THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

July 28, 2012

40 Days to Save America

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Watch – Pray – Act

July 2, 2012

Two Historic Quotes on this Day

July 2, 1776 and 1912…Founding Father John Adams extolling the Declaration of Independence versus Progressivist Woodrow Wilson reinterpreting it.

Teaching my worldview class for the past seven years has afforded great opportunities to study our nation’s history and find some great quotations. One of those great historic quotes was John Adams glorying on that day’s events in a letter to his wife, Abigail:

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade with shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although We should rue it, with I trust in God We shall not.

July 2, 1776 was the day Congress declared independence from Great Britain; July 4, 1776 was the adoption of the document, The Declaration of Independence. John Adams’ sentiments were only a couple of days early, but his heart was certainly on the pulse beat of every American.

Just 136 years later, presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson would declare his extremely progressivistic views on this same document–a view that would change the landscape of American politics and chart a departing course from that of our founding fathers. Wilson’s view predominates the liberal agenda of today’s politics. Wilson could invoke the name of God with the best of them, but that did not mean his politics were blessed of that God whom he quoted. Read this insightful introduction from The Heritage Foundation, then following, read for yourself the words of Governor Wilson who would months later become our 28th President and leader/charter of the progressive movement.

http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/woodrow-wilson-asks-what-is-progress

Read it and weep for an America that has followed that course and that needs to repent and return to the course of John Adams and his contemporaries.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
“Righteousness exalts a nation…”
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

June 27, 2012

Evangelical Version of Popular Vote Video

Pass this video around to all your friends who love freedom:

 

June 17, 2012

Father’s Day

Everyone has been influenced by their father. Hopefully it has been a good influence. Even if the influences were negative, they can be turned around for good in your life, if you will let them.

My father passed on a strong work ethic and sense of right and wrong. He was opinionated. He was a strong provider–he brought home the bacon. Dad was not perfect, but he was still Dad–not just a biological father–and I love him for that. My dad passed away just three weeks before my 18th birthday. I suppose you could make a case for that being a critical time in my life, but I suppose every facet of childhood and young adulthood is critical. Anyway, everyone has their own father story, and they are all important…because fatherhood is important. I think God thinks it is important. God has made fathers the guardians and preservers of human life itself. Fathers bestow it, mothers nurture it. Dads and moms influence it.

The Bible makes an interesting prophetic statement in the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.  –Malachi 4:5,6

A culture will be blessed if its fathers are respected and responsible. God bless our fathers. They are worthy of a day of honor.

February 22, 2012

Happy Birthday to my favorite President

George Washington…”first in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

Although largely forgotten by most Americans, Washington’s “Farewell Address” is still remembered and read in its entirety on his birthday every year in the U.S. Senate. I encourage you to read his prophetic words as they speak to the great concerns of our country even in 2012. Washington’s protective ideals for America are a template for contemporary governmental reform. I challenge you to read his words and see if it is not so. If his message is read and heeded, I believe George Washington will be “first in the hearts of his countrymen” once again.

Link to George Washington’s Farewell Address

February 10, 2012

“We have a stewardship over a great inheritance”

Two great inspirational speeches from the CPAC conference going on in Washington DC this weekend:

No comments…just an Amen.

January 12, 2012

The Perils of Leadership

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
Louis D. Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice

With all due respect, I am tired of our current President. He is wearing me out. You never know what he is going to do next. This latest escapade with “recess appointments” is about the last straw. I would like to think that he is well meaning, but there seems to be a systematic–no, chronic breakdown of protocol with regard to our Constitutional structure. All the promised “hope and change” was much more than the American people bargained for. I know it’s a tough job, but it does not come with much learning curve time. Judgment typically comes with experience, but apparently Mr. Obama did not come with either.

And now, the opposing party is vetting their nominations to oppose President Obama in the fall. Here we are with still months to go before the August primary, and I fear that we will become just as tired and worn out with this arduous process as well. Don’t get me wrong, I love my country and our Constitution, but I so tire of the partisan rhetoric, wrangling, and rules.  There has got to be a better way than all the caucuses and primaries and other concoctions political parties can contrive to maintain their power and influence. Power does corrupt. And it appears that bipartisanship has reached an impasse. Third parties don’t have a chance because the two-party system has written all the rules.

Well, anyway, I’ve gotten all that off my chest. Complaining does not do any good, in and of itself, but when all this becomes a threat to our liberty, then it is certainly time for action. So…what do we do? I don’t really know what else to do but pray.  The Scriptures tell us: When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice, when the wicked rule the people groan. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. We need God in America. “In God we trust,” and “one nation under God” are more than just cultural rhetoric. They are ancient wisdom, understood by our wise founding fathers. They are words that have stood the test of time, the test of tyranny and triumph, yesterday, today, and forever:

Daniel 2:21 – “He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.”

Psalm 75:7 – “But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.”

I enjoy zealous leaders, but give me a man of understanding any day.

November 26, 2011

First National Observance of Thanksgiving

On this day, 222 years ago, America observed its first national day of thanksgiving as proclaimed by President George Washington on October 3, 1789. In this Thanksgiving Proclamation, Washington commends as a national duty the fulfillment of this responsibility to honor God and for Americans to celebrate their new Constitution and more particularly, the recent congressional passage of the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments) sent to the states for passage just one week prior to this proclamation:

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

Today’s courts would have thrown this proclamation out as unconstitutional, but Washington, prompted by the U.S. House and Senate, with the First Amendment fresh on their minds and on its way to the States, boldly announced America’s dependence on God and His providential blessings by declaring a day of prayer and thanksgiving. Not only that, but Washington proclaimed this as the duty of all nations! God, send us another Washington!

November 24, 2011

Pilgrims, Pumpkins, and Prayers

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Here is a potpourri of thoughts for Thanksgiving:

I am grateful this Thanksgiving day for our Pilgrim forefathers who braved the tempestuous seas and unpioneered territory to sow the seeds of religious and political liberty which fruit we enjoy today. I am grateful for the abundance we possess in America because of the blessing of God’s providence. My gratefulness is directed toward “Our father’s God, to Thee, Author of Liberty, to Thee we sing; Long may our land be bright, with freedom’s Holy Light; Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King.”

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.

 Thoughts on Gratitude:

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” –Cicero

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19:

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Commentary on the Scripture…

What is God’s will for your life?    Make the choice to rejoice.    Be careful to be prayerful.    Have the attitude of gratitude.

This Thanksgiving, don’t just be thankful, but give thanks to God.

A blessed Thanksgiving to all!

May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

This will be a special summer for our family as we make a first-time “pilgrimage” back east to the Philadelphia and Boston area. Lord willing, we will stand where Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, where the “shot heard round the world” was fired (Lexington to Concord), where they battled the elements at Valley Forge, and where over Fort McHenry the “bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” We will also visit the sites of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Boston Massacre, and those famous places where our revolutionary fathers not only pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, but where many gave their last full measure of devotion. In years past, I have been moved at Arlington and Jefferson Barracks. A dream of a future trip is to walk the beaches of Normandy. Last night and today, I watched movies depicting Gen. Douglas MacArthur and other brave soldiers as well as brave Filipino partisans defending their homeland. I marveled at their focused devotion and the difficult and mortal sacrifices that were made. These as well as other places are what Memorial (“Decoration”) Day is all about. I can walk and talk freely today because of those who have defended my liberty with their own lives. We must never forget.

Today, we need a new birth of freedom in our beloved land. I believe that God births liberty in our hearts with His amazing grace. This grace is seen in the face of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave His blameless life so that we might live in liberty. That liberty is enshrined in our American history: it is thoroughly documented from Columbus to our pilgrim fathers, from fledgling colonial communities to to the halls of state and federal government. Our form of government will not survive without acknowledging it. We are one nation under God, and it is in God we trust. We must rededicate our “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.” Proverbs 3:5,6 admonishes us,

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths

His direction and protection come as we acknowledge and trust Him. It is my prayer that God may continue to bless America.

April 22, 2011

Knowing where the faucet is

Texas Governor Rick Perry yesterday signed a prayer proclamation for rain to end the state’s recent and historical period of drought. Certainly a historical act, albeit politically incorrect, Governor Perry is in good company with his proclamation and certainly reflects our national motto and pledge of In God We Trust and One Nation Under God. I suppose the ACLU will be all over this.

Texas Governor Rick Perry's "Prayer Proclamation"

God bless the good governor and God bless Texas. At least he knows where the faucet is–and may there be showers of blessing statewide.

March 16, 2011

The Sexualization of America and the World

After giving some thought to my recent trip to the U.N. with a contingent of the St. Louis Teen Eagles, I wanted to make a few comments regarding the coarsening of our society on its trek to becoming more like its disintegrating European counterpart. The socialization (vis-à-vis sexualization) of Europe is not only well documented but also well promoted not only in the European Union (EU) but also in the United Nations. The Obama administration’s delegation, in lock step with the EU, has led the battle charge against traditional Christian values which uphold the sanctity of life and family. America’s largest and most influential education union, the National Education Association (NEA) graphically declared that sex and sexuality education are needed worldwide in preschool through college to solve the world’s population and gender stereotyping ills. (Of course, the new definition of gender expands the traditional view of male and female to at least six genders…adding LGBT orientations.) Smaller aid-dependent countries decried the harassment of their funder nations regarding the push for all of these changes. Many pro-abortion, anti-traditional family NGO’s (Non Governmental Organizations) plus many U.N. agencies like the UNFPA, regularly and forcefully encourage these intimidating changes while countering, blocking, and even shouting down alternative views. There were at least two occasions when our Teen Eagle team made early exits from conferences because of objectionable material being presented. What a statement was made as we left those venues! Parents, not culture or government, are responsible for their children’s education. They inculcate values and morés. Certainly communities and cultures reflect the values promoted by families, which has sorrowfully become an indictment on the family in our nation and our world. We need a revival of the spirit of family as well as a personal renewal of the spiritual values that have made America the exceptional nation that it is. America does not need to follow Europe… they are heading the wrong direction! European-style socialism is not working culturally, economically, or spiritually. America must STOP and remember from whence it came. America must repent of falling short of God’s standard, and then repeat its former works and retake its former stand and position as a light to the nations–a city set upon a hill.

February 1, 2011

A New Year–A New Focus

Have I slept and worked through the month of January???  It has been one month since my last post! I am grateful that when we are focused on other things, our God watches over us and neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4). January 2011 has been a very transitional and transformational month for me personally. My focus has been on those transitions. Over the next three months, I will step down as President of FreeWay Foundation and Pillsbury College & Seminary and take the reins of The Pillar Foundation as its new Director. I have been associated with FreeWay and Pillsbury since 1991 and on staff for the past five years. I have been teaching at Pillar for the past six years. I am grateful for God’s faithfulness and direction in my life and I am excited about what He has in store for the future!

The transformational part of January came this past week with the annual Educational Policy Conference–not just informational but inspirational, as well. Dealing with the themes of courage and conviction, we heard from 28 well-known speakers, authors, historians and educators on topics of great concern to our American culture and educational system. From Bonhoeffer to the birth of America, we heard presentations that informed, inspired, and engaged participants to “fight the good fight” of preserving our culture.  As a participant, I am so grateful for Donna Hearne and her co-workers who have put together this annual conference for the past 22 years and have, with servant hearts, helped us to integrate our Christian faith with our secularized culture. Again, I was inspired and activated, especially in this new year and new focus for my life.

Today, February 1, is the anniversary of the publishing of Julia Ward Howe’s civil war era poem, The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Her inspired lyrics motivate me to partner with what God is doing in our land.  With courage and conviction, we must seek and stand for His righteousness, no matter what the cost. I encourage you to meditate on these lyrics and the Biblical images and principles they victoriously reflect:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
“As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal”;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free;
[originally …let us die to make men free]
While God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

December 31, 2010

2011: Living the American Dream

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What is the American Dream? Before we can live it, we must first define it. Is there a Mexican or Canadian dream, a French or Japanese dream? I’ve never heard of anything other than the American Dream. Unlike other nations that point to their unique ancestral land, ruling class or ethnicity, shared history or religion, America has never derived her purpose and meaning from those things that have characterized other nationalities.

The American Dream is sometimes characterized as material prosperity (“a chicken in every pot”), or home ownership, or the land of opportunity. Certainly the American Dream is more than material gain or business success. There is something more that sets America apart and distinguishes her as an exception among the nations. America is exceptional because of what she stands for, not just because of what she does. America is certainly not perfect, but her ideals set the standard for not only our country, but all the world.

English writer and apologist G.K. Chesterton stated, “America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed.” America is an idea, a creed, and that is why there is an American Dream. Our creed and dream are born out of the Declaration of Independence which was written to “a candid world” subject to “the opinions of mankind.” The Declaration espouses ideas such as “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” and that “all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Notice these truths of equality are “self-evident” and apply to “all men,” not just all Americans. Jefferson called the Declaration “an expression of the American mind.” One’s mind is the stuff of which dreams are made. Our Pledge of Allegiance declares “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” These ideals are the stuff of which dreams are made. Our founding fathers knew that if this fledgling country would survive the war for independence, it would become a light to the rest of the world, even as the Statue of Liberty still symbolizes. Our dedication to these ideals bears a great responsibility for us to carry not only at home but abroad.

Finally, as we see in our Declaration creed, faith and freedom go hand-in-hand. Our inherent rights come from our Creator. In order for liberty to exist, there must also be a  moral faith. The term “creed” does have ecclesiastical overtones. Religious liberty is a hallmark of our republic, and with good reason. The Father of the Constitution, James Madison, once said:

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Faith is at the root of freedom and must be protected and nourished. These ideals are what real American’s desire, they are for what patriots live and die, and for what the signers of the Declaration committed their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. This is the dream of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Katherine Lee Bates:

O beautiful for patriot dream, That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam, Undimmed by human tears.
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea.

I am praying that 2011 is the year that we Americans dream again and give expression to the ideals we hold so dearly and closely.  I am praying for a renewed reliance upon God, a spiritual awakening, and a rebirth of liberty. I am praying for America and for Americans that we live the American Dream once again.

December 23, 2010

Two Christmas Miracles

I am not so naive as to think that Jesus was born on December 25, but when celebrated on any date, the incarnation of Jesus Christ and entry into this world is the miracle of miracles–a mystery that hailed the redemption of the earth and brought tidings of great joy to all people.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: you will find the baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”  (Luke 2:8-14 ESV)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6,7 ESV)

The Word–Jesus–became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14) in the fullness of God’s timing (Galatians 4:4)–at exactly the right time.  The hour of God’s deliverance always comes at exactly the right time. There is no guesswork about it…God knows exactly where we are and exactly what we need.

As for the second Christmas miracle, we do have another historical account, but this one fell exactly on December 25, 1776: General George Washington and his troops miraculously crossed the Delaware River to evade surrounding armies and to invade the Hessian forces at Trenton. This Christmas miracle preserved the Continental army to eventually secure and establish our newly birthed nation. At exactly the right moment, God delivers. Our trust, hope, expectation, and deliverance are in Him and Him alone. This Christmas, I am praying that God will deliver us once again and that His people will seek that wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption that is in the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:30,31) who was born that Christmas Day. May God once again bless America as we put our trust in Him and may you and yours have a blessed and merry Christmas.

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