Footsteps in Faith: U.S. history provides a Godly heritage to all

| December 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Maj.) Florio F. Pierre
25th Infantry Division Rear Detachment and Family Life Chaplain

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The Founding Fathers’ faith and their knowledge of God generated blessings beyond compare and made this great country.

But historical texts and art from that period remain an issue of ignorance to many of our nation’s citizens, especially amongst the heavy promoters of the separation of church and state.

In 1824, the second floor rotunda of the nation’s Capitol building was opened for the public to see portraits of prominent figures in our nation’s history. These four pictures, each measuring 14 to 15 feet, combat such ignorance. One portrays the pilgrims praying, indicating that they were deeply religious. Another depicts the baptism of Pocahontas, a Native American woman who converted to Christian faith.

When the pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower, November 1620, they introduced the principles of social compact, local control and community self-government, better known as the Mayflower Compact. This governing document of the Plymouth Colony was engaged in evangelism, governed by the standards from God’s word.

Notable Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock issued a proclamation on prayer, Oct. 15, 1791. It stated, “[pray,] especially that universal happiness can be established in the world, and that all may bow to the scepter of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and that the whole earth may be filled with his glory.” Hancock’s statute is visible inside of our nation’s Capitol building.

Another American who helped shape the moral code of our country was Samuel Adams. He was known as the “Father of the American Revolution.” As governor, he issued the 1795 Proclamation for Prayer, Fasting and Thanksgiving. He asked the people to pray “that the peaceful and glorious reign of our divine redeemer may be known and enjoyed throughout the whole family of mankind.”

Finally, we see the statue of Francis Hopkinson, who also signed the Declaration of Independence, in the Capitol. In his last will and testament, Hopkinson said, “I think it proper here, not only to subscribe to the entire belief of the great leading doctrines of the Christian religion — such as the being of God, the universal defection and depravity of human nature, the divinity of the person and the completeness of the redemption purchased by the blessed Savior, … of divine faith accompanied with an habitual virtuous life, … but also … to exhort, my children, that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”

Hopkinson wanted his legacy to be without doubt and transmitted to his children.

All these men made it clear that they did what they did for the country, and that they were willing to die for what they loved dearly. They were doing so “with a firm reliance of … divine providence.”

Spiritual depth was visible in the Founding Fathers’ words and how they lived their lives.

As a nation, we are becoming ignorant of the laws of God and the testimonies of the Founding Fathers, a legacy that can prove to be catastrophic, both for our country and for our children.

Lest we forget, and live and fight in vain as guardians of this republic, let us remember the words of the Lord in 1 Samuel 12:30: “I will honor those who honor me.”

Know the truth and you shall be free indeed.

For me, it’s honorable to be a Soldier twice: in life and for the Lord. Historical figures would want us to carry this godly heritage forever.

Don’t let it die.

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