The Period of the Ungrateful American .
Speak about biting the hand that feeds you. I can’t fathom the ingratitude of American soccer star Meghan Rapinoe’s perspective towards America.
Author Warner Todd Huston notes, “Rapinoe raised eyebrows in the 2018 season by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem even though she is playing for the U.S. Women’s National soccer team. Her taking a knee only came to an end starting in the 2019 season because the team passed a rule requiring players to stand during the anthem. But she right away said that she would never sing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ again, nor would she place her hand over her heart because she hates America.”
Sadly, she is in no way alone. There are thousands and thousands of ungrateful People at this time.
I keep in mind years in the past seeing one in all The Far Facet cartoons by Gary Larson which confirmed one canine in his den displaying one other canine his mounted, stuffed trophies on his wall. There have been a few stuffed cat heads and fowl heads and likewise a human hand mounted on the wall. The host canine was saying to his visitor, “And that’s the hand that fed me.”
What an enchanting distinction. Final week a person and his toddler daughter tragically drowned attempting to get to this nation via unlawful means. And but the soccer star who was born right here has nothing however contempt for the land of alternative that has given her so many alternatives.
This jogs my memory of people who find themselves ungrateful to the Lord, regardless that each beat of their coronary heart is by His grace. When He says, “Enough,” it’s over after which comes the judgment.
President Lincoln reminded us of our want for thankfulness to God when he known as for a day of fasting and prayer throughout the battle that tore this nation aside.
On March 30, 1863, he wrote, “Now we have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven ….However we’ve got forgotten God. Now we have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we’ve got vainly imagined, within the deceitfulness of our hearts, that each one these blessings have been produced by some superior knowledge and advantage of our personal.” (Emphasis added)
Our personal prosperity as a nation has induced us to overlook the Lord, stated our 16th president: “Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”
With one other Fourth of July upon us, I believe it’s a good time to recall why we needs to be grateful as People. This nation was born via the sacrifices of those that went earlier than us.
What’s the Fourth of July? It commemorates that date in 1776 when 56 males in Philadelphia, representing three million folks, agreed by voice vote to undertake the ultimate wording of our nationwide delivery certificates, the Declaration of Independence.
They knew their lives have been on the road by voting for independence from England, and a handful of them paid the last word worth for this declaration. A number of of them have been particularly focused by the British.
The doc declared that the rights of man come not from the king or the state, however from the Creator. It declared that when a authorities interferes an excessive amount of with God-given rights, the federal government in the end turns into illegitimate.
This declaration got here years after futile makes an attempt to work with the king to result in a suitable peace. However because the “men of Boston” put it, in response to the good 19th century historian, George Bancroft: “While America is still on her knees, the king aims a dagger at her heart.”
We appear to overlook the sacrifices of the founding fathers who bequeathed the freedoms, and subsequently, the prosperity we get pleasure from on this nation.
A key founding father John Adams declared: “It’s the will of heaven that the 2 international locations needs to be sundered without end…” America would develop into its personal nation, separate from England.
Adams provides that if we’ve got to endure hardship due to it, God will nonetheless assist see us via: “(I)t stands out as the will of heaven that America shall undergo calamities nonetheless extra losing and distresses but extra dreadful. If that is to be the case, the furnace of affliction produces refinement in states in addition to people; however I submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Windfall, through which, retro as the religion could also be, I firmly consider.”
The boys who birthed America and declared independence laid all the pieces on line, as they trusted in God.
Why ought to Meghan Rapinhoe be grateful? As a result of she was born in a rustic which gave her alternative to “write her own script” as some would possibly put it. It’s onerous for me to grasp ungrateful People.
Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. He has written/co-written 31 books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, American Amnesia: Is American Paying the Value for Forgetting God?,What If Jesus Had By no means Been Born?(w/ D. James Kennedy) & the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fireplace (w/ Peter Lillback) djkm.org @newcombejerry www.jerrynewcombe.com.
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