A few weeks ago, I finished the book Under God by Toby Mac & Michael Tait of the band DC Talk & the book Jesus Freaks (which I’ve not read yet). The book is a collection of 60+ short 1-5 page stories which highlight the good, bad, and ugly history of the U.S. from a Christian perspective. The bulk of the stories (but not all) focused of the founding of the U.S. and the struggle against the injustice of slavery.
Whenever you read a book like this, you know the excerpts don’t record the totality of people’s lives or experiences. But I appreciated reflecting on many stories of courage & suffering & faith. Here are a couple observations:
- I never heard the story of how George Washington miraculously survived a battle during the French & Indian War. The Native Americans said that "the Great Spirit" was offering him special protection.
- I was reminded again about the tragic events surrounding the death of Emmett Till. The depravity of man sickened me once again.
- Learned the pilgrims used the principle from 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 when they were faced with a new (lazy) generation of pioneers who wouldn’t plant or work: "If you don’t work, you won’t eat." God’s plan worked…duh! 🙂