Thou Shalt Not bear False Witness against thy neighbor (Exodus 20:16)
You couldn’t find a better group of people in history , than the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded the colony on Plymouth Rock. These were not adventurers, mercenaries, gold diggers or slavers , they were quiet, responsible families who wanted to worship God in freedom of conscience.
They didn’t set out to overthrow the Governments of England or Holland, where they lived , instead they sought to live quiet lives in all godliness and honesty, living simply and seeking to raise their children to live christian lives in every sense of the word.
When the situation in England proved intolerable, they scraped up what they could and moved to Holland. After perceiving that the moral climate in Holland was not what they considered conducive to their posterity, as a church , they scrimped and saved enough for passage to the New World , sending about half of the congregation overseas.
They didn’t demand anything from the Government or from anyone else, they paid their own way, and not just in the hard earned guilders, but in blood, sweat and tears, and in the case of about half of them that brutal first year, they paid with their lives. In these simple people, are the true spiritual foundations of America.
But fast forward to America, 2010, where three anecdotes illustrate the hateful ignorance and revision that is passing for education these days.
First, some pampered and debauched Hollywood celebrities announce that they would not be celebrating Thanksgiving because the Pilgrims were part of the larger movement that eventually killed and enslaved the Indians! One of them actually said,”Thanksgiving is a celebration of murder!”
Another story, A Young African American friend of mine, after being in a public University for half a year, announces that Thanksgiving “represents the day the Pilgrims killed the Indians after they taught them how to survive the harsh winters”.
Finally a few weeks earlier, another highly educated African American friend of mine, announced that a fitting way to celebrate Columbus day would be to forcibly take over someone’s house, another friend chimed in “Give them small pox also”.
Welcome to the development of the new Toxic, hate inducing, envy reinforcing version of history, courtesy of Hollywood, and of your tax subsidized public schools and Universities.
Obviously Truth doesn’t matter in this new history, for its goal is not truth but to disqualify America, the West, and above all Christianity. Therefore False witness is resorted to, Slander and lies are reported about anything and anyone noble and good about our nation and the civilization it came out of.
The effect of this fifty or sixty year barrage of “toxic History” would be to destroy confidence, loyalty and optimism about our nation. Its strategy is to maximize the flaws and give no credit whatsoever to the actual accomplishments of our nation in correcting those flaws.
I have no doubt that the steady demoralization of our youth by the cynical teaching of “Toxic history” has been a deliberate strategy of the left. People like the Italian Marxist, Gramsci taught long ago that this “cultural warfare”was a necessary step , to change “the land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” into a compliant socialist serf state.
But most people involved have no idea what they are asserting, as they rail on about the Pilgrims, or Columbus, or “Evil Slave holders ” such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. These little people, misinformed and biased, couldn’t hold a candle to the accomplishments of the above. But with false confidence, they just spout out the leftist jibes against better men than they.
The effects of such History are pernicious. I am worried about the angry, anti-christian consciousness that my young friend has come into. Where will it end?How could bitterness and envy be education?
It is such a handy drug to blame others for the failings of yourself and your own culture, “That rotten Columbus!, Those murdering Pilgrims! Washington and Jefferson were slave holders, so nothing else about them matters!”Thus are the accomplishments of the Brave, the sacrificial,those with foresight and Wisdom, dismissed out of hand.
But God sees. To rail against history is to rail against the God of History, who has brought about his council’s regardless of men or empires. Power belongs to God, He raises up one and puts down another. History is literally “His Story”, for God works in human history.
And in closing, there is another scripture that those who so readily accuse people like the Pilgrims of genocide should keep in mind,
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall perish.(Proverbs 19:9)