2/21/2016

UNPATRIOTIC: ACCORDING TO GEORGE WASHINGTON

Any pastor, politician, government official, educator or entertainer
who would do this, is in the words of our Founding Father, “Unpatriotic.”

In his Farewell Address to the nation, after serving two terms as president, George Washington presented two things as being "indispensable" for national prosperity, and then warned against the supposition that anyone could be a patriot who would seek to subvert these two pillars of “political prosperity” and “human happiness.” Thomas Jefferson was so impressed with Washington’s Address that he made it required reading at the University of Virginia, which he founded.
The two things Washington warned are "indispensable" for political prosperity were "religion and morality." We should note that when Washington, or any of the Founders, use the word “religion” the word “Christianity” can be substituted. “Christianity” and “religion” were synonymous to them. And while they were tolerant of other religions, they were not “religious pluralists” in the modern sense. They unashamedly derived their morals and values from Christianity—from the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament.
Christianity Indispensable for Political Prosperity
Note that Washington referred to religion [Christianity] as “indispensable” to political prosperity. He did not see faith as a mere right or something to be tolerated, but as something indispensable to the well-being of the nation.
Washington knew that people derive their values from religion and that a free republic could only be maintained by a moral and virtuous people. All the Founders, in fact, wanted Christian values and principles taught in in every public venue because they believed such to be vital for political prosperity and social stability. This is what John Adams was referring to when he said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.”
Interestingly, the very things Washington considered “indispensable” for political prosperity—morality and Christianity--are the very things under attack today in our nation, and the very things so many of our political leaders seem hell-bent on removing from the public life of the nation.
Pillars for Human Happiness
Washington referred to Christianity and morality, not only as indispensable for political prosperity, but as the “two great pillars of human happiness” and the “firmest props of the duties of citizens.” Washington and all the Founders believed there to be a direct link between morality and happiness, and in this Farewell Address Washington insisted that morality could not be maintained apart from Christianity. He said;
“And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
The Criteria for Patriotism
So, for Washington, Christianity and morality were absolute necessities for both individual happiness and for political stability. Therefore, anyone who would seek to subvert "Christianity and morality" could not claim to be a patriot for by doing so they would be undermining the happiness of the people and stability of the Republic they claim to serve. He said,
In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.

In other words, any pastor, politician, government official, educator or entertainer who would undermine the influence of Christianity and morality in America, is in the words of our Founding Father, “Unpatriotic.”



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Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author, Biblical scholar and ordained minister with a vision for another Great Awakening in America and around the world. His books are available from Amazon and from his website atwww.eddiehyatt.com/bookstore.html. To invite him to speak to your congregation, group or event, send an email to dreddiehyatt@gmail.com.




2/15/2016

AMERICA: THE ORIGINAL VISION

Karl Marx once said, "People without a heritage are easily persuaded," and in the last 50 years there has been an all-out assault on this nation's Christian heritage. Anti-Christian revisionist have rewritten this nation's history and expunged Christian references and quotes from its founders. Children in public schools and students in college no longer hear of Benjamin Franklin's commitment to Christian teachings, George Washington's faith, or how during the Revolutionary War the Continental Congress issued 15 different calls for days of prayer and fasting. 

The truth is that America was founded by godly people of faith in Jesus and the Bible. Even those who were not what we would call evangelical Christians held to a Christian way of thinking and believed Christian values to be absolutely necessary for a stable and prosperous nation. One of America's Founders, Patrick Henry, summed it up when he said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ."

I recently presented this overview of America's Christian heritage in a 3-part "Revive America" event at Christian Life Assembly of God in Picayune, Mississippi. I hope you will share these messages with your pastor, teacher, and friends. And check out my website at www.eddiehyatt.com.


THEY CAME WITH A VISION



A NATION BIRTHED OUT OF GREAT SPIRITUAL AWAKENING
A NATION BIRTHED IN PRAYER










2/14/2016

AN AMAZING NATIVE AMERICAN PROPHECY CONCERNING GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE BIRTH OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

George Washington (1732-1799) was providentially prepared for his role as the preeminent founding father of the United States of America. Numerous remarkable incidents occurred in his life and career that even he could only attribute to the providential hand of God.

One of the most amazing incidents occurred when an old Native American chief declared of a young Washington, "He will become chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him the founder of a mighty nation."
Providentially Protected in Battle

This prophecy came forth in 1770 as Washington and the chief were reminiscing about the Battle of Fort Duquesne in which both had participated, but on opposite sides. The Battle of Fort Duquesne had occurred in July 1755 when 1,459 British soldiers were ambushed by a large contingent of Native American warriors who had joined the French in their fight with the British for control of the North American continent. It proved to be one of the bloodiest days in Anglo American history with 977 British soldiers killed or wounded. It was a day also, however, when Washington's legendary fame for bravery began to spread throughout the land.
Washington, in his early 20s at the time, had been recruited by the British because of his knowledge of the ways of the wilderness and the American Indians. He had acquired this knowledge in his work as a surveyor of wilderness territory.
Assigned to travel with the British General Braddock to take Fort Duquesne (present day Pittsburgh), Washington found his advice for traveling through the wilderness and dealing with the Natives ignored by Braddock who considered him a young upstart colonialist.
But when the ambush occurred and Braddock himself was wounded, Washington took charge and organized an orderly retreat while at the same time putting his own life at risk, rescuing the wounded and placing them in wagons. During this time of chaos, two horses were shot out from under him and his clothes were shredded with bullets.

He emerged unscathed and gave glory to God, saying, "I was saved by the miraculous care of providence that saved me beyond human expectation." His reputation for bravery immediately spread among both the English and the Native Americans
The Prophecy Comes Forth
It was now fifteen years later in 1770 and Washington and a friend had  been exploring an area along the Ohio River when they encountered a group of Native Americans. Recognizing Washington, the Natives invited the men back to their camp to meet with their chief, whom it turned out had fought on the side of the French in the Battle of Duquesne.
According to historian, George Bancroft, they were having a cordial visit and then the old chief, pointing to Washington, spoke the amazing prophecy. He said;
"I am chief and ruler over all my tribes. My influence extends to the waters of the Great Lakes, and to the far blue mountains. I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle. It was on the day when the white man's blood mixed with the streams of our forest that I first beheld this chief. I called to my young men and said, 'Mark yon tall and daring warrior? He is not of the redcoat tribe—he hath an Indian's wisdom, and his warriors fight as we do—himself alone is exposed. Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies.' Our rifles were leveled—rifles which, but for him, knew not how to miss. Twas all in vain; a power far mightier than we shielded him from harm. He cannot die in battle. The Great Spirit protects that man, and guides his destinies. He will become chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him the founder of a mighty nation" (Benjamin Hart, Faith & Freedom, 234).
The Prophecy Fulfilled
Five years later war broke out with Great Britain and Washington was appointed commander-in-chief of the colonial army. He led his outnumbered, outgunned troops to an amazing victory over the British through numerous unusual incidents that he attributed to the providential intervention of God. He then presided over the Constitutional Convention and was later unanimously elected the first president of the United States of America. He is the only president to have received 100% of the electoral votes, not once but twice.
Washington's sacrificial service, in which he put the good of the country ahead of his own personal aspirations, endeared him to the hearts of all Americans. "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen," was a common adage ascribed to Washington by his generation, which also considered him the "father of his country." When he died on December 14, 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte ordered ten days of mourning throughout France. In America, thousands wore mourning clothes for months. 

The old chief was right!
Our Responsibility
As we are remember George Washington on his birthday, let us not forget that we, as a nation, owe our very existence to the providential mercies of Almighty God. And let us not suppose that we can continue as a nation without His providential care. Let us therefore beseech Him to have mercy upon us as a nation and visit us again with His mercy and power.

Check out Eddie Hyatt's books and his vision for another Great Awakening by visiting his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.