Christian Heritage Week Being Adopted Across The Nation

Christian Heritage Week is being adopted across the Nation thanks to Bruce Barilla, who we are now partnering with. In this episode, you will hear how you can make a difference in your community and schools by contacting your state officials and bringing Christain Heritage week to your city! Learn why it is so vital for us to remember our Christian Heritage that is just not being taught in our schools today like it once was.

Air Date: 03/13/2017


Guests: Bruce Barilla, David Barton, Rick Green, and Tim Barton


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Welcome

Rick:

Welcome to the intersection of faith and the culture.  This is WallBuilders Live! We’re glad you’re with us today where we’re talking about these hottest topics on policy, faith, and the culture, always looking at it from Biblical, historical, and constitutional perspective.

We’re here with David Barton.  He’s America’s premiere historian and our founder and president here at WallBuilders. Also Tim Barton, national speaker, and pastor. My name’s Rick Green. I’m a former Texas state rep.

You can find out more about us and our websites WallBuilders.com and WallBuildersLive.com.  Also new websites, so be sure and check them out.  A lot of great information there.  You’ll find out about the history of WallBuilders and the purpose of WallBuilders and why we even use that name.   David, we could tell them right now but I think I’d rather just kind of leave that teaser out there and let them go to the website to find out.

David:

Yeah, they can go to the website.  Then go to “about us” and see exactly why we came up with that name.

Rick:

And I will say it is not because we’re in construction.  Though, you did do that at one point in your life, didn’t you?

Making These Videos Come To Life

David:

And we did not even do this because of Trump’s promises in the campaign. It has nothing to do with that.

Tim:

Although we do appreciate his plug for our organization.  That’s really nice of him.

David:

That’s right. This name we’ve had since 1987.  So I think it’s a little different.

Rick:

No doubt.  But the reason maybe we should talk about the founding and the reason for WallBuilders because really, our topic today definitely ties into that.  I mean you weren’t even- you were like a math and science guy, and God totally veered you into history and said, “Hey, there’s something I’ve got for you here.”

You discovered some amazing things about our history and now have the coolest and largest private collection of founding documents and artifacts and all kinds of cool stuff as a result of that journey

David:

Yeah, journey is the right word.  It has been a real journey.  It’s not where I planned to go at all but that’s all right.  God got us here and now we’re trying to make all these resources available for the entire nation to have access to.

That’s part of what we’ve done with the new website.  So let’s just hang on to that WallBuilders thing.  We can cover that later. But go to the website and see where the name WallBuilders comes from and why, what it means, what it represents, and of what it is literally and figuratively as well.  Get a look at some of those 100,000 documents that we have posted there.

Rick:

Yeah, that’s one of the cool things that’s happening now in terms of bringing that stuff to life. It’s not just sitting in a library somewhere or locked behind a case.  You guys are bringing it to life. I love the videos y’all have been putting out those short three- five minute videos, grabbing an artifact, or some story.

Ben-Hur

David:

Wow, are you an old man now?

Rick:

Was that too long?

David:

It’s got to be under a minute now,  Bro. Three-  five, you’re out there, Bro.

Rick:

Maybe I’m so old I’ve fallen asleep and then it feels like three or four minutes and it was only one.  I’m zoning out.  I can’t be that old yet, come on.

What’s cool, though, is how you all actually take that document, or that proclamation, or that artifact, I mean, Tim, I even saw one where you’ve got Charlton Heston’s makeup kit and other artifacts from the movie Ben Hur.

David:

Rick, you’re assuming people even know who Charlton Heston is. Come on, you’re an old guy in this.

Tim:

Does he have cold dead hands?

Rick:

If they pry it out, then yes. Meaning his gun.

David:

Meaning his gun.

Tim:

That was a very limited crowd that just got lost. Whoever got it probably thought it was funny.

Rick:

Yes.

David:

You’re just getting really old Rick.

Cecil B. DeMille

Tim:

Do we have to explain who Moses is? Is he the one that got on the ark?

David:

No, he’s the one who got swallowed by the fish.  The fish got him-0h wait

Rick:

You know, we need to do an actual Cecil B. DeMille. We need to go back to his little cameo right before the movie starts where he comes out on stage and says, “Here’s why I’m making the Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur because we need to restore the Christian heritage of our of our country.”

That’s actually our topic today. But to think that Hollywood was working to restore America’s Christian heritage back in the 50s- that was the 50s right?   It was the 50s or 60s.

David:

It was the 50s and 60s. But Cecil B. DeMille got involved earlier than that.  He got in Hollywood in I think the late 30s and early 40s. He got there to be able to use that medium of entertainment to communicate Biblical values and Christian beliefs.  That was his deal.

He went to Hollywood for that purpose.  And man, I don’t think anybody made movies any grander and bigger and more elaborate than Cecil B. DeMille.   And so it was not like a lot of Christian filmmakers, they come up with pretty cheesy movies that you’re kind of embarrassed for them.  They don’t realize what they did.  That was not the Cecil B. DeMille thing.

It was worthy of what God should be bigger, more elaborate, more glorious, and more awe-inspiring in his old movies.  I mean, whether you take Unconquered, or you take the Union Pacific, you take Ten Commandments, you take any of those kind of movies.  It was fantastic what Cecil B. DeMille did in Hollywood.

Our New Partnership

Rick:

Yeah, so back to the library.  You guys actually got this, obviously a classic movie. In fact, Ben-Hur was recently redone by Hollywood. But you guys, I don’t know how you do it, but you got World War II stuff.

When I was over there a couple of weeks ago, I could not believe you have the helmet of Bill Guarnere, one of the main guys in Band of Brothers, the actual guy, not from the movie but the actual guy.

You just have this incredible collection but you’re bringing it to life and that’s a big part of what WallBuilders is about, rebuilding those walls that we may no longer be a reproach, and doing that by bringing that history to life and teaching us those founding principles and reminding us of the amazing heritage that America actually has.

Along those lines, we’ve got a guy out of West Virginia that has been doing a great job of reminding people of the incredible heritage that America has. So let’s take a quick break.  We’ll come back and talk a little bit more about what WallBuilders is doing on that but later in the program we’ve got a special guest from West Virginia that’s been doing this for years as well and starting to team up with him.  So stay with us.  You’re listening to WallBuilers Live.

Truth Be Told With Tim Barton and David Pate

Tim:

Hi, this is Tim Barton from WallBuilders and we are battling culture and attack on truth.  In fact, the majority of Americans now no longer believe that there are absolutes and that absolute truth does not exist. Well, we are being bombarded from an existentialist, a postmodern, a humanistic, and a secular worldview that tells us the truth is how we define it. Truth is what we imagine, truth is what we believe.

Well, friends, I can tell you that’s not the way it works. In fact, God defined truth in the Word of God and laid out very clearly what it is. And we have great examples from history. They show us some things work and some things don’t work. What we’ve done a while ago is to try to help combat this attack against truth.  

We started a conference called Truth Be Told.  One of the other speakers, David Pate, and myself team up and we go around from city to city talking about cultural issues but looking at it from a Biblical perspective and from American history seeing the examples. And so if you want to learn more about how we can apply truth to various issues of culture you can go visit our website, WallBuilders.com  and look for information on Truth Be Told. Friends, in a time when truth is being attacked, it’s time for truth to be told.

Our National Holidays

Rick:

We’re back.  Thanks for staying with us here on WallBuilders Live. Guys, we’ve been talking about the library and the heritage of our country and why it’s so important to teach our young people about it and teach ourselves. I can’t believe we actually said that people may not know Charlton Heston. That does make me feel old, David. But we do need to be reminded of all these things that are in our history and Heston was one of the guys that got that.

David:

Heston got that.  Interesting, we commemorate our history in a lot of ways in America.  Sometimes we do it through holidays, the purpose of holiday is really not just to have a day off.  It’s supposed to be a day to remember, to look back and to recognize and honor like MLK Day or anything else we look back and honor and remember.

But it’s interesting to see what we have in America, in the way of what are called, “Commemorative Days” or “Commemorative Weeks” or “Commemorative Months.” Just going down the list, you’ve got Human Rights Day, Martin Luther King Day, Global Belly Laugh Day, Groundhog Day, National Pizza-

Rick:

What did you say? Global Belly Laugh?

David:

Yes. That’s one of those really important days.  Yeah right.  You have National Pizza Day, you have Earth Day, you have national Tartan Day, Record Store Day, Administrative Professionals Day, Loyalty Day, National Maritime Day.  Man, we got hundreds of days that we celebrate.

Tim:

What about Second Amendment Day?

David:

See, that’s one of the things seems to be missing.

Tim:

I would like to celebrate that one. In fact, I try to celebrate that one quite often.

David:

That’s right, we celebrate that. Well, that’s when I get to prove that I’m an environmentalist because I love putting lead and copper and steel back in the environment.

Tim:

Is there a Blue Bell Day?

David:

Oh, that would be good!

Rick:

Oooh!

David:

Now wait a minute, that’s a regional day but it used to be that way.

Tim:

But it’s so good it would bless everyone in the nation.

David:

That’s right. Blue Bell for everybody. So we get all these fun days on whatever. But the months get a little more serious, on the months we put some effort into it. So here you got African-American Heritage month. By the way, African-Americans represent what percentage of the population of America?

Rick:

Fifteen?

David:

Eleven percent.  So we spend a month that African-American heritage.  

American-Indian heritage month, what percentage?

Rick:

Wow, half?

David: Four. It’s down almost about where the Jewish population is. It can be larger because you have a lot of folks who have some Native American blood. But you’re talking single digits.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month, spend the month on Asian Pacific Heritage.  How many people?  What percentage of America?

Rick:

Two percent.

David:

Four percent.

Rick:

I had no idea.

David:

Jewish American Heritage Month, what percent?

Rick:

One percent?

David:

One point six.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Pride Month. What percent?

Tim:

Three.

David:

It is three percent according to the National Institute of Health and others.

Tim:

And I would argue that that number is going to be growing over the next couple of years just based on what is being taught and promoted in education. Statistically, it’s generally been about 3 percent but if we continue to promote and encourage, I mean, the reason people advertise because advertising works.

So if we’re doing this in school, and this is where that’s so different, because you can’t promote your African-American heritage month and now we’re going to have more African-Americans in America. Well, perhaps there’s a way to have more African-Americans, but that’s different. Probably not what we should be promoting necessarily in education but it is interesting, this is something we’re promoting and encouraging kids to join and try and maybe become this so that number I suspect will go up in the near future. But 3 percent for the time being.

David:

Three percent.

You have National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Tim:

National Hispanic, you’ve got to think that’s going to be a little bit higher. I would think it’s definitely grown over the last couple years.

David:

Well, it’s grown and it depends on whether illegal or legal, but technically official population around 14 percent.  So African-Americans for the first time are really the second largest minority.

Then you get into women’s Women’s History Month. Percentage wise they’re a minority, remember they’re a minority.

Tim:

Yeah. I’m going to say like 52 percent?

David:

A 52 percent minority. Figure that one out.

Rick:

I’m confused by that one as a math guy.

Tim:

I was home schooled so I’m not great with numbers, but you got that one.  That does seem weird.

David:

And Christians represent what?

Tim:

Self-identified?

David:

Self-identified.

David:

73 percent?

David:

It runs from 72 to about 80 percent. Oh wait a minute, there’s not a Christian Heritage Month out there. We have all this heritage month for everybody.  We have days for everybody, but we don’t have a Christian Heritage Day. We don’t have a Christian Heritage Month.

About 25 years ago, a guy in West Virginia really took on the project of, how come? Now there is Christian Heritage Week and it’s recognized and celebrated in a number of states. Not enough, and so that’s what we’re partnering with them because Christian Heritage is a huge thing.

It’s not being taught to kids.  It used to be in the history books which is why didn’t spend so much time on it, but it’s not there anymore. And so Bruce Barilla out of West Virginia has done a phenomenal job of running this thing for about 25 years. WallBuilders is now partnering with them and will be really kind of helping move this out.

We’ve already got work going with all 50 states, legislators in all 50 states, to get this recognized in the States so that you can have some curriculum and some time and effort put into Christian Heritage of the United States. So there’s stuff for every group in America except Christians and hopefully that’s about to change.

Rick:

We’re thrilled to have him with us today and thrilled to be working on this program and getting that Christian Heritage back recognized and it has to be for people to study it.  They’ve got to know it’s there and get to know the importance of it. So this is where it began. Bruce Barilla will be our guest when we return.  Stay with us right here on WallBuilders Live.

Moment From American History

This is David Barton with another moment from America’s history. Crime is one of America’s most serious problems today.  Its effects reach not only the direct victims of this violence but even those who have not been attacked.  The concern for crime has not been limited to this century.  However, our Founding Fathers were also concerned about it.

Yet, the effects of crime unquestionably were much less in their generation.  So what was their deterrent to crime? Signer of the Constitution James McHenry answered that question.

He explained, “The Holy Scriptures can alone secure to society order and peace. In vain without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw protections around our institutions. Bibles are strong defenses, where they abound men cannot pursue wicked courses.”

Founding Father James McHenry believed that widely teaching the Bible was the best means to deter crime. For more information on God’s hand in American history contact WallBuilders at 1 800 8 REBUILD.

Where The Inspiration Came From

Rick:

Welcome back.  Thanks for staying with us here on WallBuilders Live. Bruce Barilla, our special guest today, has been working on the Christian Heritage Week for years. He’s gotten states to actually acknowledge and have a special week where we dive back into our history and recognize the Godly foundations of our country. Bruce, God bless you for what you are doing and thanks for joining us today.

Bruce:

Well, I appreciate the opportunity and I appreciate you having me on the air.

Rick:

Give us a little bit of background.  What made you decide this was important enough to put so much time and energy into?

Bruce:

Well, I used to preach at a little one-room schoolhouse here in West Virginia. It was called, Sunrise Chapel and then when I got there I wanted to decorate it patriotic and that led me to kind of looking into our nation’s Christian heritage.

I was sent out for different information and resources, including from WallBuilders and I received in the mail a copy of the 1991 New Mexico Christian Heritage Week proclamation. They were the first state to ever have a governor proclaim a Christian Heritage Week. It was requested by the citizens for excellence in education, the Albuquerque New Mexico Chapter.  So I saw that, and to be honest I just felt inspired to want to do that in West Virginia.

We’re All In This Together

Rick:

Well, it’s something that needs to be done across the country without question. And apparently, you’ve had some success with getting public officials to say, “Yes, we like this idea.” They bring attention to it by proclamations just like the Founding Fathers would do with this type of a of a topic. So it does, I’m sure you had some people really push back at you but it looks like really good response with others.

Bruce:

Well, that’s for sure. West Virginia actually came out to be very easy.  This is the 25th consecutive year since beginning in 1992. Our governors have proclaimed a Christian Heritage Week every year.

When I got to West Virginia proclamation I sent it out to different ministries. And I heard from the Plymouth Rock Foundation and they had already started some years before wanting to have a national America’s Christian Heritage Week.

Walter and Dr. Magruder, they decided that they would like it at the week of Thanksgiving.  So that’s what I’ve gone with and I’m honored for that. But then in 2001, I decided to start asking all the mayors in West Virginia.

Every year since 2001 I sent information out with the governor’s proclamation of the West Virginia governor’s proclamation to 232 mayors. Since 2001 we’ve had 128 cities, towns, and villages by 202 mayors because the different mayors over the years have joined in our governor in harmony with a West Virginia Christian Heritage Week.

Rick:

Wow! That’s huge! So it’s it’s becoming common across that state then? What is it that you encourage people to do during that week? Well, they can have special Sunday School lessons, a special sermon related to our Christian heritage, show a video from WallBuilders to give you a plug there, and honestly you guys are the best when it comes to overall information about our Christian heritage. There’s a lot of other good ministers out there as well, don’t get me wrong. And then also have a special youth program, a special prayer meeting, and to sing patriotic songs. So, you invite the community to attend. There’s plenty that you can do. You can invite state officials to attend, you can all your governor to attend.

I’m not pushy about it.  There are different states that do it for different weeks.  That’s fine, whatever week that Governor would choose. I try not to interfere with any other individual or group or ministry that wants to do a different week. It’s a joint effort.  We’re all in this together.

Contact Your State Officials

Rick:

I love it. I know we have listeners all over the country that are going, “Man, I want that in my state.” Do you think it’s better to start with the state legislative process to get the legislature or the governor to do it first and then go to the local cities? Or if somebody says, “Well, I know the mayor in my town. Maybe I can just get my mayor to do it. Is it ok to start at the local level?

Bruce:

Whatever a person wants to do is how I look at it.  It’s all grass roots. I’m not the inventor of this idea on the same level as the national level. I’ve just tried to promote it and keep it going. Get information out there so if you want to ask your mayor first fine.  If you want to ask your governor first fine.

Honestly, it’s the simplest way to do it. One individual with prayer and God’s help can request a proclamation from the governor. Proclamations are very common. Governor’s Office has issued hundreds of proclamations a year, so just to ask for a proclamation is nothing unusual.  The best way to do is to provide some sample wording.

Rick:

They can do that by just grabbing one of the ones you’ve had adopted in West Virginia?

Bruce:

Sure, you could go to the West Virginia website. If your listeners want to go to it it’s CHWINWV.org for Christian Heritage Week in West Virginia. If they go that you can click on to the current 2016 West Virginia proclamation by Governor Tomlin and just personalized the wording to fit your state. It really is a pretty easy thing  to do.

Rick:

It’s great man, good stuff,  I know a lot of our listeners are going want to take action on this so we appreciate the heads up. Thanks for what you did there and what’s going to end up being across the country as other states do the same thing.

Just a great way to get people actually studying the truth and setting aside that time to do so, Bruce, we appreciate your time with us today and in helping others to do the same thing you’ve been working on.

Bruce:

You’re more than welcome. The purpose of America’s Christian Heritage Week, at the national level we’ve never had a president yet.  Maybe President Trump will do it, but we’ve never had a president since this was first requested back in 1992 at the White House that would issue a national proclamation.

But the purpose of this really is that it provides an opportunity for those who choose to participate really to to to learn more about our Christian heritage as a nation. When you realize and learn more about this, and more of what the Founding Fathers did you say, “You know what, I can have a right to do this. I know that we have a right to put God first. Not just in our private lives but in our But in our public lives, in our in our public school,  in our in our state government, or local government, and accountable our national governor.”

We have a God-given right and actually a need and a responsibility to do that. And the First Amendment does not stop us from doing it, actually, it protects us while doing it.

Rick:

Amen. Good work brother.  Appreciate you, man! Keep it up and let’s get you back and can do an update on how it spread across the country.

Bruce:

Sounds great, Rick. I really appreciate it.

Rick:

Well folks, stay with us.  We’re going to take a quick break.  We’ll be right back with David and Tim Barton.

Chasing American legends

Rick:

If you ever wonder if it’s over for America.  Can we restore those constitutional principles that made our nation great? Then we want to encourage you.  We want to show you some evidence of how it can be done. We want to show you the evidence behind what made America great in the first place. And we want to have some fun while we’re doing it.

It’s called Chasing American Legends. It’s our special television program that follows the Green family around the nation investigating myths and legends about America.  And it’s amazing what we have found and what we’ve discovered. Dove Channel is now airing Chasing American Legends and we want you to check it out.

We’ve got a link today at WallBuildersLive.com so you can find out more about Chasing American Legends, airing now on the Dove Channel. We’re going to take you and march with the minutemen for the re-enactment of April 19th, 1775. That shot heard around the world. Take you to investigate the battles that George Washington was in.

All kinds of great episodes.  Check it out right now at DoveChannel.com.  Give our family a chance to inspire yours. We know we can give you some hope of the future of our nation. Check it out. Chasing American Legends at DoveChannel.com

Get This In The Schools

Rick:

Thanks for staying with us on WallBuilders Live! Thanks to Bruce Barilla for what he’s been doing in West Virginia and what is now going to be doing with us across the country.  David, Tim, so important to get legislatures and governors to recognize this because the Founders understood that, right? That’s why they did all the proclamations they did because it kind of focused the people’s attention on what was important.

David:

Well, they did. We document that by 1815 there had been fourteen hundred government issued proclamations calling people to prayer and remember God, etc. Since then there have been tens of thousands.

Matter of fact, Bruce even though he’s in West Virginia, as he said he preached in a one room place there. And so what you consider just an ordinary individual guy who had a passion for something. And the last count I knew there had been 744 different Christian Heritage Week proclamations across the country on his website.

He’s got a proclamation from the governor of Florida and the governor of Minnesota and all these states you go, “Wait, he doesn’t even live there.”

Yeah that’s right, but if someone asks the governor, often they will do it. And I loved what he pointed out, it’s easy, just ask your governor or ask your mayor. They’re used to doing proclamations but once you get one of these you can take it to the schools and say, “Hey, this is Christian Heritage Week and hey here’s a cool curriculum right here. It only takes you 10 minutes a day and you can expose the kids to this.”

So, what we’re working on right now we’ll have on the website shortly. As Bruce mentioned, he often did this around Thanksgiving time but anytime is ok for it.

As we’re getting this out to all 50 states we’re telling, “It doesn’t matter what week you choose just choose a week and get it done.” And so on the website we’ll be loading up some curriculum for use in public schools and use in home schools, Christian schools, use in churches, pastors can preach a sermon on the Christian Heritage  int the United States.  That was a very common thing in previous generations. So we’ll have all of that material out there whether it’s a 10 minute lesson that you want or a 50 minute lesson you want for your class or school or your kids or whatever.

It’s Something Everyone Can Do

You’ll see what happened to the Christian heritage of discovery and exploration when the first folks came here and then you find the early colonial period and then you’ll find also what happened in the early states when they created the states not the colonies but the states. Then the Founding Fathers in the American Revolution and the founding era with all the early presidents and the Civil War and World War One and World War II. You get this theme of the strong Christian heritage that’s been so dominant the United States that has created so many beneficial influences.

Tim:

And by the way, that said, obviously, we’ve been collecting and promoting for a long time. And so this is something that’s super fun to be able to now help promote to educators. This is great for parents and grandparents thinking, “What can we do to reach the next generation?” Well, this is super easy for parents and grandparents.

Even if your kids are at a school that isn’t inclined to do this, well man, this is a great opportunity for parents and grandparents to pour into their kids and their grand kids, or Sunday School class or something from church. Make these connections because this is a great way to have a great teaching experience for the next generation.

David:

And as Bruce said just contact somebody like he contacted the governor of West Virginia for 25 years they’ve had this proclamation because he just asked for it. Contact these folks and if one of them issues a proclamation for Christian Heritage Week.  Wether it’s you’re your governor, your mayors, state legislator, send that to us and we’ll post it there on the website so that everyone can see it and share news as a model in their own state.

Rick:

Well, thanks for listening, folks! Another great opportunity for you to get active and actually get engaged to do something.  S

o this is an easy one. Check out our website, make sure you’re on the email list for WallBuilders as well so you can get a heads up whenever we get the new website up and these opportunities are available to you. Thanks for listening today to WallBuilders Live!

 

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