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Doing the Right Thing…Regardless of Cost

Hiram Bingham IV rescuer of Jews

Hiram Bingham IV at Marseilles harbor, circa 1940

 

There is one person in our American history whom you probably do not know. His name is Hiram Bingham IV.  Some may recognize the name of his relatives, however.

 

Hiram Bingham IV’s descendants found documentation about his bravery and decided to let the world know what he would not.   A Distinguished diplomat, Hiram lost his job as a diplomat from the State Department for daring to go against regulations.  Yet, years later he was honored by the same U.S. State Department.   Colin Powell presented the family with the honor entitled Constructive Dissent in 2002.  A U.S. stamp was made in his honor and his son, Robert Bingham Sr, has written a book called Courageous Dissent.

Hiram Bingham IV Stamp 2006

 

Hiram Bingham story by Robert Bingham

These are some words of Hiram’s son, Robert, taken from an interview and from the Hiram Bingham website concerning him:  1)Harry’s personal motto, taught to his children, was relevant: “Give the Best that You Have to the Best that You know.” During the Holocaust, saving lives was “the best that he knew.”
2) He believed there is a “spark of divinity” in each human being. He saved not only luminaries but also many ordinary refugees. It was painful for him to remember the long lines of individuals outside the consulate desperately seeking exit visas. He once told me he thought they were “treated like cattle.” He could not talk about his experience without displaying agony and a deep frown on his face.
3) His family’s missionary “zeal” may have augmented his motivation: Hiram the 1st led the first missionaries to Hawaii in 1918 (he was depicted as Abner Hale in Mitchener’s “Hawaii”); Hiram II was also a missionary in the Sandwich Islands who single-handedly translated the entire Bible into written Gilbertese; Hiram III was a public servant who also became an explorer (who discovered Machu Picchu in Peru) and later became a US senator of Connecticut. Hiram IV neither converted souls nor entered politics, but, with equal zeal of his forbears, he “quietly battled to save lives” from the Holocaust…”

 

This story of a man who stood for those who could not stand for themselves.  It says much to all of us today.   There are times when we have to do the right thing regardless of the cost.  Coming from a Christian background, Hiram Bingham believed that every human has worth. He knew what he had to do…and did it.

After his death, Hiram Bingham IV was also awarded posthumously the Medal of Valor along with Sir Winston Churchill and Pope John Paul II. More than 450 supporters of the Simon Wiesenthal Center gathered for the 2011 Humanitarian Award Dinner.

 

 

 

Now that you have read about the awards and honors, you may be asking, “How exactly did he save the lives of so many people?    The video below will give you the full details.

As we have just had the Holocaust Remembrance Day,  this would be a worthwhile story to share with your family to remember history and one who bravely did what was right.


Day 3 Crossing the Ocean for an Easter Message

Easter LilyToday is Good Friday.  It has always puzzled me why we call it “Good” since this is the most horrible day of the crucifixion of Christ. Then I learned that it is called “Good” because it led to the Resurrection of Jesus and His victory over death and sin.

I live in the United States of America.  This is my beloved country, but today  I must look to another country and its leader, to wish me and my readers a “Happy Easter”.

Why must I look so far away?   Sad as it is, most likely we here in the U.S. will not receive such a message as you will hear in the video below.  I hope that I will be wrong, but we will see.   So, I am thanking the Brits for this sincere, in-depth  message of Easter, one of the most important days in the Christian faith. History will reveal leaders who were not afraid to claim the Christian faith and its importance to peace in the world.

Throughout the writing of the  United States Constitution and other important matters, our Founding Fathers called for prayer and sermons to help in their decision making.  A letter from John Adams, who originally came from Great Britain,  2nd President of the U.S, wrote in 1810 to Benjamin Rush, a doctor who came from Scotland,  concerning the Christian faith and the varied beliefs of it:

 “Christian religion, as I understand it, is the brightness of the glory and the express portrait of the character of the eternal, self-existent, independent, benevolent, all powerful and all merciful creator, preserver, and Father of the universe, the first good, first perfect, and first fair. It will last as long as the world. Neither savage nor civilized man, without a revelation, could ever have discovered or invented it. Ask me not, then, whether I am a Catholic or Protestant, Calvinist or Arminian. As far as they are Christians, I wish to be a fellow-disciple with them all.”

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Our country was founded on those who left their homeland  to be a part of the New World. They did it for many reasons.  They fought the  fight to become independent from the country we now call our “friend.”   No longer enemies, but shoulder to shoulder, we have stood with Great Britain during terrible World Wars and against mutual foes who would enslave the world.  Thousands of America’s best lay in graves here and abroad.   More recently, the men and women of Great Britain and the U.S. have joined together in the fight against terrorists abroad and at home.  Let them take a lesson from history.  We are not nations that  will give up the fight.  Our heritage means too much to us. We know our way of life and freedom we share is worth giving all we have to insure that none will have died in vain and our young people will have life, liberty and a continual pursuit of happiness.  The  blood lines and heritages of many Americans stretch “across the pond” from which their relatives  first came. Now, we must stand with them and our allies in Europe who are suffering great attacks from a different enemy. We thank the Christian military chaplains and Christian missionaries and doctors  who have faithfully served people around the world.  We pray for the Christians who are under great persecution.

 

Thank you, Prime Minister David Cameron, for your inspirational Easter message in 2015 to the people of Great Britain.  We receive it here, on this soil far across the Atlantic ocean, at the Easter season, 2016.