The One Word That Explains Why America Has Been A Thankful Nation

Providence is a word rarely used in the modern American lexicon, yet it is the one word that best explains why the United States has a history of being a thankful nation. The president who set the precedent for the country’s annual Thanksgiving Day tradition certainly understood this.

Providence is the belief that God ultimately governs over and is actively involved in the affairs of this world. As I chronicle in my book We Hold These Truths, leaders have appealed to this belief to guide and strengthen the people of the United States through some of their most trying and defining moments.

The concept is demonstrated time-and-again in the Bible, which has reigned as the most popular book in America since the Founding. Jesus encouraged believers that God is aware of the smallest details of life on the planet. “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)

Jesus also called on people to actively pray that the Father’s ideal will would be done on earth as in heaven, manifesting a faith that God can change not only the destinies of people, but of nations.  

Abraham Lincoln repeatedly exhibited this faith in public declarations that he made during the Civil War.  

His 1863 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation (which established the modern precedent of the 4th Thursday in November, the 26th that year too) is merely one example of this.

Lincoln began his proclamation:

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union…

The president was clearly actively looking and expecting to find evidence of the hand of God and exhorting his fellow countrymen to do the same. Lincoln’s conclusion after assessing the facts was: “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” 

It is important to note that the year that was drawing to a close was one of the bloodiest in American history, with well over 100,000 casualties on battlefields in locations spread over 1000 miles apart including Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Chickamauga and Vicksburg.

The president was not blaming the Lord for the war or the hardships it brought, but recognized His aid was essential in bringing it to the desired end.

Lincoln would pick up on this theme of divine providence even more powerfully a year-and-a-half later in his Second Inaugural Address (1865), as the war appeared to be drawing to a close. The speech, chiseled on a wall of the Lincoln Memorial, ranks second only to the Gettysburg Address in terms of its popularity through time of words spoken by the 16th president.

As Lincoln reflected on the Civil War, he concluded that “The Almighty has His own purposes.” He then quoted the words of Jesus who said, “Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” The president expounded:

If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him?

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

Lincoln stood on a firm foundation, when he called on the nation to trust in and be thankful for God’s providence as it faced uncertain days. After all, the Founders wrote it into the nation’s first official document. “And for support of this Declaration [of Independence], with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE, we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

If we want to truly understand why the United States has a history of being thankful, even in difficult times, re-igniting a belief in providence is a good place to start. 

Happy Thanksgiving, America; Here Is Your History!

We are so grateful at the Institute on the Constitution for the wonderful, providential year it has been. In light of this amazing holiday, I would like to give thanks for the opportunity to share the American View with others across this great country. I am especially encouraged by our American Club youth initiatives. Rush Limbaugh’s “Rush Revere Newsletter” recently recognized the efforts of one of our American Club chapters in North Carolina! In order to reinvigorate American youth, Rush featured this group that drew their favorite scene from “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.” 

Statistically speaking, American Millennials’ (ages 18-34) worst subject is history. Many know very little about our European ancestors, the Pilgrims, to whom the first Thanksgiving is attributed. These were the first Christian families to settle on the east coast of America. Contrary to modern-day teaching, the main purpose the Pilgrims came to America was NOT religious freedom. They had already gained religious freedom twelve years earlier, in 1608, when they fled England for Holland to escape the extreme persecution from a tyrannical King James I. They told us specifically why they decided to come to America in the Mayflower Compact – the first American government document: “…for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith…”

The Pilgrims came to America to set up an entire nation for the purpose of glorifying God and advancing the Christian faith. This radical statement UNITED government with a responsibility to God and left a strategy for future generations to follow that has arguably brought about more liberty, prosperity, and joy to our nation than any other political philosophy in any other country in the history of the world!  

The first national Thanksgiving occurred in 1789. According to the Congressional Record for September 25, immediately after approving the Bill of Rights, Mr. Elias Boudinot said he could not think of letting the congressional session end without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of America to render their sincere thanks to Almighty God for the many blessings He had poured down upon them.

The resolution was delivered to President George Washington, who heartily concurred with the congressional request, declaring:

“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor. . . . Now, therefore, I do appoint Thursday, the 26th day of November 1789 . . . that we may all unite to render unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection.”

This Thanksgiving, let us give thanks to the God of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for America’s incredible founding and pray that our government would never relinquish its God-given duty to preserve our rights.  

This is Jake MacAulay with the Institute on the Constitution, bringing you the American View and wishing you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving.


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Famous Pastor Just Responded To Syrian Chaos With Chilling 6 Word Message Everyone Needs To See

One well known pastor is preaching that the changes in the global situation, from terrorism to new world alliances, are indicators that these are the last days before the return of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Greg Laurie, 62, of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California said current news events are following the plan laid out in Bible prophecy. He wrapped up a Nov. 19 sermon with this conclusive statement.

“We’re living in the last days,” Laurie said.

Laurie pointed his congregation to two specific things: the rise of terrorism and the alliance between Russia and Iran. He said global terrorism is as “stronger that it has ever been.”

“I think it’s pretty obvious to almost anyone that we are living in the last days,” Laurie said in a Nov. 19 sermon. “There’s all kinds of things reminding us that Christ is coming back again.”

Laurie said the war with Islamic radicals is really a battle of ideology.

“It’s not going to go away, because we have to understand the ideology of those who are committing these acts of terror,” Laurie said. “They want to establish a caliphate.”

“When you get down to it, there is a hatred here for Christianity and there is a hatred for Judaism,” he added.

The pastor turned to the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament to show the similarities between modern events and prophecy.

In Ezekiel 38, the prophecy writes of two lands known as Gog and Magog. The prophecy is that these countries will join others, including Persia, to storm into Israel. While there isn’t anything certain that identifies the modern version of Gog, Laurie and other biblical scholars hold the view that Magog is Russia.

Persia is modern day Iran. So, a prophecy that links Russia with Iran is causing chatter among the faithful because of collaboration the two countries have in defeating the Islamic State in Syria.

Some biblical experts also state that prophesies in Isaiah 17:1-3 and Jeremiah 49:23-27 indicates that Damascus, the capital of Syria, will destroyed and left in a “heap of ruins.”

“Wait a second, Bible student, pay attention. There’s a scenario in the book of Ezekiel 37, 38, and 39 that talks about the massive force to the north of Israel marching on her and the force is identified as Magog,” Laurie preached. “And most prophecy teachers and experts believe that Magog is modern-day Russia…one of the allies that marches with Magog is Persia.”

Laurie told his congregation to also pay attention to scripture that compares the last days to the days of Noah. The main point, he said, is that no one will be expecting Christ to return just as no one believed Noah when he talked of a coming flood.

Other theologians disagree with Laurie, stating that end times prophecies are either not literal or happened centuries ago when Israel was conquered and the Temple destroyed.

Laurie is organizing an large-scale event called Harvest America scheduled for March 6 at AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Watch full sermon here.

Mocking Jesus Christ With Abortion Is The Real ‘Scandal’

Some important stories drew the public’s attention last week, including the heated debate over national security; open borders, ISIS, welcoming refugees to America, and teachers promoting Islam in public schools.

Overlooked, however, were television ads featuring two gay dads, the news about the Target Corporation fully backing radical LGBT legislation (the so-called “Equality Act”) that would criminalize Christianity, and, not surprisingly, the promotion of abortion on prime time television.

Losing public support due to its many scandals, what’s an abortion giant to do? Have Hollywood promote your godless cause!

Writing for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Marissa Poulson asked:

It can’t get any worse than abortionists advertising fresh baby parts to the highest bidder and pulling dead babies out of the freezer, right? We already told you about Katie Couric’s problematic PR visit to Planned Parenthood, but last night’s winter finale of Scandal was one big, hour-long Planned Parenthood advertisement.

I’ve never seen the show and had no idea it’s been on television since 2012; but in this episode, the character Olivia (Kerry Washington) gets an abortion for convenience.

One of the big lies the industry of death promotes is that abortion liberates women, but the end result of this controversial practice is not that women get a free pass to avoid the responsibility of motherhood; it is the fact human lives are considered expendable.

Not many shows have tackled the abortion issue in such detail, but to state the obvious, Scandal and most prime time series have no problem openly glorifying adultery and, of course, homosexuality. The show’s pilot episode involved a conservative Christian Republican being told by Olivia that he should embrace his same-sex attraction and put those “bigoted Christian values and voices” behind him.

But if you think you’ve heard the worst part of this offensive story, think again.

During the scene in which Olivia prepares to have her baby ripped out and its life destroyed, surgical instruments are shown; and as the abortionist begins the horrific procedure, the background music they chose for this event was, wait for it – the Christmas song, Silent Night.

You know the lyrics, don’t you?

…Round yon Virgin, mother and child; Holy infant, so tender and mild; Sleep in heavenly peace.

Hollywood uses one of the most brutal acts imaginable–the Bible refers to it as child sacrifice–to mock the Savior of the world who in reality was “born that man no more may die,” to quote another Christmas song.

The show is simply another display of Hollywood’s moral depravity, and the envelope of decency will continue being pushed further.

During the abortion, we hear the voice of Olivia’s dad, Eiljah Pope, saying:

A pressure point, soft tissue, an illness, an antidote to greatness. You think you’re better off with people who rely on you, depend on you, but you’re wrong, because you will inevitably end up needing them, which makes you weak, pliable. Family doesn’t complete you. It destroys you.

Aren’t the words they chose interesting? Newsbuster’s Alexa Coombs points out that many on the pro-abortion side think a pre-born baby is a “pressure point, soft tissue, an illness, an antidote to greatness.” Moreover, the show trashes the concept of family during Christmas, a time to celebrate love, giving, and family.

The Bible teaches that sin separates us from God, and we all need forgiveness. It is God’s will that people be saved and come to know the truth, but how can they have an opportunity to receive a ‘second birth’ if they are not allowed a first one?

Liberals promote Planned Parenthood as a savior for women; are they really “pro-choice”? One statistic that refutes their argument is the massive amount of abortions done compared to the extremely low number of adoption referrals. Selling abortion is big federally-funded business, and we all know it.

Most post-abortive women understand the anguish that comes afterward, including symptoms such as anger, guilt, regret, depression, nightmares, self-hatred, promiscuity, or even attempted suicide. It is bondage, not liberation; and Hollywood along with the liberal media refuse to tell the whole truth about the devastating consequences of this “choice.”

On that silent, holy night a few thousand years ago in history, a loving God who values every life sent His only Son so that whoever believes in Jesus Christ will have everlasting life.

Doesn’t this sound more like real hope that can truly set a person free?

David Fiorazo is the author of The Cost of Our Silence

Sarah Palin Just Said 7 Words About Jesus That Has All Of The Libs Freaking Out

 Sarah Palin believes that protecting the innocent is part and parcel of doing God’s work on Earth. That’s why, on Thursday, she made a bold proclamation about Jesus and guns.

Jesus would fight for our Second Amendment,” was the headline over Palin’s post on her Facebook page.

“Shoot, even the Lord said to take up arms and defend yourself and protect the innocent! We’re expected to take responsibility to defend ourselves and to protect the innocent, certainly not relying on fallible leaders to do it for us,” Palin declared.

“Don’t believe me? Look it up! Luke 22:36. I wrote about it in #sweetfreedom. Proof, Jesus is a proponent of carrying!” she wrote.

Sweet Freedom is a new book of devotionals authored by Palin. During a radio interview about the book, she elaborated on her position.

“Jesus is telling us, take up your arms and defend yourself, don’t wait for somebody else to do. So even an issue like whether the Second Amendment should be defended or not is right there,” she said.

In her Facebook post, she also links to a video mocking President Obama’s gun control policy

“Taking concrete defense measures (ie. arming ourselves) away from the good guys? Yeah… that… we don’t want that. As this hilarious parody says, ‘…it will really suck when only the bad guys have guns,’” Palin posted.

Not everyone agreed with Palin’s position on Jesus.

“He meant to take up spiritual arms in times of troubles not physical swords you complete numpty. I can understand that … I’m a bloody Pagan!” Lissa Mitchell posted on Palin’s Facebook page.

But Palin had far more supporters than detractors.

“Thank you, Sarah, for keeping on keeping on ……….. despite all the darkness you and your family have had to endure! We LOVE you for being such a light in our dark world!” wrote Joanna Johnson Holbrook.

h/t: Opposing Views