As a U.S. citizen, I have enjoyed being safe from wars on our continent. From a little child on, my parents cared for, protected and loved our family. But sometimes as a little girl, I was “ascared” — my little girl language for being afraid.
When I went to school, the teachers guided us in kindness. Sometimes fights broke out among the children. We were instructed how to care for one another. It was good that grown, mature teachers taught us.
In each of the classrooms was an American flag. Sometimes I hummed the national anthem to myself. My favorite words were “Oh, say does that the star-spangled banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” As a cheerleader, I was proud to honor our country before each sporting event. Hand over heart and facing the flag, the cheering section sang the national anthem. Tears of joy smarted my eyes.
We learned American history with the flags posted in their holders secured to the wall. Pictures of Presidents Washington and Lincoln framed both sides of the flag. It reminded us that we were free to worship.
But freedom is not free. Our ancestors, those who came before us, had to physically fight for our freedom from England. British rule was taxation without representation. It seems like that may be happening again here in the United States.
When immigrants came to America to worship God, public schools were established so the children could learn to read the Bible. Now the Bible is banned in schools.
In the frenzy of the last election and after, businesses and financial institutions have received billions of dollars in national money to prevent them from going into financial ruin. It looks like Chrysler will file for bankruptcy. Time will tell if it is helpful at all.
While financial issues are important, moral or godly issues are more important. By executive order, our country is advancing the cause of the godless. I have felt beaten down by recent free-wielding political ideas with no checks and balances.
I was encouraged by the last issue of The Land. Staff writer Dick Hagen expressed his concerns over these very issues in his May 1 “Land Minds.” Then I received the following information through a recent e-mail.
Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo., was invited a month later to address the House Judiciary Committee. He said, in part, “since the dawn of creation there has been both good and evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness and/or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of the heroic teacher and the other 11 children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers. ...
“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual influences were present within our education systems for most of our nation’s history. ...
“As my son Craig lie under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right. I challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain.”
If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV.
Sue Peterson has been writing “The Yield” column since 1978 and has been a staple of The Land. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1010 East 5th St., Blue Earth, MN 56013.
Matthew 6; Psalm 37:5-7