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God Save the U.S.A.
Dr. Randy Johnson

A lot happened in 1892. Benjamin Harrison was president. We had the first appearance of the “Pledge of Allegiance.” There were a number of interesting products that had their start. The Coca-Cola Company was incorporated. The first escalator, clothes dryer, toothpaste tube, portable typewriter, and concrete-paved street were introduced into society.

With that all going on, the Supreme Court said, “This is a religious people. This is a Christian nation.” Our country celebrated its 116th birthday and it was still a “Christian nation.”

Do you know what the Supreme Court’s opening declaration is for every session? They say, “God save the United States of America.” That is so cool.

They even enforced the concept (the fourth of the Ten Commandments) in keeping the Sabbath day as holy. They incorporated the “Blue Laws.” Blue Laws are also known as Sabbath laws. They are designed to restrict or ban some or all Sunday (“Christian Sabbath”) activities for religious reasons. This was for the purpose to encourage worship and rest. It has affected places not opening on Sunday (or at least waiting until noon) and the sale of alcohol.

In Michigan, some of the Blue Laws are as follows, “The sale of alcohol is banned from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. every day. The only exception to this rule is New Year's Day, in which case alcohol sales are permitted until 4 a.m. Alcohol sales were likewise banned on Sunday until 12 p.m., and on Christmas from 12 a.m. until 12 p.m., until a repeal in late 2010. Specific localities may petition [to whom?] for exceptions for either on-site or off-site consumption.”

Exodus 20:8 says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
 
There are so many indicators that America was founded as a Christian nation and we need to help regain that blessing.
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