Monday, March 23, 2009

One Nation...Under God?

The building of our nation began when the Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic, searching for religious freedom. It continued during the 1700's as men and women bravely gave their lives for independence. It was during late nights and early mornings that the principles that should be governing us now were drawn up by our founding fathers. It was then that the nation America has been was created. But when was the creation of the nation we are becoming?
America has always been a country of absolute liberty. Liberty is freedom. But the cost of freedom is very high. In case you haven't heard, thousands - in fact - millions of lives have been given to secure the liberty that America has been gifted with. But the benefits of liberty didn't just all of a sudden grace this land when our ancestors decided they wanted a free country. Liberty, true liberty, is only obtained one way. That way is through Jesus Christ.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17.
Where the Spirit of the Lord isn't, there is bondage. Not liberty.
The Bible states multiple times that we are set free through the Lord.
He whom the Son sets free is free indeed! John 8:36.
For freedom, Christ has set us free; stand fast, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
In the presence of God everything good exists: Peace, Joy, Love, Freedom...Where the absence of God is, there is also the absence of all his attributes, some of which are stated above.
Where am I going with this? When the United States of America was founded, it was founded with God leading the way. Our forefathers believed in Jesus. They also believed that without him, their new nation would cease to continue!
Benjamin Franklin spoke these stirring words at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 when he was eighty-one years old: "In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who where engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor.... And have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?
"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: 'that God governs in the affairs of man.' And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?
"We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little, partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to the future ages...."
Franklin knew that without God's help, building a nation of liberty and prosperity was a futile effort.
What about today? How could we possibly forget our most powerful Friend, the Lord? And yet, it seems that more and more people are giving into the lie that we do not need His assistance. When did this happen? When did America, a Christian nation founded on the very words of God, become what it is today? What is it today?
America is now a nation where prayer is not allowed in the public school.
America is now a nation where lies are being taught as proven fact - where children aren't even given the option of thinking for themselves.
America is now a nation where separation of church and state is being taught to mean that faith has no role in the government.
America is now a nation where over 4,000 children are murdered each day under the protection of a much too gentle term, "abortion."
America is now a nation where homosexuality is becoming more and more accepted, and where gay marriage is legal in some states.
And America is now a nation where the President believes that "Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers." He doesn't even get what "Christian Nation" means.
How did we get here? Even though I believe our new President will sure help America down the wrong path very quickly, all of this didn't just happen. It's been happening for decades. Subtly - one thought, one word, one bill at a time, the Christian principles in America, the principles that really secure true liberty, have been removed. Now the Ten Commandments are prohibited in courthouses. Now the morning prayer in school is replaced with a "moment of silence." Now abortion is just a little bit easier....and all of a sudden, we wake up and see that this nation we are living in is not the United States of America as it was destined to be. Ronald Reagan's profound statement from his inaugural address in 1981 is so true for today: "I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing." So, fellow citizens, what will you do? For a long time, it seems as if we've been doing nothing, and now we're experiencing the consequences. It is evident to me that the reason for our nation's decline is because of the absence of God in our daily lives. He hasn't abandoned us - we've pushed him out of the way. But I believe that God still wants to use this nation for His purposes! I believe he wants to sweep America with his Spirit again. But we're the ones who have to instigate that. God has given us warnings, or "wake up calls." September 11th was one. For a while Americans called out to God, but once they felt secure again, they turned away, imagining they no longer needed His assistance.
I'll even go so far as to say that the election of Barack Obama as President is a warning. America has been declining for a long time, but only now are people starting to see where we truly are, and so many are still blind!
Don't misunderstand what I've been saying. Just because America is falling away from God does not mean I love this country less, or have less respect for it. On the contrary, I think I love America now more than ever before! I see what it was meant to be, and what it is becoming. The nation I've always been taught to love is now slipping from my fingers, just now that the love is beginning to grow into a passion. The saying, "you don't know what you have until you lose it" is too true. We've taken America and Liberty for granted far too long. Now we're going to have to fight to gain that liberty back. Destroying a nation can happen in days. Rebuilding one takes much longer. But nothing is impossible with God! However, we must act now!
The fight for renewed liberty and faith in America begins on our knees with prayer, but must be carried out with action.
I don't want to lose this country. Am I the only one?


Nicki said...

No, you're not the only one.

"...without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little, partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to the future ages...."

This is so true, Liberty. Many mighty nations have fallen into ruin, only to be remembered in the textbooks of school students hundreds of years later. It could very well happen to America. Speaking out, protesting, communicating constantly with our government, and above all, praying for our nation are the things that will prevent this nation from becoming just another part of ancient history.

Anonymous said...

With all respect to the World War II generation (to whom we owe an immeasurable debt for preserving our nation), I've always believed that the Greatest Generation dates to the Revolutionary War Era. Our founders risked their fortunes, families, and futures in hopes that their dreams might become reality. When their generation passed from this earth, the United States of America still was considered an unproved experiment.
Somewhere along the way, their vision was lost -- along with most of their stories. The result is a generation of voters ignorant of their heritage and convinced that morality is the equivalent of intolerance. Very sad. And very dangerous.
After the election, we reminded our disappointed children of 2 Chronicles 7:14. God doesn't call the unsaved to action; He calls His children. It should empower us to know that the fate of our nation does not have to rest in the hands of the unbelievers, no matter their position.
Thanks for your blog, Liberty. It is encouraging to know that a new generation of Godly leaders is rising up.
-- Dainah