Letter: Christianity and our heritage
The word Christian(s) is mentioned in the King James Bible only 3 times. The first mention is a comment about some people who were called Christians because of their teachings. The next is a comment from a king who was almost persuaded to become a Christian. And finally, there is a reference to people who suffered as Christians.
Whatever an individual’s views may be, it is obvious the reference was always about people, not land, buildings nor any material object. However, there are some things about our nation’s history that are worth noting.
In 1953, I completed radio school at Kessler AFB and was awarded a certificate of completion. The certificate was dated, “3 March in the year of our Lord 1953.” Many World War II and Korea veterans were awarded documents dated in similar fashion.
Our nation, at that time, recognized that a date placed on an official document referenced back to the event of Christ’s birth.
Gradually, the dating of the year on documents was reduced to two numerals. Remember Y2K? Millions of dollars were spent because the true reference (4 numerals) was forgotten.
Every pilot, whether on the sea or in the air, will tell you that a “true reference” is a must in order to keep on the right course. The same has proven true for mighty nations throughout history. Nations in which every person did that which was pleasing to himself, having no true guidance, eventually ended up in oppression and servitude.
U.S. currency tells the world “in Whom we trust” and gives a date referencing the event that is celebrated annually at Christmas time. Our airspace navigation systems require a date/time group input referencing the event that occurred about 2,014 years ago. Those who want to know the truth about our nation’s foundation need to read the true history of the early leaders such as Patrick Henry, who stated, “We – as individuals and corporately as a nation – must seek God and His righteousness if we are to continue in His grace.”
Benjamin Franklin, addressing George Washington, said: “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”
Now for our consideration: How far can an empire go when the guidance to stay on course has been ignored?