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Our American Heritage
 

How well do you understand what you have been given as a citizen of the United States? Do you really understand the absolutely incredible blessing you have, or do you go about your daily life, rarely giving thought to it, taking U.S citizenship for granted? We’re going to look at the highly condensed version, in one chapter, of a subject that would easily fill an entire book. We are most familiar with who, but why, how and upon what principles was the greatest nation the world has ever known formed?

Why is Knowing this important? Because when you realize what you hold in your hand, and I’m talking about getting an appreciation so deep down inside of you that you wake up in the morning shouting praise to God for it, nothing can stop you! I’m talking about an attitude of gratitude, which we’ll look at later on, that transforms your life. If you’ve never fully understood, to the core of your being, what you hold in your hand as an American, I can promise you will by the end of this chapter.

Do not be mislead, the founding of America was a supernatural miracle of God of unimaginable proportions. And yet, there are those who have prospered while living in the miracle, to the tune of millions, and even billions of dollars, who spend their fortunes in an attempt to convince Americans otherwise. I would not want to be in their shoes when they stand before God, and we will all stand before Him one day, to give an account of how they used the resources they were blessed with. Just about now you are thinking that your resources are very limited compared to some. Correct? Let’s adjust our thinking here and now. We all hold far more resources, in our hands, right now, this very minute, than we can possibly think or imagine. Even if you aren’t completely convinced of that now, do this with me. Agree that we will adjust our thinking until our believing catches up with our thoughts.

Let’s have a little fun with our imagination. Come aboard my time traveling cruise ship for a special cruise with your author tour guide. We’re cruising to the country of Spain in the year 1492. It is a magnificent summer day on July the 30th. Only the day isn’t so magnificent for some. On this day, the entire Jewish population that had not been either converted or killed, about 250,000 people, were expelled from Spain. This was the culmination of the Spanish Inquisition, during which everything the Jews owned was confiscated from them and they were forced to leave the country.

Though not taught in most American schools, history records that the voyage of Columbus was financed by two Jews, Luis de Santangelo, chancellor of the royal household of king Ferdinand and queen Isabella, and Gabriel Sanchez, treasurer of Aragon. The funds disbursed to Columbus from the Spanish treasury came from the confiscated wealth of the Jewish people. The Jewish exiles were in hopes that Columbus would discover a new land for them to live in. Columbus thought he would find Hebrew speaking Jews upon reaching the other side of the world, who were descended from the “ten lost tribes.” He made sure to have a Hebrew interpreter onboard just for this occasion. Very few know it was the confiscated wealth of the Jewish people, which caused the treasury surplus, that enabled this most historic of voyages.

Recharging the course our time traveling ship, we are fast forwarding to November 9, in the year 1620 On this day,the Pilgrims first sighted the land known as Cape Cod. We are looking in on the voyage of the Mayflower with 41 pilgrims aboard, led by William Bradford. The Pilgrims, as we al know, came to America seeking primarily the freedom to practice their religion in the manner they chose, and not as the state would direct. Though not seeking self-government, the writing and subsequent signing of the Mayflower Compact by all 41 Pilgrims, miraculously gave birth to the same.

We find these words in the Mayflower Compact: “Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith”- thirteen words that led to the inspiration and underpinning of all that was to follow in forming our great nation, “one nation under God.” Words that would later inspire men to write in The Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Our Founding Fathers clearly held the belief that the hand of Almighty God, the God of the Bible, held this nation and the framing of The Constitution of the United States within His protective care and guidance. Benjamin Franklin, perhaps more than any other, made this abundantly clear when he penned these words: “I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence (protective care of God), that I can hardly conceive a transaction (the framing of the Constitution) of such momentous importance to the welfare of millions... should be suffered (allowed) to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent... and beneficent Ruler in whom all inferior spirits live, and move, and have their being- a direct reference to Acts 17:28.”

Many attempts have been made to discredit the hand of God in forming our nation, to cast doubt upon our Founding Fathers, and to rewrite history according to the precepts of godless men. All such attempts fail and implode of their own volition, and will continue to do so. These vain attempts to destroy and tear down can be easily seen for what they are, for they fail to inspire, to impart vision, or to propel men and women to achieve the great works that lie at the core of this great nation, One Nation Under God.

American exceptionalism and greatness are misunderstood by many Americans. It does not mean that Americans are better than other people, or that we are somehow uniquely different as human beings. It certainly does not mean our country hasn’t been without our own problems.

The United States of America was founded upon the principles of freedom and individual liberty. It was the first country in the history of the world founded upon the principle that all human beings are created as free people. Prior to this, citizens of every other nation in the world were subservient to a king, government, or ruling class. If any freedoms were allowed, it was because the king or ruler granted them. Americans are free to think and believe as they choose; to dream and work as hard as their desire will take them, to achieve their dreams, with nothing holding them back. Freedom and individual liberty does not belong to a king or ruler to grant. These rights come directly from God and are placed within every person born on planet earth.

Most of the world’s citizens prior to this never experienced these freedoms. Many, in fact, were sometimes punished severely for developing their own ideas, beliefs and dreams for a better future for their families. America is the exception to this and that in a very few words is American exceptionalism. This is our heritage as American citizens, which we must never forget, for in the day that we do it will surely be taken from us.

 

Malcolm Crosland, CEO
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