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July 4th and Messianic Judaism
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Thursday, July 04, 2013
J.L. Robb

Happy July 4th to all who celebrate our Independence Day. And Happy Independence Day to our Canadian neighbors, celebrated on July 1. July is a great month for Independence celebrations as we watch one take place in Egypt and hope it will be for independence.

July 4th is a really big deal here in the United States, and we have fireworks everywhere. Well, we used to until this year.

While our President and his entourage go on a $125 million dollar tour, pressing for gay-rights in Africa and other important business, many of our military bases have hit the delete button this year on the fireworks displays because of federal budget cuts. It seems the soldier always pays the price first in a country that celebrates their very existence and their bravery on this special day. It was the soldier after all who shed blood so we could be free to worship, do business, congregate and pursue the right of happiness.

Who do you think said this?

“Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of Him (Proverbs 2, 3). Every one shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein.”

I love July 4th but have loved it more since I read 1776 several years ago and learned more about what it took for men to die for our future.

“What kind of Christain are you?”

I am asked that question often, sometimes because of my writings and others because of conversations in Bible studies or other settings. I will talk about God to most anyone who will listen if they are truly interested. Often I learn things.

In The End The Book Series I use friends as some of the characters, though I change the names slightly. I found it makes it easier to remember who everyone is. In TETB PartTwo, there is a character Kipper T. who turns out to be an angel. Kipper Tabb is a pastor and a great friend, as is his wife, Missy (Missy T in the series). Missy is an angel too, bless her heart!

The other day Kipper and I were having breakfast and discussing our favorite subject and how far the United States had fallen from the principles of the Founding Fathers. We discussed whether the U.S. is or used to be a “Christian nation” and if so, what the heck has happened?

Radio commentator Neal Boortz was always eager to educate those of us who consider the U.S. a Christian nation, pointing out that we are NOT a theocracy but a Republic. However, a rose is a rose is a rose. Call it what you will, when almost 100% of we-the-people were Christians in 1776, that would be a Christian nation by default.

Hobby Lobby is an unusual company. Twice a year they spend millions of dollars on July 4th  and Christmas buying full-page newspaper ads in papers all around the country. I find myself waiting each year for the July 4th  newspaper to see what their ad has to say. You see, it’s not an ad to sell stuff; it’s an ad for God. A full page ad in the Wall Street Journal approaches $200,000.00, each. Even in small, local papers a full-page ad is not cheap and the Hobby Lobby mission of educating us is greatly appreciated. Today’s ad is In God We Trust, and you can see the full-page ad for today here: Hobby Lobby. Following is a few excerpts.

“The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”

“Providence 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 Christians for their rulers." - John Jay: Co-Author of the Federalist Papers; First Chief-Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

“There is no dissonance in these [legal] declarations…These are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons: they are organic [legal, governmental] utterances; they speak the voice of the entire people…These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.” - Church of the Holy Trinity v. U.S., 1892 (Unanimous Decision Declaring America a Christian Nation) Supreme Court ruling.

“At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged…In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity…That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.” - House Judiciary Committee Report, March 27, 1854

I would encourage everyone to check out the Hobby Lobby page in your local paper or on line.

Freedom isn't FreeSo are we a Christian nation because most are Christian? And don’t Christians owe their roots to Judaism? That’s 80% of the nation. It’s disappointing to now realize that, no we aren’t; though we used to be according to the Supreme Court and Founding Fathers. That was before the “falling away” from the laws of the land… and the Laws of God.

One of the best and most informative articles I have read about who, how and why we are here today, I read yesterday. It was written by the father of Rush Limbaugh. Here are some tidbits and hope you will take the time to read the entire article from the Rush Limbaugh Web Page:

“What kind of men were the 56 signers who adopted the Declaration of Independence and who, by their signing, committed an act of treason against the crown? To each of you, the names Franklin, Adams, Hancock and Jefferson are almost as familiar as household words. Most of us, however, know nothing of the other signers. Who were they? What happened to them?

“I imagine that many of you are somewhat surprised at the names not there: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry. All were elsewhere.” - Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr.

And a final excerpt:

“Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact.” - Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr.

And who did say this:

“Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of Him (Proverbs 2, 3). Every one shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein.” - Harvard 1636, Student Guidelines

My, things have really changed; and sometimes change is not good. As to what “kind” of Christian I am, my response was this: If I was Jewish, I would be a Messianic Jew. They have the closest beliefs to my own. I’ve been in sales my entire adult life; and if there is a tough sales job, it’s selling other Jews on Christ as their Messiah, the one they rejected. It’s being done, however, thanks to groups like Jews for Jesus and other brave souls.

It was the strong beliefs in Jesus Christ as Savior that made this country great, not the other way around. I hope everyone in the whole world has a wonderful July 4th.

Here is a Salute to Veterans and hope you will watch.

About J.L. Robb

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