True patriotism in America
A patriot is not someone who simply cares for or is concerned for their country. A true patriot is someone who understands the fundamental principles upon which their nation was founded and sacrifices to preserve them.
Shortly after the decisive battle at Gettysburg, President Lincoln stood on that hallowed ground and declared “… that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” That, however, was not the first occasion upon which such words were uttered. Those words were borrowed from one of the early protestant Christian martyrs ” John Wycliffe, who first conceived them in the depths of the dark ages nearly 500 years earlier.
After producing the first common English translation of the scriptures, the “Morning Star of the Reformation” is variously quoted to have proclaimed “This Bible is translated and shall make possible a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Early in the 16th century the greatest powers on the face of the earth had staked their respective claims in the new world ” Russia in the northwest, Spain in the southwest, France to the north and also in the southeast, and Great Britain in the northeast.
In a Cinderella story second only to Moses and the slaves of Egypt packing up and walking out on Ramesses the Great, who would have taken odds that the whole kit-and-caboodle in North America would end up in the possession of a bunch of farmers with the Book in one hand and a musket in the other?
In the spring of 1787 the Constitutional Convention was in danger of breaking up and our fledgling republic dissolving in its infancy until 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin stood to address the remaining delegates, “Groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights?”
He continued, “In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered.
All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending Providence in our favor … And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend … or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?”
Franklin then concluded, “We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it … I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed … no better than the builders of Babel.”
As we ponder the deteriorating state of our union, I ask you to consider on this solemn occasion and in this election year whether our hope should rest further to the left in more empty promises of an increasingly powerful few, or to the right according to the most basic premise of our exceptional past and the patriots which have preceded us ” faith in a providential God and His preserved words on the pages of the Book in the hands of the people?
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