Internet Timeout: Connect with God

Psalm 77:11-12 (NIV)  I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.

It’s a scene frequently seen in public.  Adults sitting wordlessly together, reading and pecking away on their smart phones.

At one restaurant table I recently saw a young girl, maybe 9 or 10 years of age, sitting silent and bored while three adults were immersed in their smart phones, ignoring her and each other.

It always amazes me to see people go about their lives oblivious to life around them because they’re so absorbed with the inanimate device in their hand.

I wonder if this is what God experiences when Christians fail to take time for prayer and Bible reading?

We are so busy liking, tweeting, and pinning emoticons, memes and selfies that we fail to appreciate the wonders of the present and the beauty surrounding us.  Even worse, we waste so much precious time on trivialities rather than taking a few minutes of every day in prayer and meditation.

When the disciples asked Jesus why he spoke to the people in parables, he said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.” He continued, “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.”

Smart phone technology is fantastic and offers a terrific way of sharing the Word, but like TV and radio, it often is a mindless distraction that steals our time and attention from important things like prayer and Bible reading.

II Tiimothy 2:15 (KJV) says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividng the Word of truth.”

Today why not take a break from the Internet and take a few minutes to connect with God?

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God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness

Nike’s marketing slogan “Just Do It” has made that company a fortune selling shoes that cost a few dollars to make but routinely sell for ten times that.

With apologies to Nike, after seeing God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, I’m encouraging everyone I know to “Just See It.”

This is the third installment in the GND franchise, and in my thinking the best so far.  The excellent screenplay by Michael Mason plays as if it was lifted from the day’s headlines.

A random act of vandalism in the form of a tossed brick through the basement window of a historic church sets off a gas leak.  That leak serves as the spark in a burst of spiritual enlightenment that involves the entire college community.

Historic St. James church is pastored by Pastor Dave (David A.R. White), an amiable shaggy haired pastor who grew up with his now estranged brother Pearce (John Corbett) in the church pastored by their late father.  Tragedy and anger ensue when Jude, a newly appointed co-minister from Ghana (Benjamin A. Onyango) is accidentally killed in the course of events.

David A.R. White plays Pastor Dave

The contemporary story line occurs when Hadleigh University, on whose campus the St. James church is located, rebuffs the church’s plans to rebuild in favor of building a new student union building on the site of the burned church.

College administrators and students argue that the church isn’t relevant in today’s culture.

That contentious decision sets the stage for battles on multiple fronts as Pastor Dave and his athiest brother Pearce work together to rally public support for rebuilding the church via social media, TV interviews and newspaper coverage.

One of the movie’s strengths is the multiple sub-story lines.  For example:

*Pastor Dave and Pearce are estranged for unknown reasons initially but join together to fight for the legal right to rebuild the church;

*How a young female college student (Jennifer Taylor) questioning her faith unwittingly sets off the spark that lays bare the church vs state issue and pits the college against the local churchgoing community;

*Why Pastor Dave and his friend and fellow Christian, the school chancellor (Ted McGinley), find themselves at odds during the controversy and even resort to fisticuffs;

*Why Pearce lost his faith in law school and became estranged from his family, essentially leaving his younger brother to care for the pair’s parents;

*Why a gifted and promising law student (Shane Harper) told Pearce he abandoned pursuing law to serve as St. James youth minister. Spoiler alert: Because “Jesus was the ultimate social justice warrior”;

*The moving backstory of how the college student who threw the brick through the church window (Mike C. Manning) lost his faith and resented his girlfriend’s struggle in searching for hers;

*How Pastor Dave overcame struggling with his own faith and anger after Jude’s death to help bring the college and community back from the brink of animosity and help “stop the shouting.”

GND3 emphasizes that listening to others is better than shouting slogans, seeking understanding is better than stoking strife, and love always triumphs over hate.

Most importantly, the movie shows that if we check our egos and emotional baggage at the door, and treat others as we wish to be treated, it is then that God works through us and helps fulfill His purpose.

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Good Friday or Black Friday?

When I was younger I remember questioning the name “Good Friday,” instead thinking it should be called “Black Friday.”

In my thinking at the time there was nothing good about it.

On that eventful day our Lord and Savior was maliciously charged with blasphemy by Jewish leaders, handled over to Roman authorities for prosecution, beaten, scourged, forced to carry his own execution device while mocked and heckled by onlookers, nailed to that cross, and then heckled and ridiculed some more while painfully hanging pitifully from the cross for hours – all while enduring real alienation from God His Father.

Eventually, his indescribable pain was finally relieved when death claimed Him. SPOILER ALERT:  Death didn’t have him long.

Black Friday was indeed the darkest day in human history when The One who was sinless, who preached love and forgiveness, and who wanted nothing more than to share God’s love and mercy for all, was killed in the most barbaric and brutal method known at the time.

Even as a young Christian raised in the church I knew that many called it Good Friday because it was the day Jesus saved humanity from its sins and made it possible for us to intercede with God.

But it was Easter and Christ’s resurrection that brought us salvation, I remember thinking, because if Christ hadn’t risen from the dead there would be no Christianity (I Corinthians 15:14), no possibility of a direct relationship with God (Ephesians 2:18), no eternal life (John 3:16).

As I’ve pondered on Good Friday since, the reverse of what I previously thought is also true – just as there would be no Good Friday observance without Easter, there would be no Easter without the sorrowful sequence of events that transpired on Good Friday.

Just as darkness comes before the dawn, repentance comes before forgiveness, and the pain of childbirth comes before a newborn is delivered, according to God’s plan his Son, a blameless man who’d led a perfect life, had to be sacrificed before mankind could receive atonement (Romans 8:34).

The day Christ was sacrificed may well be known today as “Black Friday” – if there had been no resurrection and no promise of eternal life.  But very few in modern times would know it as anything more than a historic footnote when a homeless Jewish rabbi was used as a useful pawn between Jewish leaders and their Roman captors.

This Good Friday let’s all take comfort in the knowledge that thanks to the selfless sacrifice made possible by a loving God over 2,000 years ago, we need not be alienated from Him. God has a purpose for every life, and while death may be inevitable, it isn’t final and we need not fear it. (1 Corinthians 15: 55-57).

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Hamilton: Unapologetic Christian Part 2

(Second of two parts)

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  –  JOHN ADAMS

In January we wrote about how fervent Alexander Hamilton was about his Christian faith. Click here for Hamilton: Unapologetic Christian Part One.

A native of the West Indies and orphaned at an early age, Hamilton’s friendship with a Presbyterian minister on the island of St. Croix led to the minister and others sponsoring young Hamilton’s education in New York.

Hamilton finished his formal schooling and earned a Bachelor’s degree at King’s College, now Columbia University, in just one year.

In 1775 Hamilton created a volunteer military company and on March 14, 1776 he was commissioned Captain of New York’s Artillery. His intelligence and skill with artillery caught the attention of Nathaniel Greene, which later led to his introduction to General George Washington.

Hamilton was only twenty years told when Washington promoted him to Lieutenant Colonel and made the young islander his aide-decamp in 1777. Hamilton served as a military secretary and advisor to Washington for four and a half years.

After the war Hamilton turned his talents to politics and the law. A proponent of a strong central government, Hamilton is credited with writing half of the Federalist papers and played an important role in having the Constitution ratified.

A brilliant writer and financier, he skillfully guided the world’s newest country past the pitfalls of its Revolutionary War debt as the nation’s first Treasury Secretary, quickly putting his adopted country on solid financial footing.

Hamilton was happily married to wealthy New York socialite Elizabeth Schuyler (December, 1780) and the Hamilton’s had eight children over the years. The family was well respected locally and was prominent in civic affairs.

Unfortunately like many career-minded people, Hamilton’s personal ambition sometimes caused him to relegate God to the back seat at different periods of his public life. Then as now, this often leads to spiritual problems that manifest themselves in unforeseen ways.

The worst incident for Hamilton became public in the summer of 1797 as a result of an affair six years earlier.  Infamously he became the first American politician embroiled in a public sex scandal. While serving as the country’s first Treasury Secretary during the summer of 1791, the 34-year-old Hamilton began a year-long affair with a 23-year old named Maria Reynolds.

Making matters worse Hamilton was blackmailed during the affair by the husband of the woman he was seeing. When all this became public five years later, a ruthless journalist named James T. Callender made the case that Hamilton used government funds as U.S. Treasury Secretary to make the blackmail payments.

He was eventually exonerated on using the payments for his blackmailer but his public reputation was tarnished and his future with the Federalist Party he helped found was ruined.

Stripped of his party and his honor, in 1800 Hamilton focused his efforts on opposing both the Democratic-Republican backed Thomas Jefferson and the Federalist nominee, John Adams. Ever resourceful, Hamilton raised about $10,000 from a group of investors to create a bully pulpit for his political opinions by founding the New York-Evening Post, known today as the New York Post.

Less than a week after the newspaper was created Hamilton’s first born son Philip was shot in a duel defending his father’s honor. Fourteen hours later, with his mother and father at his bedside, Philip professed his faith in Christ before succumbing.

The death of their eldest child crushed the Hamilton’s and their remaining six children. Their oldest daughter Angelica was 17 at the time and suffered a mental breakdown after her older brother’s death from which she never recovered.

Still mourning three months later, Hamilton revealed his own spiritual thinking in a letter to Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Rush on Feb 12, 1802: “My loss is indeed great…he was a fine youth…But why should I repine? It was the will of heaven, and he is now out of reach of the seductions and calamities of a world of folly, full of vice, full of danger…I firmly trust, also, that he has safely reached the haven of eternal repose and felicity.”

In 1802 Hamilton proposed a Christian Constitutional Society that had two goals: The support of the Christian religion and the support of the Constitution of the United States.

Cynics say that the real purpose of the society was to create a new political party to oppose the other two parties, but in the letter outlining the plan to society co-founder James Bayard Hamilton wrote, “I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man.”

Unfortunately like his son Philip, Hamilton was also killed in a duel, this one with Vice-President Aaron Burr on June 27th, 1804. Burr blamed Hamilton’s opposition for costing him both the 1800 presidential election and the 1804 New York gubernatorial election and justified the duel by claiming Hamilton attacked his honor at an upstate New York dinner party.

Historical accounts vary on details of the duel, some saying Hamilton intentionally missed because he personally opposed dueling. Regardless, Burr’s shot struck Hamilton in the abdomen just above his right hip.

Knowing the wound was serious, the next evening Hamilton requested communion be administered by the rector of Trinity Church, the Rev. Benjamin Moore. Moore initially refused because the church forbade dueling, but he agreed the second time he was summoned by his mortally wounded parishioner.

Hamilton’s final words to Rev. Moore hours before his passing were these: “I have a tender reliance on the mercy of the Almighty, through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am a sinner. I look to Him for mercy; pray for me.”

 

 

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Omnibusted by Republican Traitors

If Mitch McConnell or Paul Ryan were advising Judas about betrayal, the disciple that sold Jesus out for a mere 30 pieces of silver would have commanded a much higher price for his treachery.

Conservatives, mark down in your history books – 2018 was the year that Good Friday was preceded one week by Black Friday – or maybe it should be called “Red Friday” since it committed taxpayers to billions of dollars in reckless social services spending with a budget that would make the Kremlin proud.

If Chuck and Nancy do a tell-all book on this disastrous bill, they might well call it “Trumping the Art of the Deal.”

Many Trump supporters experienced disbelief, anger and depression faster than a Lamborghini going from 0-60 mph when shortly after midnight March 23, Senate Republicans joined hands with Democrats to pass the second highest budget in U.S. history.

If the president had followed through on his threat hours after the vote to veto Chuck and Nancy’s pirated pork pie, it is unlikely it would have cost him a single loyal supporter.

A veto would have shut down the government and forced Congress to come back from a two-week Easter recess and renegotiate. If Congress chose not to negotiate and managed to override Trump’s veto, congressional Republicans would have owned this disaster themselves.

Not now – Trump’s signature makes him just as culpable as the Republicans who stabbed their constituents in the back – his good intentions regarding the military notwithstanding.

Bottom line: after the president signed what he himself called a “ridiculous” bill numbering 2,232 pages, it may conceivably cost him millions of supporters and done irreparable damage to his brand as a political outsider and consummate negotiator.

No wonder Democrats were smiling so broadly – they got almost everything they wanted (Planned Parenthood funding, sanctuary city funding, firearms restrictions, funding for the New York-New Jersey underground tunnel), plus they got their Republican counterparts to put a 727-sized hole in Trump’s plans for a beautiful border wall.

That’s two walls the Democrats managed to bring down in time for this fall’s 2018 election – the much promised border wall and Trump’s former wall of invincibility.

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“The One” and His Misplaced Priorities

Barack Obama RSVP’ed he wouldn’t be attending any of the memorial services for world renowned evangelist Billy Graham last week but was that a big deal?

Multiple news sources also reported at the time that Obama wouldn’t attend any of the Graham tributes, but no reason was given for the former president’s absence.

Pfft. None of the other living presidents attended Rev Graham’s funeral either. But both Bush 42 and Jimmy Carter are 93 years old and their absence was based on health reasons.

Bill Clinton and Bush 43 also didn’t attend Rev. Graham’s funeral, but they did pay their respects to the Graham family earlier in the week in North Carolina.

Obama did find the time to tweet his condolences the day of Graham’s passing. Wasn’t that generous?

So what was Obama doing the week of Rev. Graham’s memorials?

Obama has been busy of late with important issues in the here and now; specifically, issues concerning his favorite subject: his legacy writ large in the form of the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.

As we wrote earlier in this blog, the 235-foot-tall monument to himself has met with some controversy from conservationists, academics and – here’s the irony – grass-roots activists.

On Feb 27th Obama made a surprise visit to Chicago pleading his case to residents how his temple – er, library/center – would not force them to eventually relocate by “gentrifying” their neighborhood.

Charles Lipton, a political science professor at the University of Chicago campus adjacent to where the Obama shrine – er, campus – is to be placed says Obama is “indulging himself” by “building a monument along the lakefront.”

Obama’s trip to Chicago was two days before Rev. Graham’s memorial at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and three days before 2,000-plus attended his funeral.

The juxtaposition between the plain spoken North Carolina preacher who pleaded with millions to come to Christ and the silver tongued former president who pleads for millions of dollars to help build his pantheon tells you all you need to know about true greatness.

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Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant!

It’s hard to find adequate words to describe 99-year-old evangelist Billy Graham’s passing from this world to the next.

Many tributes issued the day he passed called him “America’s preacher.”

I like that since our country will probably not see the likes of a Billy Graham again, but for a man who spent decades preaching to more than 200 million people in 185 countries, he was more than that.

In an unparalleled career spanning seven decades as a minister, evangelist, author, and internationally respected religious leader, it’s probable that Graham touched more lives for Jesus Christ than anyone since the Resurrection.

Before any theologians or ministers disagree, remember that Jesus’ disciples and the Apostle Paul didn’t have access to jet travel, the Internet or satellite communications when preaching the Gospel.

That’s not to say that Rev. Graham didn’t walk a mile in their shoes. The Washington Times reported that according to pedometers attached to his legs, he once logged 40 miles pacing various stage platforms during a month of preaching.

Billy Graham served as a spiritual adviser for 11 U.S. presidents, ranging from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. His Billy Graham Crusades reached tens of millions. In 1984 one of his Crusades attracted 1.1 million in a single service in Seoul, South Korea.

In 1991 he preached to 250,000 in NYC’s Central Park. In the spring of 1995 his “Global Mission” satellite-enabled crusade reached an estimated 1 billion people over several weeks in 117 languages.

A Billy Graham Crusade was like a Jesus-loving Rosetta Stone.

He always referred to his crusades as “personal evangelism on a grand scale,” eschewing the term “mass evangelism.”

Rev. Graham often ventured away from his beloved Asheville, North Carolina, but his message never ventured far from his favorite Bible verse of John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

That message was his go-to move, his holy ace-in-the-hole. His consistent message of God’s love available through the forgiveness of sins made possible by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross transcended borders, ethnicity, and language.

He hammered home that message of God’s love each and every sermon – from city to city, country to country, and continent to continent.

Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention, said Graham was the greatest evangelist since the Apostle Paul.

Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina said, “He will be missed on Earth and embraced in Heaven.”

Graham himself said in one of his many books, “My home is Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee may have said it best the morning Rev. Graham passed.

“When I heard this morning that Billy Graham had died I said, ‘That’s fake news.’ Billy Graham’s not dead. He’s more alive now than he’s ever been.”

God bless you Billy Graham, or as the Bible says in Matthew 25:23: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

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One View on “The View’s” Christian Bashing

Joy Behar loves to use her television vehicle to go on Christian bashing joyrides.

The carrot-top Behar got a double bonus the day before Ash Wednesday when she used her hen house perch atop ABC’s The View to mock Vice-President Mike Pence’s Christian faith.

Because Pence is both a devout Christian and a conservative, it was MOGO day for Behar (Mock One, Get One free).

In a round table discussion The View gals were responding to a video clip of former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman commenting on Pence’s faith on the reality TV show Big Brother.

Upon hearing Omarosa’s claim that Jesus talks to Pence, Behar pounced like a starving Roman Coliseum lioness surrounded by Christian hors d’oeuvres.

“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” Behar said snarkily to applause from an audience whom half thinks she is an ABC news anchor.

“That’s called ‘mental illness,’ if I’m not correct,” she added, spiking the rhetorical Christian bashing ball.

As I began writing this on Ash Wednesday, Behar’s insults reminded me of those who mocked Jesus during his last tortured hours on earth.

After His sentencing, when He was savagely scourged with the cruelest tools of torture Rome had ever devised, Pontius Pilates’ soldiers ridiculed and insulted Jesus, cloaked him in a faux robe and jammed a circle crown of thorns on his head.

Then there was the raucous Jerusalem throng on the route to Calvary where onlookers spit and hurled invectives while Jesus struggled to carry the massive wooden beam that would soon hold his impaled body with primitive spikes.

Finally there was the ultimate insult as the sinless One was hung front and center between two common thieves while religious leaders, residents of Jerusalem and Roman soldiers scoffed, scorned and sneered at Him while he hung battered, bloody and severely dehydrated.

Through bloodied eyes swollen with gashes and cuts, His nearly naked body bruised, broken and His life energy draining away one painful gasp at a time, Jesus Christ looked out over those silently applauding His execution and whispered, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Joy Behar and others who trash Christianity don’t know what they are doing either.

People like Behar see themselves as enlightened, inclusive and compassionate – except when it comes to those who acknowledge Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

They don’t see the “true joy” and fulfillment that comes from living a godly life in Christ Jesus, and just as the “enlightened” and learned ones of Jesus’ day did, they mock and ridicule what they don’t understand.

During his ministry Jesus warned His disciples “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you as well.” 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

Fox and Friends co-host Ainsley Earhart said it best the day after KillJoy Behar’s insensitive comments: “I just felt sorry for her. As a Christian, obviously she doesn’t know Christ. She doesn’t know the joy and love that He provides to so many people, so it just made me feel sorry for her.”

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.

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Super Bowl Champs Give God the Glory

To say the NFL had a tough year would be the understatement of understatements.

The anthem protests were about as popular as the president’s State of the Union speech was with Democrats, or beef stew is at a vegan potluck.

Fortunately for the NFL though, this year’s Super Bowl finally lived up to most of the hype. The game between the victorious Philadelphia Eagles and defending champion New England Patriots left millions on the edge of their seats. It featured thrilling back and forth scoring, some gutsy trick plays never seen before in a Super Bowl and outstanding performances by both team’s quarterbacks.

Super Bowl LII also gave us a first-time Super Bowl champion that knows when to kneel and when not to kneel. Did you know that the Philadelphia Eagles were the only NFL team not to have a single player take a knee in protest during the national anthem?

What’s more, when the Eagles kneel, they mean business.

When Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was asked to describe his 10-year journey from high school coach to Super Bowl champ, here’s what he said:

“I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity.”

Tight end Zach Ertz, who scored the go-ahead touchdown with a little over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, said, “Glory to God first and foremost. We wouldn’t be here without Him.”

Eagles starting QB Carson Wentz was lost for the season with an ACL injury in Week 14 but he didn’t let that incident color his euphoria an hour after his team’s stunning victory.

“God is so good!!!! World Champions!!!! So proud of this team!!!! Told y’all my boy @NFoles_9 was gonna shine tonight! Well deserved my bro! #AO1 #flyeaglesfly,” Wentz tweeted.

Wentz replacement Nick Foles, the Super Bowl LII MVP, gave glory to God when asked how he felt moments after the Super Bowl win. A devout Christian, Foles announced a few days prior to Sunday’s game that he plans to enter the ministry after his football career and shared that last year he enrolled in seminary classes.

“I want to be a pastor in a high school. It’s on my heart. I took a leap of faith last year and signed up to take classes at seminary. I wanted to continue to learn and challenge my faith. It’s a challenge because you are writing papers that are biblically correct. You want to impact people’s hearts,” Foles told the Associated Press.

“I can’t play football forever,” Foles said. I’ve been blessed with an amazing platform and it’s just a door God has opened, but I still have a lot of school left and a long journey.”

In hindsight it’s ironic that Foles helped lead the Eagles to their Super Bowl win since he told the Associated Press he came close to retiring after the 2016 season.

After receiving his request to be released by the L.A. Rams after the 2016 season, he prayed about his future and joined the Kansas City Chiefs and head coach Andy Reid, who drafted Foles in 2012 in the third round when he was the Eagles head coach. Foles later signed with the Eagles as Carson Wentz’s backup, leading the Eagles beginning in Week 15 through the playoffs and to their first ever Super Bowl win.

Along the way Foles had notched the highest passer rating in NFL postseason history for quarterbacks who’ve thrown at least 75 passes. Not counting Sunday’s Super Bowl game he had completed 72 of 96 passes for 793 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in three games for a 116.4 passer rating.

Throughout it all the man Philly fans call “Saint Nick” has remained humble, faithful and loyal to his calling.

“It took a lot more faith to come back and play than it would’ve to go in the other direction,” Foles said. “Either way would’ve been fine. Either way, I would’ve trusted in God. I would’ve done something else and glorified God in that instance.”

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. For those who believe in open borders, safe spaces, and who think free speech is hate speech, move on – there’s nothing here for you to see.

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Alexander Hamilton: Unapologetic Christian

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 implore His protection and favor.
GEORGE WASHINGTON

President Donald Trump told a crowd of about 50,000 at a Liberty University commencement address May 13th, 2016, “In America we don’t worship government. We worship God.”

America’s fourth president, James Madison wrote, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

The Founding Fathers knew that for their experiment in democratic self-government to succeed it needed a solid foundation, and that foundation should be built on the cornerstone of Judeo-Christian morality and respect for the rule of law.

One such Founding Father that knew the importance of faith in decision making was Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was born a “love child” in the West Indies back when out-of-wedlock births were considered scandalous. Because of that he was banned from Christian schools on the island of St. Croix and received his early schooling from a local Jewess.

When he was just 12-years-old his mother Rachel was a single parent and encouraged him to clerk at Beekman and Cruger, a busy import-export firm that traded with New England. After she died a year later Hamilton was virtually an orphan since his Scottish father had abandoned their family when his oldest son was 10.

After his mother’s death the young Hamilton continued to channel his energy into work and self-education, impressing his employer enough that they put him in charge at age 14 while they traveled for up to five months at a time on business.

As a pre-teen Hamilton was a voracious reader and was befriended by a Presbyterian minister/newspaper publisher on St. Croix. Rev. Hugh Knox appreciated Hamilton’s intellect and befriended him because he saw potential in the young man.

Likewise Rev. Knox was a major influence and father figure to the ambitious Hamilton. Knox was passionate about his faith, and Hamilton soaked up that passion from both their talks and Knox’s fiery sermons. At age 15 the enthusiastic young Christian publicly shared his faith when an apocalyptic letter he wrote about a devastating Caribbean hurricane was published in Knox’s newspaper.

St. Croix’s local officials were so impressed by Hamilton’s writing and intellect that they collected funds to send him to New York for formal schooling. Rev. Knox and two New York City-based clergymen he arranged as mentors for the 16-year-old encouraged him to attend prep school before applying to college – preferably at Princeton where they sat on the board of trustees.

Lacking a formal education, Hamilton did attend a Princeton prep school for one year, the Presbyterian Academy in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. When it came time to apply to a college though, the ambitious young man opted to attend King’s College (now Columbia University) because they approved his request to study on an accelerated program.

True to his goal, Hamilton immersed himself in his studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in just one year.

During his time at King’s College classmates like Robert Troup often witnessed Hamilton’s faith on display, over and above the mandatory chapel services and prayer time.  Alexander Hamilton author Ron Chernow notes that Troupe was “powerfully affected by the fervor and eloquence” of Hamilton’s prayers and attested that Hamilton “was a zealous believer in the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.”

As reported in the February, 2016 Christianity Today, far from being a religious fanatic, Hamilton approached his personal faith analytically. Relying on his intellectual curiosity and what he had learned from Rev. Knox, he studied the claims of Christianity logically and objectively.

Somewhat like author Lee Strobel’s personal story in The Case for Christ, Hamilton questioned, pondered and weighed the evidence contained in the Gospels concerning the Christian faith. Whereas Strobel was once an atheist who later became a Christian, Hamilton was fervent about his faith from an early age but suffered some spiritual stumbles upon entering public life.

Next week we’ll share how Hamilton’s “fall from grace” involved a public sex scandal, blackmail, the death of a family member defending his honor and one of the most famous duels in American history.

 

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