Texas is famous for its cattle drives, where Cowboys herded cattle up the Chisholm Trail to Dodge City, and up the Shawnee Trail to Kansas City, where cattle and bulls were put on trains and shipped to Chicago and various parts of America. In view of this throughout America steakhouses are often called “Texas Steak house” or “Lone Star Steakhouse”. Back in those days cattle were somewhat healthy to eat. Of course you would be healthy to if you walked all the way to Kansas City and ate grass along the way. But, today the cattle are diseased, the protein supplements and other factors etc. are causing mad cows disease, you’ll probably be sure to get cancer or some disease if you eat them today. But this was the economy of Texas, like the lamb was to Israel.
However, few have realized that the Texas cause was an anti-Roman Catholic cause. The Texans generally believed in the Creator, but their religious knowledge was not what you would call scholarly. They simply read the Bible for themselves without some priest telling them what it meant (a thing the Catholic church does not like, and had William Tyndale killed for giving it to the common people). The Texans had to make a pretense of the Catholicism to buy land in Texas. But the Bible they carried was not the Douay, but the protestant Bible (The King James Version). They simply searched the Scriptures for themselves and depended on the Holy Spirit to give them a right understanding.
Samuel Houston studied law at Nashville. Do you suppose he ever studied the laws in the Scriptures? Of course he did!
Sam Houston (called, the Raven by Cherokee), in his departmental orders from Nacogdoches, October 8, 1835, said: “Our only ambition is the attainment of rational Liberty--the freedom of religious opinions and just laws. To acquire these blessings we solemnly pledge our persons, our property, and our lives” Texas & Texans II, p. 135
Austin and Archer together wrote to colonial T. D. Owings of the United States infantry: “… Our cause is that of Liberty, Religious toleration and Freedom of Conscience against Usurpation. Despotism, and the Unnatural and Unholy Monopolies of the Church of Rome. We wish to extend the blessings of Civil Liberty over one of the finest portions of this Continent, and offer a home upon its fertile soil, to the pious and Industrious of all Religious Denominations. In doing this, we invade no right appertaining to Mexico, we violate no duty, on the contrary, Right and Justice and Duty loudly call upon us to resist oppression and defend ourselves—they call upon the Noble, the liberal, the pious, and the free to fly to our aid, and assist in planting the Standards of independence and Freedom in Texas.” The Texas Colonist and Religion 1821-1836 p. 90, 91
The Texans were only carrying out the principles of the Reformation. Martin Luther stated: “If you do not contend with your whole heart, against the impious government of the Pope, you cannot be saved. Whoever takes delight in the religion and worship of popery will be eternally lost in the world to come.
“If you reject it (popery) you must expect incur every kind of danger, even to lose your lives, but it is far better to be exposed to such perils in this world than to keep silence! So long as I live, I will denounce to my brethren the sore and the plague of Babylon to fear that many who are with us should fall back like the rest into the bottomless pit.” History of the Reformation of the 16th century Vol. 15, p. 208
“ In March 1836, Stephen F. Austin delivered an address, in the Second Presbyterian Church of Louisville, Kentucky, in which he said ‘Our object is freedom – civil and religious freedom.’ In the same address, while speaking of the possibility of success, he said: ‘beside these resources [credit and men] we have one, which ought not and certainly will not fail us (talking about YAHUSHUA the Messiah) — in our cause – the cause of light and liberty, of religious toleration and pure religion.’ Although this address was delivered in a church, it cannot rightly be considered a case special pleading, for it was printed in pamphlet form and widely circulated. On a circular appealing for volunteers from the United States, in the cause of Texas, there appears a vignette representing Hercules killing Hydra. Underneath are the words, ‘Liberty triumphing over tyranny and Priest-craft.’ Sam P. Carson, Secretary of State, wrote to General Dunlap: ‘Although the defeat of Santa Anna has been most propitious etc…the Priests will doubtless, organize and send all troops they can raise, and their power is now much the greatest in Mexico’.” Texas Colonists and Religion 1821-1836 p. 91
The Texans and Tennesseans fought bravely at the Alamo for civil and religious freedom. The odds were greatly against them, they knew they would be defeated, but they wavered not to resist tyranny in the cause of freedom and died manfully.
The Scriptures are profoundly true where it states: “In her (the Catholic church) was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” Revelation 18:24
The inspiration and confrontation that took place at the Alamo inspired Texans to keep on resisting tyranny. “On April 21, 1836, Sam Houston with only 800 men inflicted a crushing defeat on a force of 1600 Mexicans under Santa Anna, on the banks of San Jacinto, and by this one decisive blow achieved independence of Texas.” Funk & Wagnall’s Encyclopedia of 1934 (under Houston). Like the early Americans before them, they believed it was their Christian duty to resist tyranny.
In 1987 when the pope came to San Antonio, Texas, big fancy display like towers were raised. A big wind came up and blew them down. It was a grand scene to see it fall. One TV announcer stated, “It was an act of God.”
Texas is an Indian word that came from Tejanos, which means friend or friendly. That’s why Texans especially like the song “What a Friend We Have In Yahushua.”
During the period when the Seventh-day Adventists developed the Investigative Judgment doctrine, Texans were inspired with a song. I don’t think they intended to be sacrilegious, but a participant in the belief.
The eyes of Texas are upon you
all the live long day
The eyes of Texas are upon you
you cannot get away
Do you think you can escape them
at night or early the morn
The eyes of Texas are upon you
Till Gabriel blows his horn!
The eyes of YAHUSHUA are angels (see Zech. 4:10 & Revelation 5:6). Who are taking record of the good deeds and bad deeds of every person.
As the Texans drove cattle along the Shawnee Trail to Kansas City, they must have pondered Psalm 23 at one time or another and considered, they were not shepherds but cowherds, and read the text with a little different slant: “YAHUWAH is my Cowboy; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside still waters.” And truly He is!