21, which said to choose rulers of tens, fifties, hundreds and thousands (in other words, local, county, state and federal). These were to be “able men, such as fear (Biblical meaning of ‘Fear God or God fearing’ is ‘to show profound reverence and respect for God’) God, men of truth, hating covetousness.” Our elections are based on this principle and these qualities are what we should be looking for in candidates. It’s not important whether they are Republican, Democrat or any other party. We should seek to elect God fearing (Biblical meaning of ‘Fear God or God fearing’ is ‘to show profound reverence and respect for God’) people who will honor God and advance His principles.

Ezra 7:25 says to appoint judges who know the laws of God. A judge who knows the laws of God will be a God fearing judge. When judges who don’t fear God are appointed, believers may say, “We didn’t appoint them.” But the truth is, we allowed the people who appointed them to get elected. So we are ultimately responsible—often because of our lack of involvement and sometimes because we voted for issues other than those spelled out in the Bible.
Romans 12:2 in the J.B. Phillips translation says,
“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould....”
We have to be mindful not to let our friends, our families, our backgrounds, our co-workers or public opinion determine our choices for political candidates. We must vote on the basis of what matters biblically, not the popular issues of the day.

The Godly in Government

As Christians we don’t usually think of politicians as ministers, but the Bible indicates otherwise. Romans 13:1 says,
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
That means civil authority is ordained of God. Verses 4 and 6 say that those in civil government are “God’s ministers.” The Scripture clearly reveals the importance of government to God. First Timothy 2:1-2 says we are to pray for those in authority - first of all. Since He mentions this first, it must be very important to God.

And apparently Jesus considered service in civil government as a means of reward, for in the parable of the talents the faithful servants were rewarded by being made rulers over cities (Luke 19). It’s also interesting to note that in Hebrews 11, the faith “hall of fame,” the great heroes mentioned from verses 22-34 were involved in civil government. As Christians we need to re-evaluate our involvement in civil government. God desires for His people to be influential in all arenas, especially government. We are to be the salt and light of the earth. And when we don’t get involved and we don’t vote for godly candidates, we’re making it easy for sin to run rampant in our nation.

When the godly depart from any arena, their godly values depart with them. It’s only when the righteous rule that the people rejoice. It’s our responsibility to get involved, to preserve and restore our heritage. So let’s pray for our leaders, see what the Lord would have each of us to do, and vote for godly candidates.

The government God has blessed us with is a great gift. When we stand before Him one day and He asks what we did with it, what will be your answer?

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Taking America’s Temperature

By Dave Meyer

Today, the United States of America continues to hold a place of great honor. Lady Liberty stands with her flame burning brightly, a symbol of strength and freedom. However, throughout history, mankind has witnessed the rise and fall of more than 20 great civilizations that also once burned brightly...only to eventually burn out. So, how did it happen?

Looking back, every single one of them shared the same “symptoms” that eventually led to their decline. Some warning signs include: The loss of economic discipline, an increase in materialism, and the devaluing of human life. In this issue, I want to explore America’s health in two other key areas: Respect for tradition and our nation’s morality. It’s time for a checkup...

Respect for Tradition

We live in an interesting time. on July 4, our nation will celebrate its 241st birthday. But how many people really know what we’re celebrating? Sadly, very few know the godly foundation of America. Many have accepted the notion that our traditions were flawed from the start and our nation’s achievements were nothing more than a myth. The story of the first thanksgiving is a perfect example. The Pilgrims set this day aside to honor God and share His love with the Native Americans. However, in schools today, any traces of God have mysteriously been removed. Some students are taught that we shared the Gospel in an attempt to corrupt the purity of their culture and steal their heritage!’ 1

You see, as time passes and traditions weaken, the foundational principles once considered essential to a nation are seen as old-fashioned and undesirable. Reformers and activists then demand change from the ground up...and seek to revise and erase the past. Today, American history is being revised, yet no one notices. Why? Because educators, government officials and everyday citizens rarely go back and research the original historical documents. We’ve reached a place where most people simply “take their word for it.”

This reminds me of a famous quote from the seventeenth century. It says, “A demagogue would like a people half educated; enough to read what he says, but not enough to know whether it is true or not.” 2 Wow! In many ways, this is where we are today. Failure to know our history has led to widespread gullibility, making us vulnerable to those who want to change our past. It’s also one of the reasons the media has become such a powerful political and societal force.

It’s the secret to any nation’s demise: If we are robbed of our past, we will accept any future.

The Moral Question

The United States is one of the great success stor ies. But “the American experiment” didn’t happ en by accident. So, what made America great? The renowned French political philosophers Alexis de Tocqueville came to the U.S. in the 1830s, asking that same question. Here’s what he discovered:
“I sought for the greatness of America,” he said. ‘Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good and if she ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” 3

At the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Founders knew our success relied on one thing; Almighty God; and they believed that religion and morality were inseparable from good government. American statesman Daniel Webster famously put it this way:
“Whatever makes men good Christians makes them good citizens,” 4

So, if this is the measuring stick, then where are we today? These statistics may shock you:
48% of Millenials believe Jesus Christ is God. 5
Almost two-thirds of the country believe it’s okay to lie in certain situations. 6
95% of Americans have had pre-marital sex, and 61% of Christians say they would have sex outside of marriage.’ 7
Almost 4 in 10 pregnancies end in abortion. 8
Over 70% say they would cheat on their spouse if they knew they wouldn’t get caught. 9

No matter how we try to rationalize it, we cannot flirt with moral weakness and hope to survive. Small sins eventually grow into big ones. But it doesn’t stop there...
The sins of a nation eventually infiltrate every level of society. As morals erode and decrease, crime and disorder increase. As a result, the people of a nation cry out to the government for help, believing they alone can provide protection and assistance.’ 10 The result? In America today, so many people are looking to the government...when our government was originally formed to help us look to God!

A Healthy Prescription

Almighty God is the primary reason for our success...and He is also the prescription for a nation in need of healing. It is my prayer that we learn our nation’s true history, then recommit ourselves to the values that originally made America great. I pray that we’ll return to the very Source of our strength—to the one and only Truth that sets us free. Much good still remains, but things will not get better on their own. You and I must get engaged in the struggle and let our voices be heard. We must determine that we will not allow our heritage of faith and freedom to be dismantled and revised.

The time is now. We need to take a lesson from the past, then take action for the future before it’s too late. I believe with God’s help, we can redeem the time...and allow the fire of America to burn brightly for generations to come.

1. Jim Nelson Black. ‘When Nations Die,” Tyndale House Publishers. Inc., 1994, p. 180. 2. David Barton, “Original Intent.” Wallbuilder Press, 2008. p 344. 3. Mark A. Beliles and Stephen K. McDowell. “America’s Providential History” The Providence Foundation, 1991, p. 116. 4. David Barton. p.330. 5, barna.org. 6. nbcnews.com 7. truthdiq.com, christianposl.com 8. quttmacher.orq 9. statisticbrain.com 10. Jim Nelson Black p. 116.

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What Most People Don’t Know About The Rise Of America’s Counter-Culture

By Dave Meyer as published in ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE, spring 2016

It’s easy for people to recognize our nation’s drastic moral decline. Wherever you look, God has been removed from our government and nearly every aspect of society. But it didn’t happen overnight...

Seeds of the 60’s Revolution
The plan to undermine America’s moral and spiritual roots started in 1933. To escape Hitler, a group of Marxist German intellectuals came to America at the invitation of John Dewey, who was on staff at Columbia University. Dewey is known as “the father of modern education.” However, most people don’t know that he co-authored Humanistic Manifesto I, and with the help of his friends throughout American universities, he strategically placed thousands of these men in teaching positions—specifically in education and journalism. He knew the most effective way to instill his worldview into millions of Americans was through the classroom and the media.1’

So, what did they teach? Dewey’s method was to place greater value on physical and emotional experiences over facts and practical knowledge. It rejects history, tradition, and cultural and moral values in favor of “diversity” and “tolerance.”2 Little by little, they chipped away at the moral fiber initiated by our Founding Fathers. The results were devastating. By the 1960’s, it erupted into a full-on counter-culture revolution, resulting in flag-burning and anti-American sentiment. Young people openly rejected the morals of our past and embraced the feel-good experiences of the present, leading to increased drug use and immorality. Let’s fast-forward to present day. Many of those young people are now the university presidents, professors, and authors of our children’s textbooks. And we wonder why our history has been distorted and rewritten!3 It’s just like the frog who was slowly boiled to death in the pot of water. The temperature was increased slowly, little by little, and it never realized what was happening. Likewise, the assault on our traditional values has been slow but sure, and it’s hard to overemphasize the damage that’s been done.

Out with “the Old”
In the early 1930’s, America was also still reeling from the Great Depression. As a result, President Franklin Roosevelt created the New Deal, a series of government programs designed to bail out our struggling nation and meet the needs of the people. I believe the president thought he was doing the right thing. However, in order to create the New Deal, we had to get rid of “the old deal,” which was God’s deal. God’s deal was for Christians to meet the needs of the people. God designed us—the Church—to show forth our love and take this responsibility. After the New Deal was enacted, this responsibility shifted from the Church to the government. The love of the Church grew cold...and remained that way for decades.

Another major development occurred in 1947. Most people have never heard the name Hugo Black. However, Judge Black decided that the first amendment of the Constitution says there is to be a wall of separation between the church and the state. The truth is that our Constitution does not say that.

Here’s the saddest part about it: The judicial branch of our government cannot make laws. Only Congress the legislative body—can do that. However, Judge Black made that decision and, out of ignorance we allowed it to become a law. Why did Satan want this separation? Because the Church is the conscience of our country. When he shut out the Church, he shut down our conscience.

We Didn’t Have a Prayer
What happened with Judge Black is the perfect example of how our enemy operates: Satan will work where there is no opposition. It happened again in 1962, when he used one person—just one person—to get prayer taken out of schools. Tragic ally, the Church stood by silently and watched it happen. Sure, there were a few who made some noise, but no real action was taken. In the 50’s and 60’s, the envelope was pushed even further when our government (under pressure from special interest groups) began to remove all references to God and stories of our godly heritage from our history books. I’ll never forget watching the news several years ago. The news anchor was upset about a current event and asked, “Where is God in all of this?” Almost without thinking, I exclaimed, “Right where we put Him!” What did I mean? We have pushed God out of our history, out of our country, and out of our government. Then when things go wrong, we wonder why it’s all happening. The truth is, God goes where He’s invited, stays where His r eputation is protected, but leaves when He is rejected. God alone is the reason why the United States has become one of the most blessed nations on earth. However, we can’t continually push Him away and expect to enjoy His blessings and protection.

So, What Do We Do Now?
I encourage you to become a student of our nation’s true godly history. Read how our Founding Fathers invited the Lord into every aspect of their lives and government. Unless we are educated about our past and how we got here, we cannot take responsibility. Our rights can only be maintained by Christians following their civic responsibilities. Then it’s important to take action. Vote for godly leaders and hold them accountable; participate in civil government as opportunities allow and not leave it up to someone else. Most importantly, seek God and ask Him what to do—then do it! He has a unique plan for every one of us, and you’ll be amazed at what He shows you. Friends, it’s time to take up this fight. Because the truth is, the Church can either stand up and fight or lay down and die... but it can’t stay the same and survive. The good news is, God is greater than the enemy. We cannot do God’s part, and He will not do our part. But if we’ll take steps to learn and do our part, then we will see things change for the future of America.

1. Carol Sewell, “What Were They Thinking? On Truth, Liberty and Legacy,’ G2g Publishing, 2009, p. 208-209. 2. Jim Nelson Black, “When Nations Die,” Jim Nelson Black and Alive communications, 1994, P. 86. 3. Sewell, p. 209.

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Following Our Moral Compass

It’s Not Too Late To Restore The Heart Of America By Dave Meyer

WHEN I WAS A BOY, in the late 195Os and early 60s, things were very different. For instance, I never once heard a foul word used on TV. In fact, the program “Ozzie and Harriet” wouldn’t even show a bathroom because it was deemed too offensive. It’s quite a contrast to where we are today.

Thomas Jefferson once famously said, “Virtue is not hereditary.” How true! Virtue is something that has to be learned. Our Founders knew the importance of teaching the Word of God to their children, and they looked to the home, the school, and the churches to fuel the fires of virtue from generation to generation.

In fact, 106 of Americas initial 108 universities were all godly institutions with Christian presidents and faculty. Established in 1638, Harvard was our nation’s very first university. Among its rules and precepts was this:
Let every student...know Jesus Christ which is eternal life, and therefore lay Christ as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.”

Wow! Sadly, a little over 200 years later, the very opposite is true. Instead of teaching the Word of God, our public schools teach moral relativism (which says moral judgments are simply a matter of opinion) and deconstructionism (which insists we must “deconstruct” traditional values and not subject people to accepting any one truth at all).

Not long ago, I came across an alarming statistic. It states that 76 percent of today’s young Christian men and women who attend college do not graduate with their faith intact. Once taught and trained in godliness, our youth are now indoctrinated in ungodliness.

How did we get here? Like the ever- increasing bad language on TV, we’ve learned to put up with it and have become desensitized. As a result, it eventually becomes a part of our everyday life. Our government often looks at America’s problems and tries to solve them through economics or a financial stimulus. But America doesn’t have a money problem—it has a morals problem...and only moral rectitude can change it. Moral failure in any nation is and always has been its downfall. Immoral problems occur when moral people fail to maintain the moral standard. How does this happen? Over time, as people become ignorant of our nation’s history, it ultimately leads to passivity and not taking responsibility or doing our part. The result is that righteous people become silent. James Madison said, “To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”

Many people believe that Christians shouldn’t be involved in civic responsibilities. However, if our civil government was created by our founding fathers’ religious beliefs, then how can morality prevail in our nation if we are not involved? When it comes to restoring America’s moral compass, Christians alone are the ones who can make the difference and turn the tide. But we can’t do it if we are passive. In fact, history shows that passivity and freedom are two things that cannot coexist for very long. We cannot have a Christian nation with a complacent church! So what should we do? First, I encourage you to educate yourself about our nation’s true history, because it’s the greatest antidote there is for complacency! Rediscovering America’s past reminds us of who we are and what we are fighting for.

Our twenty-eighth president, Woodrow Wilson, said, “A nation that does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do.”
Next, it’s important to take action. Registering to vote is a great place to begin. It seems hard to believe, but half of the evangelical Christians in America aren’t even currently registered. It’s our responsibility to vote for godly men and women, then follow up and hold them accountable once they are in office. 2016 is a major election year, and the Christian vote in this country can literally make all the difference. Decide now that you will be prepared and ready. Prior to national elections, we even provide information about the candidates atjoycemeyer.org/america to help you make an informed decision. In the end, it always comes down to the people. We are a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

The preamble of our Constitution says, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union...do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” “We the people” ordained it and established it, but we are also responsible to maintain it. And for years, we did maintain it. However, things have dramatic ally slipped in the last couple of generations. John Adams said, “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” If that is the case, then how can we as Christians back off from our responsibilities in civic government? God has given us great freedoms, but in order to keep them, we have to step up to the plate and do our part.

It’s not too late, but now is the time. It’s time to educate ourselves on our nation’s true history and discover what (and Who) truly made us great. It’s time to take action, fight for righteousness, and let our voices be heard.

It’s time to restore the moral compass of America.

I. Mark A Beliles & Stephen K. McDowell, “America’s Providential History,” The Providence Foundation, 1989, p. 109-110.

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The Key to Preserving AMERICA

Our Founders’ Plan To Establish The True Source Of Government Authority
By Dave Meyer

MORE THAN 235 YEARS AGO, the United States of America declared its freedom and established a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Our Founding Fathers laid the groundwork for a system of law that was revolutionary in its own right. Americans continue to celebrate this remarkable achievement today. However, somewhere over the years, misconceptions have surfaced. After all of these years, this question only arises:
Is the United States of America a Republic or Democracy?

Today, the terms democracy and republic are both commonly used, and many Americans seem to be unable to define the difference between the two. But there is a difference—a big difference. The answer is simple, but the effect is huge. The difference rests in the source of authority. A democracy is ruled by majority feeling, while a republic is ruled by law.

Although most people—including many government officials— believe we are a democracy, the United States of America is in fact a republic.

This means we are self-governed, but self-governed under the law. In other words, we elect representatives to represent us according to our law—the Constitution. They don’t represent us the way they want to, and the people don’t change the laws. In a republic, the laws remain the same, and they are upheld by our elected officials. A democracy is completely different. This form of government allows the people to change the laws anytime they want. Therefore, as the people change, the laws change. In an absolute democracy, the entire population votes on every issue and the outcome is decided by the majority. Thus, whatever prevailing opinion sweeps through the majority of the people will become the law of the land. Our Founding Fathers understandably called this a “mob-ocracy.”

A Firm Foundation — In the years since the Declaration of Independence, other nations have attempted to adopt our form of government—a republic. However, few have enjoyed much success because they overlooked the very foundation of our Constitution—God.

Other nations have attempted to adopt our form of government.

Our government was founded on the authority of the Bible and Christian principles. The Founders knew that the people’s knowledge of these values was critical. If these principles were ever lost, then our foundation would be destroyed. This is the reason they set up a republican form of government instead of a democracy: They did it to establish the source of government’s authority. A republic ensures that these laws, based on godly principles, will not be changed by the prevailing opinion of the day. We continue to reap the rewards of this decision. The freedoms we enjoy do not rest on the whims of an ever changing majority opinion, but on the God-inspired documents we call the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. I like how David Barton put it in his book, Original Intent. He says: “Consider the stability this provides: in our republic, murder will always be a crime, for it is always a crime according to the Word of God. However, in a democracy, if the majority of the people decide that murder is no longer a crime, murder will no longer be a crime. The transcendent values of Biblical natural law were the foundation of the American republic.” 1

Guardians of History — Now, many consider a republic to be the highest form of government devised by man. However, it also requires the greatest amount of human care and maintenance. Why? If neglected, a republic can deteriorate into a variety of “lesser” forms...
Democracy —a government conducted by popular feeling.
Anarchy —a system in which each person determines his own rules and standards.
Oligarchy —a government run by a small council or a group of elite individuals.
Dictatorship —a government run by a single individual.

When examining laws and regulations, this is why we should ask questions like, ‘is this consistent with our form of government?” and ‘Is the information supporting this policy based upon the Constitution...or is it the product of revisionism?” 2

Our Founding Fathers gave us a tremendous gift. They established the laws of our land based on the solid foundation of God’s Word... then chose a form of government to safeguard these laws in the future. I encourage you to take an interest and get educated. Reading books like Original intent, America’s Providential History and others we feature will make you a powerful advocate for the godly principles of our Constitution. They will help you protect this republic for which we stand—”one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

1. David Barton, “Original lntent,” Wailbuilder Press, Aiedo, Texas 2005, p. 342. 2. Ibid. pp. 343-344.

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Reclaiming Our Nation’s Heritage

Why You Need To Know Your Past To Help Your Future
By Dave Meyer

GOD IS AT THE HELM of our nation’s history and has been guiding America from the very beginning. Our Founding Fathers recognized this, and included the Almighty in virtually all of their writings and speeches.
For example, in the Declaration of Independence—the foundational document of the United States—God is mentioned four different times. In the final reference to God, the Founders boldly state their “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.”

But today, most Americans know very little about their Christian heritage. This lack of knowledge has caused the nation to slowly drift away from God. Secular humanism has spread like weeds, and American society is now reaping many negative results from this—the destruction of the sanctity of life and marriage bei ng two big examples.

America needs “Divine Providence.”
What Exactly Is Divine Providence?
According to Webster’s original dictionary of 1828, providence is defined as “the care and superintendence which God exercise s over His people.” When we look at how providence was defined during that time period, we see that our Founding Fathers were acknowledging a belief that God—the God of the Bible—was guiding them and orchestrating His plans for America and her new form of government behind the scenes. As our constitutional government took shape, and a new republic was constructed, the Master Craftsman left His fingerprint all over His handiwork. His touch is evident when we study the past by using providential history. Providential History? — Providential history can be defined as the practice of including God in our historical studies instead of only learning about our past by memorizing dates and events. We must look at history through a biblical lens to see the full picture.

True history involves discerning and understanding God’s plans and recognizing His acts of influence on people and events. If we believe that God is sovereign and He is fulfilling His plan here on earth over the course of time, then as Christians, it is foolhardy not to include God in any form of history, but especially in the history of our Christian nation. Yet, this is exactly what is taking place. Over the past fifty years or so, our society has become increasingly secular. As a result, most of our children’s history books have been stripped of any mention of God. We are now into the second gene ration of children—the majority of them attending public schools—who are being taught their country’s history from a secular humanistic point of view.

This current historical approach chooses to disregard Divine Providence, thus all references to God and the Christian faith are deleted from history textbooks and other forms of teaching. This has led our country to where it is today—a nation of people who have little knowledge of America’s Christian heritage. If left unchanged for another generation or so, most Americans will be completely clueless of their nation’s godly origins.

“True history involves discerning and understanding God’s plans and recognizing His acts of influence on people and events.”

A Call to Action. As Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth president of the United States, once said, “A nation which does not know what it is 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 But it’s not too late for Christians in America to learn their providential history. In fact, it is imperative that more people here in the United States obtain this knowledge if our nation is to remain free.

Learning the providential history of the United States helps us to see how God inspired our Founding Fathers from the very beginning, and how, over the course of time, we as a people allowed the religion of secular humanism to creep into our institutions, enabling the slow erosion of our Christian heritage to the point where, today, most no longer recognize that Christianity is the backbone of our constitution. We must reverse this trend.

Once we know where we’ve come from, we will see where we as a nation need to go—in fact, must go—to survive as a free and prosperous country. If Christians, living in a Christian nation, will stop being passive and take more responsibility with their nation’s stewardship, then the course of the United States will be redirected back onto the path of godliness. There is still hope for our culture and our future.

We Need You. As a Christian, it is our responsibility—our duty—to participate in the political process. Together, let’s learn as much about our godly heritage as we can so that we can make wise voting decisions. With the knowledge of providential history combined with God’s Word, we will be equipped to recognize those candidates running for office that stand on the principles of our godly heritage. Proverbs 2:6 says, For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
We will be able to look at issues such as stem-cell research, the environment, and taxes from God’s perspective—then hold our leaders accountable to uphold and maintain our godly heritage.

America’s Providential History
A paperback by Mark A. Beliles and Stephen K. McDowell $18.95

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Sen. Sasse Gives History Lesson on American Exceptionalism

From – dailysignal.com – By Melissa Quinn

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., believes that the country is in a time of “constitutional crisis,” and he served up a history lesson at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on the founding fathers and the roots of American exceptionalism and conservatism. Sasse, who has emerged as one of the Senate’s most conservative voices since taking office in 2015, devoted his CPAC speech Thursday to America’s founding. He stressed the need for conference attendees to place the American idea ahead of their policy preferences and political affiliations. Here are seven quotes from his remarks:

1. "American exceptionalism is not some sort of ethnic claim that because of something we received in the bloodstream, Americans are better than other people. American exceptionalism is a claim about history. American exceptionalism is a claim about what happened in the American founding, and if we don’t understand why the American founding was extraordinary, you can be sure that our kids won’t understand why America is extraordinary.”

2. “Our founding moment is truly extraordinary. Our founders were making a claim about human dignity. Our founders were saying that everybody, everywhere—not just those who have been blessed to be born in this place—but everybody, everywhere is ordained with natural rights. Everyone everywhere is created in the image of God with natural rights, and government is just our shared project to secure those rights.”

3. “Government is not the author or the source of any of our rights. … Government is a tool, and our founders recognized that that tool is necessary in a fallen world because unfortunately the world is broken and there are people who want take your property, who want to take your liberty, who want to take your life.”

4. “The meaning of America is not in Washington, D.C. The meaning of America is in all the communities and the little platoons that you come from.”

5. “Fundamentally, the American founders understood that throughout human history almost everyone had been wrong about the nature of government.”

6. “People have been wrong about the nature of government and the nature of freedom, and we the people in America believe that our rights come to us via nature, and government is our project to secure them, so we the people give the government enumerated powers. We don’t ever wait for the government to give us an rights. We claim those by nature.”

7. “The Constitution is the best political document that’s ever been written. The Constitution is just a list of powers that we decide to give the government, and when that list ends, the government has no further powers. The Constitution is not some list of the limited rights the people have. The government is limited, and the people’s rights are limitless.”


Here is a link to Dave Meyer's other articles on America’s Godly History:’ America’

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God’s Plan for America’s Comeback

By Dave Meyer as published in May / June 2015 Enjoying Everyday Life

Although Many People Are Unaware of it,
Satan has a plan for America. He wants us to forget our godly heritage and slowly erase our rich, biblical foundation. We see the signs everywhere. God and prayer have been removed from schools and history books. God has been removed from our government except during times of emergency like September 11. Our Constitution has also been reinterpreted and re-written to change our Founders’ original intent. To take our moral temperature, all you have to do is turn on the television. Our society celebrates doing whatever they think is right, and sin is no longer called sin.

The good news is God also has a plan— and His plan is always greater. What is it?

God’s Four-Step Recovery Plan
In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Lord says, If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, THEN will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.

God gives us four specific things to do: humble, pray, seek, and turn. This is our part of the process. As we do these things, then God will do His part to hear, forgive and heal. But until we do our part, God will not do His part. The key word in this entire verse is “then.” It makes it clear that our part must be fulfilled before God’s part can be initiated.

Our part involves true humility and repentance. We can pray for restoration, however, restoration can’t come until there is revival; revival can’t come until there is responsibility; responsibility can’t come until there repentance; and repentance can’t come until we remember...

We must remember who we are, where we come from...and why it’s important to be accountable for what God’s given us through our Founding Fathers. We must discover things like:
• How was our government formed?
• What price was paid for our liberty.., and who paid it?
• What role did God play in the lives of our Founding Fathers?
• What responsibilities did our Founders give us?

The Bible says wisdom comes from two sources: the Word of God and life’s experiences (history). If we choose to forget the past, then we lose the wisdom of the past—wisdom that came at a great price, If we forget, then history will inevitably repeat itself...and we’ll once again pay a tremendous price.

Revival or Rescue?
On May 7, millions in America will observe the 64th Annual National Day of Prayer. It’s an incredible opportunity to come together and focus our eyes on the true Source of our help. However, as we pray, we have to be willing to do what God shows us. I believe a lot of people simply want God to rescue this nation— to solve our problems without requiring any action on our part. However, revival for America includes taking responsibility to do what God shows us to help preserve what our forefathers have obtained.

In 1787, as Benjamin Franklin exited the Constitutional Convention, a woman shouted from the crowd, “Sir, what have you given us?” Franklin famously responded, “A republic, ma’am, if you can keep it.”

What did he mean? A republic means ‘rule of law” (our constitution). This form of government offers the very greatest liberties and freedom—but it also requires the most responsibility, moral virtue and maintenance to keep it intact. America has gone from a strong godly nation, ready to fight for our liberties and moral principles...to one that’s complacent, allowing ungodliness to creep in little by little.

Evil doesn’t just happen overnight—it happens slowly over time as we fail to fulfill our responsibilities. Not doing what needs to be done in the face of evil encourages its existence and growth. Evil is only denied existence by wise action...and wise action is our responsibility!
As Christians, the choice is up to us: We can either stand up and fight or lay down entirely. But we can’t stay the same and expect the direction of our country to change.

Worth Fighting For
God is waiting for the body of Christ in America to become a courageous body...a group who will stand up and do what He is asking us to do. This is the true meaning of a “patriot.” It involves becoming educate d about our past, then taking action for our future.

The Lord wants to use our nation, our resources, and our people to once again become a beacon of light, to shine brightly for Jesus Christ all around the world.

On May 26, Memorial Day, we will celebrate those who have allowed our light to shine in years past...an honor all of the servicemen and women who fought for this nation and made the ultimate sacrifice. Today, we continue the fight. However, it’s a battle against misinformation, passivity, and what I refer to as “historical amnesia.” These battles are just as important as any we’ve ever fought. Our generation has the responsibility to protect the precious liberties that brave men and women have sacrificed to protect. Friends, with your help, we can protect them—God has given us the plan. One by one, we can do our part to take a stand for America. As we are faithful to do what we can do, the Lord will be faithful to do what we can’t... ...and bring healing to our land.

Seeds of Change
The future begins with us. Discover how to transform America from the inside out.
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The Ultimate History Lesson

BY DAVE MEYER as published in Enjoying Everyday Life March / April 2015

I WANT TO SHARE A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE WITH YOU. This message is at the very core of why I regularly teach on America and the need to get educated about its true foundation. Throughout the last 50 to 60 years, the godly heritage of our nation has gradually and systematically disappeared. God has been removed and our history has been revised. What was once a beautiful, exciting story is now unrecognizable. How can what we called our history half a century ago suddenly disappear? How and why was so much of the truth replaced with information that is actually false?

It’s interesting that God’s words and our nation’s beliefs are literally inscribed on government buildings and monuments throughout our nation’s capital. Yet, at the same time, the mention of God has been removed from public school history books and even many in secular bookstores. There is an agenda in this country to erase God and Christian principles from the system - even if it means taking bold, unconstitutional measures to change our laws. It’s something our Founding Fathers warned us about.

Karl Marx, the father of Communism, made this statement: “Take away the heritage of a people and they are easily persuaded.” This means they can be controlled, manipulated and deceived. Since true and accurate history is a nation’s platform for the future, their extension into the future will become dysfunctional without accurate information. I call this historical amnesia. Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President, defined it this way: “A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do.” Our responsibility to ourselves and to our country is to learn what our true history is, what it is not, and what the consequences are of both.

We can either recall and remember...or re-learn and pay the price again.

There is a reason for missing or revised segments of history. God’s Word clearly reveals the importance of recounting, recalling, and remembering the great things the Lord has done. However, Satan’s plan is (and always has been) to dilute or destroy this clear understanding of God as the Director of history. Satan functions according to his title in the Bible—the great deceiver (Revelation 12:9). History is a flow of events that begins with the creation of time. It reveals the providential hand of God as events are acted out on the stage of life. If recorded accurately and truthfully, it is the story of who we are and the when, where, why and how things took place. History cannot be foretold (except by God). It can only be recorded after time and events have unfolded. If history is not recorded in the order that it happens, it is not history but simply a listing of random events without continuity. When this occurs, the providential hand of God is no longer identifiable and our understanding of historica l events becomes chaotic and confusing. Without truthful, accurate history, the direction for the future becomes clouded and out of focus because pieces of the past are missing. People and nations lose their way and destinies are unfulfilled.

We have become victims of ignorance, forgetting how God’s Word was applied by His people to defeat Satan in times past. We also forgot how and why people failed in various situations because they didn’t apply God’s Word. When the truth of history has been discarded, deleted, or revised, nations are destined to go through the same costly situations over and over again. History repeats itself, nations are destroyed because of ignorance...and people pay the price again and again. The Bible teaches that wisdom is gained through the Word of God and life’s experiences (Proverbs 3:13 AMP). It also teaches that the experience necessary for wisdom is costly (Proverbs 5:1 AMP). When this experience is discarded, revised or forgotten by a person or a nation, they can no longer act in wisdom.

So, the question is, “What can we as Christians do about this perpetual cycle?” The answer is very simple:

Learn our true history.

The future is always an extension of our past. If our past is distorted and God’s handiwork has been removed, our direction for the future will disappear and we will wander aimlessly...just as the Israelites did each time they forgot God. The ultimate end is always bondage. On the other hand, if we will remember our past and all the great and mighty things God has done, we will no longer be deceived. We will gain wisdom and begin to actively take back what the devil has stolen.

This Is God’s plan for America.

Will you join me in making God’s plan for America your plan? It can only happen as we remember what the Lord has already done. We have to know who we were to know who we are. Once we know who we are, then we’ll know what needs to be done.

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A History of The 4th of July

By John Copeland as published in EPICTIMES.COM July 3, 2015

The Fourth of July is one of those hard-wired traditions that Americans cherish. We have parades, picnics and fireworks, usually in that order. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, our nation’s skies on the night of the Fourth will light up with over 14,000 public fireworks displays. And no matter where they take place, we’ll all be saying the same thing – “OOOH!” and “AHHHH!” It’s the American way. It is truly our most national holiday, as we celebrate our independence – together. We take comfort in our shared tradition.

Today, our calendars are filled with holidays throughout the year. However, there was a time in America when the year was marked by only two eagerly awaited holidays — Christmas and Independence Day. Asked to pick which one was the best, even children might have chosen the Fourth of July. From the country to the city it was a day of fluttering flags and passionate emotions commemorating a freedom so recently won it was not yet taken for granted.

I think it’s fitting to ask, what do you think the 4th of July celebrates?

If your answer is Independence Day…well, okay, it is called that. But, it is not the day America won its independence from England. That date was April 11th 1783, when the new United States, England and France signed the Treaty of Paris bringing the Revolutionary War to an end. It is not the start of the Revolutionary War, either. The Revolution really began 15 months earlier, in April 1775, when the Minutemen faced British soldiers on Lexington Green and then a bit later at Concord Bridge. The American colonies had reached a tipping point, it was no longer an option to consider patching things up with the Crown and England. It was clear that the American colonies needed to manage their own destiny.

What the 4th of July does commemorate is the day the Congressional delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. I find it interesting that we celebrate this on July 4th, even though it is the date on the top of the document. But, the famous handwritten version wasn’t created until after July 19th, and wasn’t finally signed by most of the members of the Continental Congress until August 2nd. The Declaration of Independence was first published as a printed broadside, on news paper. During the summer of 1776, copies of the Declaration spread through out the colonies and was publicly read in town meetings, religious services, in courts and wherever people assembled. Americans marked the occasion with great bonfires, “illuminated” their windows with candles, fired guns, rang bells, tore down and destroyed the symbols of the British monarchy on public buildings, churches, or tavern signs, and “fixed up” the walls of their homes with a broadside copy of the Declaration of Indep endence.

What exactly were they celebrating that summer of 1776? They were celebrating the news of independence, not the document that proclaimed it. Over the next few years the anniversary of independence and of the Declaration of Independence seem to have been virtually interchangeable. After independence, the 4th of July was the first holiday established by our young nation and it’s the only holiday that celebrates our United States. But, by the end of the 1700s, the 4th of July seems to have declined in popularity once the Revolutionary War ended and was not celebrated regularly. Judging by contemporary newspaper accounts, when the Fourth of July was remembered there were seldom the kinds of festivities we are familiar with today. Observances usually involved a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. It was as if that document had done its work in carrying news of independence to the American people, and it neither needed nor deserved further commemoration. No mention was made of Thomas Jefferson’s role in composing the document, since that was not yet public knowledge, and there was no suggestion that the Declaration itself was, as posterity has demonstrated, unusually eloquent and powerful.

Considering the revered position the Declaration of Independence has in the hearts and minds of modern Americans, the disregard for it in the early years of our fledgling nation verges on unbelievable. The Declaration of Independence we celebrate today, what Abraham Lincoln called “the charter of our liberties,” is a document whose meaning is very different from what it was in 1776. Originally, the Declaration of Independence was a way of announcing and justifying the end of Britain’s control over the Thirteen Colonies and the emergence of the United States as an independent nation. But, it has since been recognized as a statement of principles to guide stable and established governments and it has come to usurp a role that Americans at one time delegated to the Bill of Rights

You’re probably asking, “How the heck did that happen?” Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and the members of the Second Continental Congress had a different perception of what they were writing in July 1776. For them, it was enough for the Declaration to be “merely revolutionary.” In the mid-1800s, a little known forty-four-year-old lawyer and one term Congressman from Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, idealized the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence and its assertion that all men were created equal. In Lincoln’s hands the Declaration became a living document for an established society, a set of goals to be realized over time, the dream of “something better than a mere change of masters” that explained why “our fathers” fought and endured until they won the Revolutionary War.

Lincoln made the arguments of those who crafted the Declaration his own, reworking those ideas from speech to speech, pushing their logic, and eventually, at Gettysburg in 1863, arriving at a simple statement of profound eloquence. In time, his interpretation of the Declaration of Independence has become that of our nation. During the first year of the Civil War, Lincoln told Congress on July 4th, 1861, that the North fought not only to save the Union, but to preserve a form of government “whose leading object is to elevate the condition of men — to lift artificial weights from all shoulders — to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all.” The rebellion of the Southern States was at its base an effort “to overthrow the principle that all men were created equal.”

Two years later, the Union victory at Gettysburg in July of 1863 was for Lincoln a vindication of the proposition, to which the nation’s fathers had committed themselves to in 1776, and a challenge to complete the “unfinished work” of the Union dead and bring to “this nation, under God, a new birth of freedom.” Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address stated briefly and eloquently the convictions he had developed over the previous decades, convictions that on point after point echoed earlier Americans. The Declaration of Independence Lincoln left us with was not Jefferson’s Declaration, although Jefferson and other revolutionaries shared the values Lincoln stressed: equality, human rights, government by consent. Nor was Lincoln’s interpretation of the Declaration of Independence solely his creation. It remained an “expression of the American mind,” not, of course, what all Americans thought, but what many had come to accept. These implications continued to evolve after Lincoln’s death.

The Declaration of Independence is an unusual document. It is not and has never been legally binding. Its power comes from its capacity to inspire and move the hearts of we Americans living today, and its meaning lies in what we choose to make of it. It has been at once a cause of controversy, pushing as it does against established habits and conventions, and a unifying national icon, a legacy that binds the colonial revolutionaries to us, their descendants, who have confronted and continue to confront issues our Founding Fathers could not have envisioned.

This 4th of July, whatever your political persuasion, we should all take a moment to reflect on the words Thomas Jefferson drafted along with John Adams and Benjamin Franklin and was unanimously approved by the Delegates of the Second Continental Congress. They are as important for us to consider today as they were for our colonial ancestors in 1776.

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America July 4th, 1776

“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government.”

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? I’m sure you know a handful of their names, John Hancock, John Adams, Sam Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, but most of the rest are only remembered in history books and by their descendants. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Five signers were captured by the British, charged as traitors to the crown and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. These men signed and pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the new experiment of American Democracy.

Two Hundred and Thirty Nine years ago, our founding fathers were working to establish something new – a democracy. It is something today, that is easy to take for granted.

What is a Democracy? You might define it as a social and political system characterized by a high degree of personal liberty and equally high degree of political liberty, manifested in regular and free competitive elections, protected by a legal system based upon a constitution. Since the founding of America, we Americans have all been in this together and the responsibility of citizenship in a democracy requires participation, civility, and even patience. A democracy requires an investment of time and hard work from its citizens – a government of the people demands constant vigilance and support by the people. We participate in democracy when we, often grudgingly, serve on juries, or volunteer for military or civilian national service for a period of time. But there are other obligations that are the responsibility citizens of a democracy – chief among these is respect for the law. Paying one’s fair share of taxes, accepting the authority of the elected government, and respecting the rights of those with differing points of view are also examples of a citizen’s responsibility.

On Independence Day, then, we Americans celebrate not simply the birth of our nation or the legacy of a few great men. We also commemorate a Declaration of Independence that is our own collective work now and that through time continues to define the promise of America. We need to remember that on this 4th of July and hopefully keep with us throughout the year.

We are Americans and we have a lot more in common than today’s polarizing politics that seek to divide us.

“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.” - John Adams (1735–1826)

I hope and yours have a Happy Fourth.

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Leading the Way

THE INDISPENSIBLE LEADERSHIP OF GEORGE WASHINGTON

BY DAVE MEYER as published in “Enjoying Everyday Life” Jan. – Feb. 2015.

IT WAS DECEMBER 1777. The Continental Army had just lost a key battle to the British, and General Washington and his men began settling in their new camp at Valley Forge. Yes, they were fighting the Redcoats. But they also fought hunger and sickness. Of the eleven thousand men, very few were properly equipped for the long winter ahead. Some lacked coats, while others literally walked barefoot through the snow. Food was also scarce, and most days they simply went hungry. By Spring, one in four soldiers actually died from the flu, smallpox, typhus, or exposure. However, in the midst of the pain, the hunger and the cold, something amazing happened: None of the men complained or deserted the camp. It certainly wasn’t because of the pay they would receive—it was already four to five months past due. Why did they stay? Because of General Washington.

Months earlier, when Congress convened to pick a leader, they realized the troops needed a sober head and a steady hand. John Adams and Ben Franklin—two of the most persuasive members of Congress—already knew their choice. It was Washington, the only qualified man who didn’t want the job. This was partly what they loved about him. He was humble, selfless, and avoided the spotlight.1 Washington was unanimously chosen. He accepted the position but declared he would serve without pay. It’s hard to say if any other man could have led our army through the trials at Valley Forge. In the midst of horrible suffering, he remained tremendously popular with the troops, often traveling through the camp to talk and offer encouragement. They knew his heart was for his soldiers. He was more than their commander...he was their rock, a quiet man who demonstrated strength and wisdom. On many occasions, the men would discover their General on his knees in prayer in secluded wooded areas.

Washington regularly sought God’s help and trusted in Him for success. In a letter to his friend Reverend William Gordon, he declared: “No man has a more perfect reliance on the all-wise and powerful dispensation of the Supreme Being than I have, nor thinks his aid more necessary.”2 Although sometimes criticized, Washington never hid his belief in Jesus Christ. He even ordered church services to be held every Sunday and commanded his troops to regularly observe days of thanksgiving, prayer and fasting. The winter of 1777—1778 proved to be one of the most important in our nation’s history. It was literally the turning point of the American Revolution. The crucible at Valley Forge is where our military received their greatest training for the looming battles ahead. It is where they adopted the courage and perseverance of their leader, General Washington. Amidst overwhelming circumstances, the Lord used George Washington to help establish our independence and secure the beginning of the most free and prosperous nation the world has ever seen.3

More than a decade later, with the Constitution in place, Congress once again convened to pick a leader, but this time for the presidency. When the electors gathered, only one name was put forward—the obvious choice. George Washington left Mount Vernon and reached New York in time to be inaugurated on April 30, 1789. Prior to the ceremony, he requested a Bible. As he stepped out onto the outdoor balcony of Federal Hall, he placed his right hand on the open book and took the oath of office, adding his own words—”So help me God”—at the end.4 He then stepped inside to deliver his inaugural address, including these now-famous words: “It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplication to that Almighty Being, who rules over the universe... that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States.”5

For the next eight years, Washington led the country much like he led his troops—with strength, wisdom, character...and dependence on Almighty God. Today, George Washington continues to be celebrated and honored. Almost 250 years later, he is still regarded as one of the greatest leaders in American history.

1. Peter Marshall and David Manuel, The Light and the Glory (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Flemming H. RevelI, 1992), page 355. 2. Ibid. p.358. 3. Mark A. Bellies & Stephen K. McDowell, America’s Providential History (Charlottesville, VA Providence Foundation, 1989), page 15Z 4. See note I. p. 440. 5. Ibid.

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Sweet Liberty

HOW IT CHANGED THE HEARTS OF MEN...THEN SPARKED A REVOLUTION

BY DAVE MEYER as published in “Enjoying Everyday Life” Nov. – Dec. 2014.

LIBERTY. It’s one of the greatest words I know— and for Americans, it’s come to represent so many of the good things this nation stands for. Millions have fought for it. Many have even died for it. Certainly, Americans have enjoyed the blessings of liberty for generations. But what, really, is liberty? And where does it come from?

Let’s Go Back to the Garden… Contrary to popular belief, liberty is not “made in America”—it is the gift of Almighty God. It goes all the way back to the garden. When God made man, He made Him perfect in His image. He gave him liberty and the ability to govern himself and everything else He created. Liberty always moves from the internal to the external. It must first begin in the heart of man, and then it will naturally express itself externally in all aspects of society. When you think about it, this makes perfect sense. Just look at 2 Corinthians 3:17. It says, …where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (NKJV). When the Holy Spirit comes into the heart of man, that man is liberated. Likewise, when the Spirit of the Lord comes into a nation, that nation is liberated. There is a direct relationship. The degree to which God is infused into society—through its people, laws, and institutions—is the same degree they will experience freedom in every realm…civil, religious, economic, etc. So, spiritual liberty ultimately produces political liberty. Conversely, spiritual bondage produces external political bondage.

Keeping Liberty Alive — Our Constitution is one of the most highly regarded documents in history. It was birthed out of America’s new-found freedom…and written to safeguard that freedom for years to come. Yet our Founders knew this document alone couldn’t save us… Benjamin Franklin notoriously stated that, “A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.” The Founders knew the future success of our new republic would hinge entirely on adhering to the biblical principles it was founded upon…then teaching these principles of freedom to the next generation. After all, this is what fueled the Revolution to begin with… . Pilgrims, Puritans and Quakers—inspired and compelled by God—sought after a land where they could educate their children, free from ungodly infl uences. They carried liberty in their hearts. In truth, the “revolution” began long before any of the fi ghting ever started. That’s why developing a foundation of liberty became a high prio rity for early Americans. Our young nation saw that almost every child was educated, and biblical principles were passed on to succeeding generations through lessons in the home, church and school.

Life Before “the Separation” Americans today have become accustomed to an increased separation between God and government. But in Colonial days, it was quite the opposite. Ministers were involved in every aspect of public affairs. They colonized and formed many of our states, they wrote our laws and constitutions, and they served as judges and lawyers. Going back to the 1600s, ministers even formed the very fi rst “grammar schools” for children. They also founded the nation’s first universities. Harvard, for example, was founded by Reverend John Harvard in 1638. The offi cial governing rules required both the President and Professors to “open and explain the Scriptures to his pupils with integrity and faithfulness.” Ministers used every opportunity possible—from the pulpit, to the classroom, to even government and legislation—to educate people in the principles of liberty. I love how David Gregg describes the early American republic. He says, “The people made the laws, and the churches made the people.” Wow! While schools were established to train new generations in a biblical worldview, the clergy continually clarifi ed and applied that worldview to issues that faced the colonists.

Now Is the Time — Abraham Lincoln once said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” Friends, we have a responsibility to stand up for godly principles…and take every opportunity to cultivate freedom in the hearts of the people in this nation. After all, it’s something the signers, colonists, and other great Americans through the years have fought to purchase and even lost their lives to protect. It is our inalienable right… It’s sweet liberty. And it’s our duty to preserve it for future generations.

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Worth Fighting For

REDISCOVERING THE GIFT OF AMERICA

By Dave Meyer as published in “Enjoying Everyday Life” May / June 2014.

In May our country will honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. From those involved in the American Revolution … to the World War 2 veterans often referred to as “The Greatest Generation” … to the men and woman who currently serve around the world, they have all fought for a common purpose: FREEDOM. And this is no ordinary freedom. Our birth, our liberty, and our revolutionary system of government are the result of one thing: The Providential Hand of GOD.

Lighting a fire – More than 17 years ago, a missionary friend gave me a book titled, “America’s Providential History”. I have to admit, I wasn’t very interested in reading it. I finally opened it up so I could tell him I read a chapter or two. But then something unexpected happened: I couldn’t put it down. Why? Because I was discovering GOD’s undeniable involvement in the founding and establishing of America. For the first time I was reading about our true godly heritage – so much of which has been left out of our history books. The Lord used this resource to ignite a passion inside of me. In fact when I began to discover America’s past and what truly made this nation great, all I could do was cry and repent. We had been given so much, and I don’t want it to slip away. From that day forth, I knew I was responsible to do my part … to fight for this incredible gift we know as America.

Mining hidden treasure – Many of you are familiar with the story of King Josiah, found in the book of 2 Kings. Josiah became king of Judah when he was only 8 years old. Prior to his reign, Evil kings had ruled for many years, leading the hearts of the people away from the lord. When Josiah was 26, the high priest discovered the ‘Book of the Law’ in the basement of the Temple. This book contained all the laws and instructions given by the LORD to the people of Israel. Just look at King Josiah’s response …

And when the king heard the words of the ‘Book of the Law’, he rent his clothes. Then he said, Go. Inquire of the LORD for me and for the people of all Judah … because our fathers have not listened and obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that was written concerning us. (2 Kings 11, 13)

King Josiah was overwhelmed because he knew GOD was the ONE who made Israel great – and destruction was certain if they continued to walk away from HIM.

And this crossroad is exactly where America is today.

We have been given a priceless gift. But if we continue to drift from the godly principles that made us great, we will forfeit our future by failing to remember our past.

Pulling a page from history – All through the Old Testament, GOD commanded Israel to “never forget the things your eyes have seen” and “teach them to your children and grandchildren”. (Deut 4:9) This message to “remember” is also for us today. Why? Because our past provides us with 3 very important things – Direction, Protection, and Correction. When we discover Who and what made us great, it provides a compass for our future. It keeps us from wandering too far from our godly roots and allows us to correct our course and set our rudder in the right direction.

This is why, each month, we offer resources on the true godly history of America – Books like “America’s Providential History” and “The 5,000 Year Leap”. I feel so strongly about these books because I know what happens in the hearts of those who read them. Discovering the great and mighty things GOD has done for this nation arms us with the passion we need to take responsibility ... and ultimately take action.

I didn’t know what I didn’t know – I want to share one more story with you … The foreword of “The 5,000 Year Leap” contains a compelling account by Professor Stephen Pratt. He writes:

“I was considered from the viewpoint of some of my peers to be an educated man. I had a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from a leading university. And yet with all that, I realize now that like most other Americans I was completely, totally, functionally illiterate when it came to a working knowledge of the principles and practices of freedom. I had no knowledge that I had no knowledge.” 1.

This is where most Americans are today – they simply don’t know that they don’t know. Stephen Pratt went on to dedicate his life to teaching others what he calls “The Miracle of America”. And like Stephen we too can discover our past.

The gift of America – As a young man, I had the incredible honor of serving our country in the military. Today, fifty years later, I understand that every one of us, through each generation, has a role to play in serving this nation ... to understand and protect what we have been given. Friends, we have been entrusted with a rare treasure. GOD ordained it, our Founders fought to establish it, and more than 1.3 million men and woman have died to protect it.

It is the incredible gift of AMERICA!

1. W. Cleon Skousen, “The 5,000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World”. National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2011, p. xiv.

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The Fabric of America

What our Founders believed was the strength of this nation.

By Dave Meyer as published in “Enjoying Everyday Life” March / April 2014.

“WHAT DID OUR FOUNDING FATHERS REALLY BELIEVE?”
This has been a popular question. In fact, in recent years, the character and beliefs of some of America’s most revered men have been scrutinized in efforts to discredit their reputations and prove that GOD and morality were never meant to play such a major role in our government. This push has led our courts to take bold unconstitutional measures to change laws and ease GOD and Christian principles from the system. Something our Founding Fathers warned us about. .

But one thing is for sure: The architects of America believed that, ‘without godly virtue and moral principles, the government of a free people cannot be maintained.’

“THE RELIGION OF AMERICA”
Several of the founders left us with descriptions of their basic religious beliefs. In particular, Benjamin Franklin summarized what he felt were the “fundamental points in a sound religion.” Just look at what he says in a now famous letter to Ezers Stiles, president of Yale University:
Here is my creed: I believe in one GOD, the creator of the universe. That HE governs by its providence. That HE ought to be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we render to HIM is in doing good to HIS other children. That the sole of a man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion.1.

Wow! And not only did Franklin hold these views, but the five main religious beliefs expressed in this letter also appear in nearly all the other founder’s writings. This creed was meet with so much approval that it was commonly referred to as “The Religion of America” Our Founders felt these fundamentals were so important in providing “good government and the happiness of mankind” that they wanted them taught in the public schools along with morality and knowledge.2

THE INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS
When the First Constitution Convention convened in 1787, they literally made history when they produced and signed a revolutionary document: The Constitution of the United States of America. But from the very beginning, they knew this new form of government, this republic, could not be maintained without the primary ingredients of Christian morality and virtue – both among the people and the government itself. After the signing, Ben Franklin insisted that, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”3

Samuel Adams later echoed his remarks: “I thank GOD that I have lived to see my country independent and free. She may long enjoy her independence and freedom if she will. It depends upon her virtue.”4 In fact, when the French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville, visited the United States in 1831 he became so impressed with the inseparable relationship between liberty and the principles of Christianity that he went home and wrote one of the best definitive studies on the American Constitutional system. In his book, Democracy in America, he writes: “On my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention… While the law permits the Americans to do what they please, religion prevents them from conceiving, and forbids them to commit, what is rash and unjust.”5

THE TAIL OF TWO COUNTRIES
De Tocqueville benefited from a unique prospective, he had a front row seat to witness both the American and French Revolutions. While these countries shared a passion for liberty and independence, their outcomes couldn’t have been any different. By the end of the 1700’s he had watched the promoters of “atheism and morality” seize control of his homeland and turn the French Revolution into a shocking blood bath of wild excesses and violence.6 While inspired by the American Revolution, the French never enjoyed the same success because they overlooked the very foundation of our constitution – GOD.

George Washington, U.S. President at the time, reminded his own people that “Religion and morality are indispensable supports,” and asked who “can look with indifference upon attempts to shack the foundations of the fabric?” Washington’s words have never meant more than they do right now.

For too long, Christians have looked with indifference as many in this country have desperately tried to pull apart the inseparable bands of liberty and Christian virtue … to remove GOD once and for all from our past and our future. It is time for us to wake up and heed the warning from our Founding Fathers. They are the ones who believed that religion and morality are the cornerstones of a free government. They believed that maintaining our virtue and Christian principles are the greatest way to secure our liberty and happiness.

They believed in Almighty GOD … the very fabric of America.

1. W. Cleon Skousen, “The 5,000 Year Leap: A miracle that changed the world.” Pp 77 – 78. 2. Ibid p 49. 3. Ibid p 56. 4. Ibid p 80, 82. 5. Ibid p 79. 6. Ibid. 7. Ibid.

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Freedom’s Rising Sun

How to Retain the Liberties of the First Constitutional Convention

By Dave Meyer as published in “Enjoying Everyday Life” February 2014

It Was September 17, 1787.
The First Constitutional Convention was wrapping up in Philadelphia, and the delegates each took their turn signing a document that would forever change the nation – The Constitution of the United States of America. Benjamin Franklin sat and took it all in, then once again found himself staring just past the President’s chair at a familiar painting of a warm sun gleaming above the horizon. “I have often in the course of the Session looked without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting,” said Franklin. “But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising sun.” (1) Everyone knew his meaning; he believed the United States would succeed. And it did. In fact, the document that Franklin and his friends gave us that day resulted in one of the greatest nations in history…a rising sun poised to shine brightly for the next 200 years.

A Quantum Leap
That day, we officially became a nation based on law. Our government locked into our Constitution the godly principles that have been our bedrock since the Pilgrims first landed in the early 1600’s. The results were astounding. Because we honored the Lord and reached out to Him as our source, we quickly became a nation of abundance:

  • 47 million immigrants came into our country from 1820-1975.
  • The U.S. represents approximately 5% of the world’s population but has created more new wealth than the rest of the world combined.
  • We are responsible for more discoveries in medicine, education, power-energy, transportation, aircraft, and agriculture than any other nation.
  • The U.S. has been the food basket of the world, and we have never suffered a famine.
  • We are always the first to provide relief to other nations during natural calamities, sometimes even providing aide to our enemies. (2)
  • “Because the United States honored the Lord and reached out to Him as our source, we quickly became a nation of abundance.”

    “If You Can Keep It”
    Let’s go back for a moment to September 17, 1787. After the Constitution was signed into law, Benjamin Franklin exited the building to a crowd of curious people. One woman shouted, “Sir, what have you given us?” Franklin famously responded, “A republic, ma’am, if you can keep it.” What did he mean? Our form of government offers the very greatest liberties and freedom-but it also requires the most responsibility, moral virtue and maintenance to keep it intact. Our republic was formed for good, moral, active people. However, over the years, our moral fabric has deteriorated and the American people have slowly stopped fighting for what’s right. And our passivity has come at a great price… In the past fifty years alone, we have allowed God to be erased from our history books, prayer to be taken from our schools and the government to exercise unprecedented control.

    The Cycle of Nations
    In his book, The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic, Sir Alexander Tytler describes what he calls the “Cycle of Nations.” He says the average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years, and each of these nations has progressed through the following sequence:

  • From bondage to spiritual faith
  • From spiritual faith to great courage
  • From courage to liberty
  • From liberty to abundance
  • From abundance to selfishness
  • From selfishness to complacency
  • From complacency to apathy
  • From apathy to dependency
  • From dependency back to bondage (3)
  • America has experienced unparalleled abundance. But as we began to forget the Source of our abundance and where we came from, it led to selfishness. We have gone from a strong godly nation, ready to fight for our liberties and moral principles…to one that’s complacent, allowing ungodliness to creep in little by little. Today, we are primarily a nation that doesn’t even know there is a battle. As a result, we are yielding our rights and slowly becoming more dependent on the government-not God-as our source. As Christians, the choice is up to us: We can either stand up and fight or lay down entirely. But we can’t stay the same and expect the direction of our country to change.

    Worth Fighting For
    I believe God has called me to sound the alarm-to call people’s attention back to their true heritage. My desire is to rally our nation to stand up and fight for the incredible freedoms and liberties that we have been given. Ignorance is what led America into its weakened condition, and knowledge is the only way to get free. I strongly encourage you to get educated. By reading books like The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen, you’ll discover the true godly history of our nation and the principles that made our country great. You’ll discover the principles worth fighting for: The same God who heard the cries of our Founding Fathers is still with us today. And He is looking and longing for His people to cry out to Him for help. With His guidance, we can keep this great nation that was entrusted to us more than 200 years ago… …and not let the sun go down on America.,/font>

    1. W. Cleon Skousen, “The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World,” National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2011, p.xvi. 2. lbid, p. xvii. 3, Chad Connelly, “Freedom Tide,” Executive Books, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 2002, pp.57-58.

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    The Lighthouse of America

    The strength of our past is the solution for a better tomorrow

    By Dave Meyer as published in “Enjoying Everyday Life” Sept/Oct 2013

    SINCE THE DAYS of the American Revolution in the eighteenth century, the United States has been regarded as one of the greatest and most prosperous nations in the world. For more than two hundred years, we have enjoyed unprecedented success.

    The question is, What has made our country so great?

    The French philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in the 1830s to investigate the reasons for our success and the things that distinguished us from France. He eventually found what he was looking for...
    “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and her boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there.” “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.

    America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”1

    The Christian Church is and has always been the lighthouse of this nation. Through the Puritans and other early settlers, the Church sowed the seeds of America’s greatness...then nurtured those seeds during the two centuries before our political birth in 1776. A lighthouse is a symbol of hope. It shines bright, giving direction and warning of danger. But what happens when that light begins to fade?

    CONTINENTAL DRIFT - For those of us who are old enough, we will never forget the day in 1969 when our astronauts landed on the moon. However, if the satellite trajectory of America’s first spacecraft to the moon had drifted off course by even one degree, we might never have heard the historic words, “One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”

    Now, the results of scientific drift are easy to recognize. But when it comes to spiritual drift, it’s not so simple to notice. Spiritual drift is the tendency for people or organizations to depart over time from values and principles they once held as foundational. It may seem harmless, but it can ultimately determine our destiny!

    The children of Israel experienced spiritual drift in almost predictable cycles. From the time they left Egypt, they vacillated between godliness and godlessness. When they lived godly lives, they were blessed. However, when they drifted, they suffered increasingly severe consequences.2

    Judges 21:25 says that ... every man did that which was right in his own eyes. Unfortunately, this phrase also perfectly describes the pattern of modern America. A recent poll shows that 92 percent of Americans say they believe in God,3 and 82 percent consider themselves Christians.4 However, studies also reveal that marriages are failing (the divorce rate is close to 50 percent5), the pornography industry is booming (more than $13 billion a year6), and more than 1.2 million babies were aborted last year alone.7 These statistics can leave us wondering, How did we manage to drift so far? And maybe more importantly, what can we do to fix it?

    HEALING BEGINS AT HOME — There is a solution for spiritual drift. Second Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) says that If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    These four words — humble, pray, seek and turn — are extremely important. Our part isn’t simply to pray for our nation, but it also includes true humility and personal repentance. These days, the word “repent” isn’t a very popular word. But in truth, it is one of the most positive, hope-filled words there is for our generation!

    Why? Because without repentance, there can be no revival. The survival of America depends upon revival in the Church...and that begins with you and me. God isn’t asking us to do everything — we are only responsible to do our part. But as we are faithful to do what we can do, God will be faithful to do what we can’t and bring healing to our land. The Church can once again become the strength of this nation...a lighthouse offering direction and a safe harbor for those who have lost their way.

    Things can change because the Seed of change resides inside of us. The Bible says that Jesus Christ is our “hope of glory” (see Colossians 1:27). He is our hope for personal change and growth as Christians...
    And He is our hope for the future of America.

    1. Charles Crismier, “Renewing the Soul of America,” Elijah Books, Richmond, Virginia 2002, p. 308.
    2. Ibid, p. 311.
    3. www.gallup.com
    4. www.seekfi nd.net
    5. www.thevindicator.com
    6. www.familysafemedia.com
    7. www.christianliferesources.com

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    There’s No Need for “Separation” Anxiety

    Article by Dave Meyer as published in “Enjoying Everyday Life” August 2013

    In the last fifty years,
    there have been few issues of law more hotly contested or misunderstood than the First Amendment. What began as a safeguard for religious freedom is now being used to remove the Christian faith from the public arena. Forbidding prayer at a school assembly or pre-venting crosses from being displayed at a roadside memorial are just a couple examples. At the heart of the issue are the now famous words, “separation of church and state.” Through continuous usage over recent decades, the “separation” language has become so common-place that many Americans believe it to be a constitutional phrase found in the First Amendment. But it is not.

    Let’s begin by looking at what the First Amendment actually says:
    “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
    Contrary to what many believe, the phrase “separation of church and state” never even appears in the First Amendment. However, with these five words as the standard, the courts have now declared many American customs and traditions unconstitutional. Former Chief Justice William Rehnquist called the expression “separation of church and state” a “misleading metaphor.” So if this term is not in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, then where did it come from?

    The heart of the Issue —
    It all began in 1801 when President Thomas Jefferson received a letter from the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut. This group was strongly in favor of the First Amendment, however they were opposed to the idea that the government could one day attempt to regulate religious expression. In short, they were afraid the language in the amendment wasn’t strong enough. Specifically, there was concern about the establishment of a national church, such as the Church of England. Along with several other Christian groups, the Baptists wanted to secure their freedom and assure the government could not interfere with the religious activities of its citizens or show partiality to any one denomination.

    A Letter from the President —
    On January 1, 1802, Jefferson wrote a reassuring reply to the Danbury Baptists. In it, he said:
    ...Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship...I contemplate with solemn reverence that the act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State...I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights....1

    Now, the use of the term “natural rights” here is extremely important. While this term doesn’t mean much to us now, it spoke volumes to the people in that day. “Natural rights” was understood to include everything God has promised within His Holy Scriptures. Therefore, the Danbury Baptists were assured by Jefferson that freedom of religion was an inalienable God-given right and above federal jurisdiction.

    Consider the Source —
    Many scholars today seek to erase or re-write the story of God’s influence in the lives and decisions of our Founding Fathers. But Thomas Jefferson’s understanding of the Source for America’s inalienable rights was absolute. In fact, He later wrote:
    And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have lost the only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? 2

    Jefferson believed that God was the Author and Source of our rights—not the government. His desire was for our government not to interfere with those rights. The “wall” in the Danbury letter was not to restrict religious displays in public. Instead, it was to minimize the power of the government to prohibit or interfere with religious expression. Some now want us to believe that Jefferson meant something different and they attempt to distort his original intent. And if they are left unchallenged, our nation will one day be unrecognizable. That is why learning America’s true heritage is so extremely vital. It is the foundation that allows us to take action and counter thhose who want to rewrite history. It’s not too late. There are those who want to forget what really happened. But with God’s help, we can rediscover the genuine history of our nation before it simply becomes another distant memory.

    (1) David Barton, Original Intent, (Aledo, Texas:Wallbuilder Press, 2008) pp. 51-52

    (2) Ibid., p. 52.

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    Do You Know About America's Godly History?

    America has had a rich history with GOD from the beginning. Our founding fathers were mostly believers; despite what some people would have you believe.
    Congress felt that the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ needed to have GOD in it and added "Under GOD" in the early 1900’s.

    ‘In GOD We Trust’ is also on our money.

    You can trace the rise in the crime rate along with the slow removal of GOD in our society.

    Separation of Church and State was placed into law in the mid 1900’s by a rich fat cat who was tired of churches asking him for donations.

    Don’t believe in GOD? Fine by me. That is your problem, not mine; unless you make it mine by trying to rewrite history. Don’t believe me about GOD being a part of America? Fine, do your own research!

    Here are some web sites to get you started :

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    TAKE A STAND

    Now more than ever, believers need to take a stand for what is right—we need to voice our disapproval of ungodliness in a loving way. I believe most of us would agree that the world we live in is in desperate need of God’s restoration. From governmental legislation and indecent displays in public places to television programming and the movie industry, immorality has taken center stage while our Christian heritage has fallen by the wayside. We believe if enough people will let their voices be heard, those in government will listen, and change will take place. So be sure to check out the other links on this page and let your voice be heard! Thank you for helping to keep America a free and godly nation.

    Dave Meyer
    Joyce Meyer.org/America

    Library of Congress

    An official U.S. government web site.

    Bill of Rights Readable Transcription

    The Federalist Papers

    Here is a good unbiased historical web site to show what the founding fathers actually wrote about how they came together and created this great country.

    Wall Builders

    This site is dedicated to getting the truth out about candidates for federal positions and about how some "revisionists" are trying to change history by selectively deleting facts that do not agree with their beliefs.

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