From The Director's Desk
America’s Godly Heritage
As our dearly beloved nation celebrates its 244th birthday on July 4, I will once again share about our country’s godly heritage.
George Washington dedicated 45 years of his life to public service, including two terms as our first president and the leader of the constitutional convention. He believed that, “Of all the habits and dispositions which lead to political prosperity, religion [Christianity] and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars. Apparently, the people writing our history books want to change what our children are taught about the connection between political prosperity and religion [Christianity] and morality.”
Patrick Henry, another of our Founding Fathers, believed, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often, that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Our education system was based upon God’s Word. “The New England Primer was a reader used in what would be our first grade. It was first introduced in 1690 and taught for 200 years in America, until 1900. The alphabet was taught with Bible verses that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Also, lessons had questions about the Bible and the Ten Commandments.”
Another influential statesman was Benjamin Franklin. He affirmed, “We need God as our friend not our enemy, We need Him to be our ally not our adversary. We need to make sure that we keep God’s concurring aid.” He also believed that, “Whoever will introduce into public affairs the principles of Christianity will change the face of the world.”
James Madison, our fourth president and “Father of the Constitution,” wrote, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” How sad that in our days the Ten Commandments may not be displayed in our public schools and court houses.
Our Founders created a form of government based on God and biblical principles that has lasted for almost two and a half centuries. To God be the glory! During that same period of time other countries have undergone multiple forms of government. For example, France has changed its government seven times and Italy 40 times.
John Jay was the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and one of the three men most responsible for writing our constitution. He declared, “Providence [God] has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christian for their rulers. How long has it been since the Supreme Court said to make sure you elect Christians for our leaders? We have lost this guidance which made our country great.”
Our third president, Thomas Jefferson, wisely observed, “The reason Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion in the world that deals with the heart.” May we remember and heed the powerful inscription on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice can’t sleep forever.”
John Quincy Adams, our sixth president, who had an education with this godly influence, later wrote, “the highest glory of the American Revolution was this: that it tied together in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”
In the 1811 U.S. Supreme Court decision People v. Ruggles, “There was a man who made attacks on Jesus in such a blasphemous way that it made it to the Supreme Court and the court ruled: ‘Whatever strikes at the root of Christianity tends manifestly to the dissolution of civil government.’ They reasoned that if you attack Jesus, you have attacked Christianity, and if you have attacked Christianity, you have attacked the foundation of the U.S., therefore an attack on Jesus or Christianity was equivalent to an attack on the foundation of the U.S.”
In Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States (1892) the court ruled, “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind, and it’s impossible that it should be otherwise: and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.”
A U. S. Senate report from 1854 stated, “The great, vital and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
During the American Civil War someone asked President Lincoln if God was on his side. Lincoln replied, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on my side. My great concern is to be on God’s side.” The greatest question we can ask ourselves today is, Are we on God’s side?
“Our Founders pointed out that Christianity was the only religion that could stop crime before it started because all crime came out of the heart. If you deal with the heart problem, you won’t have to deal with crime.”
Having turned its back on biblical principles, America has become a world leader in divorce, teenage pregnancies, voluntary abortions, illegal drugs, incarcerations, and illiteracy (in the industrial world). Truly, these are not areas where we want to be at the top of the list.
In closing, I ask, “How many more birthdays will our beloved nation celebrate? May we all be looking unto and following the Lord God Almighty and His beloved Son Jesus Christ and His divine, eternal Word upon which our beloved country was truly and rightly founded.
By His everlasting love,
Dave Scholl, Mission Director
P.S. Thanks so very much for all your faithful and beautiful support of our Galesburg Rescue Mission/Women’s Shelter and Women’s Pregnancy Center ministries that is making a difference in people’s lives.
*All quotations proceed from David Barton, America’s Godly Heritage (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 2009).
From the Women's Pregnancy Director's Desk
Our doors are open! Yay! We are so glad to back at the center. The volunteers and I were excited to get going and hopefully get to see the new babies that were born. While the stay-at-home orders were in place, we stayed in touch with our clients, returned phone messages, and provided for those in needs.
We re-opened the week of June 8 and our schedule was filled with new and returning clients. Even though we were a little apprehensive at first, we are very thankful that everything got off to a good start. We plan to expand our hours by offering appointments on Fridays. God truly knows our needs and we are stepping out by faith, letting Him take care of the rest. This would never have been possible without our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ taking us each step of the way.
Thank you for your support in prayers, monetary giving, and providing for the moms and babies.
God bless each of you!
Very Important Notice
Because we switched our phone service from Century Link to Comcast in 2018 in order to be better stewards of God's resources, we discovered that we are no longer listed in the 2019 Century Link phone book or the 2019-2020 Yellowbook. The Galesburg Rescue Mission & Women's Shelter, located at 435 East Third Street, Galesburg, Illinois, continues to have our (309) 343-4151 phone number! Our Women's Pregnancy Center's phone number is (309) 343-4739 and is located at 1252 East Fremont Street in Galesburg. Please add these phone numbers to your phone book or other phone lists and share our phone number with others....
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