With Democrat President FDR Quote from 1932

KNOWING ABOUT THANKFULNESS

675 words                                                                                                   – Mary LaClair

  11/19/2001                         

Happiness is seeing the stars and knowing Who to thank. In the wee hours before dawn during the meteor shower of 9/18/01, the very magnitude of the heavens made me realize once again the very magnitude of our Creator!  I am glad I knew Who to thank. 

Like lovers apart looking at the same moon, the awesome realization that people all over were seeing the same stars in the same heavens mesmerized me.

The Scriptures tell us that the returning of the Lord will be seen by all peoples. The whole world will see Him at His coming.  I was suddenly electrified with the realization that it would not be the way the world saw the imploding of a World Trade Center tower – through television; but that it would be the way I was watching the actual meteor shower with the rest of the world that morning.

I thrilled at the mind’s eye picture of the Lord standing with His feet on the horizon, in full color, His face appearing in the places where meteors travel, and His body filling the heavens!  

Would we float up to Him on lofty rays of light radiating from His hands?

Are you watching for His return?

Ever notice when you smile at someone they inevitably smile back at you?

When was the last time you smiled at God?

When was the last time you remember us as a Nation smile at God?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his first inaugural address, July 2, 1932 said,

 “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…We face arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of national unity; with the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious moral values… In this dedication of a nation we humbly ask the blessing of God.  May He protect each and every one of us!  May He guide me in the days to come.”   FDR

Now that we have the warm courage of National unity, have we yet ‘consciously sought old and precious moral values’ as F.D.R. and others state, or do we still consciously seek to erase them by calling them intolerant and unconstitutional?  Many strive for a clear conscience; yet see where F.D.R. tells us one is to be found?

Historical papers (Proposed First Amendment from the Virginia Ratifying Convention June 27, 1788) actually openly acknowledge and state: 

“That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it…”

Have we lost hold of the concept that we may actually have a duty to our Creator?  …and a responsibility to discharge it in proper order? 

Do you know for sure whether the Lord will be smiling back at you when He returns? 

Are you smiling at Him?

This thanksgiving season, let us have a renewed idea of those things for which we owe Him thanksgiving;  if our conscience whispers we may be just a little off track; let the survivors of the Attack on America remind us.   They were suddenly thankful for their spouses, their children, their neighbors.  They were reminded that relationships were suddenly more important than things.

“Heavenly Father, we thank you for showing us the value in each of our relationships, both old, present and yet to come.  We ask you to fill voids where relationships may be missing; in ourselves and others fill them first with a fresh knowledge of Yourself through a personal relationship with You, then may you add the human element; so keeping all relationships in proper order.  May we live by the Golden Rule treating others the way we wish to be treated ourselves. May we see our family and friends in a fresh and valued way and know Who to thank. Help us to learn from our mistakes and set our feet on straight paths. Thank you magnificent Father!”

Isa 66:1

Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool:”  

Matt 5:35

“Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: “ 

Acts 7:49

“Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: “  KJV

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Separation of Church and State is NOT Separation of God and Country: God is NOT Church

THE MARRIAGE OF GOD AND COUNTRY

                                                                     ‑ M. LaClair

 623 words

Separation of church and state does not mean separation of God and country.

May it be remembered that this country was founded by people who left their homes and crossed the seas in order to get away from “anti‑religion”; away from kings who had lost their “fear of God”; away from kings who put their own mentality above that of God’s laws (secular humanism of today); and away from kings who punished people who spoke out against the ruling establishment. (Sir Thomas Moore), etc.

Anyone who has read the “Virginia Papers” (adopted on June 27, 1788) would know that separation came about, not as “anti‑religion” vs “religion” as they would have us think, but as an effort that no one church be favored above others. It was definitely looking for “equal favor” not “equal disfavor”. Today’s people seem to errantly interchange the words church and religion. Historical papers (Proposed First Amendment from the Virginia Ratifying Convention June 27, 1788) actually openly acknowledge and state:

“That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence…”

These are active, positive words; not any passive, negative words that some people of today would have us think. Separation of church and state, yes; separation of God and country, religion and country, no; not according to this country’s founding documents of basic Christian principles.

How many of those liberal separatists, of God and country, are trying to take out the one ingredient that made this country what it has been? Who, when following a recipe, would leave out the egg or the baking soda? When you take God out of this country, all you will get is an equally unpalatable mess on a national scale. This nation needs to return to the standards upon which it was founded. This nation needs to again openly acknowledge our Creator and recognize that we have a duty to Him, and discharge that duty by reason and conviction ‑‑ if we are to hold on to that which has made us great.

Taking creationism out of the schools but not taking out evolutionism; imprisoning Operation Rescue non‑violent, non‑forceful (no weapons except that of reason) demonstrators; taking Christian events off the ‘secular menu’ while allowing gross indigestion on open cultist diets; removing the generic prayer and all mention of God from schools, removing Ten Commandments monument from a Federal Courthouse, even allowing one man’s frivolous challenge to æunder God’ in our national pledge…  these are ways in which we recognize “the duty we owe our Creator”?, and, “the manner of discharging it”?  Can we be surprised if we fall?

Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman who came to America in the early 1800’s to determine the “secret” of our successful democracy, wrote,

“Upon my arrival in the United States, the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention. Religion in America … must be regarded as the foremost of political institutions of that country.”

And yet, those who would see the demise of what was once a great nation, know that all they have to do is remove that one ingredient to see us fall; religion ‑‑ duty to our Creator.  Not church, but religion and God, which is the background for the churchesàchurches, plural, as opposed to the singular Church of England.

Our forefathers may have clearly intended separation of church and state in order (i.e.) (not to show favoritism to Methodists over Lutherans), but church is not God and they did not intend any kind of separation from God or intend any separation from Godly Christianity. By their example, their words and their documents, they certainly did not intend separation of God and country. Rather, the joining of God and Country is the proven ingredient which had brought us so far.

To deny this would be to implement Pogo’s words:  “We have met the enemy and he is us!”