This fine mid-August Sunday was begun for many of us at Gospel Light by the fine teaching of Pastor Vince Giardino, who chose American History and the Bible as his topic. It was no surprise to most of us when he opened with the comment that today’s teachers and historians are revisionists trying to cover up the real story of how the bible shaped this country. Reading from Isaiah 45:23, Pastor said that eventually “every knee shall bow” to Jesus Christ, every knee of anyone who ever lived in history, including today’s “spin doctors”.
Using both the writings of Christopher Columbus and the Mayflower Compact, Pastor Giardino provided proof that the arrival to the New World was a missionary endeavor. Columbus was a “frontier missionary called by the Holy Spirit”, he said, “to bring the gospel of Christ to the ends of the earth”. The Mayflower Compact was written by the Pilgrims during the planting of the first colony as an advancement of the Christian faith. Pastor also spoke of Napoleon Bonaparte and his writings on the bible during his exile on the island of St. Helena. In awe of the nature of Christ and the Word and awaking from atheism, Bonaparte wrote, “All things proclaim the presence of God.”
Pastor Giardino once again drew from his personal library of books to read passages from two history books: “The Christian History of the American Revolution: Consider and Ponder” and “Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History: The Principle Approach”, both part of a history series from the Foundation for American Christian Education (F.A.C.E.). The passages show that our national greatness and strength rely on faith in God. One passage read, “our only protection is loyalty to Christ”. In today’s America, the unraveling of society that we are experiencing is due to “a famine of the Word of the Lord”, our pastor exclaimed, “the bible is not being preached or read.”