by Jeanette Whittaker
Most of us keep items which we consider valuable. Some have intrinsic value, others remind us of a significant person or event. I’ve kept a cookbook that was handed down in our family. It’s original title speaks volumes, Portraits of Patriotism and Praise, Precious Promises, and Palatable Recipes. Printed in 1976, it features favorite recipes of the mothers of Kindergarten children in our Christian school.
I don’t honestly use any of the recipes from the book any more, but I still keep it because biographical sketches of strong, godly women are printed throughout the book, as well as poetry selections which I treasure.
Here is one of my favorites.
The Reading Mother
I had a Mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea,
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth,
“Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath.
I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every boy has a right to know.
I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
True to his trust till his tragic death,
Faithfulness blent with his final breath.
I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings–
Stories that stir with an upward touch,
Oh, that each mother of boys were such!
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be–
I had a Mother who read to me.
What is something that you keep and treasure? Do you have a favorite poem or cookbook? What makes it your favorite?
Originally posted 2016-05-04 18:28:41.
Standing on Principles
As I watched brief news coverage on the Supreme Court hearing involving the religious liberty of such groups as the Little Sisters of the Poor, it reminded me of the challenge faced by the colonists in 1773 concerning the tax on tea. When the colonists refused to pay the tax, since they had no representation, a plan was devised that the tax would be absorbed, so that the tax would be paid, but the colonists would not pay the tax.
Thinking this would satisfy the colonists, Benjamin Franklin wrote: “They have no idea that any people can act from any other principle but that of interest; and they believe that three pence on a pound of tea, of which one does not perhaps drink ten pounds in a year, is sufficient to overcome all the patriotism of an American . . . “ “They did not rise up against the paltry duty because they were poor and could not pay, but because they were free and would not submit to wrong.” The same principles apply today. Organizations and individuals are being asked to sacrifice their principles, even though the cost is being hidden. We must stand on those principles even as did the founding fathers of our nation. May the Lord guide the hearts of the Supreme Court, even as He can turn the heart of the King.
Originally posted 2016-03-28 14:25:32.
Elections have Consequences
by Ruth Smith
The idea that “elections have consequences” is a concept that many forget. Today the main election we are hearing about through interviews and ads is the Presidential election. Each candidate is endeavoring to present himself or herself as the “best” person to lead our nation for the next four years. The field is vast, from a declared socialist to those who identify themselves as conservative.
Do “we, the people” know what a “socialist” is? We see young people, especially college-age young people flocking to follow the siren call of this individual. Or what does it mean to be a “conservative”? To one individual for what a conservative stands may mean one thing and to another it means something different.
Whose responsibility is it to determine what each candidate represents? Or to know how this candidate will govern? Is it the one who has the loudest voice?
As a Christian, do we only look for the one who says he is a born-again Christian? History reveals that isn’t the only basis by which we should choose a candidate and can bring poor results? On the other hand, how important is it that the candidate stands for the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all as stated in the Declaration of Independence?
Our forefathers understood from the very beginning that our nation could only stand if people of integrity and principle were chosen to be the leaders and make the laws by which we would be governed.
Following is a quote from Noah Webster in his Letters to a Young Gentleman. The content may not be easy reading, but rings true yet today:
“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate – look to his character as a man of known principle, of tried integrity, and undoubted ability for the office.
“It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness. But if we had no divine instruction on the subject, our own interest would demand of us a strict observance of the principle of these injunctions. And it is to the neglect of this rule of conduct in our citizens, that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, peculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country; which disgrace a republican government; and which will tend to reconcile men to monarchy in other countries and even in our own. . . .”
More to follow in a later post.
Do you know the principles upon which this nation was founded? Do your children know? Do your friends and neighbors know?
Pilgrim Institute has designed a great DVD study for restoring this foundation – check out the details for Restoring America’s Biblical Foundations.
Originally posted 2016-02-26 13:13:20.
The Mode of Electing the President and the Electoral College
In recent times the manner of electing the President of the United States (and the electoral college) has come under criticism from all sides, but when the Constitution was first adopted, Alexander Hamilton tells us, that this was one part of our system of government which had “escaped without severe censure” (Federalist No. 68). Hamilton further wrote, “I venture somewhat further, and hesitate not to affirm, that if the manner of it be not perfect, it is at least excellent. It unites in an eminent degree all the advantages, the union of which was to be wished for.”
As all Americans should know the President and Vice President are chosen through an indirect election (the manner of this election is prescribed in the U. S. Constitution (Article II, section 1, amended by Amendment 12, and augmented by Amendment 23), so that the President and Vice President are chosen by electors from each state. The number of which in each state is equal to the number of senators and representatives in Congress for that state.
Why is this system of Electoral College “excellent”? According to Hamilton,
- The Electoral College is representative of the citizens of each state, but unlike Congress is widely distributed through the states and exists only for the purpose of electing the President and Vice President, thus minimizing the possibility of influencing or coercing its decision.
- Through this means of election the President “[is] independent for his continuance in office on all but the people themselves” (Hamilton), and is, therefore, not beholden to any other branch of government.
- In the case of no presidential ticket receiving a clear majority the election falls back on the House of Representatives (representatives of the people of the various states) where each state receives one vote.
- Just as Congress is organized so as to balance the relative influence of large and small states, the Electoral College moderates the influence of large population centers and thus makes the choice of President and Vice President a real election among the states.
The outcome of a direct election for these offices would mean that only those centers of population, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, etc. would determine the election each time.
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Originally posted 2016-02-09 08:28:12.
In the midst of the struggle, pain and clamor which confront our society these days, it is difficult to discover voices which support the most fundamental principles of liberty. License threatens to destroy liberty. So, where should we turn, and what should we do?
As Christians, we know that God is our refuge, stronghold, and tower of strength. We know that He does rule in the affairs of men. He also allows man the freedom to make choices and live with the consequences of those choices. So, we pray and seek His face, asking Him to show us the way to turn our hearts back to Him.
We cling to the fundamental principles of American liberty, understanding that it is a gift from God, handed through the generations from those who crafted our form of government and those who died defending it.
We consider the principles and truths we have learned: that God will work according to His will, to accomplish His purposes; that individual liberty and self government walk hand in hand, applied practically in society through the qualities of character admonished in Scripture and practiced generation after generation.
We understand that liberty of conscience is a sacred, God-given right. Noah Webster explains a right as being in “1) conformity to the will of God, or to his law, the perfect standard of truth and justice…2) conformity to human laws, or to other human standard of truth, propriety or justice.” In other words, human thinking must be shaped within the framework of God’s truth. Here’s how we expressed this idea in the text for book four of The Mighty Works of God history series:
“Every generation in every nation must choose whether or not they will follow the law of God as individuals and as a nation. Those who follow God’s law will enjoy the greatest liberty…”
As we look ahead to 2016, we are prepared to share this important message through a variety of resources, online study tools, and the publication of The Mighty Works of God: Self Government with Union.
Would you join with us in this ministry through a financial gift toward the work ahead in 2016? We cannot be discouraged by the world which surrounds us. It is our responsibility to speak the truth to family, neighbors, friends, and the next generation.
Originally posted 2015-12-07 13:31:51.