Posted by Mats on 09/11/2009
November 9, 2009
“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons.” (Deuteronomy 4:9)
This admonition was given by God through Moses as the children of Israel were preparing finally to enter God’s promised land. God had done mighty things for them–delivering them from slavery in Egypt, parting the Red Sea for them, feeding them for forty years with water from a great rock and daily bread from heaven–and it was important for them to teach their descendants, “lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen.”
It was especially vital not to forget the actual words of God. “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it” (Deuteronomy 4:2).
The writer of Psalm 119 (the longest chapter in the Bible) stressed no less than seven times how important it was not to forget the words of God.
“I will not forget thy word” (v. 16).
“Yet do I not forget thy statutes” (v. 83).
“I will never forget thy precepts” (vv. 93, 141).
“I do not forget thy law” (vv. 109, 153).
“For I do not forget thy commandments” (v. 176).
Our nation has seen God do marvelous things. It was founded by a small band of Christians, and in a short span of history has become the greatest nation in the world. Yet we also seem about to forget, as Israel once did.
We would do well to rehearse again and again the poignant words of Rudyard Kipling, in words written over a hundred years ago:
“Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, lest we forget, lest we forget.”
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Posted by Mats on 07/10/2009
Barack Obama is on his apology tour of Europe. There is hardly anyone to whom he hasn’t apologized for American arrogance and mistakes. One thing Obama hasn’t managed to do is ask the Europeans to apologize to us for:
- Two World Wars which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans, who had to liberate Europe from itself.
- Colonialism in the Middle East which resulted in absurd and artificially drawn state borders, leading to generations of ethnic/religious conflicts which we had have to deal with in places such as Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Israel.
- Colonialism in Africa which resulted in absurd and artificially drawn state borders, leading to generations of ethnic/tribal conflicts which we have had to deal with throughout Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa.
- Colonialism in Southwest Asia which resulted in absurd and artificially drawn borders, leading to generations of ethnic and religious conflicts which we have had to deal with in places such as Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- Colonialism in Southeast Asia, which we have had to deal with in places such as Vietnam.
- Refusal to defend themselves from communist aggression (with a small number of exceptions) putting the burden on us to station tens of thousands of troops in Europe for several decades, at a cost in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
- Undermining our position in the world at every opportunity (France) just for sport.
And we could go on and on. The history of the last 100 years is the history of the United States having to clean up Europe’s mess and to deal with Europe’s ego. So if there are to be apologies, they should travel from East to West, not the other way around.
Question: How many Europeans have died defending us?
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