As our nation was being built, centers of learning were quickly set up as a priority. These were designed to build men who would secure our foundation on the truth, and sink their roots deep into the bedrock of what we were to be established upon. The quote that follows comes from the “Rules And Precepts” of one of our nation’s primary foundational centers of higher learning. It clearly identifies what that bedrock was to be, and how men were to pin their lives and future upon it.
Please make note that this is a direct quote from those rules. It is not a rewritten interpretation of our nations history by a liberal, atheistic textbook writer. This is part of what was actually set forth as established beliefs when this institution was first set up. Every student who applied had to agree with, and demonstrate the daily practice of this, and several other similar rules. If they were to enter, remain at and successfully complete their studies, there was no other option. As you read this quote, be sure to keep something in mind. This institution was publically established to educate and raise up godly men, and then release them to their place in society.
“Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is to know God, and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord who only gives wisdom, let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret, to seek it of him, (Proverbs 2:3)”
With power and absolute clarity these words point to Who the source of life and liberty was for America. There can be no doubt that the authors knew with certainty what would make our nation strong, and what would give it’s people the wisdom they needed to live in peace and prosperity. One thing is abundantly clear, as we have moved further away from the above, so our nation has grown darker and more confused in it’s ideology, practices, laws and vision.
In todays point of view, we would demand to know what radical college could have possibly promoted such a narrow, politically incorrect vision for all it’s students. We would want to investigate and prosecute a far-right, fanatical group like this, that would believe such unhealthy, intolerant teachings. Dateline, MSNBC and 20/20 would no doubt, have a field day “exposing” this arrogant, religious cult to the world. So who wrote this, believed it and supported it 100% ? None other than Harvard University!
This clear commitment to Christianity and it’s principles, is not just historically embedded in the America of the 1600’s, it is firmly established in our modern culture as well. What proof of this do I offer, you may ask. Well, consider what follows. It is the closing paragraph of a very moving speech that can be found in our national archives. These powerful words were to be delivered at an afternoon meeting in Dallas, Texas on the day of November 22, 1963.
“We in this country, in this generation are by destiny rather than choice, the watchmen on the walls of the worlds freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength, with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time, and for all time, the ancient (biblical) vision of “…peace on earth, good will toward men…”. That must always be our goal. For as was written long ago (in the Bible) “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen waketh but in vain”. (Psalms 127:1)
Who was to deliver these Scriptural nuggets? Perhaps it was Billy Graham, Oral Roberts or some other high profile religious leader of the day. No, it was our own president, John F. Kennedy! However, he never got to deliver these stirring words of biblical significance. On his way to do so, while sitting next to his wife in an open convertible, JFK was assassinated by a snipers bullet. These words of truth and wisdom, reflected not just the heritage of our nation, but Kennedy’s own beliefs as well. They were on his mind when he died in his wife’s blood stained arms.
To deny our Christian foundation, to rewrite our history from an atheistic worldview, and to selectively eliminate any Biblical reference made by those who made this nation great, is a national disgrace. Even more disturbing than such hypocrisy, is the fact that the denial does not change the truth of our history, yet …… it will most certainly change us! If we continue to embrace and believe those who refute and ignore the very things that made us a free and just nation, we have sealed our own demise.
Kennedy trusted in what God said, that the Lord must build the city or those who guard it will do so in vain. He died believing this profound biblical truth, yet some think we can live without it. Let me encourage everyone who reads this blog to remember where we came from, think for yourself, and consider what built this nation. In 1643 Harvard had it right, and I believe we can all get it right again. There is hope for America, and it lies where it always has, in the Bible and God who gave it.
When I debate with those who reject the Bible and it’s principles, I am amazed to discover that 99% of these people have never read it. The other 1% only know selective portions, in an attempt to undergird their own belief system. What this means is you cannot have an intelligent, truthful discussion with those who are illiterate when it comes to Biblical content. As we approach a new year, why not make 2015 your year to read the Bible, and then let’s talk. Rediscover what our Founders knew and trusted in. Who knows, in the process we may all recover the truth , and fully be restored to what His vision has always been for America, “One Nation Under God”.