Salt of the Earth

fixeyesHebrews 12:1-3   Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.  For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you
will not grow weary and lose heart.

In 1535, Thomas More lost his head to King Henry VIII for refusing to budge on tyrannical heresy. Throughout western civilization, many saints have been tortured to death for standing by the articles of their Faith.  Is it any surprise then, that today Christians are facing the same threat, repackaged and renamed by modern culture?!  Therefore, prepare yourselves to stand and defend your faith in the Name of Jesus!

Hebrews 12:12-13  Strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees!  “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

One of the sources for the historical articles in The Founders’ Bible is Dr. Paul Jehle, the Executive Director of the Phymouth Rock Foundation (http://www.plymrock.org).  While reading Leviticus last month, I learned from such a piece that one of the supporting foundations of our country is the Mayflower Compact (or Covenant), which is hardly heard of these days.  (http://www.plymrock.org/novenews.php)   It used to be on the calendar – before progressivism.  Now, it is not taught or remembered in most American schools.  We who have benefited from a legacy of self-government, completely disregard, out of ignorance or apathy, the very cornerstone of American civil affairs!  How foolish have we become?!

If only a few would choose to remember – if only a remnant would keep the significance alive…

“You are the salt of the earth. It is not for your own sake, he says, but for the world’s sake that the word is entrusted to you. I am not sending you into two cities only or ten or twenty, not to a single nation, as I sent the prophets of old, but across land and sea, to the whole world. And that world is in a miserable state… he requires of these men those virtues which are especially useful and even necessary if they are to bear the burdens of many… they are to be teachers not simply for Palestines but for the whole world. Do not be surprised, then, he says, that I address you apart from the others and involve you in such a dangerous enterprise… the greater the undertakings put into your hands, the more zealous you must be. When they curse you and persecute you and accuse you over every evil, they may be afraid to come forward. Therefore he says: “Unless you are prepared for that sort of thing, it is in vain that I have chosen you. Curses shall necessarily be your lot but they shall not harm you and simply be a testimony to your constancy. If through fear, however, you fail to show the forcefulness your mission demands, your lot will be much worse.” “ —St. John Chrysostom, Liturgy of the Hours

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“There is a just God who presides over the destines of nations…”

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patrick-henry2On MARCH 23, 1775, Patrick Henry told the Second Virginia Convention in Richmond’s St. John’s Church:

“I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery…
We have done everything that could be done to avert the storm….
Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence…

“There is a just God who presides over the destines of nations…who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave…
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!

“I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”