Summary: The current uprising that America is experiencing is evidence that the basic Christian tenets upon which our nation was built are NOT being transferred or adequately taught. Man, instead of evolving upward, appears to be reverting back to barbarianism, where "might makes right"
LAW & ORDER
OPEN: 23 People Have Died Since Violence Erupted Following George Floyd’s Death
- in New York City, shootings have surged by more than 358% this year
- Atlanta had record violence over July 4th weekend.
- CNN reports that 5 police officers had been killed in 9 days
- Officer Down Memorial Page reports 29 police officers have been shot and killed by gunfire this year
- In Atlanta, an 8-year-old child was killed near the site of protests by armed individuals manning a makeshift road block.
1991 - Rodney King
Rodney King was brutally beaten by 14 LAPD officers after a high-speed chase during his arrest for drunk driving in 1991.
The incident was filmed by a bystander -and sent to a local news station. It went viral and caused public outrage.
Four officers were eventually tried on charges of use of excessive force.
Three were acquitted, and the jury failed to reach a verdict on one charge for the fourth.
Within hours of the acquittals, the 1992 Los Angeles riots started.
The rioting lasted six days and killed 63 people, with 2,383 more injured.
Pres. Bush said that the outcome of Rodney King's trial was used as an excuse for pillage, loot, murder and anarchy.
Gov. Bill Clinton described it as "the actions of a segment of people in America who are disconnected from the SHARED VALUES that the rest of America holds."
(TS) SHARED VALUES!!! Is this true? Is Bill Clinton’s statement a true statement?
If so, what are these shared values? Where did these values come from? How did we come to share these values as a nation?
I believe that America (from its inception) was founded as A CHRISTIAN NATION.
The foundations of our "shared values" are rooted in: 1. The 10 Commandments (Ex 20)
and 2. The Teachings of Jesus (Mt 22:38-39)
Ex. 1. Love God (Faith is important)
2. Have no other gods (Truth is important)
3. Honor mother & father (Family is important!)
4. Do not murder (Human life is important!)
5. Do not steal (Private Property is important)
6. Do not commit adultery (Marriage is important!)
7. Do not bear false witness (Your integrity is important!)
8. Do not covet your neighbor's stuff (Community is important!)
Jesus said: Love the Lord your God. Love your neighbor as yourself. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
SUMMARY: These values are what makes civilization possible!
1. The Colonies: 12 of the original 13 colonies incorporated the entire Ten Commandments into their civil and criminal codes.
2.Benjamin Franklin: Benjamin Franklin summarized his religious beliefs in a letter to Ezra Stiles, president of Yale University:
"Here is my creed, I believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to His other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. This I take to be the fundamental points of religion."
The Founders of America believed that it was THE DUTY OF SCHOOLS to communicate these fundamental points to future citizens of America.
Based on Franklin's statement, they emphasized:
1. The Recognition and worship of a Creator who made all things.
2. That the Creator has revealed a MORAL CODE of behavior for happy living which distinguishes right from wrong.
3. That the Creator holds men responsible for the way they treat each other.
4. That all men live beyond this life.
5. That in the next life, individuals are judged for their conduct in this one.
"All five of these tenets," says historian Cleon Skousen, "run through practically all the founders' writings
3.The Northwest Ordinance: In 1787, the year the Constitution was written, the founders also passed the famous Northwest Ordinance. In it they emphasized the essential need to teach religion and morality in the schools of the new territories. It stated: "Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.
4. Public Schools: A brief review of early American school books, even books in the early part of this century reveal that...
- THESE MORAL PRINCIPLES WERE TAUGHT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS in America
- They were EMBEDDED in the hearts and minds of every school child.
Civilization is not transferred by osmosis. It is not inherited. It doesn't just happen
Its very advancement DEPENDS upon the ability of each generation to fully communicate and teach its children the Word of God.
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