Friday, October 10, 2008

Foreign Language

While many languages may be spoken in a nation, there must be one that is dominant and preeminent in the affairs of that country. In America, English is the national language. All business and commerce must be carried out in English or there will be confusion. In many of our States illegal foreigners are pushing for more than one language to be accepted as the official language. Some of the small towns around Dallas, Texas are being swamped with illegals (one out of five) who are political activists and who are pushing for Spanish to be accepted as a second official language. This would cause these cities hundreds of thousands of dollars to have official city documents and signs translated. It would also mean that many official business meetings and court cases must have Spanish used also. Businesses of any size would have to have people employed who speak Spanish. The hospitals and schools would be required to do business in Spanish. But never mind, they are pushing to have it their way!

There is a saying, whoever controls the language controls the culture. And America cannot exist with two "official" languages. English must be the prime language. The Jewish Rabbi ben Yehuda knew this at the turn of the last century. He realized that the immigrants arriving in the Holy Land were coming from many cultures, speaking different languages. He spent the rest of his life turning ancient biblical Hebrew into modern Hebrew, which in time, became the official language of the land. This was a miracle from the Lord—the Jews returning to their Promised Land, were required to learn the language of their ancient forefathers.

When the Jews had returned from Babylon, language became an important issue. God instructed Nehemiah to make the returning Jews speak only Hebrew. Many had married pagan wives—those from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. Their children were speaking Ashdod-ian and "none of them was able to speak the language of Judah, but the language of his own people" from whence he came (Neh. 13:24). Unger says the language of Ashdod was probably a mixture of Philistine and Aramaic languages.

Nehemiah got furious! He said "So I cursed with them and cursed them and struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and made them swear by God, 'You shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take of their daughters for your sons or for yourselves'" (v. 25). The issue of the language spoken played a role in how they were gravitating to pagan young men and women, with the result that intermarriage was taking place. Nehemiah then reminded them of the wives of Solomon who caused him to sin. By intermarrying, the "foreign women caused even him to sin" (v. 26). The language played a key role in the problem. It brought about isolation and a splitting of the people with language and communication barriers.

As Americans we are virtually cursing our European and Anglo heritage. Our culture was greatly imprinted by the Reformation and Protestant heritage. This impacted our laws, our spiritual heritage, our thrift and economic practices. We are not Latin (as in Spanish) in our way of culturally thinking and living!

We are into the apostasy, and we are forfeiting our rich Anglo-Germanic heritage! America as we know it, is disintegrating! –Dr. Mal Couch