Blog 170 for July 4, 2020
God and Country
Happy Birthday, America! Get out the fireworks! Blow the bugles! Hang the red, white, and blue! Put on the BBQ! And let’s celebrate!
Early in the 17th century, settlers from countries across the sea claimed land and formed colonies along the eastern coast of North America. Control of this land continued for well over 100 years. By the time the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, there were 13 American colonies with independent governments and constitutions. Evidence indicates that the Bible was used as the rule of life in the colonies. It certainly had a profound effect on their lives.
Let me tell you about Mitchell Paige, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s most prestigious military honor, for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. On October 26, 1942, after all the other Marines in his platoon were killed or wounded, for hours Paige operated 4 machine guns, single-handedly, stopping an entire Japanese regiment. Had that position fallen and the Japanese regained the airfield the Marines had taken, it is possible that the outcome of World War II may have been significantly changed.
In years to come, Paige was repeatedly asked why he would be willing to put his life on the line for his country. His answer was basically two-fold; first, the three-room country school where he was taught the Pledge of Allegiance, memorized the great American documents such as the Gettysburg Address, and heard the Bible read each day; second, God’s Word. When Paige left home to walk the 200 miles to the nearest Marine recruiting station in 1936, his mother packed him a lunch and included a note ("Trust in the Lord, son, and He will guide you always.") Paige said these words remained forever in his mind.
Paige said, “I will never forget sitting in a foxhole, alone, bloody, burned, and injured on Guadalcanal, except for hundreds of dead bodies of the enemy surrounding me. I emptied my pack looking for something to stop the bleeding from a bayonet wound and out fell my small Bible. Picking it up, I could scarcely believe it opened to Proverbs 3, and there were Mother’s words. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to thine own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”
Mitchell Paige was a true servant and patriot of America. And, America is proud to have hundreds of thousands of valiant soldiers cut from the same mold.
So my prayer is,
“God bless America, Land that I love. Stand beside her and guide her, through the night with the light from above. From the mountains to the prairies, to the oceans bright with foam. God bless America, my home, sweet home.”
Please enjoy Lee Greenwood sing his song, “God Bless the USA,” on Huckabee’s show one year ago.
P.S. Several of my family have July birthdays...so Happy Birthday to one and all. To Chuck, our son, July 3; to Mildred, my sister in Heaven, July 4; to Angie, my niece, July 4; and to Fred, my brother, July 15.
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