MISSOURI, October 23, 2017 — We are blessed to be living in a country where patriotism and pride are woven into the fabric of our lives. We have been blessed with freedoms too numerous to count.
We have the opportunity to determine the environment in which we raise children and prepare them to become responsible men and women and good citizens.
Knowing America’s Enemies
Those of the “greatest generation” were brought at a time when our enemies were clearly identifiable: the Axis powers of Europe and Japan, and then the North Koreans.
We knew who they were and the threat they posed.
Many people have given their lives in order that we may continue to enjoy our freedoms, and more will do so. Sacrifices will always be demanded to maintain our liberty.
Terrorism has forced us to come up with new ways to identify and fight our enemies. We have increased security at all critical points of transportation, energy sites, public buildings, major celebrations and sporting events. We have laws to control immigration and investigate visitors, all with the objective of protecting keeping us secure.
Our Armed Forces and intelligence agents are scattered to all parts of the world. Some we hear about, but many others are working behind the scenes to stop terrorist activity, both here and abroad.
American Patriotism rising to the occasion
One thing about Americans is our ability to rise to the occasion. We know how to unite and produce whatever is needed to fight our enemies. As a nation, we place great value on the individual, and we all hurt when even a few are killed or injured defending us.
Hidden in our hearts is the objective to protect our land, people, and freedoms. We have compassion for the hurting, as evidenced by the outpouring of love in the aftermath of our tragedies.
We have the ability to join together of our own free will to fight our enemies. We work as first responders, join our military, or finds ways to promote America exceptionalism through our work in manufacturing and the medical sciences.
The spirit of American patriotism
Behind America’s spirit of patriotism is our belief in prayer and God. We know we must trust God when things are out of control. We must continue in faith and prayer. We must teach our children to be good citizens and that our freedoms are worth fighting for
We need to respect what is written in stone when this country believed in the public expressions of Christian faith.
- Since 1777, a prayer has been offered prior to opening up a session of Congress.
- The founders of the Constitution of the United States of America were mostly members of orthodox churches.
- Patrick Henry said the following, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was not founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
- The fourth president of the United States, James Madison, in addition to being called “The Father of the Constitution,” made the following statement:“We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
The Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. and those who try the laws of the land is symbolic of what our forefathers deemed important for the preservation of our freedoms.
The Supreme Court exhibits many examples of what the foundation of this country is built on:
- Depicted on the front of the building, there is a row of lawmakers facing one person in the middle (who is facing forward with a full-frontal view). This person just happens to be the prophet Moses, who is holding the tablets containing the Ten Commandments.
- Inside the courtroom, displayed on the wall behind and above where the judges sit, there is a display of the Ten Commandments.
And as you visit Washington DC, note the Bible verses etched on many of the federal buildings and monuments.
We are a country of diversity, with many religious beliefs, ethnic customs, and philosophical views. We must be able to afford rights to every citizen, but not at the price of discounting our own heritage.
It is hard to understand the assault on our country’s Christian foundation. It is the rock that makes this the greatest country on the earth.
However, that’s from a different time and place.