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The way it ought to be

Updated on August 17, 2011

This was my first hub...I was not sure what I was doing or getting into....I have learned very much and have made some very interesting friends....I encourage you to jump in and enjoy this place.

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

A day for national prayer

My first thought on the way things "ought to be"...putting God back in control of each of our lives, and putting Him first and foremost, and giving Him Thanks, for our liberties that we seem to take for granted these days....

On March 3, 1863 while in the midst of the Civil War, the U. S. Senate requested President Abraham Lincoln to “designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation” because:

Sincerely believing that no people, however great in numbers and resources or however strong in the justice of their cause, can prosper without His favor; and at the same time deploring the national offences which have provoked His righteous judgment, yet encouraged in this day of trouble by the assurances of His word to seek Him for succor according to His appointed way through Jesus Christ, the Senate of the United States do hereby request the President of the United States, by his proclamation, to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation.".........

Other hubs I have written regarding our American Heritage:

Shining City on a Hill

Objects of benevolence

Am I a Patriot

The Department of Common Sense

I have but one request (a poem)

Hubs on God and Christianity:

Pure Religion

The Power of Christ

There they crucified Him

Our God is loving

He meant what He said

Some of my "rants" as I call them:

Path to Prosperity

White, Christian and Conservative

America has spoken!

Modifying the 22nd Amendment

The least of these vs. The free for these

And some short stories and some personal writings:

Western Story - Cole Hornback

Western Short Story - Maggie May McAllister

I love my wife ( a modest attempt at poetry regarding my wife)

A grateful heart ( a very personal one of mine)

Update to my grateful heart

My best friend Sammy (A tribute to a great friend of mine)

Cat Juggling (A must read for those who disire the history of this amazing sport)

Hoosier Basketball (For those who love the game of basketball)

They called him Sweetness (a tribute to Walter Payton)

There are few others, but I hope you take a few moments, if you feel compelled to do so and find something to enjoy.

Thanks for coming by!



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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana


      First of all, I want to thank you for stopping by to comment. I always appreciate ALL feedback, even if it is something I personally disagree with.

      There has/is a history of atrocities that has been done in the name of God. I stand firm that these acts of violence that was perpetrated by “so-called” Christians could not have been practicing the fruits of the Spirit, which is the only true measure of true followers of Christ.

      It was Christian settlers that befriended the Indians, and traded with them, learned from them. Not all of our original settlers were Christians, and yes, they did promote violence against innocent people for greed.

      It was the practice of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control that was commanded by Jesus that built this Nation was founded upon. Through that, I believe we received the blessings of God. The Bible told us “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD”. I have read much and studied on my own, to come to this personal opinion. The intent of this hub was to express my opinion on restoring that relationship with God, to return this Nation to have the blessings it once had.

      But, I understand how the perception of the white man has, I just think it goes much deeper than that.

      Thanks again for reading.

      Spongy0llama and Alexander Mark, I thank the both of you for stopping by and reading. I appreciate your comments.

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      Tell it to the American Indians who we slaughtered to build this country. America was built on the greed of the white man.We kill to take what we want and do not care about anyone else. Tell me was this all done in the name of God. NO I don't think so.

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      Jake Brannen 6 years ago from Canada

      "God utilized this Nation to further the building of His kingdom, to reach out to the corners of this earth through the foundations that was built by Bible-believing citizens of this great nation."

      No, this is wrong. There was already highly advanced Aztec civilization in South America long before the Europeans arrived in the Early Modern period and took over. Also, there was a diverse and widespread variety of aboriginal communities living all over North and South America for thousands of years before your precious America was established, effectively ending thousands of years of Native tradition, effectively stealing from those who were here first. Stealing is a sin, no? Not to mention genocide (widespread murder of a specific group). This is what America was built on, the raping of lands and peoples by Western Europeans who believed that they were superior as white Christians, and you seem to have inherited this misguided tradition. Think about the history before you glorify your country and its "Christian heritage."

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      Alexander Silvius 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      eloquent and short. I am on the fence about national religiousness, but we can't deny that the lack of God in American lives is causing a mass of misery in the US. It would be a comfort if there were high profile politicians that encouraged prayer and godliness.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana


      Excellent point!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting


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      vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Undoubtedly, this country is a judeo-Christian religion and is based upon it. For example, Islam is incompatible with democracy, because it does recognize everyone as equal. All non-Muslims are second class citizens.

      I believe that the UK PM has nailed it, when he said that "multi-culturalism has failed."

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      FriendofTruth, thank you kindly for you reading my hub and I could not agree with you more on how significant God is to our Country.

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      FriendofTruth 6 years ago from Michigan

      CMerritt another great article. The removing of God's importance from our heritage as a Nation is extremely bad and dangerous - to me is not just an opinion but fact (even though it sounds like an opinion). There is so much evidence supporting that. We could look to public schools, the silencing that is being done to Christians - which is supposed to be the majority in our country, but rather the minority of atheists and others are being's just crazy all of things going on that shouldn't be. I'm in prayer for our nation that it will become the way it ought to be.

      God bless!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Texasbeta, as a self-proclaimed Christian, I find the liberal mentality goes against just not my common sense, but against many of my Christian beliefs.

      Abortion is the most obvious one, but I still believe we should be advocating more adoptions, abstenence, and marriage. Instead of federal dollars being pushed to kill unborn babies.

      Lastly, and most importantly, I think the removing God's importance from our heritage as a Nation is extremely bad and dangerous. I know it is just an opinion, but one that I strongly believe in.

      I think the larger our government becomes, the closer to Socialism we become. I think that it limits our freedoms and hinders our societies from expressing themselves that made this Country GREAT.

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      Texasbeta 6 years ago

      I can entirely get behind living the words of Jesus, even though I am not Christian and do not endorse organized religions by any means. Jesus seems like a pretty phenomenal guy, though his name YSHWH would be translated into Joshua rather than Jesus, but still. Mind you, if we live by the words of Jesus, the entire Republican platform is out the door. You realize that right? We would HAVE to give up everything, not just what we can spare, to the poor, give up our belongings and travel the world sharing our testimony. There is not too much interpretation involved in that commandment; he was pretty clear. That is one of the curious things I have pondered, how the Christians support the ideology that is so divergent from their political ideology in most cases. Regardless, if your idea is to move society towards a Utopia that has never existed, but could...hey, right on. Good for you. That is a marvelous goal. If your idea is that this world existed at some point in history, then I am here to tell you that the closest it has ever come is this very day, and that is not saying much.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Texasbeta, our forefathers were no different than any other folks to have lived. They sinned as anyone did. The point I am making is, they DID, revere that values taught in the Bible, and used them as a cornerstone to build this Nation. The principals taught by Jesus, is a goal ALL Americans should have. If the fruits of the spirit, was practiced daily by ALL Americans, Citizens and Politicians, this country would strive forward.

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      Texasbeta 6 years ago

      The issue isn't that there has always been sin and sinners. The point is, the very time you want us to go back to, doesn't exist. In the time of the forefathers, we beat and raped slaves. Washington's first order of business was to enact a tax on spirits which led to American militia slaughtering American citizens. Jefferson was cheating on his wife with his slave. Women were subjugated, beaten and raped with no recourse. I find it remarkable that women like Rkhyclak and Rachelrobinson are proponents of this, as if were DID go back to the way things were, they wouldn't be allowed to post their opinions on this page. They wouldn't have voting rights, and would be smacked down if they spoke out of turn or about things which they needn't concern themselves with. How on earth do you people not see the irony in this? This IS the most just time. We are the most just people in history, as a whole...which isn't saying a great deal actually. In Jesus' time, women who were married and then found out to have had intercourse beforehand, were brought to their fathers doorsteps and smashed with large stones until brutal death while their fathers watched their daughters entrails spread along the walkway. If you were born in the wrong place, like Sumeria, your pregnant women were ripped open by the sword in the name of God. How do we view that today? How would you view that? Go back and read your book again. God commanded the rape of children, bashing babies against rocks, ripping open of pregnant women and slavery...what I am saying is that you by nature are more just than this book. Additionally, no time in human history do more people have more basic human rights than they do now. Look forward not backwards.

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks Rachel for your comments. I really appreciate it.

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      rachellrobinson 7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      awesome Hub. The older I get the more I see that we need God in our lives.

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks rkhyclak,

      I just got on a roll with Texasbeta...ha!

      I appreciate your kind remarks

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      rkhyclak 7 years ago from Ohio

      Great article and great comments! The reply to Texasbeta was written well enough to be a hub in itself!

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks Jason,

      It seems to be a real pattern on radical liberals and the anti-Christian movement. The kind of go hand in hand. Thanks for your kind words, I too am planning checking out more of your hubs this week.

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      Jason R. Manning 7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      What I thought I would comment on a terrific citing of President Lincoln turned into a lets cap on Christians hub. How did you attract these bigots?

      James – I haven’t seen you were with your hackles up either, I feel like I missed a party.

      Mr. Merritt, you posted a brilliant reply to the less than thoughtful man from Texas. I commend your retort as much as you will. Looking forward to seeing much more from you.

      Voted up

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I am so sorry you attracted the comment of that total A**hole above. What utter ignorance. And as to your other commenter further up: we will leave our faith at home the day you leave your secular humanism at home pal.

      Thanks for an excellent article. :D

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana


      I think we sometime forget (conveniently), that we are ALL sinners, always have been, and always will be. Man has committed atrocities since the beginning of time. And YES, many of which was done, “in the name of God”. But, I say, that these atrocities were not perpetrated by God, but by evil human beings…. Jesus himself said that "many" people who think they are His followers will be rejected by Him when they attempt to claim that they are His disciples. Not all who claim the name of Jesus are actually His disciples.

      I think that the GREAT Christians that built this Country into the Great Nation that was formed many years ago was ones who practiced the fruits of the Spirit that is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control….because against such things there is no law. I would even argue that atheists have committed far more atrocities than all religious groups combined…

      Let’s say, Joseph Stalin, who lead up to 60 million deaths, Karl Marx, Benito Mussolini, Mao Tse-Tung, all atheist, and I don’t believe that Hitler was practicing the “fruits of the spirit” when he murdered millions….and let’s not forget, all the great things this nation has done, with “God” as it’s foundation, the hundreds of thousands who died during WWI & WWII, to assure our freedoms and to stop such dictators who had a much different approach to nation building. The benevolent giving to the “least of these” by those who did so in the “name of God”….not just in this country but all over the world.

      The Bible told us, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12 and those words was taken to heart by many of our forefathers…

      When James Madison said, "We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."….. And when he said…. "The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.”

      Daniel Webster once said: "If we and our always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments...we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country.... But if we...neglect religious instruction and authority; violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity."

      On February 20, 1955, Eisenhower stated: "Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first - the most basic - expression of Americanism."

      Even JFK believed our greatness was “in the name of God”…. On his inaugural speech he said the following:…. "The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans—ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country...Let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own”

      Even Albert Einstein, said that, "Being a lover of freedom, when the (Nazi) revolution came, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but no, the universities were immediately silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks...Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration for it because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual and moral freedom. I am forced to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.

      My whole point Texasbeta is that the way things “ought to be” is the way our forefathers, and the great leaders of this Country believed it “ought to be”, and that is putting God first and foremost, and the teachings of Jesus,….I understand all of the arguments, it is just MY own personal belief that we can restore this nation and it’s people to where I think they “ought to be”…if we took our heritage serious.

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      Texasbeta 7 years ago

      Was God utilizing this country when we were beating our slaves? Was God utilizing this country when we were abusing our wives when they spoke out of turn? Was God utilizing our country when we were treating our women like second class humans, less man every man? Was God utilizing our country when we were allowing young black women to be raped without threat of police action? Was God utilizing our country when we were lying to our people to justify an invasion to slaughter hundreds of thousands for no reason? Wait, actually the Bible commands each one of these things now that I think about it: slavery, beating our slaves, subjugation of women, raping children, slaughtering hundreds of thousands without, yeah, I guess you are right.

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      pcoach 7 years ago

      It's the bringing us to our knees part that I'm worried about! Kneeling to pray is one thing. Falling to my knees in fear - a completely different thing! I pray I will have the faith I need should that day come.

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      PCoach, I'm not saying any rights have been lost....far from it. I think many today have simply lost sight, and have come to think that putting God first is being politically INcorrect...Our heritage is being tarnished and not taught properly. Our forefathers and most of our Presidents have always deemed it important to recognize God, and His significance for governing and living our lives....If someone chooses NOT to believe or believes in other religions, if fine, and I am not knocking that. what I am knocking is those who want to claim that this Country utilized the Christian Faith, and faith in God as the cornerstone of its greatness...Everyone of our State Constitutions recognize "God"...there is a reason for that, and many today want to "demonize" that, and downplay it's significance, and I merely believe that we would be better off, if we got back to the basics...but, I don't think that is ever going to happen, until something bad enough happens that is going to bring us all to our knees.....Just my humble opinion.

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      pcoach 7 years ago

      " designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation..." This country, the good ol' USA, has always seen through the clouds of misconception and mis-direction. I have to believe we will see it now.

      To believe otherwise is to believe that my country is dying, and I simply don't believe that at all.

      I still don't get why anyone has a problem with this. No one is threatening anything. There is no right being lost here; only a right gained.

      Regan had a wonderful vision.

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Mr. Happy, I too enjoy conversations, but as a Christian, I cannot help but recognize the significance of God's importance on our Country. I fully believe that our Country was formed by men who revered God, and put God first, and utilized God's principals as they designed our Constitution. I fully believe that any religion should not be shoved down anyones throat, and we ALL have that right to worship as we chose or not to worship at all. But that does not change our heritage, and the significant impact that what many Americans understand way to clear, that God utilized this Nation to further the building of His kingdom, to reach out to the corners of this earth through the foundations that was built by Bible-believing citizens of this great nation.

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      Mr. Happy 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Religion is a personal issue in my opinion because there are so many different people some who are Sikh, some Hindu, some Christian, Muslim or Buddhist ... that is why we should all pray at home and leave religion as a private matter.

      The separation of church and state was made for a good reason. What's wrong with everyone keeping their religion to themselves?

      (I do enjoy such conversations, this is why I joined Hubpages to talk to people who think different than I do. Thanks for the blog!)