A Modern Woman's Perspective On The Kingdom of God on Earth


May 7, 2015

Hands Off The Alamo!

     For several years now, officials in San Antonio, Texas have been working with representatives from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to get the San Antonio Spanish Missions declared as "World Heritage Sites", and they feel victory is near.  This designation would also include the most famous and beloved of all the missions, the Alamo, which sits in the heart of downtown San Antonio.
   

     For those of you who are unfamiliar with the history of the Texas Republic, the Alamo is sacred ground.  The Alamo itself consists of the Alamo Chapel and the surrounding Plaza, where most of the fighting occurred during the 1836 Battle of the Alamo; and where 189 defenders sacrificed their lives for liberty instead of surrendering to the tyrannical Mexican president Antonio L√≥pez de Santa Anna. The site has since become a shrine, representing those who were willing to fight for individual freedom in the face of collective evil.  Every Texas school child knows the history of the Alamo and millions of Texans pay homage to the site year-round.
     Those who favor making the Alamo a UNESCO World Heritage Site, point to the expected $100 million influx from world tourism, and the chance to become part of UNESCO's mission to "ensure the protection of the natural and cultural heritage of nations"; and to "encourage international cooperation in the conservation of our world's cultural and natural heritage".
     But here is my concern (along with others who are a little concerned about giving the United Nations any form of control over our national heritage sites):  when a country allows a historical site to be declared a World Heritage Site they must agree to sign on to the international treaty, known as the World Heritage Convention, and to agree to "establish management plans and set up reporting systems on the state of conservation of their World Heritage sites."
     As expected, when a site becomes part of the UN's World Heritage organization, there is a manual to follow.  The manual states that it is “the duty of the international community as a whole to cooperate” in managing World Heritage Sites, meaning that bureaucrats from foreign countries could well sit on a Board and determine the Alamo’s operation.  One of the “protection obligations” of a World Heritage Site is the requirement to “use the World Heritage logo,” meaning that the Alamo Plaza would be adorned with UN symbols.  And to me, the most disturbing facet of this whole idea is that the UN flag would fly over the Alamo, among the most hallowed ground in all of Texas, and a symbol of the rugged individualism and love of liberty that personifies the history of our great state.
     I'm sure it won't surprise those of you who are familiar with the UN's Agenda 21 policies to find that the manual also suggests strategies for restricting public access to heritage sites due to “environmental concerns” under the guise of “sustainable” tourism, both familiar buzz words reflecting Agenda 21 goals.
     But once again, I was flabbergasted to find that this attempt is nothing new; and in fact, there are already quite a few of our most treasured historical sites that are now flying the UN flag.  For instance, did you know that the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, and the Grand Canyon are UN World Heritage sites; or that Mount Vernon, George Washington's home in northern Virginia is vying for a nomination, and both the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma and Martin Luther King's Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama, have both been placed up for nomination jointly as 'Civil Rights Era Landmarks'?  At this rate, our sovereignty and national identity will be subjugated to a collective heritage belonging to the world.  Is anybody else thinking "One World Heritage"?
     I just think it is incredibly tragic that 179 years after our Texas heroes fought to the death to defend liberty, freedom and sovereignty, that their descendants would so willingly allow another flag to fly over the compound.  Perhaps they need to reconsider the last words from the commander of the Alamo, Lt. Colonel William Barrett Travis, and to rethink their own surrender of the Alamo to the United Nations.

To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World—

Fellow Citizens & compatriots—

     I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna — I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man — The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken — I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls — I shall never surrender or retreat.  Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch — The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days.  If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country — Victory or Death.

William Barrett Travis.

Lt.  Col. comdt.

P. S.  The Lord is on our side — When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn — We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.

Proverbs 19:21    "Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand."

   




   




     


6 comments:

  1. Lamentations 2:3 - "He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: He hath drawn back His right hand from before the enemy, and He burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about."

    Proverbs 16:7 - "When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him."

    I heard the following quote some time ago, but can't remember who first said it. It goes something like this:

    "Romans 8:31b tells us that if God be for us, who can be against us? BUT, if by our sins we make God our enemy, who can be for us?"

    God has been calling America to repentance for some time through many ways and means. There has been a superficial repentance, but not the heart-rending, sincere repentance that goes beyond feeling remorse for the consequences of sin we experience. We need to sorrow after a godly sort, for sinning against a holy God, accompanied by a total turning away from sin and idolatry and separating ourselves to God Almighty. I fear we have sinned away the day of grace.

    Now, God has removed his hand of protection, and this is why America is filled with strangers and yes even enemies who have come to our country not to be part and become a blessing to our nation, but to come and do it harm, just as ancient Israel's enemies were allowed to trample their country and even the temple itself.

    Israel did not please the Lord and answer the design of God's reason for making them a "peculiar people", and they were often invaded, till ultimately destroyed. God blessed America, but America has not blessed God and honored Him. America's ways are not pleasing to God, therefore He cannot in His righteousness, make their enemies to be at peace with them.

    An old-time preacher said that the Lord is truly the Captain of the host, but not only the hosts of the armies of heaven...but of the armies of earth. Not only human armies, either, but the armies of the animal kingdom, and the whole realm of nature!. Remember Egypt, when the Lord of hosts commanded armies of gnats, of frogs, and locusts, of he hail of lightening, for example! When a peoples' sin has mounted to heaven, all of nature begins to be at war with the criminals. We see in our country storms, and droughts, and sicknesses, and earthquakes, and insect born diseases rising all the time. God has many arrows in his quiver, say old-time preachers, and He can and does use them against an erring and rebellious people.

    Our only hope against such foreign occupation is if the Lord would grant us the gift of repentance. We need to start crying out for that gift like we never have before.

    Jeremiah 31:18 - "I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn Thou me, and I shall be turned; for Thou are the Lord my God."

    Lamentations 5:21 - "Turn Thou us unto Thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days of old."

    Amen.

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    1. If one is a serious student of the Bible, one cannot ignore the similarities of our sinfulness and that of Israel. God is never-changing, and just as He brought judgment against Israel for their idolatrous ways, so is He doing to us, deservedly so. Like you, I pray that this nation would turn in SINCERE repentance to the Lord and beg His forgiveness. Sadly, I fear that those He calls His own are only a small remnant of our population. So, it is my prayer that He will protect us through whatever punishment is due us and that I will glorify my Lord in all circumstances.

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  2. https://sounddoctrineministries.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/american-paganism-the-statue-of-liberty/

    One of many articles on the Statue of Liberty. Wake up America! We are so deeply into idolatry, yet don't realize it! Ask ourselves constantly "WHY do we do what we do? WHY do certain things mean so much to us?" and yet not know their origins. Let us ponder the path of our feet, question our culture and customs, and become wise by God's grace and through the Word by the power of the Holy Spirit!

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    1. Yes, I am aware of what the Statue of Liberty symbolizes as well as the Washington monument and many of our national icons. It saddens me that this nation which I believe exists because of the providence of God, now looks and acts like Babylon. But He still has a remnant of His people who recognize what He has done for this nation and can lament what we have become. The question becomes, are our prayers of repentance enough?

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    2. I've asked myself the same question Belle. I often wonder if we've passed the point of no return; surely, we have been, are being, and will continue to be chastised, but I think of Habakkuk's plea to God, "In wrath, remember mercy". Thanks be to God, for His elect's sake, He remembers mercy in the midst of righteous judgments.

      I've often thought of Ezekiel 9:4 - "And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof."

      I thank God that He takes particular notice of those who are the "sighers and criers", weeping for their sins and the sins of their people. God took those sighers and criers under his special care in Ezekiel's day, and I trust He will do the same for those of us who are weeping between the porch and the altar, Belle. May we resort to the presence of the Lord in that place of intercession more and more in this difficult day!



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    3. What a wise comment! I love the picture that this Scripture paints and I'm sure you have given great hope to those who have read your comment. Thank you so much for sharing your insight!

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