Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Thursday, February 22, 2007

What Van Every is getting at in his discourse on the Indian life in the wilderness is twofold: that personal freedom and the wilderness land are essential factors in Americanism. The frontiersman had a burning desire to escape the suffocating trappings of government, and despised the intrusion of government, and even everyday people, into his everyday life. But the companion to that freedom was (and I believe, still is) a wondrous land in which to express it. America's woods, mountains, hills, plains, deserts, canyons, seashores and waterways contain a nearly limitless place to enjoy the blessings of the creator. The native Americans denied their sinfulness and gave vent to many sinful impulses. Contrary to liberal opinion they were not always great stewards of the land. They were violent and grossly immature and ultimately from their sinfulness and idolatry they were denied the land they so loved. Enfolded within the American spirit is a love for the land, and properly, for freedom and law according to proper proportion. At the highest point of all is love for the Creator who has given such a wonderful gift.

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