“And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee:” – Deuteronomy 15:15
Throughout the bible, the story of Israel’s miraculous deliverance from Egypt is told over and over again, that the succeeding generations could remember the captivity of their forefathers, and therefore also remember their dependence on God. For we know, that those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. And similar to God’s deliverance from Egypt, I think anyone could see the hand of divine providence in delivering our country from the oppression of Great Britain. How else could a scrappy band of colonists ever hope to defeat the most powerful military of the time? Our founding fathers gladly acknowledged this dependence on God, the first words uttered at the first session of Congress were a prayer,
“O LORD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, high and mighty King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth, …look down in mercy we beseech Thee, on these American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor, and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be dependent only on Thee;” – First Prayer in Congress September 7, 1774, Jacob Duche, Carpenters Hall, Philadelphia
And Francis Scott Key wrote in our National Anthem,
“Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!”
But have we remembered our story? Do we remember that our country was begun by people who had a strong faith in God and a determination to ensure freedom for His children on earth? Do we remember their courage, tenacity, grit? Do we remember the freedoms we enjoy are a product of their fortitude? Is the book of American history being handed down from generation to generation? Each succeeding people holds a responsibility to preserve that which was so painfully fought for before, and each also adds a piece to the story. So what will we write in our chapter? What is the legacy that we will add to the beautiful portrait of this country?
It seems many right now are looking for a presidential candidate who can solve all our problems. But the truth is, this country was founded on the principle of government by the people, and only “We the People” can bring the country back from the brink. Love your neighbor. Talk to your neighbor. Help your neighbor. It’s time we quit relying on the government to help the poor, and start helping the poor within our own circles. It’s time we quit relying on the government to grant equal rights, and just start treating each other as equals. It’s time we pull God from the corner that society has shoved Him in, and place Him back at the helm, as the true source of direction for our country. For we believe we were endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and if we wish to preserve those rights, then we must look to Him to heal our country and enable us to move forward to a bright future.
18″ x 24″ oil on wood panel