John Quincy Adams, our sixth president, delivered a truly amazing speech to the people of Newburyport, Massachusetts on July 4th , 1837. In it he stated that the United States is a nation of Christians founded by Divine Providence. Even as President, he said the United States is a country that was predestined according to God’s plan, and he assertively quotes scriptures throughout his speech.
At Thanksgiving, there is overemphasis on the food. And, rightfully so most of us get excited about food at any time. But it is most important to practice gratitude and give thanks for the blessings that have come your way and even the dark times that teach us so much. Certainly, the year 2020 has been a challenging one for all of us and even around the world. One way to express gratitude is to read Thanksgiving Scriptures and quotes — aloud or to yourself — that captures the true meaning of the holiday.
As I write this article, our annual Thanksgiving celebration is just days away. For most Americans, this holiday evokes a warm feeling of being surrounded with family and friends around beautiful food-filled tables and a sense of gratefulness to Almighty God for all of his bountiful blessings. Granted, some years are more difficult than others because life happens. There may be an empty seat from a departed loved one, but for the most part, these are happy and meaningful times providing the purpose of this celebration is focused on its true meaning.
The post-election disarray looks and feels like an atomic bomb exploded and the debris is everywhere. This was a long time coming. Are you surprised to hear that? You shouldn’t be surprised. This kind of breakdown doesn’t happen overnight or with one or two elections. As a nation we have been in trouble for a very long time. It has been over 100 years to be more exact when we allowed our value systems based on godly principles to begin to erode, thereby compromising our foundation. We let go of the truth and strength that sustained us. When that happens, whether to an individual or a nation, it’s just a matter of time for a demise to occur.
For the most part, we humans think that we ultimately decide the outcome of an election, but God has told us in his Word in Daniel 2:21, “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”
We all have to decide firmly that regardless of the outcome of this general election we will contain our emotions and just work that much harder to reclaim the foundation this country was built upon.
If we want to know how a home is run and what really goes on in the family just take some time to dialogue with a child from that home and you will discover what the child is learning by the example that is being lived out right before their eyes to follow. The saying above by Charles de Montesquieu says it very clearly that, for the most part, children don’t spoil on their own until they learn it from someone else.
You might say, what do you mean in saying that America may be heading toward tyranny? Don’t you know that this is the freest country in the world? There’s no way tyranny could happen in America. Well, if you think tyranny can’t happen in America, think again.
Some people like to think they are, or can be, autonomous. In their minds it means to arrive at a place where they don’t need anything or anyone to make it in life. At least that is the goal many people think is possible to arrive at. The truth of the matter is, there has never been, neither will there ever be anyone who is autonomous except God. Because being autonomous also means that you are the author of your life. No human being can give himself life or give anyone life. There is only one author of life, and that is our Creator.
God has given us Ten Commandments to live by. These are not suggestions or options, they are Commandments “set in stone” if you will. These Ten Commandments hold the key to peaceful and right living for all of mankind, not just believers in Christ or Christianity as a whole. These are meant for the entire human race and, I repeat, they are not optional. We will be held accountable by them whether we believe in God or not. Everyone knows exactly when they are violating every one of these Commandments because their conscious, that “God compass” inside all of us tells us and keeps us in check so we can live rightly.