“And you shall know the the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Where did this statement come from? It came from the number one selling book in the history of the world – The Bible. (Please see John 8:32)
Why do I mention this? It is my response to reading “Truth Matters,” published within the Letters to the Editor section of the December 2013 Big Island Chronicle. I was in agreement with Dr. Daggett…that our government, as well as mainstream news, manipulates and lies to us supposedly for our own good. I have no idea exactly what Dr. Daggett was referring to in regards to not being told the truth regarding 9/11, as well as other war incidents he mentioned. But, I have to say my interest was piqued…until I got to the part where he stated that we had been lied to again and again, stating, as if a fact that “The United States was founded specifically to be a Christian nation…” That this is a huge lie! Really? I do not hold a PHD. I don’t even have a college AA or BA. But, I do know a thing or two about how our nation was founded, why, and confirmation of this truth. Our great nation WAS, in fact, founded specifically as a Christian nation.
When my daughter was about to graduate from the eighth grade, I went with her class to Washington DC. Up to that point, I had never really been interested in the history of our nation. I think I went just for the opportunity to travel to the other side of our country with my girlfriend, Debi. Her daughter was also on the trip. But, what I discovered as I walked Arlington National Cemetery, gazed at the enormous Lincoln Memorial, viewed over a dozen monuments honoring our fallen veterans, and wrote the Bible verses carved into every government building on Capitol Hill, was that we truly are One Nation Under God! God is everywhere throughout our Capitol! Dr. Daggett, have you ever been to Capitol Hill?
The second confirmation that our country was, in fact, founded as a Christian nation, is easily confirmed by simply reading our currency – In God We Trust. There it is, clear as a bell! Go ahead and Google this to read the interesting story of how this simple yet profound statement came to be printed on every penny, nickle, dime, quarter, fifty-cent and dollar coin, as well as all paper currency we use. It is most interesting…unless of course, all of this confirmed information is a lie. I think not.
Our patriotic songs and The Pledge of Allegiance indicates the deity of God, and His part in creating our nation. One Nation Under God. Once we removed the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools, as well as school prayer, all hell broke loose, with unspeakable violence focused on innocent children as well as their teachers and administrators. We took God out, so He was no longer there as our invisible protector.
I find it most interesting Dr. Daggett’s letter, and more specifically, his erroneous statement, was published the exact month of the world-wide celebration of the birth of Christ! The “Christ” in Christmas! For without Christ, there simply is NO Christmas! He came to this earth, not this nation specifically, as a babe born to a virgin, lived 33 years, was crucified, buried, rose three days later, and was seen by over 500 people. He then ascended back to the Father in heaven, witnessed by many. And why did He come? To demonstrate God’s great love for sinful mankind, to forgive us of our sins, and to make a way for us to spend eternity with Him in heaven. The greatest gift mankind had ever, will ever receive!
Isn’t it interesting that our calendar year began specifically from the year He died? Hmmm.
On a very local note, a quick Google search indicates the following: “It is said that the words that later became the motto of the State of Hawaii were first spoken by Queen Ke’opuolani in 1825 as she was baptized into the Christian faith. However, the Hawaii motto as such, Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono, (The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness,) is generally attributed to King Kamehameha III who presided over the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1825 until his death in 1854. On May 1, 1959, Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono was adopted as the official motto of the State of Hawaii by Joint Resolution No. 4 of the 30th Territorial Legislature.”
There is a movie coming out on April 16th entitled, Heaven Is For Real. It stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear, and brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Todd and Sonja Burpo are a real-life couple whose four-year old son, Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth: things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. I read the book a few years back, and it stood as confirmation that God is still in the business of revealing Himself to His creation. Many will receive the truth, and many will sadly shrug it off. But, who can possibly argue with a four-year old boy? Maybe that is why Jesus loves the little children so very much. They have the child-like faith that we, as adults, often loose along the way.
So, with all the untruths and lies that swirl around, I still believe wholeheartedly that the strongest, most loving country in the world was, in fact, founded as a Christian nation. Do I believe that we are still a Christian nation? Yes, I do! No matter what lies swirl around us..
In God I Trust,