The Times They Are A-Changin'.
From the records of those earliest days, and continuing
researched and confirmed through two or three sources.
From John Adams, America's second President, "The
general principles of Christianity are as eternal and
In Benjamin Franklin's 1749 plan of education for
religion above all others, ancient or modern," and in
religion and learning, built on Christ, the Cornerstone."
In a speech in 1765, Patrick Henry said, "It cannot
And from Thomas Jefferson in 1781, "Of all systems
of the doctrines of Jesus."
In 1782, the United States Congress adopted this
This brief recollection of some of the facts surrounding
And then along came Bob Dylan. As a somewhat
again. His songs lost some of their caustic quality, and
One of his greatest hit songs was "The Times They Are
"The line, it is drawn, the curse it is cast
And the present now will soon be the past
The order is rapidly fading
The first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changing.
From those early Colonial days when this nation was
for the laws of God . . . to the present day with liberal,
for a national revival, for a national spiritual awakening.
It is not necessary to enumerate in detail or discuss at
purposes for His creation, resulting in the weakest family
from our schools . . .the Christian church has lost its message
public opinion, is being influenced by it . . . the very national
government which was established by Godly men, to operate
under moral laws, has become corrupt as greed for wealth and
lust for political power has taken control . . . and the list goes
on and on. Bob Dylan was almost prophetic in his song, "The
times they are a-changin'."
And then there is always God's word to confront us. "If my
people ... will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face
and turn from their wicked ways .. then will I hear from heaven,
and forgive their sin and will heal their land." (II Chronicles 7:14,
"God's blueprint for revival.") But there is an alternative choice
. . . verse 19: "But if ye turn away and forsake my statutes which
I have set before you ... this house which I have sanctified for my
name will I cast out of my sight and will make it a proverb and a
byword among all nations ...because they forsook the Lord God
of their fathers ..."
The choice before us is clear and unmistakable. Seek God's face
Billy Graham, for so many years the nation's evangelical spiritual
published sermon in "Decision" magazine, "A former president
once said America must have a spiritual revival. However, I am
becoming more and more convinced that we are never going to
see revival across America until Christians meet certain
scriptural conditions for revival." And he added these words,
"As God looks down from heaven and sees present day
Christianity in America, He must be grieved."
Our prayer must be that of Habakkuk the prophet, "O Lord,
ways. And the folk song we must never forget is "The
Afterthoughts . . .
Here's an opportunity to do something important but
which does not require a great deal of effort. Last week
the House of Representatives voted on and passed Bill No.
HR 1592 -- the so-called "Hate Crimes Bill." While on the
surface it sounds innocuous, it does open the door to some
very dangerous precedents. It establishes "sexual" and
"gender" orientation as protected classes which means,
for example, if your minister were to preach on any of the
many scripture references to homosexuality being in God's
eyes an abomination, he could be subject to severe penalties.
In other words, in a real sense, the right of free speech, which
has always been guaranteed in our Constitution, has been taken
away. Serious? Absolutely! And now it goes to the Senate for
their vote -- and given the similar political make-up as in the
House, it will probably pass there too. But here's what you can
do and what you should do: phone your Senators in Washington
at (202) 224-3121 and tell them that you are opposed to this
bill, and that you want them to vote against it. They are in
Washington to represent you -- you have every right to tell them
how you feel about this measure.
An interesting 175 year old comment: from the New York
Spectator, August 23, 1831, "The Court of Common Pleas of
Chester county (New York) rejected a witness who declared
his disbelief in the existence of God. The presiding judge
remarked that he had not before been aware that there was
a man living who did not believe in the existence of God; that
this belief constituted the sanction of all testimony in a court
of justice; and that he knew of no cause in a Christian country
where a witness had been permitted to testify without such
belief." The times, they are a-changing, and not for the better.
Time Magazine's most influential people; it isn't appropriate
to fail to comment on this year's list of the 100 most influential
people in the world. The first notation is concerning the omitting
of the President of the United States, normally considered the
most powerful individual in the world. And one can question
the inclusion of Rosie O'Donnell in the category, "Artists and
Entertainers" . . . or of Al Gore in the category "Scientists
"Entertainer," because surely someone thinks of her in that way.
And chuckle over other omitteds: Harry Reid, Jesse Jackson,
Al Sharpton, Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump, to name a few.
American; only the Roman Catholic Pope, and an Anglican
Archbishop from Africa. An interesting list, but not particularly
New worlds for the ACLU to conquer: there recently appeared
on the Internet a listing of the preambles to the constitutions
of all 50 States. Without exception, every state acknowledged
the providence, the protection, the guidance, the blessing -- or
similar terms -- of Almighty God, occasionally being referred
to as the Supreme Ruler of the Universe. It would seem that the
ACLU could reap more financial returns from suits against the
states, than they do from their many suits against the school
boards of small towns or the Boy Scouts. But the problem
representation, and would be more likely to win . . . aha! that
may be the reason.
A thought for the day, every day: "The Great Commission is
not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed."
-- Hudson Taylor, legendary 19th century missionary to China.
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