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Freedom is more than a slogan

The question is clear… What relationship was intended between God and the USA ?
Why did people, in mass, come to the shores of America.
In the year 1554, there was imprisoned at Ghent, in Flanders, for following Christ and living according to God’s commandments, a young brother named David van der leyen, who, when examined, freely confessed his faith. Being asked what he thought of the sacrament, David said, that he considered it nothing else than idolatry. Then a priest said to him, “Friend, you err greatly, that you so readily confess your faith, for it will cost you your life, if you do not change your mind in time.” Thereupon David sweetly replied, “I am ready to shed my blood for the name of Christ, even though it should be here in this place; for God is my salvation, who will keep me, and preserve me from all evil.” The priest said, “It will not be as good as though you were put to death secretly here in this place; but you will be burnt publicly at the stake, for an everlasting reproach.” He was then brought into the court, where he was condemned to death, and his sentence was read, namely, that he had fallen from the true faith into heresy, and was therefore, according to the imperial edict, sentenced to be strangled and burned. David said, “No one will ever be able to prove by the Scriptures, that the faith for which I must now die is heresy.”
On October 31, 1731, the Catholic ruler of Salzburg, Austria, Archbishop Leopold von Firmian, issued an edict expelling as many as 20,000 Lutherans from his principality. Many property less Lutherans, given only eight days to leave their homes, froze to death as they drifted through the winter seeking sanctuary.
King Charles IX of France, under the sway of his mother, Catherine de Medici, orders the assassination of Huguenot Protestant leaders in Paris, setting off an orgy of killing that results in the massacre of tens of thousands of Huguenots all across France.
King Charles IX of France, under the sway of his mother, Catherine de Medici, orders the assassination of Huguenot Protestant leaders in Paris, setting off an orgy of killing that results in the massacre of tens of thousands of Huguenots all across France.
Once the killing started, mobs of Catholic Parisians, apparently overcome with bloodlust, began a general massacre of Huguenots. Mass slaughters continued for months, reaching the provinces of Rouen, Lyon, Bourges, Bourdeaux, and Orleans. An estimated 3,000 French Protestants were killed in Paris, and as many as 70,000 in all of France.
General Interest1572 Saint Bartholomew’s Day MassacreShare this: facebooktwittergoogle+ Print Cite Article Details:Saint Bartholomew’s Day MassacreAuthorHistory.com StaffWebsite NameHistory.comYear Published2010TitleSaint Bartholomew’s Day MassacreURLhttp://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/saint-bartholomews-day-massacreAccess DateJune 30, 2017PublisherA+E Networks King Charles IX of France, under the sway of his mother, Catherine de Medici, orders the assassination of Huguenot Protestant leaders in Paris, setting off an orgy of killing that results in the massacre of tens of thousands of Huguenots all across France.Two days earlier, Catherine had ordered the murder of Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, a Huguenot leader whom she felt was leading her son into war with Spain. However, Coligny was only wounded, and Charles promised to investigate the assassination in order to placate the angry Huguenots. Catherine then convinced the young king that the Huguenots were on the brink of rebellion, and he authorized the murder of their leaders by the Catholic authorities. Most of these Huguenots were in Paris at the time, celebrating the marriage of their leader, Henry of Navarre, to the king’s sister, Margaret.A list of those to be killed was drawn up, headed by Coligny, who was brutally beaten and thrown out of his bedroom window just before dawn on August 24. Once the killing started, mobs of Catholic Parisians, apparently overcome with bloodlust, began a general massacre of Huguenots. Charles issued a royal order on August 25 to halt the killing, but his pleas went unheeded as the massacres spread. Mass slaughters continued into October, reaching the provinces of Rouen, Lyon, Bourges, Bourdeaux, and Orleans. An estimated 3,000 French Protestants were killed in Paris, and as many as 70,000 in all of France.
Up to 400,000 migrated to the British Noth American Colonies
Protestants were drowned in Ireland
John Rogers
On 16 August 1553 he was summoned before the council and bidden to keep within his own house. In January 1554, Bonner, the new Bishop of London, sent him to Newgate Prison, where he lay with John Hooper, Laurence Saunders, John Bradford and others for a year. Their petitions, whether for less rigorous treatment or for opportunity of stating their case, were disregarded. In December 1554, Parliament re-enacted the penal statutes against Lollards, and on 22 January 1555, two days after they took effect, Rogers (with ten other people) came before the council at Gardiner's house in Southwark, and defended himself in the examination that took place. On 28 and 29 January he came before the commission appointed by Cardinal Pole, and was sentenced to death by Gardiner for heretically denying the Christian character of the Church of Rome and the real presence in the sacrament. He awaited and met death cheerfully, though he was even denied a meeting with his wife. He was burned at the stake on 4 February 1555 at Smithfield. It is said that: "even his children assisted at it, comforting him in such a manner that it seemed as if he had been led to a wedding."

By the way all this was commanded by the Queen.... Queen Mary of England… Who had a another name due to her persecution of the protestants. Bloody Mary

Protestants were drowned in Ireland
Anabaptist were tortured
In city after city, county after country non-Catholics were treated miserably.
This brought to America the...
The Puritans
The Pilgrims
Episcopalians
Separatists
Baptist
Lutherans

Any and every subgroup of Christians possible

This all speaks to why they left but as they formed this new Country what was intended.

Many make the claim that America was colonized because expansion of monarchies
It is true that men like Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Magellan and Drake were sent by their countries in search of treasures they never sought to do more than increase the wealth of their parent countries… they were not trying to escape anything.
So what did the early leaders wish for this new country
Some would say the Founding Fathers were against religion being any factor
We’ve all heard the phrase Separation of Church and state or been chastised by someone referencing The establishment clause.
The establishment clause
But do those speak to what really happened, is it really that cut and dry.
If all that is true why is there a phrase “Endowed by our Creator” found in the Declaration of Independence
Or why did they allow a Chaplain for the Senate of the United States
Or why is the Ten Commandments on the very building that houses the highest court in the land.
SURELY THEY KNEW THESE WERE SYMBOLS AND REFERENCES THAT POINTED TO THE CHRISTIAN GOD.
Maybe we should notice that all 50 states mention God in their Constitutions!
But what about those that were Deist? Believe in God but not His intervention in the affairs of man?
What about Thomas Jefferson's support of the use of the Bible in public schools
What about Benjamin Franklin and his request for prayer? D of I, Articles of the Confederacy, Continental Congress
I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?

He then called for all the delegations to go to Church!

Maybe we should notice that all 50 states mention God in their Constitutions

And I could go on and on but the foundation is laid that Christianity was not only relevant to the founding fathers but was an instrumental tool in the formation of these United States

This all speaks to why they left but as they formed this new Country what was intended.
Don’t be confused I for one do not believe the USA was intended to be a Theocracy. Also understand if you promote a public faith you will be accused of promoting a Theocracy.
What is a Theocracy? A country Controlled by a religious group
Currently in the world 15% of the nations have some type of religious test for their leaders and the majority of those are Muslim.
What do I believe America was called to be from the very begining?

I believe America was called to be.....A city on a Hill

John Winthrop's City upon a Hill, 1630 Now the only way to avoid this shipwreck and to provide for our posterity is to follow the Counsel of Micah, to do Justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God, for this end, wee must be knit together in this work as one man, we must entertain each other in brotherly Affection, we must be willing to abridge our selves of our superfluity , for the supply of others necessities, we must uphold a familiar Commerce together in all meekness, gentleness, patience and liberality, we must delight in each other, make others Conditions our own rejoice together, mourn together, labour, and suffer together, always having before our eyes our Commission and Community in the work, our Community as members of the same body, so shall we keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace, the Lord will be our God and delight to dwell among us, as his own people and will command a blessing upon us in all our ways, so that we shall see much more of his wisdom power goodness and truth then formerly wee have been acquainted with, wee shall find that the God of Israel is among us, when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies, when he shall make us a praise and glory, that men shall say of succeeding plantations: the lord make it like that of New England: for we must Consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us; so that if we shall deal falsely with our god in this work we have undertaken and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world, we shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of god and all professors for Gods sake; we shall shame the faces of many of gods worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into Curses upon us till we be consumed out of the good land whether we are going: And to shut up this discourse with that exhortation of Moses that faithful servant of the Lord in his last farewell to Israel . Beloved there is now set before us life, and good, death and evil in that we are Commanded this day to love the Lord our God, and to love one another to walk in his ways and to keep Commandments and his Ordinance, and his laws, and the Articles of our Covenant with him that wee may live and be multiplied, and that the Lord our God may bless us in the land whether we go to possess it: But if our hearts shall turn away so that we will not obey, but shall be seduced and worship other Gods our pleasures, and profits, and serve them, it is propounded unto us this day, we shall surely perish out of the good Land whether we pass over this vast Sea to possess it; Therefore let us choose life, that we, and our Seed, may live; by obeying his voice, and cleaving to him, for he is our life, and our prosperity.

Where did this great thought come from..... Is this the imaginations of a man too many days at sea?
Matthew 5:13a NKJV
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
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Matt 5:
Matthew 5:13–14 NKJV
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matthew 5:14 NKJV
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
att 5:14M
Christ was giving us in Chapter 5 the perfect working of our faith!

A. Our Freedom is granted by God not Man.

1. The Experiment called America was not the product of Greek Philosophy

Many will argue that Democratic rule or Democracy, as the framework of a Republic, was a result of the Greeks.
But I answer what Greek Philosopher founded their thinking of Government on one God and His benevolent hand upon His people.
Was it Aristotle? Plato? Socrates? They entertained the view that there were many Gods and those that did entertain the thought of one God could not relate to a God who would become human.

2. Many argue that it is a result of Modeling the governments of other nations.

Many argue that other countries such as Iceland or Great Britain are the originators of our style of Governance.
Who is the first to help when there’s a flood or a tragedy?
What country is the most benevolent country in the world?
Who’s the first to defend a weaker nation against an aggressor?
Who is it that promotes freedom around the world?
What country has more aid groups than any other… The US of A
Matter of fact show me one other nation that defeats another nation and then rebuilds that nation and gives them their freedom?
Whats the difference.... The difference can be found in the fact that America wanted to be A CITY ON A HILL.

3. The truth is that America and the Christian Faith are deliberately and permanently intertwined.

B. Our Freedom has a purpose

1. Salt

Salt is used to add flavor to food; it is used to draw out the water in foods; it is used to cure food for longevity; it is used to create traction on icy roads. (Calcium chloride is actually used for this purpose more, but if you don’t have any of that sitting around, you can use table salt to create traction on your front step on a snowy day.) I believe that salt was even used for antiseptic purposes.
In the Christian sense we are to be the change agent for the world.

2. Light

Matthew 5:13–14 NKJV
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
To dispel darkness
To remove shadows
To illuminate evil
To reflect the greater light

I may not agree with all that is in the book “The Purpose Driven Life” but I wholeheartedly believe you are born with a purpose given by God.

C. Our freedom has a warning

John Winthrop said it this way...
But if our hearts shall turn away so that we will not obey, but shall be seduced and worship other Gods our pleasures, and profits, and serve them, it is propounded unto us this day, we shall surely perish out of the good Land whether we pass over this vast Sea to possess it;
Salt that has lost it flavor
So, for salt to lost is pungent saltiness, or change its physical composition, it would have to be diluted in water because it is non-reactive in its crystalline form.
So, for the Christian, for the salt of the earth, to lose his degree of saltiness, the Gospel would have to diluted in his life. This person is the complacent Christian, the person who does not protect the Truth of the gospel in his life from the rainfall of other ideas and ideologies. A person who handles their Faith carelessly instead of nurturing it.
This person mixes the Truth therein making the salt worthless.

D. The Church must be the Engine that drives America back to God.

But first the Church must be driven back to God.

I believe the reason America is where it is today is because the Church is where it is!

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