One of our presidents made a statement that needs to be looked at today. President Kennedy said “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Today we see too much “what can the government do for me? Give me?” The feeling is that we don’t have to earn anything. It’s all about me, me, me. Our nation won’t last long with that kind of attitude. The best thing to do is what Nehemiah said for the re-establishing of Israel as a nation under God. Israel has lost that; they were in captivity. America has lost it. The only thing to help Israel was returning to the land and re-building the walls. The newly formed government of the remnant lined the wall and the people were below it. They all prayed. They wanted to do something for their country to make it one nation under God again. Our hope lies in our calling on the Lord, living right, and being the shining lights in the world. Many wouldn’t want us to take a stand for the Lord. Ignore that thinking. America, whether she realizes it or not, needs us to be the kind of Christians we should be.
Nehemiah 9 King James Version (KJV) 1Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them.2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the Lord their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the Lord their God.4 Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unto the Lord their God.5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the Lord your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.6 Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.7 Thou art the Lord the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham;8 And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:28 But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore leftest thou them in the land of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.33 Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly:34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them.35 For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works.36 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it:37 And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.
We see from what all happened that we need to do just what Israel did. Our freedoms are chopped away bit by bit. We need to realize that we are in great distress. What are we to do? Verse 38 gives us the answer. And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it. Because of the mess of the nation of Israel, the people weren’t responding with weapons. They got down to business with God to make a covenant.
We have God’s covenant—the Bible. It is woven through the Declaration of Independence and other national documents. It’s time to get back to what is based on the Word of God. It’s time to renew our covenant with the Lord and set our seal to it. Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Adams and all the others pledged their lives and their livelihood so we could have a free country, a nation under God. We are America’s last hope. I can’t think of a better thing to do than to pray the prayer the people of Israel prayed.