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The Era of the Ungrateful American

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The Era of the Ungrateful American

  • Dr. Jerry Newcombe Truth in Action Ministries
  • 2019 4 Jul

The Era of the Ungrateful American

 

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. I can’t fathom the ingratitude of American soccer star Meghan Rapinoe’s attitude toward America. 

 

Writer Warner Todd Huston notes, “Rapinoe raised eyebrows in the 2018 season by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem even though she is playing for the U.S. Women’s National soccer team. Her taking a knee only came to an end starting in the 2019 season because the team passed a rule requiring players to stand during the anthem. But she right away said that she would never sing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ again, nor would she place her hand over her heart because she hates America.”

 

Sadly, she is by no means alone. There are millions of ungrateful Americans today.

 

I remember years ago seeing one of The Far Side cartoons by Gary Larson which showed one dog in his den showing another dog his mounted, stuffed trophies on his wall. There were a couple of stuffed cat heads and bird heads and also a human hand mounted on the wall. The host dog was saying to his guest, "And that's the hand that fed me."

 

What a fascinating contrast. Last week a man and his infant daughter tragically drowned trying to get to this country through illegal means. And yet the soccer star who was born here has nothing but contempt for the land of opportunity that has given her so many opportunities.

 

This reminds me of people who are ungrateful to the Lord, even though every beat of their heart is by His grace. When He says, “Enough,” it is over and then comes the judgment. 

 

President Lincoln reminded us of our need for thankfulness to God when he called for a day of fasting and prayer during the conflict that tore this country apart.

 

On March 30, 1863, he wrote, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven ….But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.” [Emphasis added]

 

Our own prosperity as a nation has caused us to forget the Lord, said our 16th president: “Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”

 

With another Fourth of July upon us, I think it is a good time to recall why we should be grateful as Americans. This country was born through the sacrifices of those who went before us. 

 

What is the Fourth of July? It commemorates that date in 1776 when 56 men in Philadelphia, representing three million people, agreed by voice vote to adopt the final wording of our national birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence.

 

They knew their lives were on the line by voting for independence from England, and a handful of them paid the ultimate price for this declaration. Several of them were specifically targeted by the British. 

 

The document declared that the rights of man come not from the king or the state, but from the Creator. It declared that when a government interferes too much with God-given rights, the government ultimately becomes illegitimate. 

 

This declaration came years after futile attempts to work with the king to bring about an acceptable peace. But as the “men of Boston” put it, according to the great 19th century historian, George Bancroft: "While America is still on her knees, the king aims a dagger at her heart."

 

We seem to forget the sacrifices of the founding fathers who bequeathed the freedoms, and subsequently, the prosperity we enjoy in this country.

A key founding father John Adams declared: "It is the will of heaven that the two countries should be sundered forever…” America would become its own nation, separate from England.

 

Adams adds that if we have to endure hardship because of it, God will still help see us through: “t may be the will of heaven that America shall suffer calamities still more wasting and distresses yet more dreadful. If this is to be the case, the furnace of affliction produces refinement in states as well as individuals; but I submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Providence, in which, unfashionable as the faith may be, I firmly believe." 

 

The men who birthed America and declared independence laid everything on line, as they trusted in God. 

 

Why should Meghan Rapinhoe be grateful? Because she was born in a country which gave her opportunity to “write her own script” as some might put it. It is hard for me to comprehend ungrateful Americans.

 

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Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. He has written/co-written 31 books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, American Amnesia: Is American Paying the Price for Forgetting God?,What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?(w/ D. James Kennedy) & the bestseller, George Washington's Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback) djkm.org  @newcombejerry www.jerrynewcombe.com.

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Thank you Mark.  Although this piece is mainly about our great country and ungrateful hearts that seem untouched by our forefathers and the men and women that fought and died for our freedom,  I would just like to add that we have a holy God.  He shows no favortism.  He rains and blesses whether rich or poor, whether believer or not.  His grace has been received by all and His mercy has been upon this country for over 200 years but still man thumbs his nose and walks away with arrogant pride that will lead to their own destruction.  How much longer can we ask or think that a holy God will put up with a Nation that wants all the glory and offers none to the Maker of this universe.  Surely, He must grow weary and saddened as He looks upon us.  His judgement is near, His glory WILL be shown to every man, woman and child.  Every knee will bow at the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ.  We have been charged to carry His word, His gospel to all that will hear but still man blindly stumbles around considering that this short life here on earth is all about them.  They make no rhyme or reason to their life they proudly expect to be glorified and even expect others to accept their hatred for This Country and the very God that gives us breathe.  I can only ask, how long will He put up with us?  How far will He let us sink into lawlessness, egotistic heathens before He brings His judgement upon us.

 

sorry for the rant, but when I heard that Rapinoe would not accept the invitation to the White House but did accept aoc's invitation along with the rest of the team, I just couldn't watch another game or root for a victory for this American team.  American in name only, not American in heart.

 

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Ungrateful. Entitled. The fewest with the most. No pity for the poor. Greed in control. Does any of this remind you of another time in history. And what happened to the powers who shared these traits? History does indeed repeat itself...

 

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4 hours ago, bostonangler said:

Ungrateful. Entitled. The fewest with the most. No pity for the poor. Greed in control. Does any of this remind you of another time in history. And what happened to the powers who shared these traits? History does indeed repeat itself...

 

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Always infact.....Because People do not learn ( or at least they do very rarely) from the past thus are condemned to repeat it

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doesn't take much to show appreciation for the all that this great country gives ....

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On ‎7‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 8:48 AM, Shabibilicious said:

My apologies to any Dutch soccer fans...no disrespect intended.  It was a great match.

 

GO RV, then BV 

very true...

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2 minutes ago, caz1104 said:

doesn't take much to show appreciation for the all that this great country gives ....

 

I agree... People who are born with such gifts or given the opportunity, should learn to appreciate not decimate. JMHO

 

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it's a privilege to live in the USA.....not a right.................respect it

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