There Is No America Without Christ [Video]

 

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Thursday, July 4th is America’s annual Independence Day celebration. It is the official yearly commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, proclaiming to Britain that America was no longer under their sway.

The historical basics are fairly well known. We know that the principal author of the Declaration was Thomas Jefferson, and part of the introduction, or preamble, is very well known.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Where did these truly revolutionary ideas of the basis for government come from? History tells us that the greatest source for the Founding Fathers beliefs and writings was the Bible.

The fact is that the early history of America from the time of the Pilgrims onward was saturated with Christianity. Moreover, without Christianity, America would not exist.

The First Americans were Christians on the Run

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Pilgrim’s prayers before embarking to America

The first settlers in what would become America were fleeing religious persecution from their own European governments. Most fled from English monarchies to the New World because they could freely worship Christ here, and spread the Word of God.

One of the best examples of this phenomenon were the Pilgrims who were first known in England as the “Separatists.” They were an offshoot of the “Puritan” movement which would later escape to America and found the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

…the Separatists were hounded, bullied, forced to pay assessments to the Church of England, clapped into prison on trumped-up charges, and driven underground

After about a dozen years of suffering, in 1619 the leader, William Bradford, and his Separatist flock decided to become Christian “Pilgrims” in the New World. Among their reasons for taking up this perilous journey were these:

…their children were being worn down, and many were being drawn away by the lures of the world around them. …They had cherished a “great hope and inward zeal” of at least playing a part, if only as a stepping stone for others, in the carrying forth of the Light of Christ to remote parts of the world. Increasingly, the Separatists came to believe that America was the place God intended them to go…

From the time of the Pilgrims onward through our infancy, America was long considered as a Christian nation and the influence of the faith was not only acknowledged but encouraged in public life. Moreover, that influence was far more extensive than most realize.

What has happened especially during the last century forward has served to drive a wedge between Christian faith and government. A wedge that has only resulted in a cultural nosedive in America.

Therefore, it is reasonable to assert based on this alone that without Christianity America would never have come to be. However, if we delve a bit further into details, we would also find that America would never exist because, without Christ, Europe itself would never exist.

No Christ Means No Christianity and No Europe

Europe during the late 18th Century, when America was born was a conglomeration of various ‘Christian Monarchies’ dominated by Kings, Popes, and Archbishops. Obviously, without Christianity, there may be kings, but no Popes and the like would exist.

There would have been no Church at all, in any form, and nothing to spur Luther’s Reformation. In fact, there would have been no Renaissance or Enlightenment period without the Christian Church.

Inset.2.7.4.2019Much of the art and literature of the Renaissance directly reflected Christian beliefs and biblical imagery yet its humanism was a severe critic of Christianity and the Church. Moreover, the ascendance of ‘reason’ in the Enlightenment was used in antagonism to Christian faith and influence.

Without Christianity, none of that exists, and the history of Western Civilization vanishes. What would exist, if something did at all, is literally unimaginable, at least in any semblance of detail.

It might be also said that without Christ there would be no Islam since Jesus is a revered figure in that faith. However, Christ is not the God of Islam, and all Muhammed needed for his tyrannical religion was the Old Testament and delusions of grandeur.

Moreover, other parts of society we take for granted but do not normally connect with Christianity would be seriously altered or not exist at all.

Modern Science Began with Christians

It is perhaps not common knowledge that the pioneers of modern science were mainly of the Christian faith. Sir Issac Newton, the discoverer of gravity and enumerator of physical scientific Law was such a one.

For Newton the world of science was by no means the whole of life. He spent more time on theology than on science; indeed, he wrote about 1.3 million words on biblical subjects. Yet this vast legacy lay hidden from public view for two centuries until the auction of his nonscientific writings in 1936. Newton’s understanding of God came primarily from the Bible, which he studied for days and weeks at a time.

Though science is not as much associated with faith today, there is one thing in science which has not changed, at least in theory. That is the “scientific method,” developed by Sir Francis Bacon in 1618.

he proposed a new science based on experimentation, inductive reasoning, and the betterment of the human condition.

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Sir Francis Bacon Statue Grays’ Inn Law School London

Bacon believed that we should observe and learn as much about the world as possible and that the Word of God authorized such investigation. The way to accomplish that was with experimentation.

The tenets of the “scientific method” still hold today. In brief, those tenets declare that scientific inquiry must be observable, testable, repeatable and falsifiable.

That is, in order for a hypothesis, aka a scientific educated guess, to be verified it must pass those criteria. It then reaches the status of a theory, and closer to established scientific fact.

The nearest to settled fact that exists in science is scientific Law, such as the Laws of Thermodynamics in physics. A theory can only reach the status of Law after an extended period of time in which the theory is tested over and over for perhaps centuries.

All the scientific advances of our modern age owe their existence to inquiry by the scientific method in one fashion or another. If Christianity did not exist, it is reasonable to speculate that the discovery of electricity and the harnessing of its power, along with all that it has made possible would never have happened.

Be Thankful This Independence Day, and Work to Preserve Liberty

Many who live in today’s America would disagree with much that has been written here. As has been said, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but no one is entitled to their own facts. 

4th of JulyThe overwhelming preponderance of factual evidence points to the conclusion that America was founded by Christians with biblical principles undergirding the foundation of the nation. On Independence Day we should both embrace and be eternally thankful for that truth.

Moreover, we should work to preserve and practice that truth at all levels of society, including in the government. Americans should relearn a crucial observation made by John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, and son of John Adams, the second President.

The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.

If that spirit and practice can be renewed in this nation called America, we may once more realize and be grateful that God’s Word declares,

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD… Psalm 33:12 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
A History of Christianity, Kenneth Scott LaTourette, Harper & Row, 1953
The Light and The Glory, Peter Marshall and David Manuel, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1977

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Honoring The Fallen, and Mourning Our Loss

Memorial Day

It is Memorial Day in America. This is the time we have chosen to honor those who fell in defense of our liberty and to mourn our losses as a people.

Most of the nation will be celebrating the holiday in one fashion or another, especially since most will also have an extra day off from work on Memorial Day itself. A large portion will hold get-togethers with family and friends in large cities and small towns across the land.

Many folks will also gather at cemeteries amidst flags and flowers that decorate the graves of those who sacrificed life for freedom. They will hear inspiring music and listen to speeches by political figures and other local notables designed to honor those brave fallen warriors.

Honoring the Fallen

Memorial DayMemorial Day began as Decoration Day at the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War. It started with small local observances in which the graves of soldiers from that conflict were decorated with flowers and remembered in prayer.

Within a short span of time the event had gained such popularity that calls to make it an official national holiday began in 1868. On May 30, 1868, the first observance of “Decoration Day,” was officially held at Arlington National Cemetery.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.

In the intervening years, the holiday officially became declared “Memorial Day,” with the object to remember and honor those who have died fighting in the U.S. military. The date was fixed on May 30 until 1968 when Congress,

passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

There are many ways one can observe Memorial Day. I count it a blessing to have an entire weekend to contemplate the inspiring and somber reminders of what liberty has cost, and to honor those willing to pay the enormous price required to secure it.

Public ceremonies of Memorial Day are a fine thing and I hope that everyone will have the opportunity to attend one of those in their own community. However, whether or not one decides to attend, it behooves us all to take some time and express private gratitude for those lives laid down in our defense.

Memorial Day is also an apt time to ask ourselves if we as Americans have managed to learn anything from the sacrifices of our armed forces down through the years. Have we learned to cherish the precious and fragile freedom bequeathed to us, or are there some little-noticed losses among us that threaten liberty itself?

Mourning Our Loss

One of my personal habits during Memorial Day weekend is to dust off some of my favorite war films. It is always inspiring to view the recreations of valor displayed by past heroes.

Memorial DayOne of my selections this year was a reviewing of the film “Patton,” starring George C. Scott in a brilliant portrayal of the controversial WWII general. Patton himself was a strange mix of what might be called today a ‘spiritual but not religious,’ person.

In one scene late in the movie, Patton is frustrated by the heavy snowfall on the eve of the famous “Battle of the Bulge,” and orders the head chaplain to write a ‘weather prayer,’ in hopes that the weather will clear. The dialogue between these two is fascinating.

Chaplain: ‘I’m not sure how this will be received. Praying for good weather so we can kill our fellow man?!”
Patton: “I can assure you because of my intimate relations with the Almighty that if you write a good prayer, we’ll have good weather.”

The chaplain obeys the order and Patton reads it himself that evening amidst the blowing snow. Lo and behold, against all the weather predictions, almost perfect weather arrives the very next day! Patton’s response was a bit humorous,

“Get me that chaplain. He stands in good with the Lord and I want to decorate him!”

Whether or not God intervened in response to the prayer I will leave for the reader to judge. In any case, it seems to me it would be difficult to imagine such a conversation on the battlefield today.

Which points to what I believe is perhaps the most critical loss in our nation. One that is certainly worthy of mourning, and after that, worthy of recapturing with God’s help.

Memorial DayThis mournful fact is the loss of our sense of national dependence upon God in modern times. Some evidence of this claim is that America and much of the western world has recently seen their demographics undergo a quiet yet decisive shift in religious preferences. Studies from 2015 show that,

The religiously unaffiliated, called “nones,” are growing significantly. They’re the second largest religious group in North America and most of Europe. In the United States, nones make up almost a quarter of the population. In the past decade, U.S. nones have overtaken Catholics, mainline protestants, and all followers of non-Christian faiths.

This is the first time in American history that those who claim ‘no religion’ outnumber those who affiliate with any religious group. However, if we look back to the beginning of our republic we will find that we began with copious reliance upon, recognition and recording of the LORD’s mighty hand at every turn.

Acknowledging the LORD from the Beginning

An early incident from perhaps the greatest President of all, George Washington, when he was merely a colonel, is illustrative. Peter Marshall and David Manuel recall the following incident when in the summer of 1755 Washington,

…and his lifelong friend Dr. Craik were exploring wilderness territory in the Western Reserve …a band of Indians came to them with an interpreter. The leader was an old and venerable chief, who wished to speak to Washington. …this is what the chief said: …I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle. It was on the day when the white man’s blood mixed with the streams of our forest that I first beheld this chief. I called to my young men and said, “Mark yon tall and daring warrior? He is not of the red-coat tribe – he hath an Indian’s wisdom, and his warriors fight as we do – he himself is exposed. Quick let your aim be certain and he dies.” Our rifles were leveled, rifles which, but for him, knew not how to miss …’Twas all in vain; a power far mightier than we shielded him from harm …ere I go, there is something that bids me speak in the voice of prophecy: Listen! The Great Spirit protects that man, and guides his destinies – he will become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire.

Memorial DayThat story had further confirmation from other sources which were written about in a 19th-century history of the United States. According to those sources and Washington’s own personal journal, in that battle,

The twenty-three-year-old colonel had two horse shot out from under him and four musket balls pass through his coat!

In an example from just after then-General Washington became commander of the first Continental Army, he wrote new orders that demonstrate how serious the young commander was about acknowledging the LORD. These orders, among other things, stated,

It is therefore strictly enjoined on all officers and soldiers to attend Divine service. And it is expected that all those who go to worship do take their arms, ammunition, and accoutrements, and are prepared for immediate action if called upon.

What Washington insisted upon he also practiced to an even greater degree on a personal level. He awoke each morning at 4:30am and started the day with at least an hour of Bible study and prayer, even while serving as the first President!

Many other examples can be cited where the sacrifices of warriors throughout American history were combined with strong dependence upon God to deliver victory for liberty. For those who gave their lives in those efforts, we stand in awe of the faithful courage to believe in the liberty they fought for even without seeing the victory in this life.

As we remember and honor the lives given to secure our freedom, we can also mourn the increasing loss of dependence on the LORD’s love, grace, wisdom, and power in our land which put that freedom in peril. For if we as a nation continue to insist on walking away from the LORD, one day He will grant our wishes and disaster will soon follow.

This Memorial Day we should remind ourselves of those who have shed their blood for our liberty from tyranny up to this very day. Moreover, let us as everyday individuals who love America strive to keep and strengthen those rights and liberties which true and brave patriots have defended for over two centuries, so help us, God.

So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. James 2:12 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1977

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‘PULSE OF EUROPE SONG’ – NEW-TOPICAL-SONG DEDICATED TO THE FUTURE GROWTH OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, APROPOS THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TREATIES OF ROME

The ‘Pulse of Europe Song’ is Michel Montecrossa’s New-Topical-Song dedicated to the future growth of the European Union as a great reality-creating Action Culture for building World Unity. He wrote the ‘Pulse of Europe Song’ apropos the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome which laid the foundations for the Europe we know today, ushering in the longest period of peace in written history in Europe. Michel Montecrossa sees Europe as a great progress-success of peoples and cultures on the way to find better solutions for changing the climate change, for changing racism, for changing social inequality and for changing war into peace.

https://www.audiomack.com/song/mirasoundgermany/pulse-of-europe-song

Michel Montecrossa about his New-Topical ‘Pulse of Europe Song’:
“My ‘Pulse of Europe Song’ is dedicated to the future growth of the European Union and its spirit of the Living Celebration of Humanity. Europe means Peace and Prosperity and means living the Free Identity of an Action Culture leading to World Unity. Therefore Europe must always grow in intensity and self renewing progress-energy of freedom and knowledge for all humanity.”

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PULSE OF EUROPE SONG

Pulse of Europe, Pulse of Time.
United Europe peaceful and kind,
a positive world of Freedom and Light
standing for all humankind.

Humanity, liberty, diversity smile
is Europe united, determined and wide.
A union of Peace and Prosperity,
a loving way to live Free Identity.

Let’s be the Pulse of Europe, my friends!
The Pulse of great progress-success
of peoples and cultures and expression free,
of wisdom and love and future feel.

Space Age is there and nature green.
Education is there that can make us see:
Europe is Action-Culture of you and me,
the cradle it can be of World Unity.

Pulse of Europe, Pulse of Time.
United Europe peaceful and kind,
a soulful world of Freedom and Light
standing for all humankind.

Lyrics & Music: Michel Montecrossa, © Mira Sound Germany

Dance-Electronica song ‘Welcome To The Future’

‘Welcome To The Future’ – Dance-Electronica song by Michel Montecrossa 

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Michel Montecrossa says:
“Loyalty to the cause of the people and giving this cause a voice is the aim of my concerts. ‘Welcome To The Future’ sings of the struggle as well as of the joy of future building. The people want a happy future and that’s what I want too. In the songs I show my perspective of the way leading out of trouble into a future that will truly set us free and will end all the misery.”

Welcome To The Future

“This is a song about love and liberty.
A song about the future world’s key.”

Welcome to the future! Welcome to liberty!
Welcome to the future and the end of poverty!
No more hardship during childhood.
No more rape, no more slavery.

The free use, I say, of our liberty,
my friend, means also the settin’ free
of all the others, yes, all the others that are here
and of all mankind, not just you and me.

A lie is just a lie and no way to liberty.
Falsehood is falsehood and surely not the key.
The lesson of the past is teachin’ us somethin’ true.
Learn it and the past won’t come back on you.

I tell you, our life, yes, our life on earth
is a love poem, from heaven is its birth,
that we all are meant to translate into
earthly language and make it earthly true.

All our life is indeed the key
to discovering and becoming the great real.
In life itself, I say, there is the seed
of the good and the love that we all need.

Welcome to the future! Welcome to liberty!
Welcome to the future where we will see!
Welcome to the future that will set us free!
Welcome to the future and the end of all the misery!

“Welcome to the future, welcome …”

Lyrics & Music: Michel Montecrossa, © Mira Sound Germany


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Welcome To The Future