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Old 08-02-2004, 01:43 AM
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Many of you may have seen this already. If you have it is a good reminder. If you have never seen this before, it is good lesson in the history of our great nation.
Laus Deo!

On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in
Washington DC, are displayed two words: Laus Deo.
No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn't care less. Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to share this with everyone you know. I do.
But these words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America.
Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, un-noticed words.
Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world.
So, what do those two words, in Latin, comprised of just four
syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they
say "Praise be to God!" [Laus is Praise be and Deo means God]
Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, "Laus Deo .. Praise be to God!" From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with it's division into four major segments. From that vantage point one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant .. a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north.
The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and
the Lincoln Memorial to the west.
A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution. So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who notice.
Praise be to God!
Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings. As one
climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones
share a message. On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore; on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians; on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6.
Praise be to God!
When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848, deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society.
Praise be to God!
Such was the discipline, the moral direction, the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy. "One Nation, Under God." I am awed by Washington's prayer for America. Have you never read it? Well now is your unique opportunity, so read on!
"Almighty God; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation.
Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
Laus Deo!
As you probably guessed, over 92 percent of Americans like the idea that our Pledge of Allegiance includes the phrase "under God." It is clear when one studies the history of our great nation, that Washington's America was one of the few countries in all the world established under the guidance, direction and banner of Almighty God, to whom was given all praise, honor and worship by the great men who formed and fashioned her pivotal foundations. When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation's capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. Though many try to disprove and reason, their arguments are weak and easily proven without basis. Their efforts will forever be in vain; God assures us of that. Have you noticed as of late, how many more people are coming together, affirming the fact that this nation was, from the beginning, built on God? Any nation that is not built upon God will fail. The truth is we have always been one nation under God!
Laus Deo! Praise be to God!
You may forget the width and height of "Laus Deo," it's location,
or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget it's meaning, or these words: "Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain." (Psalm 127: 1)
Let us remember to do our part, through prayers and sacrifice, to be the watchmen who stand their guard.
It is hoped you will send this to everyone you know; to every sister, brother, father, mother or friend. They will not find offense, because you have given them a lesson in history that they probably never learned in school. With that, be not ashamed, or afraid, but have pity on those who willnever see.


This was E-Mailed to me by a member of my church without a source.

Al

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Old 08-02-2004, 06:18 AM
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Amen, brother!
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Amen, amen, that is to say it shall be so.
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Amen, and thank you.
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Looks like Church is in. The religious people must really love reading that e-mail.
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Old 08-03-2004, 02:06 AM
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Thumbs up Yes Ghetto, church IS in.

Take some time and read the U.S. Constitution then come back and tell us what you learned. This country was established on the belief in God. Christianity is not something to be ashamed of. When you construct a building what is by far the most important part of that building? Would you not say the foundation? The foundation of this great country is the rock solid "christ"ianity based Constitution.

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Thumbs up Awesome!

Thanks, Gr8! That was awesome, brother!

Rock on and God bless...

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Wheres the thumbs down icon?

This country is not supposed to shine on any one religion, or any religion at that.

All I get from your post was a bunch of religious mombo-jombo. God is dead, get over it!

A novel Idea! How about we all stop worshiping a false god and start building up our country instead!
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Dude, what's up you rear-end today. You don't usually make statements like that. I've alway thought of you as a more tolerant respectful member of this forum. This coming from an arsehole such as myself too. Guess I was wrong 'bout you, at least today anyway.

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A novel Idea! How about we all stop worshiping a false god and start building up our country instead!
Well, we were making very good progress building up our country for a very long time. Seems to me that around the same time that people decided that it was uncool to be religious, we stopped making progress at the same rate. Now it's all about who's feelings got hurt because of hearing someone pray, blah blah blah waa waa waa. Nothing ever gets done for all the crying and whining.

Ever heard the expressions live and let live, if you got nothing good to say don't say anything, if you don't like it don't look at it....etc.

Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh but it's been my experience that respect begets respect and disrespect be getting disrespect.

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Old 08-03-2004, 09:38 AM
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Thanks "boetie" I'll have to read more about that one. To a wise man, the whole world and every thing in it gives witness to one God. To "442" I wouldnt want to be in your shoes on the judgement day!
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for a country based on god you sure do kill alot of people... Oh yeah thats right most organized religion kills too.
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for a country based on god you sure do kill alot of people... Oh yeah thats right most organized religion kills too.
Ed-zackery!

Religion is nothing to be proud of.
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for a country based on god you sure do kill alot of people... Oh yeah thats right most organized religion kills too.
I don't know where you're from so I'll not be ging you any U.S. history lessons.

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Ed-zackery!

Religion is nothing to be proud of.
Don't forget that it is a country founded on religion that provides you with the freedom to disagree with its founding principles without fear of persecution, or execution. I'd say that's something to be very proud of.

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no its a country that says its free, but if you look at what happens when you critisize the government all the flag wavers scream at how poor of a citizen you are, when really a good citizen is one who keeps their government in line.

Oh yeah and give me the history lession, all your excuses for every war, and the death count caused by american bullets. You will do nothing but prove the United States makes excuses when it murders.
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