Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Rick Green from Texas!

History for mommies, daddies, and other true Americans...
Rick Green was an inspiring voice to start off this historic Constitution Week! From Wallbuilders, this former Texas state representative was speaking locally on our form of government and its beginnings…our godly heritage.
One intriguing point was raised after Mr. Green’s talk (which, by the way, so closely resembles David Barton’s pace, I decided the world could be accused of having two of the same man!) The schools have, for at least forty years, been teaching economic reasons for the American Revolution. Everybody knows about the Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party! Taxation without representation! Did I ever mention just his past 4th of July, my sons and friends were mocking the absurdity during the fireworks? Public school and homeschooled alike, it was amazing that they had the insight to recognize the misfit with reality, the chink in the armor of the new altered history. Why would they risk everything for an unfair tax or two?! No, Rick Green contends, there were deep moral issues in the balance, many of which were enumerated in the Declaration.
What is missing even there is the clarity of the religious oppressions. Previous to the Great Awakening, Charles II, in 1682, was warned that “the preachers were preaching freedom” and his advisors suggested regulation of colonial churches in Massachusetts or a complete changeover to Episcopal priests! The decree went thus: Allow Episcopal clergy to form churches---or relinquish their Charter.
The colonists, under Increase Mather, were convinced 'twould be a sin to surrender their God given inheritance! Providence would have it that Charles II died the exact day Mather spent in prayer and fasting. It wasn’t over, though. James II sent Sir Edmund Andros, realizing that a strike at the resistance would be most effective if directed at their religion. One of Andros’s first attempts was to officially order that Episcopal services be held in the Old South Meetinghouse. (Peter Marshall, David Manuel; The Light and the Glory; pp258-9)
By now, it was engrained in their hearts and in our history, to submit to England would mean a spiral fall into the grips of religious oppression from whence they had been delivered! Do you think there was collective memory loss when King George III began playing games in the 1760’s? Actually, the Great Awakening had kept freedom’s flames kindled and the Word alive.
George Whitefield (quoted in Marshall, Manuel; p. 249) said, “The reason why congregations have been so dead is because they had dead men preaching to them. How can dead men beget living children?” ouch!
Sparks flew as the “city upon a hill” was ignited throughout with renewed covenant to advance God’s Kingdom. It is also mentioned in The Light and the Glory, a theme that wove through the colonies at this time was the Christian aspect of living in active “
service to the common good”! (p. 252)
In another thirty years, this inspiration would be the rocket booster only in need of a Light from the Sons of Liberty! These people were ready to fly on the wings of an eagle! Oh, and what happened to Sir Andros? He was lowered to the spectacle of escaping in women’s clothing. Double ouch!
Rick Green talked about the recently passed legislation to ensure the teachings of our founding documents in our schools on Constitution Day, September 17th or during Constitution Week through the 23rd. As he said, just exposing our kids to the original writing will allow them to discover what they say. It wouldn’t hurt to check it out. Wallbuilders is working on a curriculum for the occasion. That’s exciting! Inaccuracies run rampant through school curriculum and texts. Let’s be sure the door is open to only invited guests: our distinguished Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.

“Finally ye…whose power it is to save or destroy your country, consider well the
important trust…which God…has put into your hands. To God and posterity, you are
accountable for them…Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving
up those rights, and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered
to you.” ~Rev. Matthias Burnett, 1802 (quoted in Is America One Nation Under God? By Rick Green)

Who were Matthias Burnett's descendents? Were they in Jefferson, Stamford, area in upstate New York? My great grandfather was Rev. Malone Burnett in Norton Hill,NY. His brother was Matthias Burnett, a godly man, who was born around 1850 to Spencer and Barsinia (Barger) Burnett. Do you know?
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