February 22

Deuteronomy 1-3, Psalm 53

How have we become "One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all" to the godless nation that we currently live in. William Bradford, who arrived on the Mayflower to our shores, and was the governor of that colony, said, "Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together...". Our first president, George Washington, said, "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." Our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, said, "In regards to this great book (the Bible), I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man's welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it." From such a strong foundation, in which our nation was blessed, we have become a godless nation. We have removed the name of God from every public arena: our schools, our textbooks, our politics, our media, our homes. We live in a time of revisionist history, in which those in control and power, distort the historical record such that certain events appear in a more or less favorable light or alternatively in a particularly bad light. Even the great men from our nation's past were sinners like ourselves with stains of that sin in their record. In revisionist history, all you have to do is accentuate that stain in order to dismiss or negate the individual's sayings or accomplishments.

The book of Deuteronomy, or the second law, was written 40 years after the original exodus from Egypt. Those now on the border of the Promised Land were either not yet born or were children at the time of the exodus. Moses wanted to give them a good history lesson concerning what God had said and done so that no one could distort the facts. He also wanted to explain to them from the historical record what happens when you choose to disobey God, even using himself as an example. There is a tendency to glorify man at the expense of God when recounting military victories and other events. We read in Deuteronomy 2:33, 36, concerning the victory over Sihon, "And the Lord our God delivered him over to us; so we defeated him, his sons, and all his people...the Lord our God delivered all to us." We read similar words concerning the victory over Og of Bashan in 3:3, "So the Lord our God also delivered into our hands Og king of Bashan, with all his people...". We read in the details of these events that they completely wiped out every man, woman, and child. In our revisionist thinking, many find this extreme and heartless. But that is because they minimize how morally bankrupt these societies were and the extreme patience of God in giving them 400 years to change their ways (Genesis 15:16).

The rewriting of history is not new. Within the first generation, after Jesus walked the earth, the Gnostic movement had already taken root to change who Jesus actually was. The gnostics argued that Jesus' physical body was not real, but only "seemed" to be physical, and that His spirit descended upon Him at His baptism, but left Him just before His crucifixion. John fights this head on and does not allow history to be rewritten in 1 John 1:1-2, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life-the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us-". The majority of the world either does not believe in God or believes in a god of their own creation. We now have the privilege of having God's complete unadulterated book, the Bible, in our language at our disposal at all times. Those who choose to remain ignorant and allow themselves to be swayed by the false misrepresentation of the facts by those in the public sector do so without excuse. We have the right and the obligation to explain the true history of our roots to the next generation. We can't just blame those in positions of power. We have many hours and years with our loved ones to impart the truth of God's Word over and above the revisionist lies they are taught elsewhere. This is our job and can not be relegated to any one else.

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Marj Lancaster