Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II is remembered by many as a great leader while others have a far less favorable opinion of him. I know people on both sides of the spectrum who hold entirely different opinions of Churchill, but regardless, he has been attributed with a number of famous quotes.
One of those quotes recently came to my attention and although many sources give Churchill credit for this particular quote, whether he really said it or not is not fully verifiable. Since so many sources say the quote did come from Churchill, I’ll give him credit for a statement that America is proving to be true today. The quote?
“A nation that forgets its past has no future.”
Pick up a history book from any public school and chances are, you will read an entirely different history than what you were taught in school, providing you have been out of school for several or more decades.
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You won’t find the historical evidences of America’s Christian past. They no longer teach things like the Mayflower Compact and other early colonial charters that are all God centered.
When I was in school, I remember studying the Pilgrims and Mayflower Compact and how many of the early settlers fled religious persecution in Europe. Have you ever read the Mayflower Compact?
“In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of England, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, e&. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour 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 ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620.”
I also recall studying many of the early charters and even some of the first state constitutions, all of which give honor, praise and demonstrates reliance upon God for all they have and their future. Many of our Founding Fathers wrote and spoke about how it was due to God’s hand that the colonists won their freedom from Great Britain. They quoted from Bible more than from any other single source. Some of them warned that in order for America to survive, it was important to maintain our Christian faith and virtues and that once those are lost, so is America.
The First Charter of Virginia, written in 1606 states:
“We, greatly commending, and graciously accepting of, their desires for the furtherance of so noble a work, which may, by the providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the glory of His Devine Majesty, in propagating of Christian religion to such people, as yet live in darkness and miserable ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God.”
In 1779, Samuel Adams wrote in a letter to James Warren:
“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. How necessary then is it for those who are determined to transmit the blessings of liberty as a fair inheritance to posterity, to associate on public principles in support of public virtue.” [Harry Alonzo Cushing, Ed, The Original Writings of Samuel Adams, Volume 4, 1778-1802, “To James Warren, Philade, Feb 12, 1779.]
Remember that huge signature on the Declaration of Independence? In 1783, as Governor of Massachusetts, John Hancock wrote:
“And whereas . . . the interposition of Divine Providence in our favor hath been most citizens of these United States have every reason for praise and gratitude to the God of their salvation. Impressed therefore with an exalted sense of the blessings by which we are surrounded, and of our entire dependence on that Almighty Being from whose goodness and bounty they are derived; I do by and with the Advice of the Council appoint Thursday the eleventh day of December next (the day recommended by Congress to all the States) to be religiously observed as a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer, that all the people may then assemble to celebrate. . . that He hath been pleased to continue to us the Light of the blessed Gospel;. . . That we also offer up fervent supplications . . . to cause pure religion and virtue to flourish . . . and to fill the world with His glory.” [John Hancock, A Proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving, Signed by Governor John Hancock Nov. 8, 1783, Boston, Massachusetts. Federer, p. 276-7.]
Another Founding Father, Benjamin Rush wrote:
“The only foundation for…a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments” [Benjamin Rush, Thoughts Upon the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic, Early American Imprints, 1786.; Federer, p. 802.]
In 1811, John Adams wrote a letter to Benjamin Rush. In that letter, Adams wrote:
“I agree with you in sentiment, that religion and virtue are the only foundations, not only of republicanism and of all free government, but of social felicity under all governments and in all the combinations of human society.” [John Adams, Letter to Benjamin Rush, 28 Aug. 1811, Charles Francis Adams, The Works of John Adams, Little, Brown & Co., Boston, 1854, V. 9, pp. 635-640.]
This is the history that today’s liberals, progressives and socialists have been so busy trying to erase from history books and as many sources of history as possible. They believe that once that foundation has been erased and forgotten, they can create their own history.
Yes, Churchill was so very right. America is forgetting its history and our future at the moment is rapidly fading away.
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