The first American Mother’s Day originated in the mind of the Unitarian, transcendentalist, activist, radical abolitionist, song propagandist Julia Ward Howe. You may think this sounds harsh, but not if you know her beliefs or exegete her song, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, against the backdrop of sound, biblical orthodoxy, in conjunction with her arrogant, anthropocentric, Unitarian, radical abolitionist and radical feminist beliefs. After the War of Northern Aggression, she was overwhelmed with the tragedy of so much loss of life that she developed the idea of mother’s day to promote pacificism and honor mothers by calling them out to unify in disarming the world. Some say she was also influenced the work of a young mother in West Virginia named Anna M. J. Jarvis who had attempted a small scale organization of mothers in Virginia in 1858. It seems that after Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, Anna M. Jarvis, influenced by the then failed attempt of Howe to get a Mother’s Day observance going, was able to resurrect the observance in 1907. It, too, was to promote pacifism and mothers.
Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870
Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace…
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God –
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.
Honoring father and mother is biblical, but we should daily honor our father and mother. A right thing done in a wrong way is wrong. Pacifism is not biblical and is the path to slavery. By comingling pacificism with motherhood Howe was furthering a religious-political agenda. This same agenda was also picked up by Anna Jarvis. Jarvis was an idealist who also connected pacifism to her honoring of her mother. Then she convinced the pastor of her Methodist Church in West Virginia to proclaim an official Mother’s Day. But we must remember that the Methodist Church by this time, was no longer the church of the Wesley’s and Whitefield, but a church infected with the pox of 19th century German rationalism, which had adopted the same religious-theological agenda of man bringing in a utopic kingdom of God on earth.
By the 1920s the florists had co-opted the Mother’s Day idea and commercialized it. (The florists were savvy enough to realize that American’s weren’t going to buy into anything linked with pacifism). Jarvis fought the commercialization by trying to copyright her idea, and by suing the Florists, to no avail. So today we have a day to honor Mother’s, but one with a shadowy ancestry of theological and political baggage.
It seems to me though, that if history matters, and context matters, and words, ideas, and theology matter, that perhaps we ought to have second thoughts about this. At any rate, knowing the history, we realize that such an observance is probably not something that should find a place in the worship service of a Bible centered church.
For these reasons I think it is best to not distract us on a Sunday morning with a worship of Moms instead of God.
But you better NOT forget that card!
And now you know (as Paul Harvey would say) the REST of the story.
(IsraelNN.com) Even as Muslim spokesmen try to deny Jewish claims to the Holy Land, archaeological discoveries have recently been coming in fast and furious proving the veracity of the Biblical account of history.
Hebrew University archaeologists have revealed an ancient path in Jerusalem believed to date back to the time of King Solomon, along with structures including a gateway and the foundation of a building. Dr. Eilat Mazar, the leader of the archaeological dig, said the findings match finds from the time of the First Temple.
Arutz Sheva TV’s Yoni Kempinski visited the archaeological dig where the ancient wall was revealed and heard from Dr. Mazar about the importance of the find and its connection to the Biblical description about the time of King Solomon.
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