It is amazing that many of our Universities and Government buildings have prominently displayed and sculpted into their buildings something that has a religious meaning. Some may be surprised to know that the English variant “And Ye Shall Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Make You Free”, a Bible Verse from John 8: 32, is carved in stone in the Original Headquarters Building (OHB) of the Central Intelligence Agency.
This verse is used as a motto for the University of Tennessee, University of Portland and Idaho State University and Johns Hopkins University…to name only a few. The verse “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” is inscribed on the Main Building at the University of Texas at Austin and at Parks Library at Iowa State University. (Wikipedia)
This particular verse, John 8:32, is from the King James Version of the Bible. Yet, in today’s world, there is the push to get rid of anything spiritual in the public forum. As historical statues and monuments are being torn down with the intent of erasing history in order that no person will be insulted, it is an impossibility. History is the TRUTH…of what happened…for good or for bad. Even if we accomplished erasing the past, our present actions are being made for the future history. It is a never-ending task.
The America we know today is filled with doubts that the TRUTH, whether about Covid…or other American matters, is actually being given to the American people. This DOUBT, whether big or small, has in many cases led people to be irrational and filled with apprehension.
Perhaps we should look back into history for a few words that came to Americans from their leaders.
Abraham Lincoln thought the nation might fall apart…and be irreconcilably divided if there was not strong leadership during the Civil War. After the war ended, it was the American people, both in the South and in the North, that rose to the occasion to build again “one nation under God.”
Abraham Lincoln’s Words to all Americans at Gettysburg
“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Another Leader of America was President Franklin D. Roosevelt, referred to as FDR. This new president had to encourage the American people in the midst of a very bad situation. His words to the people emphasized TRUTH and not to give in to FEAR…that would bring a nation down into the ditch of despair
When World War II was raging in Europe, Japan attacked Peal Harbor, bringing Americans into the war. Many of our Mothers and Fathers, or Grandparents, rose to the occasion. They dropped everything and went to work in the various factories to support our troops. Without these dedicated Americans, keeping freedom alive here and in Europe would have been most difficult, if not impossible. We owe everything to the “greatest generation.”
Yes, we often look to national leadership…but leadership is not always the same as those who led the past…and may not be with those who will lead the future. Leadership is often the inner-strength of a person. One thing our democracy expects is that the PEOPLE will do their part to be courageous…steadfast…and remain true to the principles that our founding fathers gave us. It expects that the leaders will not try to manipulate the Constitution.
It is easy to see, when we look at governments around the world, that real FREEDOM can easily be removed by those who would expect that their government always knows best and tells the people what they must do in every detail of their lives... in other words, assuming the masses will believe that they are telling the TRUTH and the WHOLE TRUTH for the good of the people. Today, we call that “mandating.”
Don’t forget the people of Germany who found that absolute rule led to the concentration camps. On January 27, 2022, will be “The Holocaust Remembrance Day.” Hopefully, our schools and universities will make this a priority in teaching on that day. We must NEVER forget and our children must know what the previous generations lived through. Students may want to take a look at the words inscribed on many of their University buildings…“You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.” Freedom and liberty is wrapped up in these words.
Tackling fear and uncertainty is not easy. DO THE BEST YOU CAN…AND MOVE ON WITH LIFE….otherwise, FEAR WILL BE THE GREAT ENEMY…leaving you and the American people depressed and non-functioning. As has been written in this blog before…life and the beauty of life is what you make it…in the midst of difficulties.
As we pray for better times, we are encouraged by the Holy Scriptures that says, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. ‘” — Jeremiah 29:11.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2nd Timothy 1:7
Let us hear from FDR, who told Americans “All we have to fear is fear itself.” He said, “This is the time to speak the truth, the WHOLE TRUTH…AND BOLDLY. ” He went on to say, “This nation WILL ENDURE, AS IT HAS ENDURED”….and it was his firm belief that the nation would do this. He also warned about FEAR….a “nameless, UNREASONING, unjustified terror.”
LET THIS SPEECH BE A LESSON TO US TODAY. (Turn up sound) Note: At the end is the word, Clinton, which has nothing to do with FDR’s speech.
MAY YOUR DAY BE BLESSED!