"Every non-biblical philosophy of history ends by destroying both man and history. It begins by trying to give a better meaning to history than the one eternity provides, and it ends by robbing history of any human meaning and man of his manhood. In taking counsel against God and His decree, man effectually hurts only himself, not God." ~R. J Rushdoony, The Biblical Philosophy of History
We recently attended the Texas Faith and Freedom Tour hosted by Vision Forum. It was absolutely exceptional! We went away with a rich history of the state we've been called to, a perspective of God as the author of it and a strengthened vision, as we love sharing with others that history belongs to God. The particular attention God has paid to Texas by way of His providential intervention is so very rich.
Moses Austin monument in San Antonio, Tx
Moses Austin, by Providential aid, opened a new chapter in the history of North America clearing the way for the migration of Anglo Americans into Texas.
The vision Moses would cast for his son Stephen caused the continuation of the colonization project in Texas. Moses was quite careful of the education of his son taking into account that though he had certain aspirations he must also acknowledge God's design and intent for his son. He instructed him to be diligent and redeem the time building himself by his education a foundation for future greatness. It was also his father's concern that he show himself an excellent steward of the money entrusted to him proving his father's standard for sensible expenditures and taking care to avoid frivolity. Instruction was given for whom he should associate with and whom he should avoid.
"Boys lessen [their] greatness in life by small things which at the moment they think of little or no Consequence."
Stephen became the man his father hoped to mold. His companion in business, the convictions his father ingrained in his youth, served them both in the colonization project. In spite of difficulties and uncertainty Stephen inspired others to help him completed the project. He is now known as "The Father of Texas" and is remembered by having the capital city named for him.
"Your father had completed all his business in this quarter much more to his satisfaction than he ever expected to do...Moreover, his arrangements for the Texas adventure had taken shape much to his satisfaction. Everyone has the highest opinion of his plans and many only waiting till thay [they] know he has made the Establishment when they mean to follow him. Several young men has already gown [gone] and many now waiting to start with him." wrote Maria to her son. Stephen would have to take it from there. The momentum, the hardest part of any project, had been created. Stephen, who had once doubted, had at the moment of his father's death secured the financial underpinning needed to lay his Texas project on a firm foundation. His mother would later write, "truly rejoiced to find you [Stephen's] prospects in Tex[a]s are So much more flattering than I had and Idea of."
Doug Phillips instructs us in front of the Moses Austin Monument.
Coming on this tour we were excited to make a comparison to the government education we received as children. The 3-day tour was thoroughly edifying for the mind and spirit. It was excellent to be encouraged toward further sanctification, have our courage bolstered for our family vision and hear lectures full of wisdom wrapped around the uncompromisable standard of family discipleship. We were blessed to learn together, pray together, and be challenged to a godly end.
Our government school education didn't afford us a perspective of history which served us well into our adult years. History for us was meaningless, devoid of God and godliness and therefore of little value. Our teachers succeeded in conditioning us rather than educating us. We became malleable as was their hopes and determined that life, our very history was one of an evolving nature upon which we'd ride the tides with little control or purpose. But the truth of the matter is God was just as sovereign over us then as He is now. And as He has acted in a Providential manner with regard to us redeeming us and our futures, we can also act in a providential manner on our own behalf and for others.
Outside the Spanish Governor's Palace.
"Who will follow old Ben Milam into San Antonio?" was the cry of the leading figure in the Texas War For Independence. Milam understood men follow courage. Texans known for their independent spirit wouldn't take instruction, only leadership. They couldn't be commanded, only inspired by a point man. If you weren't going to fight with them they wouldn't follow. Ben Milam was a quiet man until battle. In 1835 Milam journeyed to Monclova in order to meet with the Governor on business with regard to land titles. While he was there Santa Anna overthrew the representative government of Mexico, established dictatorship and was en route to Texas with an army. Milam tried to flee but was caught and imprisoned. But it was not God's plan that he remain captive. Milam was able to escape aided by jailers and headed for the Texas border. Providentially Milam encountered a company of soldiers from whom he heard of a movement for Texas independence. Joining them he helped in the capture of Goliad and then with them joined the main army to capture San Antonio. He lead a house to house battle prior to leading men into San Antonio and when the time came to rally the troops he was able.
While returning from a scouting mission in the southwest on December 4, 1835, Milam learned that a majority of the army had decided not to attack San Antonio as planned but to go into winter quarters. Convinced that this decision would be a disaster for the cause of independence, Milam then made his famous, impassioned plea: "Who will go with old Ben Milam into San Antonio?" Three hundred volunteered, and the attack, which began at dawn on December 5, ended on December 9 with the surrender of Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos and the Mexican army
In 1835 he was killed by a sniper just as the Texas Revolution was getting underway but his leadership was the catalyst for his fellow Texans to retake San Antonio.
The Cypress tree from which a sniper shot down Ben Milam.
San Fernando Cathedral
In 1835 Mexican canons stood on the roof during the siege of Bexar. After the battle the Texans flew a flag of victory from it.
From a tower of San Fernando Cathedral General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna ordered the blood red flag of "no quarter" raised at the beginning of the battle of the Alamo. The banner was a signal to the men inside the Alamo that they would be shown no mercy.
Historian Bill Potter in the Alamo gardens.
Other visitors to the Alamo gathered around to hear. "The time of crisis will come, will you be able to stand? What battles have our father's fought? How will we preserve them? What are we willing to die for? And what are we willing to live for. "
The defenders of the Alamo under estimated the Mexicans because they had no respect for them. Santa Anna was arrogant He waited 13 days and attacked in the predawn dark. The first 15 minutes probably amassed the most casualties on both sides. The battle probably lasted about an hour. The battle of the Alamo inspired many Texians to join the Texian Army. "Great men do not emerge out of a vacuum" the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836.
Heroes of the Alamo Bonham and Bowie
Travis and Crockett
Inside the historic Menger Hotel
Having tried my hand at stained glass I have incredible appreciation for this work of art, the ceiling of the Menger lobby.
An amazing museum inside and out, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is 3 floors full of interactive exhibits telling the stories of Texas history. I would have to say that my favorite was the reconstruction of an early pioneer home. We were able to walk inside a covered area which adjoined two small rooms making for the complete homestead. That area, interestingly enough, served as a place to cook in the Summer, not a bad idea in Texas, and a place to keep animals in Winter, the more bodies the better. Be sure to plan for plenty of time to see it all. It's a must visit!
Watch this short video for a glimpse of what we saw.
Inside the state capital.
The dome within bears an 8 foot star, the letters are 15 inches tall. The architecture throughout is beautiful.
It becomes incredibly exciting to see how mighty is our God when we study history. The great things He has accomplished by one perfectly fashioned act after another proves that He owns history. Man cannot live without meaning or a vision for victory and He's given it to us. Man also cannot live with the statist redefinition of 'meaning' and 'victory.' "Go to our schools, get a 'good' education and get a 'good' job, and you're successful. Be our slave and serve our social order on our terms." Defending, preserving, and sharing the history which belongs to God is of supreme importance.
"Fired with her love of liberty and the zeal of the volunteer, with her own hands made a beautiful lone star flag and presented it to the Georgia Battalion..."
Another favorite, the pioneer homestead and museum of Fredricksberg Below are a few kitchen conveniences...enjoy!
It's a crock pot!
Thanking God especially for this particular providence, a waffle iron.
Waffle Irons have a dutch origin coming to America in the 1620's.
Please pass the syrup.
This a more modern kitchen has the same blue walls as in the photos above. laundry bluing was added to the whitewash to create the cheery effect.
On the Texas Faith & Freedom Tour our guides did just that. They are wise and seasoned Christians who present history through a biblical lens constantly sharing inescapable truths and notable Providences. There is really no comparison to the history offered by government schools which has no transcendental meaning. Our guides reiterated again and again we are tied to the God of the past who according to the Word is sovereign over all, having already worked toward an end to bring Himself glory. The God of our future is the God of our past.