Two hundred and forty-three years old. Our nation really isn’t that old. Of course if you compare it to our expected life time — that’s a while. But when you look at the history of the world, we are still just a toddler nation!
Yet, God has blessed this nation and we are the most powerful nation in the world. Why is that so? Because we were founded on Christian principles and God has blessed those efforts.
The search for religious freedom caused families to leave the familiar, explore and search for a new place to settle and raise their families. We can’t even imagine the hardships they went through. But I’m grateful, because they came with authority from God and came with a purpose.
The Declaration of Independence was written with some solid Biblical truth included. That document has promises the greater good and has impacted the greatest number of people — around the world. It has also provided the greatest quality of living and provided the greatest freedom in history.
The “self-evident truths” our Founding Fathers believed in comes directly from God’s Word. They believed in a Creator (they capitalized it too.) They believed we were all created by God and in His image. That allows us to have the right of personality, intellect, emotion and will. We were created different than animals. But when God is taken out of the equation, we act like animals.
The Founding Fathers believed in supernatural acts. They believed that a supernatural being began the universe and is responsible for giving people the “right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,” Psalms 33:12. Proverbs 14:34 warns, “Righteousness exalts a nation. But sin is a reproach to any people.”
Our nation has definitely pulled away from the principles we were founded on. Sin is flaunted in the face of God. If you read the Old Testament and the judgements that came because people turned away from God, it will surprise you that we are still around. Pockets of our country are just as wicked as those recorded in the Bible. Yet … we are still here. Why is that? God says many times, He is not willing that any perish. He continues to give us more chances to return to HIm.
Now, let’s get honest. Our nation is in a mess because Christians have failed in their duty to spread the Word of God. I have failed to pray as earnestly as I should for our nation … my friends and co-workers.
But I’m not willing to give up on our nation. I’ve seen people younger than me who are serious about Godly principles. I believe there is still hope for us. I don’t believe God would have included 2 Chronicles 7:14 in the Bible if we are to give up. We must humble ourselves, pray, seek God and repent of our own sins. If we do, God has promised to hear, forgive and heal our land.
In a recent sermon I heard, there were seven suggestions we can do to lead our nation back to God.
We must recognize the inalienable rights — return to right thinking and principles.
Return to God’s providential care — recognize His blessings.
Every citizen has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If these rights are removed, that is socialism.
We must repent of our sin and rebellion, selfish indulgence, return to the guilt that makes us fear God’s judgement.
We must pray and fast for revival.
We must not give up hope.
Let’s get busy making things right and confessing our national sins and beg God to turn His judgement away. Even as wicked as some in our nation are, we still have the best place in the world to worship God and to live. We can still have revival.