Thursday, January 18, 2007
George Washington gave Grace before the supper and then addressed the business school students from colleges and universities from South Carolina to West Virginia gathered for a competition in Free Enterprise underwritten by the Sam Walton Foundation.
The GW address spoke to His Story, including the history of Christian merchants and missionaries to China, the father and son team of Nicolai and Marco Polo. GW shared that in a.d. 1275 when Marco Polo traveled with his father Nicolai to the Court of Kublan Khan in China a man could buy a paperback book with paper money, an aspect of both communications and commerce not possible in Europe at the same time.
Yet years earlier the Kubla Khan was so impressed with Christianity as a benefit for his people that he told Nicolai Polo to return with 100 teachers of Christianity. However, the Pope only sent 3 Friars, and they turned back after the caravan was attacked by bandits in the Middle East. What a lost opportunity for acting on the Great Commission to go into all the world and share the Good News!
However, that same printing press technology that the Chinese and the Koreans had in the 1200s eventually made its way to Germany with the Gutenberg Printing Press.
There came the difference. Who remembers what was printed in China in the 1200s? Who remembers what was the first book to be printed on the Gutenberg printing press? Much of the world knows the first book on the Gutenberg press was the Holy Bible.
Years later, King James I of England tasked the church scholars of his day to prepare an authorized version of the Holy Bible and printed in 1611, which is known today as either the King James Version (KJV) or the Authorized Version.
That KJV Bible was used in the early settlement of Jamestowne in the colony of Virginia where the third paragraph was the purpose to "propagate the Christian religion to the inhabitants thereof..."
And today, you can go to the Dollar General store and with ONE General George Washington Dollar bill you can buy a paperback copy of the King James Version Bible, like Marco Polo was NOT quite able to do in China in a.d. 1275 under the king, or Kubla Khan.
The point is that a "Silent Partner" in any truly successful business is the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. And this Constitution for the United States of America measures its birth from the Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.