I got a call from my sister that morning saying there was something going on in New York, that a plane had flown into one of the World Trade towers. At the time, it was chaos. No one knew what had occurred. We turned on the television to ABC where they were reporting the situation live. Within a very few moments, the second plane hit the South Tower. We were horrified because, immediately, we knew that this was an attack of astronomical proportions. The other reports came in throughout the day about the plane that flew into the Pentagon and the downed plane lying in the field in Pennsylvania. The memories of that day will never go away for me. We should never forget who we are, where we live, why our country is alive in the first place.
WE MUST NEVER FORGET WHO WE ARE!
Our country was founded on Christian principles, using the Bible to establish our government though most people today will either tell you they did not know this or they deny the existence of the history of this country altogether. Do you remember the things that were said by those who were there, by those who have lived since then, who believed in the foundation of the Lord in all we do in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?
Perhaps this day, above all others, we should remember these people and what they said about the United States because this is a country where many of the citizens cannot even sing the Star Spangled Banner because they don't remember the words or the tune. While foreigners who seek the citizenship of this country must learn the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, those who are born here can't tell you what those documents say nor do most care to know. This is a country where the almighty dollar is more important that the rememberance of the most horrific attack in American history.
This is a country born in the blood of patriots, now long forgotten, nameless fallen soldiers no one has chosen to remember. The Revolutionary war, The Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, The War on Terrorism. Which of these hard fought battles should we forget? Which of the men and women who died for our freedom should we leave out? Which of these wars do not matter anymore? Each, for one reason or another, was fought for FREEDOM! The blood of patriots was spilled so that others could live without tyranny. Which should we forget? Are we still free? Perhaps not.
So that we will remember who we are:
"We have staked the whole future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments."
---------JAMES MADISON, the primary author of the Constitution of the United States.
THEY ARE TRYING TO REMOVE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FROM ALL GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS.
"An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death." ------1775-PATRICK HENRY
THEY HAVE REMOVED THIS SPEECH FROM THE TEXTBOOKS IN OUR SCHOOLS.
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here."
THE ONE BELIEF THAT IS BEING WIPED FROM THIS COUNTRY IS CHRISTIANITY. IF A SINGLE PERSON IS OFFENDED BY A CHRISTIAN T-SHIRT, IT MUST BE REMOVED OR THE PERSON MUST LEAVE.
"I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our creator." He was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.
IT IS AGAINST THE RULES TO PRAY IN PUBLIC IN THE ROTUNDA OF THE CAPITOL BUILDING.
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: 'It connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.'"
------July 4, 1821--PRESIDENT ADAMS
THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES MAKES LAWS THAT WILL ONE DAY FORBID CHRISTIANS AND MANY OTHER BELIEFS FROM OPENLY WORSHIPPING THEIR LORD.
"The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country."------The 30th President of the United States--CALVIN COOLIDGE
PRAYER IS OUTLAWED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
"The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools."---1782---THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS
MANY SCHOOLS NO LONGER TEACH ABOUT THE BIBLE OR THAT IT WAS PART OF OUR COUNTRY'S HERITAGE.
"The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our nation, on the character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free Institutions. From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible, I make no apology."
--------WILLIAM HOLMES McGUFFEY, author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the "Schoolmaster of the Nation.
THE McGUFFEY READER, WHICH PROMOTES CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES BY WHICH THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED, HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM OUR SCHOOLS.
There are other things to etch in your memory if they are not there now. For instance, of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first, Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In their original Harvard Student Handbook was rule number 1: "Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies, is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments." Each student had to know Greek and Hebrew in order to study the scriptures in the original languages.
And what about today? God has been removed from our heritage, forgotten in the slipstream of time. Textbooks no longer have these words in them. History has been altered in school books to fit what men want to teach. Prayer is no longer allowed in public schools, the Ten Commandments are being removed from all government facilities even as the words of scripture stand above the heads of those who demand it. The words "In GOD We TRUST" show on our currency although we no longer trust in the Creator of this country. What has happened to us? Why have we forgotten?
All across our land, shouts of separation of Church and State are heard yet that was never the law, only the interpretation of the law that godless men have ruled on. These men are honored while those who framed the law are forgotten.
Isn't it time that we start remembering where we came from? Isn't it time we honored God, the FATHER of our country? To sum this up, I take you to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 9, 1863.
THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this
continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in
a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so
conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great
battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of
that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their
lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and
proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot
dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground.
The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated
it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will
little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never
forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be
dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here
have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here
dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these
honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which
they gave the last full measure of devotion--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.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
WE WILL REMEMBER!!!