Sunday, July 5, 2015

History Matters Don’t Change it – Learn from it!

Mark 3:24-26 24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. (KJV)

History Matters Don’t Change it – Learn from it!

My last three years as a teacher in the public school system were spent teaching American History. I began each of those years with the quote: Those who refuse to learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them.

After a discussion to determine the meaning and validity of those words, I introduced the question: What makes America so great? For each of the 180+ days of the school year, seventh grade students were presented with assignments to discover for themselves the answer to that question. America and her history good, bad and often bloody does matter. History can be a wonderful teacher if we explore it with a desire to learn from it.

Today, it is shocking to me to witness the number of people who have no appreciation for the accomplishments and history of America. It is disturbing to watch as that rich history and the blessings of “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are being re-written or erased completely.

 Psalm 5:4-6  For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; 6 you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest. (NIV)

After watching the video series: How the States got Their Shape, as a final assignment I asked my students to redefine the US map and think of all the things they had learned about America the states and what makes this a great nation. I was struck to the core of my being at the results they presented.

1 Samuel 2:7 The Lord makes poor and rich; He brings low, He also exalts. (NASB)

Each and EVERY student presented me with a US map divided in half NORTH and SOUTH. Across the northern half were written the words “Given to Canada” and across the Southern half the map read, “Given to Mexico.”

Are we as a nation writing God out of our History? Is God in return preparing to write America out of existence?

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