Psalms 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
American colonies were founded primarily for religious purposes. Some disagree with this, but it was for religious freedom. After fleeing from England they came to America. 102 people landed and in 1620 they formed the Mayflower Compact. It starts with this: IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. I like that. I’ve read it many times this week. I couldn’t get the full gist of it all. You’d need to be a lawyer to decipher some of it, but it was written with God in mind. I enjoy history. I’ve been to Appomattox, Gettysburg and other places. Lives were lost on both sides. Whether we agree with the Civil War or not, it is history and cannot be changed. Our forefathers came here for freedom of worship. We have that today. The First Amendment gives it to us. It’s being challenged. We need to pray for America. Through the writings of those early leaders, they wrote of the need for God in the lives of men. Look at the mess today because we have forsaken the teachings of God. The texts for today remind us that we have to stay in the book as a nation. We’ll be better off for it. Efforts are being made to remove God from all public life. Why all the school shootings? I think it is because God was taken out of the schools. Ten Commandments are being taken down that have long stood in place. Even workplaces are now to be religion free. There is to be no Jesus at schools, at the city hall, or at work.
On July 4, 1776, the charter was adopted by delegates from the 13 colonies. It made what we know as the United States of America. Most of it was written by Jefferson. Changes were made by Franklin and Adams. Then it was accepted. The most famous part of it states: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. They recognized we were created. We didn’t evolve. They said we were created by a Creator, God himself. Most people believe this yet it can’t be taught in schools. God has blessed America because of what these verses tell us. We honored God. We condemned wrong. But that’s been turned around. Wrong is now considered right. Sadly we cannot say today that we are a Christian nation. However, God is still real and a remnant still believes in him.
Never in my lifetime have I seen such division. I remember the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement and the protests of the Vietnam War. Men and women were dying for freedom. Today there is a great culture divide. Here is the truth. There is no middle ground with abortion. You’re either for it or against it. God told Jeremiah that before he was born he knew him in his mother’s womb. Does that not tell us that God knows those little babies. There is no middle ground with homosexuality. It’s wrong. Why? The Book says so. God called it an abomination. It still is.
I see two kinds of America’s today. In one dads and moms get up on Sunday and come to church. Dad sings in the choir. Maybe he teaches Sunday school. Mom helps in the nursery, sings. They work all week and still do it. I’ve never been lazy. I’m thankful for health to work. I don’t necessarily enjoy all of it, but some I don’t mind. We are to work to earn a living and then give back to God 10% of it. That is his intended way to support the church and its efforts. God is still alive and he’s alive in America. The other America I see is in war, not with weapons. It’s a cultural war to change America. Many don’t even realize it. You probably have never heard of Margaret Sanger. She was born in NY and denounced everything we value in America. Her goal was to change thinking and advocate for many things we don’t believe in. You may not know her but her tradition carries on as the founder of what is now Planned Parenthood. Years ago in CA a church was to have a guest speaker. His topic was not advertised except in the church bulletins, but word got out. His topic? Homosexuality. The church received threatening calls. When reassured by the police of their protection they went ahead. Protesters stood outside yelling obscenities and harassing people. They even performed illicit acts right there. Like in the days of Sodom, they yelled “give us your children.” The police didn’t come. No rioters were arrested. It’s sad but familiar. Now so-called churches ordain homosexuals as pastors.
How did your country get in this shape? There is no neutrality. Evil triumphs when good men do nothing. Christians have sat and done nothing. In First Samuel, David arrived at the battlefield expecting to see lives on the field. But what he saw was the enemy defying the God of Israel. He asked why they allowed it? Millions have died in this world before they ever had a chance to live. Is there not a cause? This is what David asked. A cause is a movement intended to support said cause. When we’re passive, we are inactive even if we’re aware. You may support missions, but the bulk of outreach in a church is done by a small percentage of its members. They see the fields white for harvest. People are going to hell everyday. These people have committed their lives to Christ and his cause.
Who will win the battle for America? The one who wants it most. It seems like many want it more than Christians do. There is still hope for America. Never in the history of the world was morality as bad as it was in the days of Ahab and Jezebel. Yet in that bleak time, there was revival. Time is right for us to get a revival started. What does the Bible say about it? It must begin at the house of God. To begin at the house of God, it must begin in me and in you. Imagine drawing a circle around yourself and realizing it must begin in that circle, with you. I love America. There is still hope if we’ll give ourselves to God and seek revival for our land.