History Facts: Compare and Contrast American Revolution to French Revolution

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Bastille-Day-Getty-Fr-revolutionBastille Day: Revolutionary Zeal Turns to Tyranny in France

Jarrett Stepman

The euphoria experienced by those who believed they had finally shattered monarchical tyranny and aristocratic privilege was only matched by the horror of the following ‘Reign of Terror.’

2015 was also the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s final defeat, when the combined armies or Prussia and Great Britain vanquished the French Army at Waterloo, Belgium and put an end to the Corsican’s time as a head of state. It effectively concluded the French Republic’s brief experiment in liberty. Beyond the bloody battlefield and the confrontation between great powers, there is a great deal to learn from the life and downfall of Napoleon and the short-lived French First Republic—especially in relation to the success of George Washington’s over two-century old American republic.

A Tale of Two Nations

C.A. Davidson

keyCharles Dickens’ powerful novel, A Tale of Two Cities, is set during the French Revolution, involving characters in the cities of London and Paris. This moving tale gives one pause to consider a tale of two nations—the differences between the French Revolution and the American Revolution.

americanrevolutionOnly a few years before the French Revolution, colonial America had rebelled, not against poverty, but against the increasingly tyrannical rule of the British. In America, it was men of property and education, not the poor, who rebelled. For liberty, they invested their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. Ironically, it was the French nobility who stepped in with naval support and saved the American Revolution from the brink of failure.

The purpose of the American Revolution was to change the ruling laws, not to kill the king. Many colonists, including Benjamin Franklin, had close ties with England. Franklin was the leader in trying all possible avenues of diplomacy; revolution was the last resort. George Washington scrupulously avoided abusing military power by consistently deferring to the directives of the civilian government, and he always put the needs of his men before his own. He refused to be king. Noble of character he was; greedy and power-hungry he was not. American leaders did all they could to avoid anarchy. They sought the help of God in their endeavor, and received miraculous help when it was needed.

The French Revolution, on the other hand, appears to have been driven by vengeance and hatred. Without a doubt, terrible injustices existed, as vividly depicted by Dickens and in Victor Hugo’s magnificent novel, Les Miserables. The French peasants were at a great disadvantage, because their poverty seemed insurmountable, and they lacked education and money; therefore they had no power to exercise influence on their oppressors. It is unfortunate that they resorted to terror. The mass murder of innocents resembled the ethnic cleansing of evil regimes in the twentieth century.

The French revolutionary participants were certainly godless. The mindless killing thoroughly disqualified them from any divine assistance. By killing the upper class, and their families, and their servants, and anyone remotely related, they also purged the society of education, law, culture, and other refinements necessary to civilized society.  Only anarchy resulted from their efforts. The old oppressors were merely replaced by a new tyrannical regime, more brutal than ever. It was bad enough that some even looked to figures like Napoleon to save them, but that really didn’t work well, either.

constitutionThe Americans went on to create a Constitution that is a model of liberty for the rest of the world. This Constitution provides maximum freedom, limited power in the national government, and the majority of the power to the states and people. The success of the nation has been in proportion to the degree of fiscal responsibility and law-abiding character manifest by the elected government officials. Because America was free, she became prosperous. Like many other European countries, France learned the best governing principles from the United States Constitution, only after long years of struggle.

Copyright 2011 © by Christine Davidson

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Government Abuse: Compare Liberal Agenda and Russia History

Totalitarian Climate in America Reminds Caller of His Childhood in the Soviet Union

 keyThis person lived in  Russia, knows the effects of communism first hand, and compares the government abuse to the liberal agenda in this country. We can’t afford to ignore eye witness accounts.

History-Clues

Rush Limbaugh

I’d like to start with a story of growing up in Soviet Moscow.

RUSH:  Oh, by all means do.

ObamaCommunistCALLER:  My parents, particularly my mother, taught me the truth about growing up in the Soviet Union.  My mother actually used to know and help out Solzhenitsyn with distributing his books and such, and so growing up, my childhood was quite a bit different in that regard as a lot of the kids around me. And when I was in school in second grade, I was probably around seven, we were reading a book about World War II, and there was a scene in there where the soldiers are carrying a banner that said, “For Mother Russia, for Father Stalin.”  And I, you know, as a seven-year-old raised my hand, and I said —

RUSH:  Wait, Dmitry, where were you when you were this old?

CALLER:  I was in school in Moscow.

RUSH:  You were in school in Moscow.  Okay.  Okay.

CALLER:  Yes.  And I raised my hand, I said, “But isn’t Stalin dead?”  And at first, if you could find pins on sale in Moscow at that time, you would hear a pin drop, but then all hell broke loose. 

RUSH:  I can imagine.

CALLER:  My teacher started chewing me out. All the kids in the class kind of turned on me, and I didn’t know what the problem was.  My mother told me later that she actually got a call from the school, which was lucky that it didn’t go much worse.  I actually had a son of a KGB agent in my class.  And this was right at the beginning of Perestroika. It was about 1985.  And of course a year or two later everybody in my class agreed with me.  But the reason I bring this up is you talk a lot about how in this country when you kind of step over the line, when you step out of the party line, whether it’s something politically incorrect or something that makes Democrats look bad, it’s not good enough just to disagree with you, they have to destroy you. They have to get you fired.  They have to, you know, if they could, it would be even worse than that.

RUSH:  They have to ruin you. They have to ruin you.

CALLER:  Yeah.  Absolutely.

barrymarxThey have to ruin you personally, destroy you, and then gloat over you.  And, you know, there’s nothing new to that, obviously.  Those of us who grew up in places like the Soviet Union saw that kind of stuff all the time.  My great-grandfather was a village priest, and the communists took him in the middle of the night and he was never seen again, and we didn’t find out until the eighties or nineties as to what actually happened to him.  He was shot with many others.  And thank God this country is not communist Russia, but those of us that came from those kind of backgrounds, we’re just terrified when we see these kinds of patterns and these kinds of thought processes emerging here where, you know, the country’s just headed in the wrong direction, we just want to scream, “Stop!”

RUSH:  Is your wife from Moscow as well?

CALLER:  She actually is from Russia as well.  We met in college here.  But she also came from Russia.

RushRevere9CALLER:  My daughter’s birthday was yesterday, so I actually gave her the audio CD version as well, and she was very excited. That’s the first thing she saw in the morning.

RUSH:  How old?

CALLER:  She just turned 11.

RUSH:  They like Liberty?

CALLER:  Oh, yeah. They love Liberty. (chuckles)

RUSH:  I am more appreciative here than I have a way of expressing.  Your call has just been a highlight.  Everything in it.  Everything in your call has just been top-drawer great, and I can’t thank you enough.  I have just profound appreciation for it. The fact that people like you are in the audience and out there listening every day, I just pinch myself at my good fortune.

So I thank you. Hold on so Mr. Snerdley can find out where it is we send the Liberty-autographed book. It’s not really Liberty. Liberty doesn’t sign it. It’s just kind of a horse-hoof stamp that Liberty uses. It’s got the name there, too, but it gets it done.  It’s cool.  I appreciate it, Dmitry. Thanks very much.

Compare: Christian Traditions and Kwanzaa

How does Kwanzaa compare to Christmas?

Gary DeMar

nativityclipartCoulter gets to the heart of the distinction between Kwanzaa and Christmas: “Kwanzaa liberates no one; Christianity liberates everyone, proclaiming that we are all equal before God. ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ (Galatians 3:28). Not surprisingly, it was practitioners of that faith who were at the forefront of the abolitionist and civil rights movements.”

 

Nancy Pelosi asked, “Is there not an appreciation for the Jewish holidays? The Christmas holiday? Kwanzaa?

 

History and Origins of Kwanzaa

The origins of Kwanzaa are political.

Ron “Maulana” Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the first specifically African-American holiday. Kwanzaa celebrates race. Anybody who argues that Kwanzaa is not comparable to Christmas is, of course, a racist. But Kwanzaa is all about race. It is a black-only celebration.

Kwanzaa is more than a celebration of black history and culture, something that Black History Month does. In 1965s, Karenga was a co-founder of “US Organization,” or “Organization Us,” as in “us and them,” a violent Black Nationalist group. The Black Panthers were ideological and political rivals of the US Organization, describing them as “United Slaves.”

In 1971, Karenga was convicted of felony assault and imprisoned for assaulting and torturing two women members of US. He spent five years in prison. As his trial, a “psychiatrist reportedly observed that Karenga talked to his blanket and imaginary persons, and believed he’d been attacked by dive-bombers.”

Ann Coulter writes:

“United Slaves were proto-fascists, walking around in dashikis, gunning down Black Panthers and adopting invented ‘African’ names. . . . Kwanzaa itself is a nutty blend of schmaltzy ’60s rhetoric, black racism and Marxism. Indeed, the seven ‘principles’ of Kwanzaa praise collectivism in every possible arena of life . . . .”

The Kwanzaa principles of “community” and “unity” are about Black unity and community: “Unity of family, community, nation and race” — an “us vs. them” worldview. Whites are the “them.”

Hanukkah,also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the post-exilic temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BC.

According to the Talmud, the Temple was purified and the wicks of the menorah miraculously burned for eight days, even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day’s lighting.

The first-century Jewish Historian Flavius Josephusdescribes the celebrationin his book Jewish Antiquities.[1]

Christmas celebrates God becoming man in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14). Jesus was born into a Jewish home of the tribe of Judah. While Jewish in human heritage, his message was for the world. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). In the next chapter of John’s gospel, Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman, or I should say, a Samaritan woman encounters Jesus. She said to Jesus, “‘How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?’ (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)” (4:9).

Jesus united people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds (Acts 8:25–39).

After hearing her encounter with Jesus, “many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified ‘He told me all the things that I have done’” (4:39). They later testified, “this One is indeed the Savior of the world” (4:42).

Coulter gets to the heart of the distinction between Kwanzaa and Christmas: “Kwanzaa liberates no one; Christianity liberates everyone, proclaiming that we are all equal before God. ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ (Galatians 3:28). Not surprisingly, it was practitioners of that faith who were at the forefront of the abolitionist and civil rights movements.”
Jewish Antiquities xii. 7, § 7, #323.

 

Bible Study: Compare Word to Gospel Seed

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Slide show of Parable of Sower

The Parable of the Sower

The scriptural passages are in italics. Bold Italics are Jesus’ interpretation. Commentary from Understanding the Parables of Jesus Christ, by Jay A. Parry, Donald W. Parry. Page numbers are cited from this book. Emphasis added.

The comparison of God’s word to a seed goes back to Isaiah.(Isa. 55:10)

keyold10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(Matt. 13:3)

3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

The act of sowing, as is made clear in subsequent verses, symbolizes the act of preaching the word. (Parry & Parry, P.3)

(Matt. 13:4)

4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
(Matt. 13:19)

19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

The wayside would have brought to mind the roads or paths that led around and through the farmer’s fields, which were not accommodating to the seeds that were sown. When seed fell on such hard and unprepared ground, they would have been unable to take root at all. Instead, the birds would cluster around and eat them all.

So it is with those whose hearts are hardened by sin or rebellion. When people surrender themselves to enslaving addictions, when they hearken to the whisperings of the evil one, when they love darkness more than light, they allow “the wicked one” to catch “away that which was sown” in their hearts. P.4

(Matt. 13:5,6)
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

(Matt. 13:20,21)
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

When a seed falls upon ground that has only a thin layer of soil, it cannot properly get root. In time, when the sweltering sun beats down, the seed will be scorched and die.

Likewise, when converts receive testimonies on a superficial level but do not give their whole hearts to Christ, when they come to a shallow understanding of the truths of the gospel, they will be only lukewarm in their commitment.

Trials can also be a great cause of people falling away from the truth they once so joyfully embraced. In this parable, the scorching of the sun is a symbol for tribulation. Because the seed has no root system, it has no way to sustain itself through the inevitable times of difficulty.

The sun is a blessing to those who are well rooted— trials can strengthen us and help us to become all that the Lord desires of us. But that same sun, symbolizing trials, can cause those who are not deeply rooted to fall away. Pp.4-5

Matt.13:7
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
(Matt. 13:22)

22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

The soil in which the thorns grow must be good soil or the thorns would likely not be so abundant. But the seed is forced to compete with the thorns for nourishment— and the seed of gospel truth loses the competition, for the thorns “choke the word.”

“So it is of [those] who think more of the honors of men, the educational standards of the world, political preferment, or money and property than they do of the gospel. They know the Lord’s work has been established on earth, but they let the cares of the world choke the word.” (McConkie, Doctrinal New testament Commentary, 1:289)

In addition to the cares of this world and the selfish pursuit of riches, Luke adds the “pleasures of this life” as being among the things that choke the seeds. P.6

Matt.13:8
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

(Matt. 13:23)

23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

The only seeds that ultimately bore fruit were those that fell on good ground. But even good ground is not all the same.

It is remarkable that in this parable the sower (Christ and his followers) scatter so many good seeds that never take root and bear fruit. But so it is in reality: missionaries will sow many seeds of testimony, service, and example as they serve the Lord. Most of those seeds will fall on unresponsive or unproductive soil. Nevertheless, the seeds that fall on good soil will bear such a rich harvest that the labor is worth all the sacrifice and effort expended. P.6

Matt.13:9
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Jesus frequently used this expression. In other words, he was saying,

There is a meaning here that is important to seek out and to understand. Don’t hear this only as a simple story from the life of a farmer but understand it has an application to each person listening, one worth comprehending. Parry &Parry, P7

Christian Parenting

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