|Vol. V Number 34||November 11, 2001|
Today is the actual celebration of Veterans Day or Armistice Day. World War I ended November 11, 1918. The following is from http://www.usis.usemb.se/Holidays/celebrate/Veterans.html
In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of bitter war, an armistice was signed. The "war to end all wars" was over.
November 11, 1919 was set aside as Armistice Day in the United States, to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during World War I in order to ensure a lasting peace. On Armistice Day, soldiers who survived the war marched in a parade through their home towns. Politicians and veteran officers gave speeches and held ceremonies of thanks for the peace they had won.
Congress voted Armistice Day a federal holiday in 1938, 20 years after the war ended. But Americans realized that the previous war would not be the last one. World War II began the following year and nations great and small again participated in a bloody struggle. After the Second World War, Armistice Day continued to be observed on November 11.
In 1953 towns people in Emporia, Kansas called the holiday Veterans' Day in gratitude to the veterans in their town. Soon after, Congress passed a bill introduced by a Kansas congressman renaming the federal holiday to Veterans' Day. 1971 President Nixon declared it a federal holiday on the second Monday in November.
As you can see Veterans Day does not have a long history as a holiday but there is a history of historical proportion. Even the history of World War I is clouded in deception. The United States entered the war when the warring factions in Europe were about ready to call it a draw and all would go home. Also the Lusitania which was sunk by a German U boat was carrying munitions to aid the British in their war against Germany. But the sinking of the Lusitania gave President Wilson the political clout to ask for a declaration of war against Germany. With the United States entering the war the war was extended for four additional years.
Patriotism is often blind and many follow along without giving a thought to what the results of the blind patriotism beget. Many believe that their country can do no wrong and that the leadership of the country know far more than what they know. Thus with this reasoning, many follow along blindly ignoring the sins of their country. The United States is disliked by many throughout the world because of perceived injustices.
The last item about honoring the veteran is a real sin that has. We will make a holiday for the veteran, but will deny medical treatment for contaminants that we used to fight that war. For instance Agent Orange which was used in Viet Nam. The troops who were contaminated and poisoned with the substance were denied medical treatment with the Federal Government denying that the chemical was the cause. This went on for over 20 years! This is dishonor to the veteran!
We go totally against the teaching of the Bible with the teaching that abortion is not murder. Now the government is promoting abortions on babies that are just about to be born calling them partial birth abortions. Several years ago in Tennessee a student was suspended from school for reading his Bible in the Lunch room. Is this an example of tolerance?
Our schools teach scientific theory as a fact instead of teaching theory as a theory. This is an example of blatant lying to the students who do not know better.
Even with the current debacle, we are now in a war with someone we originally armed and trained. During the Reagan era we armed and trained the Afghans to fight the Soviet Union. Now we are fighting the Afghans! This is just another debacle created by our own government!
The United States Government perpetrates every sin that the ancient Babylonian, Assyrian, Grecian, Roman, and other ancient governments performed. Blind patriotism in a government which lies, murders partially born babies, unjust court system is not what the Christian is supposed to do. We are to hold fast to that which is pure, just and honest.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;
12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
This entire list of sins listed in the first chapter of Romans is officially endorsed by the United States Government. The government celebrates gay pride month, murders those who know too much (Vince Foster), lovers of pleasure (both White House and Congress), promote fornication in the schools and I can go on. When your country holds fast to that which is evil and corrupt rejecting that which that is good then it is time to reconsider your patriotism.
Though it is nice to have a day to honor the veteran, I would like to see the United States really honor the veteran by taking care of the problems and sicknesses that result from the chemical, biological, and nuclear contaminants of war. We should spend our time really honoring the veteran instead of lying to him telling him that the war was not the cause of his malignity.
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