Religious Freedom: The Soul of America
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Over the last two weeks there has been a great spiritual awakening in our country as thousands of people have flocked to a small college campus in Wilmore Kentucky.
The First Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The First Amendment provides that Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. It protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Over the last two weeks there has been a great spiritual awakening in our country as thousands of people have flocked to a small college campus in Wilmore Kentucky. The school, Asbury college, is a private Christian college campus located near Lexington Kentucky.
The campus found itself a spiritual flash point after a regularly scheduled Sunday service grew in a campus wide revival, and then grew into a ten day restoration of faith and an outpouring of the holy spirit. The revival swept through social media and gained not only the attention of Americans, but of people all over the world. Thousands of people found themselves pulled to the Kentucky Campus and thousand made the pilgrimage there to see what was going on for themselves.
And this is also the first time in my life that I have ever heard of or seen such a rejuvenation of spirit in this country.
The videos coming out of the Asbury campus were nothing short of astounding, because the outpouring of love and prayer between the people there was truly amazing and proved that neither the government nor the media could tear the nation apart when Gods blessings were upon it.
I cannot but help to compare the revival in Kentucky to the miracle which occurred in Fatima Portugal in 1917. The revival at Asbury College isn't the only Christian revival going on in the world right now. Israel is also seeing a great Christian conversion taking place there as well. And at this point in history, it doesn't take a stretch of ones imagination or faith to understand where this came from, as the last three years of our federal level governance has been fraught with oppression, fear and deception.
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In an article written by Breitbart News Correspondent Rebecca Mansour “Out of Small Beginnings"– the True History of the Pilgrim Fathers and Our Founding Myth”,. Rebecca reminds of us of the trials and risks that the passengers of the Mayflower took on their arduous journey to the new world, and what the truths of their endeavors really were. But Rebecca also cautioned the reader of the revisionists agenda who are seeking to change and to discredit, not only of the story of the Mayflower but the entirety of American history.
Rebecca states; “Our nation’s Founders understood the concept of a founding (or origin) myth in the same way the ancient Greeks and Romans did. A nation’s origin myth isn’t a falsification of history meant to deceive. Quite the contrary!
It is a story rooted in history that reflects a nation’s most sacred values, rituals, and identity.
To call something your founding myth is to state: This is who we were, this is who we are, and this is who we aspire to be. An origin myth often describes the emergence of a new civilization out of the ashes of an older one.” But unlike other endeavors that sought to explore the new world, many of which were based in conquest and exploitation, the pilgrims were fleeing to their homeland to find true freedom.
“The Pilgrims were devout Christians, and much like evangelical Christians today, these Englishmen and women sought to live by a simpler Biblical-based faith modeled after the early church of the Apostles. They wanted to live as a community that worshiped and worked together, but England and its established Church enacted laws that forbade religious gatherings in private houses. These laws basically thwarted the Pilgrims’ ability to practice their faith as a community. So, in 1608, faced with the threat of imprisonment for their faith, the small community fled England and settled in Holland, which was known as a refuge for Protestant dissenters.” -Rebecca Mansour
So it is no wonder that our founding fathers understanding of faith, respect for God and a deeper caring for the rights of its citizens lead them to create a constitution and a bill of rights. And the idea of freedom of religion was forefront in their thoughts, as the very sentences, in the very first paragraph secured their right to practice their own religion and to have freedom speech were among the first words written by James Madison in the bill of rights in 1791;
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”.
So there is no surprise that the very first thing that came under attack from misguided government entities, corporate interests and school districts was the first amendment freedom of religion and freedom speech.
But it seems that God, students, faculty and the new pilgrims who flocked to Asbury College to stand witness God moving upon our nation shines a bright light on the real foundations of our nation, and that would be faith in God.
On an additional note, I've been monitoring mainstream news outlets and it seems that they are attempting to downplay the revival as an inconvenience to the students and the surrounding community. No honors were given to God for pulling together people in love and fellowship. But as we all know, such brotherly or sisterly love will not be tolerated by the by the angry media . By the way, if you haven't read Rebecca's article. I've included a a link. Its well worth the read.
“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation.”– William Bradford, of Plymouth Plantation