031915 – Patriots Needed

An excerpt from the 1942 movie, To The Shores Of Tripoli with Randolph Scott and John Payne.

The video is from a movie about World War II. Oh, how we need real patriots in our nation now! We have such a need in our White House, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, and anywhere else decisions are made that relate to the readiness of defense of our nation, from enemies foreign and domestic. Let’s consider the Pledge Of Allegiance, which I recited every day that I attended public school.

The Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation under God, indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for all.

The original Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy (1855 – 1931), a Baptist minister, in August 1892. The Pledge was published in the September 8th issue of The Youth’s Companion, the leading family magazine and the Reader’s Digest of its day. In 1892, Francis Bellamy was also a chairman of a committee of state superintendents of education in the National Education Association. As its chairman, he prepared the program for the public schools’ quadricentennial celebration for Columbus Day in 1892. He structured this public school program around a flag raising ceremony and a flag salute – his Pledge of Allegiance

We also said (from Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen

Let us also remember the words of Psalm 122:6

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.

Our Jewish Friends have a saying that none of us should ever forget:

“Never Forget”

The following letter is from The International Fellowship Of Christians And Jews, which relates to:

“Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

Help Us To Never Forget

Dear Pastor and Friend of The Fellowship,

On Sunday, the world will take a moment to remember and honor the six million Jews and other victims who were brutally and systematically murdered during the Nazi regime that ruled Germany during the mid-20th century. In 2005, the UN General Assembly designated January 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp – as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

At sundown on April 7, Jews around the world will join Israel in its own commemoration of the Holocaust during Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The full name of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Hebrew is actually “Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah,” meaning “Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” This reminds us that even though many ignored evidence of Nazi crimes, there were those who went to great lengths to save Jews. Not all of these were Jewish. In fact, many remembered today as “righteous gentiles” were Christian.

In Holland, Corrie ten Boom sheltered those fleeing Nazi oppression. In France, Pastor Andre Trocme helped to make an entire town, Le Chambon, a safe haven for persecuted Jews. Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish Christian, rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazi death machine. And there were, of course, many more who are less well-known, but no less deserving of our gratitude.

Some say the Holocaust is too terrible to remember. But there is a reason why the Jewish people have vowed to “never forget.” They remember so that they may prevent such horrible events from ever occurring again.

By our modern standards, the Holocaust sometimes feels like ancient history. We like to think we have progressed, and that the threat of another Holocaust is remote. But we are continually reminded that the motivating force behind the Holocaust – the scourge of anti-Semitism – is alive and well. We see it in Toulouse, France, where a terrorist last year murdered four people, including three children, at a Jewish school. We see it in Ukraine, where a 25-year-old Jewish student was severely beaten during Passover. And we see it on a global scale in the words and actions of the radical Islamist government in Iran, which vows to wipe the “Zionist regime” – the Jewish state of Israel – off the map, and is pursuing nuclear capabilities to make its dream a reality.

If indeed it is true that “those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” we have very real cause for alarm today – making the observances of Holocaust Remembrance Day all the more important. We hope that you will use the resources available in our Pastor’s Library as a reminder to “never forget.”

Here you’ll find my thoughts on how both Jews and Christians should respond to the Holocaust, as well as stirring video and written testimonies from Holocaust survivors, teaching video clips on the Holocaust, and links to websites that offer additional Holocaust study resources.

During these solemn days of observances, I invite you to pause to remember the six million innocent people who were killed just for being Jewish, to give thanks to God for the “righteous gentiles” whose faith led them to risk their lives saving Jews, and to renew the vow with the Jewish people to “never forget” the horrors of the Holocaust.

With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
President

A final word: Our nation, The United States Of America, was built upon Judeo-Christian principles. May our nation “Never Forget” that important fact.

What does ‘Judeo-Christian’ mean?
By Dennis prager

The uniqueness of America

http://www.jewishworldreview.com | The United States of America is the only country in history to have defined itself as Judeo-Christian. While the Western world has consisted of many Christian countries and consists today of many secular countries, only America has called itself Judeo-Christian. America is also unique in that it has always combined secular government with a society based on religious values.

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