“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” – Declaration of Independence (1776)
“In the Name of God Almighty, we whose names are underwritten . . . having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, . . . a voyage to plan the first colony in northern Virginia (they were in Massachusetts); do by these present, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politick . . .” ” – Mayflower Compact (1620)
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 33:12
Our fore-fathers founded this nation for the glory of God, based on rights given to them by God, seeking the blessing of God. America made a covenant with God. In a covenant, two sides make promises and commit themselves to the other side.
Our national slogan is “One nation under God.’ Our coins say, “In God we trust.” Our presidents begin their term with their hand on the Bible and pledge ‘So help me God.”
God has kept His part of the covenant. He has blessed America as no other nation in history. Our people, quality of life, advancements to humanity, prosperity, and Christian successes are evidence.
America has broken its covenant with God.
However, America has broken its covenant with god. Legally, we prohibit the reading of Scripture, prayer and the teaching of creation in public schools. We prohibit mangers scenes and the 10 commandments in public places. We have legalized abortion and homosexual marriages. Socially, we have turned away from Christian values in family, purity and morals.
If America is not under the judgment of God because we are a promise-breaker, I believe we are dangerously close.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
While it is easy for us to point our finger at the non-Christian or the rebellious Christians, it is up to those of us who take our faith and God seriously to seize the initiative and go on the offensive. God’s people must be the ones who fix the problem. We must take action for God to bless America again.
Four Conditions for God’s Blessing:
1 – Humble. Humbling ourselves means that we are going to put God in His rightful place in our lives. It means we acknowledge Him as Supreme ruler of all things. We are not the masters of our universe, He is. We quit trying to do things our way and start doing things His way.
It is good to be a proud American as long as we can bow to God. Humility means we acknowledge we need God. It is a recognition of our sins before God.
2 – Pray. Prayer is never obsolete, outdated or too late. We pray for our leaders. We spend way too much time complaining and too little time praying. If God is the giver of all and the creator of all, why wouldn’t we spend time praying to Him?
3 – Seek God. We need to stop just seeking His hands (blessings of health, prosperity, peace) and start seeking His face (His presence, knowing Him). Seeking God’s face means we are not just praying for God to do our will, but we are seeking what God wants done. When we seek His face our desire is to follow His desire.
4 – Repent. We often don’t think of ourselves as wicked. However, wickedness is doing the opposite of what God wants us to do. We are notorious for repenting but not turning. Repentance means to turn. Do we love evil too much to turn from it?
Three Results of Meeting These Conditions:
1 – Hear. If God doesn’t hear our pleas for help, we are in trouble. But God promises that if we humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways He will hear us.
2 – Forgive. When we sin, we sin against God. We need God to forgive us. We need to be forgiven for our apathy among other things. Forgiveness awaits all who will turn. Forgiveness is necessary for us to receive God’s blessing.
3 – Heal Land. What is broken can be fixed. God can come in and make all things new. The only one who can heal our land is God. Healing waits for all who turn.
God, America & Christianity
“My country, Tis of Thee” was written by a Baptist pastor, Samuel Francis Smith. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag was written in 1892 by a Baptist pastor, Francis Bellamy
The words, “In God we trust” on our coins are traced to the efforts of Pastor W. R. Watkinson. His letter of concern for our country was sent to S.P. Chase who wrote this to the Director of the U.S. Mint in 1861: “No nation can be strong except int het strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins. Will you cause a device to be prepared without delay with a motto expressing in the finest and tersest words possible, this national recognition.”
Every time you pick up a coin or a dollar bill, you hold in your hands our motto “In God we trust.” Let us humble ourselves, pray, seek God, and repent so He will heal, forgive, and heal our land.
We have been given a wonderful country. What kind of country are we going to leave our children and grandchildren? Each of us has a responsibility to be part of the solution, not the problem. Let us make sure we are engaged enough to make a difference. Instead of complaining about how bad things are, let us get involved to try to make a change for good and for God.
God Bless America, again.