Happy Labor Day!

The History of Labor Day

I must confess, I never knew the history of “Labor Day” or why we celebrate it until I read the information below sent from a friend of mine.

ENJOY!


by Bob Lupton on

Workers on strike leave the Pullman FactoryWorkers on strike leave the Pullman Factory

Labor Day – It’s always the first Monday in September, the final party day of the summer that ushers in the autumn season. What benevolent politician should we credit for coming up with a free day off (long weekend actually) in recognition of our nation’s hard-working labor force? A patriotic statesman, perhaps, who understands and appreciates the sweat and toil of those who have built our great nation?

Well, not quite. President Grover Cleveland may have signed the decree, but it was motivated much more by political pragmatism than altruism.

In the summer of 1894 (when Labor Day became a federal holiday) the nation was in the midst of a deep economic depression. Unemployment was reaching alarming rates and those workers who could find jobs faced long, exhausting work hours and drastically reduced wages. Labor unions were organizing strikes and business owners were forced to shutter their plants. This was a time of tension and strife, hardly a time for celebrating workers.

In Chicago one prominent industrialist had devised a creative plan to keep his business operating and his employees working during these difficult times. His name was George Pullman. He had built one of the premier manufacturing companies in the nation – The Palace Car Company.

Inspired by the faith-motivated garden city movement that was reforming employment practices in Europe, Pullman had built an entire self-sustaining town around his railroad car factory. (He named it Pullman!) It provided his employees and their families all the amenities of healthy community life – attractive housing, convenient shopping, recreation facilities, even a church for worship.

George became convinced that a well-run company town not only fostered loyalty among employees but increased profitability as well. Cadbury, Lever, and other industry leaders in England had proven this.

But unlike Cadbury and Lever whose guiding value was “love of God and neighbor,” Pullman saw this garden city strategy primarily as a profit-making tactic. Company housing, stores, even the church building, were income producing cost centers. And it worked – for a time. But as the depression dragged on, Pullman maintained company profitability by extending work hours and cutting wages.

His employees might have understood these measures as necessary tightening of the corporate belt had he eased rental rates on company housing or reduced prices on basic necessities at the company store. But he did neither. He continued to operate these amenities as profit-making enterprises. Consequently, employee loyalty evaporated.

The final straw, however, was when it was discovered that Pullman and his stockholders were making handsome earnings while workers sunk deeper and deeper in debt. Workers quickly organized a strike, bringing production to a halt.

Striking Pullman workers were soon joined by other labor union members in sympathy strikes. This cascade threatened to bring national rail transportation to a standstill. Riots ensued, then violent eruptions. Train cars were burned and engines destroyed. Police and armed security guards fired on the surging mobs of demonstrators, killing and wounding several protesters, which further inflamed the violence. Ten thousand state militia and federal troops were sent in to quell the uprising. More deaths occurred. The outcry went national.

President Cleveland had to do something drastic. Deploying more troops was not the answer. That failing strategy was costing him serious losses in popularity polls. Giving beleaguered workers a long weekend off could help calm the tensions, he reasoned. A special day of recognition, an olive branch of sorts, might soothe some of the wounds that hard-working citizens were experiencing.

And so Labor Day became a day “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers…a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

A worthy tribute, yes, but mostly a day to pause from conflict and toil, to play and relax, to eat and drink, to enjoy family and friends. And now, more than a century later, it remains a day of thanksgiving for the God-ordained role of work.

(By the way, President Cleveland lost his re-election bid)


Praying you and your families will have a relaxing enjoyable day off tomorrow playing, eating, and giving thanks for “the God-ordained role of work” in our lives.

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Happy Birthday America!

This short post is dedicated to Ex-football player Colin Kaepernick, basketball player Labron James, U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe, and all the other ungrateful and unpatriotic athletes and individuals across this great land who obviously haven’t taken the time to learn and appreciate the history of the birth of the greatest nation on earth, what our flag really stands for, and the ultimate price men and women have paid over the past 243 years for the freedoms we all enjoy today, for better or worse!

The video below is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our children and grandchildren on this 4th of July and every 4th of July hereafter. I highly recommend you watch it together as a family!

This 11-minute history lesson must not be ignored unless, God forbid, we really don’t care how many more Colin Kaepernicks and Megan Rapinoes will be raised in ignorance of how and why the American flag and our National Anthem are to be highly honored and respected every chance we get to do so.

Please Watch This Amazing Story Here Of How and Why the National Anthem Was Written

Happy Independence Day To All Who Believe America Is Still the Greatest Nation On Earth!

God Bless You and Your Family & God Bless America!

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America Has Lost Its Moral Compass!

America: A Historical Reminder

Anyone who has taken the time to read about the factual history of our nation would have to agree that America was founded on the Judeo-Christian principles of the Holy Bible. There’s just no denying it!

In fact, most of our Founding Fathers who signed our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were professing Christians, and those who weren’t still professed a belief in the God of creation.

How and why is it that so many of these men and women, and their families, were professing Christians?

To find those answers we  literally have to go back to the earliest days of our founding, to the days of the Pilgrims and the Puritans.

In his book, America’s Christian History: The Untold Story, Gary DeMar states, “One of the most useful tools in the quest for power is the educational system. The implication of this statement is obvious: Whoever controls the educational system will set the goals for the nation, establish its religious values, and ultimately control the future. From Sparta and Athens to Geneva and Harvard, education has been the primary means of cultural transformation.”

In America, DeMar states, “One of the first acts performed in the New World was the establishment of schools and colleges. The Virginia colony was the first to charter a college at Henrico, Virginia in 1619, nineteen years before Harvard and seventy-four years before the College of William and Mary. Like all the colonial colleges, Henricus College was designed around the precepts of the Christian faith, ‘for the training and bringing up of infidels’ children to the true knowledge of God and understanding of righteousness’. The New England colonial colleges were designed to further the gospel of Christ in all disciplines.”

“The founders of these early educational institutions understood the relationship between a sound education based upon biblical absolutes and the future of the nation. Putting the Bible in the hands of the people was an essential step toward religious and political freedom. From the very beginnings, the expressed purpose of colonial education had been to preserve society against barbarism, and, so far as possible, against sin.”

DeMar continues to say, “When Trinity University was endowed as Duke University in 1924, its bylaws stated: ‘The aims of Duke University are to assert a faith in the eternal union of knowledge and religion set forth in the teachings and character of Jesus Christ, the Son of God….’ A study of colonial colleges will show that the character of Duke’s founding was nearly identical to those colleges started in the seventeenth century.”

“As the following chart demonstrates, with the exception of the University of Pennsylvania (1755), all of the colonial schools began as distinctly Christian institutions. Unfortunately, Duke and its educational predecessors no longer hold to their original denominational affiliations or their religious affirmations.”

          Date                 College                            Colony                             Affiliation 

  1. 1636           Harvard              Massachusetts                Puritan
  2. 1693     William and Mary          Virginia                     Anglican
  3. 1701             Yale                    Connecticut           Congregational
  4. 1746         Princeton                New Jersey             Presbyterian
  5. 1754      King’s College             New York                    Anglican
  6.                 (Columbia)
  7. 1764           Brown                  Rhode Island                  Baptist
  8. 1766          Rutgers                  New Jersey           Dutch Reformed
  9. 1769        Dartmouth           New Hampshire         Congregational

DeMar emphasizes the obvious fact that, “Regardless of the vocation for which a student was preparing, the colonial college sought to provide an education that was distinctly Christian.”

Where and With Whom Does the Fault Lie?

Because all humans have inherited Adam and Eve’s “original sin”, we are all born sinners! We aren’t sinners because we sin, we sin because we are all sinners right out of  our mother’s wombs.

And even though no generation in America has been or is perfect, I believe from my generation of the Baby Boomers until now, the moral decline of America has escalated in some very concerning ways.

The battle cry of the Baby Boomers in the 1960’s and 70’s was, “If it feels good, do it”, and we did!

What used to be considered sinful acts and speech by the majority of American citizens prior to the Baby Boomer generation, they are now celebrated as main street life choices that must not only be tolerated but accepted as the “new normal”! Anybody disagreeing with this “new normal” is now labeled as having some sort of phobia that must not be tolerated, or worse yet, a racist!

Sins of abortion (murdering babies), adultery, divorce, fornication (sex outside of marriage), homosexuality, lying, profanity, and sex changes were considered shameful acts only to be whispered about in generations prior to the Baby Boomers.

The truth is, we should all be ashamed of the sins in our lives and strive to turn from them, not continue to live openly in sin and celebrate them as if everyone should agree with those choices! This is clearly not a God-honoring way to live!

Sadly, many of our liberal elected officials not only disagree, they are feverishly passing laws, or attempting to pass laws, that do in fact happily celebrate some of these sinful acts!

Without a belief in a Holy Sinless God who expects and commands us to know and live by His standards, there is no need to be ashamed of anything since the “new normal” of moral relativism has now taken such a strong hold in our culture today.

How Can America Regain Its Moral Compass?

For starters, we can all take the time to get better acquainted with the Holy Sinless God who expects and commands us to know and live by His standards. That means making a commitment to read the Holy Bible, maybe for the first time in your life!

Next, choose to admit to, confess, and repent, or turn away, from the obvious sins in our lives. This is never an easy step. Christians, who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, have been filled with God’s Holy Spirit who empowers us and helps us turn from our wicked ways. For unbelievers, living without the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit, they must rely on their own strength and will power to change their ways.

Last, but certainly not least, if you are sincerely interested in doing your part to help America regain its moral compass, we must work feverishly and commit to voting out of office every liberal/socialist who stands against our morals and the values this great nation was founded on! This would also include all elected officials who have been spewing hateful antisemitic rhetoric from the halls of Congress.

To the Holy Sinless God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob be the glory now and forever! AMEN!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

A Serious Message From a Funny Guy!

A good friend of mine sent me an email I felt was worth passing on. Many of you may have heard of Jeff Foxworthy. For those who haven’t, he is quite a funny comedian. However, his article below is not meant to be funny. Instead, Jeff is trying to wake up readers to the reality of what’s going on around the world, and especially here in America.


 Jeff Foxworthy
   
By Jeff Foxworthy
 
  • If plastic water bottles are okay, but plastic bags are banned, — you might live in a nation (state) that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
  • If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
  • If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
  • If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
 
  • If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
  • If an 80-year-old woman who is confined to a wheelchair or a three-year-old girl can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
  • If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
  • If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
  • If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
  • If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
  • If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE IN ALL UPCOMING ELECTIONS. MOST OF THE IDIOTS RUNNING THIS COUNTRY SAY ONE THING AND DO THE OPPOSITE KNOWING THAT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THEM IN DO NOT PAY ATTENTION
 
LET’S SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT!!!
 
 IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER
 ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.
 
IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER
ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.
 
  IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER
ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.
 
IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER
ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.
 
 IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER
ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.
 
IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER
ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.
 
  IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY
YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.
 
IF YOU CROSS THE US. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET ……. !!!
A JOB, A DRIVERS LICENSE,
SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, WELFARE,
FOOD STAMPS, CREDIT CARDS,
SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
FREE EDUCATION, FREE HEALTH CARE,
A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS
PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE
THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY’S FLAG WHILE YOU
PROTEST THAT YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.
 
I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION!

The bottom line of Jeff’s ranting is you get what you vote for. November 6th will be here before we know it. Regardless of your political party affiliation, get to know what they stand for by researching their voting record on issues near and dear to your heart, and then vote your conscience.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Happy Memorial Day!

I received the following email from a long-time friend of mine and felt deeply moved to share it with you. Here is how it read:


I think this is especially neat since a number of VA facilities are removing the bibles from the displays at some of the VA locations.
 
MAN WALKS INTO CHICK-FIL-A: Is Completely Blown Away When He Saw This for Vets
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By Bill Callen:  Top Right News
Chick-fil-A, the same fast-food outlet has once again proved a positive to the world. This time it did so by unveiling an amazing Veterans Day tribute that left Georgia resident Eric Comfort in complete shock.
 
According to a Facebook post he published on Mon, when he walked into a local Chick-fil-A, Comfort discovered a “Missing Man Table” that contained a single rose, a Bible & a folded American flag, as well as a plaque w/in which was the following explanation:
 
“This table is reserved to honor our missing comrades in arms. The tablecloth is white — symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty. The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers. The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing. A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers. The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God. The glass is inverted — to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s toast. The chair is empty — they are missing.”
 
After the story went viral, the store manager, Alex Korchan, explained to WSB that his team members had set up the table because they “wanted to honor veterans.” Furthermore, he offered free meals to all veterans and their family members on Veterans Day. Korchan also put up a poster so that customers could write in the names of loved ones who they have lost. “We’ve had a lot of people who have come in and seen it and been touched by it,” Korchan continued. “It’s been special to see.”
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To the brave men and women of our armed forces who paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy today in this great experiment called the United States of America!

THANK YOU & God Bless America!