Friday, February 6, 2015

The Crusades and Grandpa...

Last night my Grandpa and I enjoyed several hours discussing history...one of my favorite things to do with him since I was a little girl. :-) He shared stories about his Mother, my Great-Grandmother who would share with my Grandpa how she had personally known many cripples and disfigured people because of their involvement in the Civil War.  He shared how she was thrilled beyond description when she was the FIRST woman in this area to ever vote....a story I had never heard.  YEAH! Way to go Great-Grandmother!! :-) He said it must be in my blood straight from great-Grandma that I'm such an outspoken advocate for voting...I wish I could have met her!  We talked about WW1 and WW2...how throughout all of America's history many generations have given so much to preserve the freedom of those here in America and around the world.  My Grandpa is literally a walking history book because of how much he knows and has studied...and it's always fascinating talking with him about anything that has to do with World or American history.  And then we talked about how necessary it is to know history....because not only is there a lot we can learn from the brilliant minds of those behind the greatness of America, but also because history unfortunately has a tendency to repeat itself.  And sometimes, knowing your history can act as a warning and also a guide to those who study it, as well as be a shield to you against "re-written" History.  Immediately after our talk I started watching the President's address at the National Prayer Breakfast.  I'm grateful he read from Pastor Saeed's letter and mentioned how important it is to bring him home...a definite answer to prayer of God working in President Obama's heart.  It truly touched me deeply how kindly he referenced the precious Abedini family and all they have been and continue to go through. (Read more about that issue specifically HERE) But I am also extremely disappointed at his inaccurate mentions of the crusades.  I respect the position President Obama holds over our country and I pray for President Obama regularly...that he would be led by God and from God be blessed with wisdom, discernment, insight, and that he would come to know Jesus Christ personally...who is the One True God and the reason America has enjoyed such prosperity.  But I am NOT okay with history being re-written or misspoken...especially when in reference to my Savior's Name. <3 It was very interesting to watch the President's speech immediately after my talk with Grandpa.  Once again it affirmed the necessity that we really must remember and learn from the past and in doing so, make sure our facts are *accurate* not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of future generations. (Specific info on the Crusades below blogpost)  I also think I know what the next time period of history to be discussed during Grandpa's next visit....you guessed it, the Crusades. ;-)  I knew enough to know that what was said yesterday was not completely accurate and misdirected, but will continue to do more extensive research and then...as always, talk to Grandpa about all my history questions and research. :-)  He is very wise from his almost 90 years of life.

On a less serious note.  When Grandpa was telling me about the excitement of his Mom when she could vote for the first time...I couldn't help but read him a section from a John & Abigail Adams book that I am currently reading and specifically where Abigail wrote to John in regards to why women should be able to vote: "Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands.  All men would be tyrants if they could.  If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to form a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation." LOL!!! Abigail's letters crack me up...she was quite the spirited little lady! ;-)  Now, I do not agree with her that ALL men would be tyrants, but I do think my Great-Grandmother must have caught her vision and well over a hundred years AFTER Abigail penned those words to John, she was the very first women to be in line at the designated voting office in Victor Township in 1920.  So, in the spirit of Abigail Adams...may we as women continue to help the men vote for what is right and stand for TRUTH to preserve in this country what so many died to protect.

"Oh to be valiant for TRUTH in this day of falsehood." ~Spurgeon 

"The light SHINES in the darkness, and the darkness HAS NOT overcome it." ~John 1:5

"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." ~Edmund Burke

"Study History, Study History. In History lies the secrets of statecraft." ~Winston Churchill  

"If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them." ~C.S. Lewis

Okay, I will now get off my little soap box.  I just can't stand by and not voice any opinion when history is mentioned in a false way and if you'd like more info on the Crusades I welcome you to read below and/or research it for yourself! :-)

Happy Friday!

~Monica

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There is a lot you can learn from researching the Crusades and although there is some debate still out there about them, I do believe the below paragraphs sum it up pretty well. And if you'd like to understand even more about the crusades you may find THIS article interesting. 

"So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.


Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War. Christianity—and for that matter any other non-Muslim religion—has no abode. Christians and Jews can be tolerated within a Muslim state under Muslim rule. But, in traditional Islam, Christian and Jewish states must be destroyed and their lands conquered. When Mohammed was waging war against Mecca in the seventh century, Christianity was the dominant religion of power and wealth. As the faith of the Roman Empire, it spanned the entire Mediterranean, including the Middle East, where it was born. The Christian world, therefore, was a prime target for the earliest caliphs, and it would remain so for Muslim leaders for the next thousand years.


With enormous energy, the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly after Mohammed's death. They were extremely successful. Palestine, Syria, and Egypt—once the most heavily Christian areas in the world—quickly succumbed. By the eighth century, Muslim armies had conquered all of Christian North Africa and Spain. In the eleventh century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul. The old Roman Empire, known to modern historians as the Byzantine Empire, was reduced to little more than Greece. In desperation, the emperor in Constantinople sent word to the Christians of western Europe asking them to aid their brothers and sisters in the East.


That is what gave birth to the Crusades. They were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense."

~Thomas F. Madden, Crusade Historian, May 6th, 2005
Reference HERE

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