10/16/2020

WHY THIS ELECTION SHOULD BE AN EASY CHOICE FOR EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS


My purpose in life--my reason for being--is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and see His church strengthened and built up in America and around the world. I have no vested interest in any candidate or political party but will vote for the one whose policies are most friendly to the cause of Christ and my own reason for being.

The Democrat Party--the party of my parents and grandparents--has made this an easy choice. To cite just one example; last year, the Democrat National Committee (DNC) unanimously passed a resolution affirming atheism and declaring that neither Christianity nor any religion is necessary for morality or patriotism.

By this act, they rejected God, the Bible, and any transcendent guide for truth and morality. They swallowed the lie of the serpent to our first parents that if they would ignore God's command and go their own way, "You will be like God, knowing [determining] good and evil" (Gen. 3:5). 

This move was not only slap in the face of God, but also a rejection of America’s founding generation. To cite just one example; in his First Inaugural Address, George Washington declared,

The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the external rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 174).

Donald Trump, despite his tweets and personal flaws, has supported individual and religious liberty. He has acknowledged God and Christ and promoted policies that are friendly to the Christian cause. He has obviously moved in the direction of Christian, conservative values

But while Trump has been moving toward God, the Democrat party has been runnning from Him. This has made Nov. 3 an easy choice for me. If you would like to read more about my thoughts on this election and Donald Trump, check out my 31-page book, 5 Reasons I Changed My Mind About Donald Trump.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is also the author of 1726: The Year that Defined America, which documents how it was the Great Awakening (1726-70) that gave birth to this nation and unleashed the spiritual and moral forces that ended slavery. His books are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

 

10/09/2020

YOU CANNOT BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF GOD AND THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ABORTION ISSUE

Just a short distance from where I live, a young woman gave birth to a baby in the bathroom of an Applebee’s restaurant. She then threw it in the garbage and left. According to a published report, the newborn’s lifeless body was found by employees who were cleaning the bathroom about 30 minutes after the mother left the restaurant.

How could someone be so calloused and inhumane about a new-born life? I do not know her situation, but perhaps she had heard of the Democrats in the New York state legislature breaking into cheers after passing a bill that allowed a woman to abort her baby right up to the time of birth.

Perhaps she had also heard of Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia promoting his pro-abortion bill and saying that if a baby happens to survive an abortion, the infant will be made comfortable while the mother and her doctor decide if the newborn baby should live or die.

Not a single Democrat party leader has spoken out against these “death bills” that affirm infanticide (the killing of infants) and inculcate in the younger generation a callousness toward life. And make no mistake! It is their rejection of Christian truth that has opened the way for the Democrat party to adopt such radical positions on abortion. 

The Democrat Party can embrace infanticide because it has rejected God and any transcendent moral authority. In 2019, for example, the Democrat National Committee (DNC) unanimously passed a resolution affirming atheism and declaring that neither Christianity nor any religion is necessary for morality and patriotism.

Untethered from any transcendent moral guide, they are free to make up their own. In their postmodern worldview, truth is whatever they decide it to be. They have swallowed the lie of the serpent to our first parents, You shall be as gods knowing [determining] good and evil (Genesis 3:5).

On the other hand, those who hold a Christian worldview know that the baby in the womb is a life from God—a real person. Erica, who was about to have an abortion, came to this realization in a very stunning way. Having second thoughts about her abortion, she begged the nurse to let her see her baby. She wrote,

As soon as I saw my child on the ultrasound, I knew I couldn't do it. I saw the heart beating, and he moved his little hands (almost like a wave). I think God intervened and sent me a message that I was about to make the biggest mistake of my life.

Erica’s intuitive, common sense response is confirmed by both the Bible and science. For example, Luke, the physician, and author of the Third Gospel, records the very personal response of John the Baptist, while still in the womb, to the voice of Mary, the mother of Jesus, greeting his mother. He must have kicked for his mother, Elizabeth, said to Mary, For indeed as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy (Luke 1:44).

According to recent scientific research, babies can experience pain after 20 weeks in the womb, and that capability for pain increases with each passing day. That is why babies in the womb will seek to avoid the abortionist's tools and will emit a “silent scream” as their tiny bodies are ripped apart.

It should not be surprising that such a detestable practice in the modern world has roots in racism. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, was a racist and an advocate of "eugenics," a practice of selective breeding to produce a superior race. She saw abortion as the means to "weed out" those "inferior" elements of human society. 

I heard a black pastor say that Planned Parenthood kills more black people every two weeks than the KKK did in all the years of its existence. Only Heaven knows how many Condoleeza Rices, Clarence Thomases, Ben Carsons, Aretha Franklins, Barak Obamas, and Thomas Sowells have had their lives snuffed out by the abortionist!

What a horrible thing is the abortion industry! When I think of the 60 million babies whose lives have been ended in the womb, most often with great suffering, I cannot help but think that Almighty God is grieved and angered by this atrocity.

Those who claim to be prolife evangelicals for Biden remind me of those in 1860 who claimed to be Christians but supported slavery. The famed revivalist, Charles G. Finney (1792-1875), saw through their facade and declared, “It is impossible to be on the right side of God and the wrong side of the slavery issue.”

I am convinced that the same is true of the abortion issue today.

This article was derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's latest book, 5 Reasons I Changed My Mind About Donald Trump. He is also the author of 1726: The Year that Defined America, which documents how the Great Awakening gave birth to America and unleashed the spiritual and moral forces that ended slavery on this continent. These books and more are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

10/07/2020

THE DEMOCRAT PARTY DIVORCES GOD AND THE AMERICA OF 1776

The Democrat Party’s divorce from God has become final. In 2019, the Democrat National Committee (DNC) unanimously passed a resolution affirming atheism and declaring that neither Christianity nor any religion is necessary for morality or patriotism. In other words, “We don’t need God!”

On August 24 of this year, the DNC doubled down on their rejection of God by passing another resolution praising the values of the "religiously unaffiliated." That this resolution was affirming atheism is confirmed by the fact that it was championed by the Secular Coalition of America, an organization that lobbies on behalf of atheists, agnostics, and humanists on public policy.

The Democrat Party's divorce of God should come as no surprise. At the 2012 Democrat National Convention, a majority of the delegates wanted to remove a reference to God from the party platform. When the leaders decided to leave it, the audience loudly booed. They did not want even a superficial reference to God.

Individual politicians may continue to refer to their faith or their prayers, but the actions and official policy statements of their party tell the real story.

In rejecting God, the Democrat Party has rejected the America of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln, and King. They have rejected the America of “In God We Trust.” They have rejected the America that is “one nation under God.” They have rejected the America of 1776.

God and America Were Married in the Minds of the Founders

For the first 150 years of America’s existence, no one questioned the axiom America is a Christian nation. This did not mean that everyone was a Christian or that the nation officially sanctioned any denomination or religious sect. 

It meant, instead, that the majorty of citzens professed to be Christians and that the nation’s laws and institutions were founded on Christian principles and values.

This fact was stated by the U. S. Supreme Court in 1892 in the case of Church of the Holy Trinity vs The United States. After examining thousands of historical documents, the nation’s highest Court declared,

There is no dissonance in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning. They affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation . . .. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation. These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 6-7).

In rejecting God, the modern Democrat Party has rejected the America of her founders. Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin all agreed with James Madison, the nation’s 4th president and chief architect of the U.S. Constitution, who said,

The belief in a God All Powerful, wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 111).

It was their faith in God that gave them hope that America could get through her challenges and rise above her sins. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood this and in his “I Have a Dream Speech” he praised America’s founding documents and declared that he dreamed of a day when Americans of every race would sing together the words of that patriotic hymn,

My country 'tis of Thee, sweet land of liberty, of Thee I sing.
Land where my
fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

Ben Franklin Would Vehemently Reject the DNC

The Democrat Party’s rejection of God has drawn no criticism from party stalwarts such as Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, or Joe Biden. They apparently have accepted the statement of the DNC that God and Christianity are unneccesary for the nation’s success.

Contrast their attitude to that of Benjamin Franklin, considered one of America’s most nonreligious founders. When Thomas Paine sent him a manuscript in which he challenged the idea of a prayer-answering God and other aspects of orthodox Christian doctrine, Franklin reacted swiftly and vehemently.

Franklin refused to print the book, and in strong language urged Paine not even to allow anyone else see it. He wrote,

I would advise you, therefore . . . to burn this piece before it is seen by any other person; whereby you will save yourself a great deal of mortification by the enemies it may raise against you, and perhaps a good deal of regret and repentance. If men are so wicked with religion [Christianity], what would they be if without it (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 138).

Franklin may have questioned certain aspects of Christian doctrine during his life, but he was convinced that only Christianity provided the moral teachings for a stable and successful society. He dreaded the thought of what would happen if that influence were removed.

Christian Morality is Absolutely Necessary

Although they did not want an official, state church, America’s founders agreed that only Christianity provided the moral influence that would lead to a stable and prosperous society. Modern research has confirmed their view.

Some years ago, I listened as Charlie Rose (hardly a conservative) interviewed a social scientist who had just led and completed a study of the power of symbols, including religious symbols. One thing he said grabbed my attention.

He said they discovered that a person sitting in a room with a Bible in view, is less likely to tell a lie than if the Bible is not there. They discovered that the very presence of the Bible exudes a positive moral influence. This would also be true of crosses, Bible verses, and Ten Commandment displays.

Sadly, the Democrat Party has supported the removal of Ten Commandment displays, crosses, and other Christian symbols from public property. When President Obama spoke at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, he demanded that the Christian symbol behind the podium where he was to speak be removed.

Are we not seeing the consequences of these actions? With Bible reading, prayer, and Christian symbols having been banned from schools and public property, their positive influence is no longer felt, and evil runs wild. We need God back in the public life of our nation!

The Consequences of Democrats Gaining Power

If Democrats gain power in November, they will continue to seek the removal of every vestige of God from the public life of this nation. Christians will be persecuted, and the America of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and King will be a thing of the past.

This is why Christians of every denomination and theological persuasion must pray for God’s intervention in our land. Pray that He will visit America once again with another Great Awakening. Then, on November 3 (or before), cast your vote for the party that will welcome God back into the public life of this nation.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, which is available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. He is also the founder of the "1726 Project" dedicated to informing the nation about America's birth out of the Great Awakening and calling for prayer for another national, spiritual awakening.

9/30/2020

HISTORY IS CLEARLY ON THE SIDE OF FAITH AND JUSTICE AMY BARRETT


Democrats are once again in a frenzy over the faith of President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. The last time was 2017 when Barrett went through the confirmation process to serve on the Seventh District Court of Appeals.

At that time Democrat senators grilled her about her faith and insinuated that her strong faith in God disqualified her from serving on the court. Senator Diane Feinstein expressed her “concern” that when she listens to Barrett, “It is obvious that the dogma lives loudly within you.”

This should not be surprising since for several years the Democrat Party has been moving away from faith in God as a fundamental principal of their party. At the 2012 Democrat Party National Convention the audience loudly booed when the leaders decided to leave a reference to God in their platform.

Then, in 2019, the Democrat National Committee unanimously passed a resolution affirming atheism and declaring that neither Christianity nor any religion is necessary for morality or patriotism. In other words, “We don’t need God!”

It is, therefore, not surprising that Democrats are going after Barrett’s faith. Their reprehensible actions, however, are completely out of sync with America’s founders and the history of the Supreme Court.

George Washington

America’s founders did not want a Constantinian state church like the nations of Europe, but they were all in agreement that only Christianity provided the moral and intellectual underpinnings for a stable and prosperous society. George Washington made this clear in his Farewell Address after serving two terms as the nation’s first president. He said,

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. 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 (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 165).

When the founders speak of “religion” they are referring to Christianity and notice that Washington does not speak of religion [Christianity] as something to be merely “tolerated,” but something that is “indispensable” to the nation’s success.

In a direct rebuke to the modern Democrat party, Washington went on to say that we should never suppose, “that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

How far the Democrat party has moved away from Washington and America’s founding generation!

America’s First Chief Justice

In 1789, Washington appointed John Jay (1745-1829) to be the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Jay was one of the authors of The Federalist Papers and had served as President of the Continental Congress from 1778-79. He served as Chief Justice from 1789 to 1795 when he resigned to serve as Governor of New York from 1795-1801.

Jay was an abolitionist and founded the New York Manumission Society in 1785, which organized boycotts against newspapers and merchants involved in the slave trade and provided legal counsel to free blacks. While serving as governor he was able to get passed an emancipation law freeing all slaves in New York.

Jay’s moral and political views were rooted in his Christian faith, which he did not hide. He once publicly declared,

Unto Him who is the author and giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings, and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son. Blessed be His holy name.

Jay, like most of America’s founders, believed that only Christianity offered the moral principles that would undergird a stable society. That is the basis for his recommendation to American citizens in 1816 that they choose Christians for their leaders. He said,

Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers (Quoted in Federer, America’s God and Country, 318).

Democrats, like Senator Feinstein, who are so concerned about Barrett’s faith would obviously have even greater concerns about America’s first Chief Justice whose faith “lived loudly in him.”

America’s Second Chief Justice

The faith also lived loudly in America’s second Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall, who served as Chief Justice for thirty-four years between 1801-35, is considered by many to be the greatest Chief Justice the court has known.

In one of his writings, Marshall clearly states what every founder assumed--that the founding documents and institutions on which the nation was formed presuppose a commitment to Christian principles and values. He wrote,

No person, I believe, questions the importance of religion in the happiness of man, even during his existence in this world. The American population is entirely Christian, and with us Christianity and religion are identified. It would be strange, indeed, if with such a people, our institutions did not presuppose Christianity, and did not refer to it, and exhibit relations with it (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 169).

While Chief Justice, Marshall made the Supreme Court chambers available to a local congregation for their Sunday service. Interestingly, President Thomas Jefferson had also made the House of Representative chambers available to a local congregation.

So, each Sunday the singing of Christian hymns and the preaching of God’s Word could be heard ringing through the chambers of both the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court. This was neither surprising nor offensive to anyone, for it fit perfectly within the mindset of America’s founding generation.

The 1892 Supreme Court

In the 1892 case of Church of the Holy Trinity vs The United States, the nation’s highest court, after examining thousands of historical documents, declared America to be a Christian nation.

Concerning those documents, the court wrote, “There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning. They affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation.” The court went on to say,

The churches and church organizations which abound in every city, town, and hamlet; the multitude of charitable organizations existing everywhere under Christian auspices; the gigantic missionary associations, with general support, and aiming to establish Christian missions in every quarter of the globe. These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 170).

Should Christians Remain in the Democrat Party?

The opposition to Judge Barrett is both unconstitutional and un-American. It highlights how far the modern Democrat party has moved away from America’s founding and her history.

It also demonstrates the party’s turn from God and raises the question of whether Christians should remain in such a party. I am reminded of God’s word to His people who were in [spiritual] Babylon. Come out of her My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues (Rev. 18:4).

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, which is available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. He is also the founder of the "1726 Project" dedicated to informing the nation about America's birth out of the Great Awakening and calling for prayer for another national, spiritual awakening.

9/26/2020

DEFINED BY GRACE

 How Grace Overcame Sin and Slavery and Defined America


President Trump has just appointed a "1776 Commission" to counter the "1619 Project," which many believe is turning an entire generation of young people against America. Many believe it is a contributing factor to the anti-police and anti-American demonstrations that are occurring throughout the land.

The “1619 Project,” produced by the New York Times, presents a dark and gloomy picture of America. The curriculum claims that 1619, when the first African slaves were brought to this land, marks the true founding of America, not 1776. According to this paradigm, slavery defined America and the nation is racist and corrupt at its core and in need of radical fundamental change. 

In my recent book, 1726, I present a different view that is rooted in grace. Romans 5:20 says, But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, and this was certainly true of America's origins. 

Slavery could have defined America, but in 1726 God began pouring out His grace in answer to the fervent prayers of His people. A Geat Awakening ensued that transformed Colonial America and unleashed the spiritual and moral forces that eventually brought about the end of slavery on this continent.

 In the following essay, I present 5 truths that undermine the dark and gloomy 1619 view of America and show how America was defined by grace and 1726.

Truth #1
Slavery Was Not Unique to America

Slavery has been practiced world-wide for thousands of years. Arabs enslaved Africans. Europeans enslaved Africans. Africans enslaved one another and sold their own people into slavery. During its 400+-year reign, the Islamic Ottoman Empire enslaved millions of Europeans. Decades after the Emancipation Proclamation, white slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire.

This is why Dr. Walter E. Williams, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, who is African-American, says that slavery in America was neither odd nor strange. He points out that at the beginning of the 19th century, “An estimated three-quarters of all people alive were trapped in bondage against their will either in some form of slavery or serfdom.”

What was unique about slavery in America, when compared with the rest of the world, was the brevity of its existence and the moral outrage that arose against it.

Truth #2
A Powerful Anti-Slavery Arose Out of the 1726 Awakening

As documented in my book, 1726, a powerful anti-slavery movement emerged out of the great, spiritual awakening that rocked colonial America in the 18th century. In this “Great Awakening,” racial and cultural barriers were breached as blacks and whites worshipped together and shared the Gospel with everyone regardless of race or social status.

Second-generation Awakening preachers began to viciously attack the institution of slavery around 1750. Samuel Hopkins (1721–1803), for example, who had been personally tutored by Jonathan Edwards, pastored for a time in Newport, Rhode Island, an important hub in the transatlantic slave trade.

His response to slavery in Newport was like Paul’s response to the idols in Athens. Paul’s spirit was “provoked” by the idols of the Athenians, and Hopkins was deeply grieved by the "violation of God’s will” he saw in Newport. He declared, “This whole country have their hands full of blood this day.”

In 1774, after the First Continental Congress had convened in Philadelphia, Hopkins sent a pamphlet to every member of the Congress, asking how they could complain about “enslavement” to England and overlook the “enslavement” of so many blacks in the Colonies.

As “Liberty” was becoming a watchword throughout the Colonies, the preachers of the Awakening began applying it to the enslaved in America. Like Hopkins, they pointed out the hypocrisy of demanding freedom from England while continuing to tolerate the institution of slavery in their midst. The Baptist preacher, John Allen, thundered,

Blush ye pretended votaries of freedom! ye trifling Patriots! who are making a vain parade of being advocates for the liberties of mankind, who are thus making a mockery of your profession by trampling on the sacred natural rights and privileges of Africans (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 93-94).

Out of this Christian Awakening, the moral and spiritual forces were unleashed that would eventually bring about the end of slavery on this continent. This is the context behind the statement of the late historians, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Eugene Genovese, who wrote,

Europeans [and Americans] did not outdo others in enslaving people or treating slaves viciously. They outdid others by creating a Christian civilization that eventually stirred moral condemnation of slavery and roused mass movements against it.

Truth #3
America’s Founders Turned Against Slavery 
At a Time It Was Accepted Around the World

As a result of the Great Awakening and the abolition movement it launched, America was at the forefront of the fight to end slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries. Dr. Thomas Sowell, who happens to be black, has written about this, saying,

Slavery was just not an issue, not even among intellectuals, much less among political leaders, until the 18th century–and then it was an issue only in Western civilization. Among those who turned against slavery in the 18th century were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other American leaders. You could research all of 18th century Africa or Asia or the Middle East without finding any comparable rejection of slavery there (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 90).

Dr, Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia was a member of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He became a passionate abolitionist and helped form America’s first Abolition Society in his hometown. He called on the ministers of America to take a bold stand against slavery, saying, “Slavery is a Hydra sin and includes in it every violation of the precepts of the Laws and the Gospels” (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 101).

Two years before the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin liberated his two slaves and began advocating for abolition. He joined the Abolition Society in Philadelphia and later served as its president.

George Washington’s situation was more complex. He had inherited a large plantation with a large number of slaves, and he realized that to thrust them suddenly and unprepared into the world would have been unwise, and perhaps, harmful to them.

To remedy the situation, Washington set up a compassionate program to disentangle Mt. Vernon from the institution of slavery. Those slaves who wanted to leave were free to do so. Those who chose to remain were paid wages, and he began a program to educate and prepare the children of slaves for freedom. Concerning abolition, he declared,

Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly foresee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union by consolidating it in a common bond of principle (Hyatt, 1726: The Year thatDefined America, 103).

Even those founders, such as Patrick Henry, who did not free their slaves admitted that it was sinful and wrong. By the time of the writing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787, virtually every founder agreed with John Adams who declared,

Every measure of prudence ought to be assumed for the eventual total extirpation of slavery from the United States. I have throughout my whole life held the practice of slavery in abhorrence (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 101).

Yes, America’s founders were at the forefront of the fight to end slavery in the 18th century.

Truth #4
Blacks Fought Alongside Whites in the War for Independence

The Great Awakening and the interracial currents it unleashed opened the way for blacks to serve in the Revolutionary War. It was, no doubt, the influence of the Awakening that led George Washington to order his recruiting officers to accept free blacks into the ranks of the Continental Army.

As a result, by 1781 one in every seven soldiers was black. David Barton has provided documentation showing that numbers of blacks were given honorable discharges and pensions, and that some were honored with complete military funerals for their service in the Revolutionary War.

Truth #5
America’s Founding Documents Are Colorblind

Because of the Awakening, there are no classifications based on race or skin color in America’s founding documents. Nothing in either the Declaration of Independence or the United States Constitution indicates that the freedoms guaranteed do not apply to every individual.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968) understood this and in his stirring, I Have a Dream speech, he challenged America, not to dispense with her founding documents, but instead, to live up to them. Speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he declared,

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Then quoting from the Declaration of Independence, he proclaimed,

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 122).

Yes, America’s founding documents are colorblind even if her history has not been. According to James Madison, the chief architect of the Constitution, this was purposeful for they felt it wrong to even mention slavery and thereby admit that there could be such a thing as human property.

1619 or 1726?

America! America! God shed His grace on thee! Yes, because of God's grace poured out in the Great Awakening (and succeeding Awakenings), America became defined as a land of life and liberty with millions of people immigrating here from around the world. Included in this number are more than two-million immigrants from African nations who have chosen to make America their home.

As we remember 1726 and turn to Him with all our hearts, He will answer, as He has promised, pour out His grace, and heal our land once again according to II Chronicles 7:14.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.comDr. Hyatt supports The Return a global day of repentance and prayer on September 26. Get the details by clicking this link. https://thereturn.org/_eblasts/jonathan2/

9/21/2020

HOW GRACE OVERWHELMED SIN AND SLAVERY TO DEFINE AMERICA

5 Compelling Truths

President Trump has just appointed a "1776 Commission" to counter the "1619 Project," which many believe is turning an entire generation of young people against America. Many believe it is a contributing factor to the anti-police and anti-American demonstrations that are occurring throughout the land.

The “1619 Project,” produced by the New York Times, presents a dark and gloomy picture of America. The curriculum claims that 1619, when the first African slaves were brought to this land, marks the true founding of America, not 1776. According to this paradigm, slavery defined America and the nation is racist and corrupt at its core and in need of radical fundamental change. 

In my recent book, 1726, I present a different view that is rooted in grace. Romans 5:20 says, But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, and this was certianly true of America's origins. 

Slavery could have defined America, but in 1726 God began pouring out His grace in answer to the fervent prayers of His people. A Geat Awakening ensued that transformed Colonial America and unleashed the spiritual and moral forces that eventually brought about the end of slavery on this continent.

 In the following essay, I present 5 truths that undermine the dark and gloomy 1619 view of America and show how America was defined by grace and 1726.

Truth #1
Slavery Was Not Unique to America

Slavery has been practiced world-wide for thousands of years. Arabs enslaved Africans. Europeans enslaved Africans. Africans enslaved one another and sold their own people into slavery. During its 400+-year reign, the Islamic Ottoman Empire enslaved millions of Europeans. Decades after the Emancipation Proclamation, white slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire.

This is why Dr. Walter E. Williams, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, who is African-American, says that slavery in America was neither odd nor strange. He points out that at the beginning of the 19th century, “An estimated three-quarters of all people alive were trapped in bondage against their will either in some form of slavery or serfdom.”

What was unique about slavery in America, when compare with the rest of the world, was the brevity of its existence and the moral outrage that arose against it.

Truth #2
A Powerful Anti-Slavery Arose Out of the 1726 Awakening

As documented in my book, 1726, a powerful anti-slavery movement emerged out of the great, spiritual awakening that rocked colonial America in the 18th century. In this “Great Awakening,” racial and cultural barriers were breached as blacks and whites worshipped together and shared the Gospel with everyone regardless of race or social status.

Second-generation Awakening preachers began to viciously attack the institution of slavery around 1750. Samuel Hopkins (1721–1803), for example, who had been personally tutored by Jonathan Edwards, pastored for a time in Newport, Rhode Island, an important hub in the transatlantic slave trade.

His response to slavery in Newport was like Paul’s response to the idols in Athens. Paul’s spirit was “provoked” by the idols of the Athenians, and Hopkins was deeply grieved by the "violation of God’s will” he saw in Newport. He declared, “This whole country have their hands full of blood this day.”

In 1774, after the First Continental Congress had convened in Philadelphia, Hopkins sent a pamphlet to every member of the Congress, asking how they could complain about “enslavement” to England and overlook the “enslavement” of so many blacks in the Colonies.

As “Liberty” was becoming a watchword throughout the Colonies, the preachers of the Awakening began applying it to the enslaved in America. Like Hopkins, they pointed out the hypocrisy of demanding freedom from England while continuing to tolerate the institution of slavery in their midst. The Baptist preacher, John Allen, thundered,

Blush ye pretended votaries of freedom! ye trifling Patriots! who are making a vain parade of being advocates for the liberties of mankind, who are thus making a mockery of your profession by trampling on the sacred natural rights and privileges of Africans (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 93-94).

Out of this Christian Awakening, the moral and spiritual forces were unleashed that would eventually bring about the end of slavery on this continent. This is the context behind the statement of the late historians, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Eugene Genovese, who wrote,

Europeans [and Americans] did not outdo others in enslaving people or treating slaves viciously. They outdid others by creating a Christian civilization that eventually stirred moral condemnation of slavery and roused mass movements against it.

Truth #3
America’s Founders Turned Against Slavery
At a Time It Was Accepted Around the World

As a result of the Great Awakening and the abolition movement it launched, America was at the forefront of the fight to end slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries. Dr. Thomas Sowell, who happens to be black, has written about this, saying,

Slavery was just not an issue, not even among intellectuals, much less among political leaders, until the 18th century–and then it was an issue only in Western civilization. Among those who turned against slavery in the 18th century were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other American leaders. You could research all of 18th century Africa or Asia or the Middle East without finding any comparable rejection of slavery there (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 90).

Dr, Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia was a member of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He became a passionate abolitionist and helped form America’s first Abolition Society in his hometown. He called on the ministers of America to take a bold stand against slavery, saying, “Slavery is a Hydra sin and includes in it every violation of the precepts of the Laws and the Gospels” (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 101).

Two years before the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin liberated his two slaves and began advocating for abolition. He joined the Abolition Society in Philadelphia and later served as its president.

George Washington’s situation was more complex. He had inherited a large plantation with a large number of slaves, and he realized that to thrust them suddenly and unprepared into the world would have been unwise, and perhaps, harmful to them.

To remedy the situation, Washington set up a compassionate program to disentangle Mt. Vernon from the institution of slavery. Those slaves who wanted to leave were free to do so. Those who chose to remain were paid wages, and he began a program to educate and prepare the children of slaves for freedom. Concerning abolition, he declared,

Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly foresee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union by consolidating it in a common bond of principle (Hyatt, 1726: The Year thatDefined America, 103).

Even those founders, such as Patrick Henry, who did not free their slaves admitted that it was sinful and wrong. By the time of the writing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787, virtually every founder agreed with John Adams who declared,

Every measure of prudence ought to be assumed for the eventual total extirpation of slavery from the United States. I have throughout my whole life held the practice of slavery in abhorrence (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 101).

Yes, America’s founders were at the forefront of the fight to end slavery in the 18th century.

Truth #4
Blacks Fought Alongside Whites in the War for Independence

The Great Awakening and the interracial currents it unleashed opened the way for blacks to serve in the Revolutionary War. It was, no doubt, the influence of the Awakening that led George Washington to order his recruiting officers to accept free blacks into the ranks of the Continental Army.

As a result, by 1781 one in every seven soldiers was black. David Barton has provided documentation showing that numbers of blacks were given honorable discharges and pensions, and that some were honored with complete military funerals for their service in the Revolutionary War.

Truth #5
America’s Founding Documents Are Colorblind

Because of the Awakening, there are no classifications based on race or skin color in America’s founding documents. Nothing in either the Declaration of Independence or the United States Constitution indicates that the freedoms guaranteed do not apply to every individual.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968) understood this and in his stirring, I Have a Dream speech, he challenged America, not to dispense with her founding documents, but instead, to live up to them. Speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he declared,

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Then quoting from the Declaration of Independence, he proclaimed,

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 122).

Yes, America’s founding documents are colorblind even if her history has not been. According to James Madison, the chief architect of the Constitution, this was purposeful for they felt it wrong to even mention slavery and thereby admit that there could be such a thing as human property.

1619 or 1726?

Yes, because of God's grace poured out in the Great Awakening (and succeeding Awakenings), America became defined as a nation of life and liberty with millions of people immigrating here from around the world. Included in this number are more than two-million immigrants from African nations who have chosen, in the past 50 years, to make America their home.

In my book entitled, 1726, I show that because America was defined by the Great Awakening, Christian awakening is in our national DNA. We can, therefore, pray with confidence that the same God that gave birth to this land and preserved her in times past, will intervene once again in His mercy and grace.

As we remember 1726 and turn to Him with all our hearts, He will answer, as He has promised, and once again heal our land according to II Chronicles 7:14.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.comDr. Hyatt supports The Return a global day of repentance and prayer on September 26. Get the details by clicking this link. https://thereturn.org/_eblasts/jonathan2/