Friday, July 03, 2009

American History


I woke up early this morning with my husband and had the opportunity to watch Joyce Meyer. This was one episode I am glad I got to see. Her husband, Dave Meyer, and author/speaker Star Parker were her special guests. The topic? The loss of our American History. This is an issue that has been making itself more and more known to me over the past several years.

Growing up in public school I just hated history class, most of all U.S. History. I had a terrible teacher. What a shame. Fortunately, my dad was a lover of history and a great historian in his own right. Of course, this was something I did not appreciate as a youngster. It became more and interesting to me as I got older, and then he was gone. Now, my youngest son is following in his footsteps. He loves to give me pop quizzes, especially ones with trick questions! It is obvious that remembering history is a gift for him, and he already knows more than I will likely ever learn.

Through the lovers of history that are around me and the realization that I was spoon fed half truths and downright lies growing up, I have become fascinated with history. It is more and more apparent that we as Americans do not know our history. Citizens of other countries know more about us than we do! Honestly, if you want to even get a good take on U.S. news you're better off to watch a Canadian broadcast. Sad, I know.

Today's discussion on Joyce Meyer Ministries was based on a book that Dave Meyer read years ago titled, America's Providential History by Mark A. Beliles. Reading this book was a life changing experience for Dave. It is being offered through Joyce Meyer Ministries for a gift of any amount. I plan to get this book and read it with my boys. There is another resource that she is offering at a special price that I plan to look into as well. It is a DVD series titled, The American Heritage Series, that she is offering at a special price of $80. It is a 10-DVD set that is bound to be a valuable resource for any family for years to come.

Personally, I believe in history education second only to biblical studies. As we celebrate our nation's birthday, what better time to make a commitment to learning our history, educating our youth, and getting involved? Karl Marx said, "Take away the history of a nation and they are easily controlled and easily deceived." It couldn't be more evident in the United States that it is now. We are a nation living in ignorance. Our country was founded on Godly principles, and God has all but been removed from everything. The founding fathers fled to the Americas for freedom that we don't understand, don't appreciate, and are more and more rapidly giving away. Now is the time to take a stand. What price are you willing to pay for your freedom? How about taking the time to learn a little bit about the land that you call home? What have you got to lose? What are the consequences of ignorance?

May God bless all of you on this holiday that celebrates freedom. May you grow and learn and share with the next generations it's beauty and fragility. Have a safe and blessed July 4th!

9 comments:

Dorothy L said...

Happy July 4th to you and your family in turn.

It is an honor to have a country to be proud of!

I am a born Canadian, but I have resided in America for 6 years now and I love it!

Dorothy L said...

Dropping by to wish you a Happy Independence Day :)

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

It's sad, isn't it? It really just makes me want to homeschool more and more.

Happy Fourth to you and your family!

Tina said...

Dorothy - Thank you! Glad to have you. :-) My best friend of 27+ years husband has dual citizenship. They've been married for 15 years now, I think.

Tina said...

Storm - I'm VERY glad to have the privilege and freedom to have my children home everyday. We really area a more close knit family because of it. The difference between my olders and youngers couldn't be more obvious.

Mom said...

History education is a good thing, but the text book History that students are so often given is incredibly inaccurate. I prefer true historical information, even though it isn't always pleasant. This is just one of the reasons why we home school.

Tina said...

MOM - I couldn't agree more! I can't believe how long I actually believed that Columbus was a good guy that discovered America! History is full of lies, and we have to really pay attention to find the truth.

Dina said...

Our family has been studying American History for about six months now. I am hoping that by using a more literature-based approach my kids will remember a lot more than I ever did. I found history to be extremely boring in public school. Not to mention that we didn't really study "history", we had a subject called Social Studies. B-O-R-I-N-G!

Tina said...

Dina - Hello! I think your approach is a great one. :-)

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