Many Americans today are uninformed or even misinformed about the truth of our nation’s history. Is the American educational system teaching an altered view of American history, or has it been altogether rewritten?
For centuries, the American people were taught about the now forgotten heroes and moral foundations upon which this country was founded. But in recent years, a new version of history has assaulted the spiritual fiber of our nation, leaving the truth of our founding eliminated and forgotten. What happens to a society that forgets the truth of its own past and what are the consequences when they do? Do we agree that “those who forget the lessons of the past are doomed to repeat them”?
America’s founding is unique among most nations in that we can pinpoint our beginnings and we know who those fist settlers were, why they came, and how they chose to establish a country. The story of America’s founding is one of a people who left their homeland in Europe and began with a “clean slate” to found what has become the greatest nation on earth.
The principles upon which the country was founded were spelled out the Declaration of Independence and the structure of government was created in the Constitution. The content of these two documents were, at that time, unique in human history. No other nation on earth had stated in its foundation that man’s rights come from God and the government derived its power only from the consent of the governed.
It is these truths, along with the truth about the strong Christian faith of the men who authored these documents, that have been virtually written out of the history text books of today and have been silenced in the classrooms and the public square. It is up to Christians in America to learn the truth of our founding and teach it to our children and grandchildren.
Fortunately, the materials revealing the truth are even more available than they ever have before. The thousands of pages of books, pamphlets, newspaper articles, sermons, speeches and official records have been preserved and are available. The reason so much of what was written was available to be preserved is because the Founders knew that what they were doing was unique in human history and that they wanted future generations to be able to “look back” and understand what they believed and why they did and said what they did. Their forethought was for our benefit, that if we should “go astray” that we could return to our “roots” through their words.
For those who are interested, I will be teaching an 11-part weekly class on the subject of God and the Founding of America spanning the period from the settling of the colonies in the early 1600’s thru the creation of our founding documents and the post-Revolutionary era. The class will begin Tuesday evening, April 25, at 6:30 at Family Worship Center. Additional blog posts will include summaries of the material presented during these classes.Tags: America, America's history, Founding Fathers, history of America, the founding of america