Going Back . . .
I am thankful for much of the ministry of John Calvin.
I am thankful for the courage of William Tyndale who gave his life.
I am thankful for the translation of the Geneva Bible, forged out of persecution.
1. I am thankful for the separatist Puritans who brought to the shores of America our beloved Geneva Bible.
2. I am thankful for the U.S. Congress who recommended the King James Bible to the people of America.
3. I am thankful to President John Adams who warned: “Let not Geneva be forgotten or despised.”
4. I am thankful for religious liberty that came at great cost.
5. I am thankful for the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and our Bill of Rights.
6. I am thankful for all our American soldiers who have died in battle and their families who have greatly sacrificed for what I enjoy.
7. I am thankful for the Boy Scouts of America, teaching genuine patriotism and leadership.
8. I am thankful that I can vote and speak with conviction.
9. I am thankful for our beautiful land that God Almighty has granted to us.
10. I am thankful for each time in my Pledge of Allegiance that I can say, “One nation under God”. Our very existence as a country is owed to God.
Incidentally, I just heard on the radio this morning that the man who first supported putting “under God” in the pledge, George Docherty, passed away at the age of 97.
“Rev. Docherty was originally from Scotland and did not know the words of the Pledge of Allegiance until his seven year old son recited it to him. He thought that it was strange that people said “God save the Queen” in Scotland, but that there was no mention of God in the American pledge of allegiance.
“He preached a sermon at his church in Washington D.C. in 1952 that included his opinion of the Pledge of Allegiance with no mention of God, but the sermon produced no visible results.
“In February 1954, the Reverend found out that President Eisenhower was going to be visiting his church, so he preached the message again. The day after Ike’s visit, a bill was introduced in the House of Representatives to include “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. A Senate bill followed.
“Eisenhower’s signature gave final authorization for the revised pledge on Flag Day, 1954.”