TO GO FORWARD, WE MUST FIRST GO BACKWARD


August 23, 2020

Anybody reading the title to this post will probably think that it is counterproductive to go backward before we can move forward. And in many cases that would be a true statement.

But if you will take the time to read this post you will probably agree with me. Especially when you see the subject of what I am referring to.

I also think that just about all Americans will agree that our great country has come to a crossroads in our decisions that must be made as to what to do about the future of this God-given country.

What made America, to begin with? Furthermore, what made America great? To answer those questions, we must look backward in our great history. We have to look at the bad as well as the good.

I won’t go into any detail about our first settlers coming to America. I feel it was Godly providence, and I know many also agree with that.

“We must remember our history or we are doomed to repeat it” is an understatement that should be obvious to any reasonable thinking person.

So let’s look at just some of America’s history – especially before we even became a sovereign nation.

When I was in high school, I did not like studying history at all. But I am so thankful that I was made to study it. I wish to God that that was the case in America’s public schools now. So many schools don’t teach history that delves into our founding fathers and their belief in God to guide them into writing such profound papers (which I will write about later in this post).

Not only do I now love American history, but I have a section in my large library that is stocked with many books on our history, and patriotism in general.

To me, it’s just as important, as a pastor most of my life, to continue reading about our history as a country, as it is to continue studying about religion, theology, etc. The reason why, to me, is that we can not change the past, but we can and do learn from it. Thank God.

There are many great books about America’s founding. Too many for me even to begin listing just some of them. But I do want to write about what’s in the content of just about all those great books.

First, I would direct you to look up the history of the Mayflower Compact. It was written aboard ship before ever landing on American soil. It was sort of a precursor of what someday would be our constitution. In that document, it is pointed out that all the signers agreed to make the new country a place to worship God and Jesus Christ in particular.

Then read the Federalist Papers,  mainly written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Those papers, among other things, wrote about how and why to correct the Articles of Confederation, which was a first attempt by the new settlers at a Constitution.

Then skip to doing some study about the writing of America’s constitution. There were stalemates at times during the writing and of course, many compromises had to be dealt with.

During one difficult period of time in the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin called on all the delegates to pray. He said, “I have lived a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I  see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. I, therefore, beg leave to move – that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and tis blessing on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business.”

Can anyone NOT see God’s providence in the forming of America?

Yes, we are at a critical crossroads as to what our future will be like as Americans. Do we continue believing in God, or will that be outlawed? It’s a question that every voter must ask to make a decision about before this critical election on November 3, 2020.

I agree with Joshua of long ago when he was faced with a critical decision. He said, “ As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  I make that declaration also, regardless of the cost.

I conclude with my favorite sentence in the Declaration of Independence signed on July 4, 1776, all 56 signers made this statement just before signing their names: “And for support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Do we have a right to claim any less responsibility for our God-given freedoms than those signers? If we think so, we have become a nation of selfish cowards! Pray about your votes on Nov. 3, 2020.

God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley

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