Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Day for Thanksgiving to God And A Time For Reflection

A Day for Thanksgiving to God And A Time For Reflection
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

We are entering the holiday season in America. Now, I don’t mean the politically correct “winter break” or “winter solstice” or any of that Left-Wing pabulum. I mean we are celebrating Thanksgiving today and a month from now we will celebrate Christmas.

Thanksgiving, in America, is set aside as a day to give thanks to God for his bounty bestowed upon this nation and Christmas to celebrate the birth of the Son of God, the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Today, Christians around the world are being persecuted to a degree not seen in many centuries. Some of the worst persecution is being levied against Christians in the very nation founded by Christians -- America.

A movement straight out of the bowels of Hell, called Political Correctness, is destroying America. It is undermining the tenants upon which this nation was founded and re-writing history in an endeavor to remove our children from their birthright inheritance of a nation based on the Judeo-Christian faith.

When the Mayflower dropped anchor, just off the shores of North America in November of 1620, The crew and passengers gathered to thank God for their safe, though troubled, passage to this new world. And then… they drew up a document, which would become the founding document for this nation. It was the Mayflower Compact.

The Mayflower Compact is little noted these days because it’s contents are explosive… blowing holes through the Politically Correct doctrine that this nation was not founded on Christian values and is not a Christian nation. As a result, many textbooks stir a course far away from, or around, the actual contents of that document which would put the lie to their claims of a totally secular nation.

Have you ever read the Mayflower Compact? My guess is that most of you have not. Well, grab your reading glasses, ‘cause here it is:

“In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereigne Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britaine, France, and Ireland king, defender of the faith, etc., having undertaken, for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith, and honour of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northerne parts of Virginia, doe, by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politick, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enacte, constitute, and frame such just and equall laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time as shall be thought most meete and convenient for the generall good of the Colonie unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cap-Codd the II. of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereigne lord, King James of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fiftie-fourth. Anno. Dom. 1620”

Below are the names of the folks aboard the Mayflower who signed the above document: (Note: None of the women aboard signed. I’m assuming they were not permitted.)

John Carver

John Howland

William Brewster

Edward Winslow

George Soule

William Bradford

Isaac Allerton

Samuel Fuller

John Craxton

Miles Standish

Christopher Martin

William Mullins

William White

Stephen Hopkins
Edward Doten

Edward Liester

Richard Warren

John Billington

Edward Tilly

John Tilly

Francis Cooke

Thomas Rogers

Thomas Tinker

John Rigdale

James Chilton

Edward Fuller

John Turner

Francis Eaton
Moses Fletcher

John Goodman

Thomas Williams

Digery Priest

Edmond Margesson

Peter Brown

Richard Bitteridge

Richard Clark

Richard Gardiner

Gilbert Winslow

John Alden

John Allerton

Thomas English

Do you see the danger this document presents? It shreds the claims of a secular nation by today’s political left.

As Americans, we have much for which to be thankful. Among those blessings, perhaps foremost among all our blessings, were those hardy souls aboard the Mayflower who weathered the storms of the Atlantic, during the period of the year we now recognize as the hurricane season, to start anew and to plant the seeds of what would become a new nation, under God.

Today many Americans are enduring trying times. Our religious faith and perseverance is the answer for us as it was for our Pilgrim ancestors. In the face of the worst tribulations imaginable – they trusted in Godand -- they persevered. As their progeny, we can do no less.

J. D. Longstreet

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