Following are the four verses written by Francis Scott Key, now known as our National Anthem. The third verse is used to declare the Anthem racist; which of course, is offered as further evidence of America’s racism. The “racist” designation in contemporary America means 'that' racist thing should be rejected and discarded.
1.O say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hail'd
at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars
through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so
gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in
air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there, O say
does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and
the home of the brave?
2.On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep Where the
foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the
breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals,
half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first
beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream, 'Tis the star- spangled banner - O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and
the home of the brave!
3.And where is that band who so vauntingly swore, That the havoc
of war and the battle's confusion A home and a Country should
leave us no more? Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's
pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the
terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled
banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the
home of the brave.
4.O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand Between their lov'd
home and the war's desolation! Blest with vict'ry and peace may
the heav'n rescued land Praise the power that hath made and
preserv'd us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is
just, And this be our motto - "In God is our trust," And the star-
spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free
and the home of the brave.
My fundamental contention on this topic is that because God continually worked miracles in behalf of America at the founding, God Himself affirms America! If God affirms America…discussion is closed! For what God has blessed, no man can curse!*
Let’s review some important facts:
Fact 1: Francis Scott Key owned slaves. According to liberalism, this fact alone requires we hate him and reject everything he has done or said.
Fact 2: Mr Key was an attorney who in 1820 defended 300 African slaves, who were captured off the coast of Florida, in the Spanish slave ship, Antelope. The case lasted 7 long years, and Key argued not only that all men are equal; but that the slaves should be returned to Africa and freedom. He boldly argued the following point before Supreme court justices who owned slaves, “by the ‘laws of nature’** all men are free!”
Fact 3: Mr Key raised $11,000 (over $250,000 today) to help the slaves return to Africa.
Fact 4: Mr Key helped John Adams free 53 African slaves in the Amistad case in 1841.
Fact 5: Our National Motto is taken from the fourth verse of the National Anthem: “In God is our Trust”.
Incredibly, the 5th fact confirms several further incontrovertible facts:
i.The National Anthem and the National motto are permanently
ii.The National Anthem, National motto, and the American flag are
permanently linked! See verse one.
iii.The National Anthem, National motto, the American flag, and
America are permanently linked! Obviously, points i-iii are about
America, not another nation.
iv.The National Anthem, National motto, the American flag, and
America are permanently linked…to God! The Anthem uses God
as its source. See verse 4
v.The National Anthem, National motto, the American flag, and
America, are permanently linked not just to any God, but to the
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ! See verse 4, and Key’s life.
These five points confirm two critical things:
1.America was/is specifically called by God, or raised-up by God, for “such a time as this!”***
2.To disrespect any of these is to disrespect America, AND to disrespect God’s calling!
Now to attempt to explain that part of the third verse accused of ‘unforgiveable’ racism: “No refuge could save the hireling and slave”. The British empire was spread thin all over the world at the time of the War of 1812. To help fight the Americans, the British gathered as many people as possible who had any opposition to America. For example, there were still people loyal to Britain at the time; there were others willing to fight for money, hence Key’s word “hireling”; and then there were ‘some’ Black slaves who were promised freedom, if they would fight against the Americans; hence Key’s use of the word “slave”. In other words, in verse 3, Mr Key was saying that not even the use of hirelings or slaves could stop the providence of God that night at Fort McHenry!!!
If you remember, at the War for Independence, there were also ‘some’ Black slaves who fought with the British, because they were offered freedom. But also remember, there were ‘many’ Blacks who fought with the Americans against the British; AND there also existed free Blacks in America at that time of the War for Independence!
It is imperative to note that, the Black slaves who fought with the British in both wars, were understandably so much desiring freedom that they failed to remember that slavery was still legal in Britain! In other words, Britain’s motive was not their freedom, but to win the wars, and re-enslave America! If Britain had won either war, would they have continued to extend freedom to those slaves who fought with them? Although only God knows for certain…but how could they!?!?! How could they allow Blacks freedom, while simultaneously subjugating the Whites!?!? My opinion is: Absolutely not! The British would not have continued to offer freedom to those Blacks who fought with them simply because their initial motive no longer existed!
There can be only one key to this puzzle: What was providentially in the mind of God? What was He doing? This ball of confusion cannot be unraveled without God’s mind! In short, did God consider the third verse racist, and then conclude that America should be rejected and discarded?**** The obvious answer to that question is NO! For if He did, we would not be here! Remember, the Bible is full of instances of God judging Israel for disobedience! And, when He did judge---Israel went into slavery!! (Judges, 2Chron12:1-9)
My point is that the miracles of America’s founding irrefutably prove that God’s hand was, and is still, upon America--in spite of America’s past enslavement of Black people! The miracles of the founding absolutely reject the liberal mantra that America is a racist nation that should be rejected! I repeat, God Himself does not reject America!
This tidbit was necessary to prepare you for the next tidbit, where I detail the actual miracle of the Battle for Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote the National Anthem!
**The term “laws of nature, and of nature’s God” is included in the Declaration; yet originates in Biblical theology (Rom1:20).
***Est4:14; Mat16:3(discern the signs of the time); 1Chron12:32(sons of Issachar).
****Remember, the Anthem and America are inseparably linked through the calling of God, therefore to disrespect the Anthem, is to disrespect America, and America’s calling!
"In the power to change yourself is the power to change the world around you." - Anwar Sadat
One of the reasons God still works miracles is ‘approval’. In the case of America, the miraculous power of God, as repeatedly evidenced at America’s founding--to any rational person--reveals His sovereign “approval” on America. In other words, because God has historically protected America means He has a calling, a purpose, a reason for this nation’s existence! This truth is confirmed by Romans 11:29, which declares God’s callings are without repentance, i.e. He does not take them back!! Yet, because God is great in nature (Ps147:5; Ps77:13), whatever He creates, or calls, or purposes, originates from His nature, which as I just wrote, is great. Hence, because God is one in nature, it must follow God’s callings/purposes are great!! Because this is true, God’s sovereign, irrevocable calling on America demands His approval of America; and with that approval, by default, comes His greatness!! While I whole-heartedly agree with French social philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville, who after years of studying America concluded: “America is great because America is good”; I would also add an even greater truth: “America is great because America is called!” Remember, all God’s callings/purposes are great!
On to miracle number 5!
After America won independence from England, that ensuing peace was short-lived. During the administration of our second president John Adams, the same French that helped America defeat the English, rose-up in defiance. Interestingly, their defiance was not primarily directed at America, but at God! How did that work out? Just prior to 1800, in what is now known as the ‘French Revolution’, churches were closed and destroyed, and both public and private worship of God was outlawed! With these facts, it should be no surprise of the consequences: over 40,000 people were beheaded, among hundreds of thousands of other humans who were slaughtered!
During this ‘atheist-driven’ fiasco, besides murdering their own people, the French illegally detained and confiscated hundreds of American ships, and subsequently had the audacity to demand millions of dollars in bribes! Needless to say, in 1798, America and France were on the verge of WAR!
What happened?!?! President John Adams had the wisdom to declare, not one, but ‘TWO’ days of national prayer and fasting, March 23,1798 and March 6, 1799:
The people of the United States are still held in jeopardy by...insidious
acts of a foreign nation, as well as by the dissemination among them of those principles subversive to the foundations of all religious, moral, and social obligations...I hereby recommend...a Day of Solemn Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer; That the citizens...call to mind our numerous offenses against the Most High God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore His pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit, we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to His righteous requisitions...“Righteousness exalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Because the United States citizenry had been taught by their pastors(Jer3:15):
1.Prayer and fasting (Is58:1-9)
2.National repentance (2Chron7:14)
3.God answers prayer(Rom10:13)
4.To obey authority(Rom13:1-4)
…God answered their fasting and prayer, and America was preserved from war!!
In conclusion, what God has done in the past, He can and will do today…because He honors His word:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”(2Chron7:14).
God loves America, and our history is filled with His miraculous intervention…but America needs humility to repent, to fast, and to cry out to God! My hope is that God’s people in America, would once again, as we did with President John Adams, grab-hold of this past Sunday’s (9/3/17) presidential prayer proclamation by President Donald Trump, using it as motivation to seek God’s face to—once more--save America!
“There is no success without a successor.” - Peter Drucker