All the possessions we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly as a man must work to appreciate the value of life. Not only the value of his own life but that of others. Heaven alone knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if LIFE, LIBERTY and FREEDOM should not be highly rated.
What does God think about where we as a nation place the value of life, liberty (freedom) and the pursuit of happiness today?
From sea to shining sea as a nation we have been richly blessed by the Lord God Almighty. He has shown us many times that everything we have is provided by Him and that we are in control of none of it. Any time He wants he can take it all away. We are his people and yet we run from doing His will and seeking to bless Him.
Look back in history to the times the future of our nation was on the line. Times like the revolutionary war, the civil war, WWI and WWII, the great depression, the sixties, 9-11, Katrina, and the financial crash of ’08 we should ask ourselves why would God let this happen to his people. Why would He allow the Islamic wars today?
The answer is God is in control He uses these times of trials and tribulations to purify us. He is doing a good work in us to clarify, our view on life, our rules, our regulations and how we relate to one another. God controls our destiny, as a nation we can follow Him in faith as the founders did and receive His continued blessings. If we chose not to follow Him He has other options.
We cannot deny that we are a Christian nation as some would like. To do so is to invite the wrath of God, for it is in times of affliction that people will earnestly seek Jesus Christ. They must come to the point they realize that He is in control of everything; nothing is outside of His sovereignty.
If we seek Him as a nation He will guide us and give us strength to will and to work for His good pleasure and we will find in doing so that we are richly blessed and provided for in ways that do not fail.
The question is what more does God have to do to get our attention? What is next on the road traveled by the prodigal son that we seem to be following? What will it take to purify our collective conscience to the point that we seek to find acceptance in our father’s love? How low must we go to become humble and seek God's forgiveness and return from our evil ways? Must we return to the captivity of Egypt?
As a nation each crisis we face when viewed in the passage of time has served as a blessing to the nation as a whole drawing us closer as a people and closer to God. Our greatest leaders have come in difficult times when they have recognized their dependence on God.
Jesus Christ is the ultimate blessing and leader our heavenly father has bestowed upon us, GOD himself in human flesh, who came and died to take the punishment for our sins which bankrupt our souls and left us questioning why these disasters happen to us. All we have to do as a Nation is cry out to Him and admit our guilt and once again as history has shown, He will bless his people. His grace covers all.
Where do we place our faith? In our government, may it never be. Spending all that fiat money on old technologies like trains, obsolete power distribution systems, dysfunctional over crowded roadways, social security and a socialist medical insurance system, will not buy security. In GOD we trust is printed on the United States dollar for a reason. GOD is in charge of everything and we need not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. We should place our faith in GOD.
We could be on the cusp of one of the most dramatic technological, social and environmental transformations ever undertaken. As a nation we are the envy of the world.
We have the opportunity to build entirely new information, manufacturing and transportation economies which will create a foundation not only for our country to build upon but which can also inspire the world to reach new heights.
Are we ready to lead the world? No. The pervasive dissolution of our culture due to the lack of moral principles will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the radical Muslim enemy who stands ready to fill the void.
Without common integrity and virtue, we appear to be ready to surrender our liberties to either the highest bidder or the most secretive invader.
We have totally forgotten that "God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever."- Thomas Jefferson was correct!
Have we forgotten that the basis of our country is on the Bible, the perfect law, the law of Liberty?
The Word of God is the means of regeneration, a mirror reflecting man's defects, the ethical guide for Christian living, and the standard for judgment. The Law serves as a tutor to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. As such one should expect that when the Bible is rejected as a trusted source of wisdom and living principles all liberty will be lost. Because where there is no God there can be no freedom, liberty or constitutional law. When man becomes the ultimate authority, there is no respect for God or fellow man. Everyone acts on behalf of their own good thus secular Humanism, where man is god, becomes the religion of the land.
America, consider your ways, as a people you are looking for government to provide what God has withheld. As a nation we have turned our backs on Him and tried to be our own provider. Frustration and futility are the corrective disciplines of God.
Who is left among us who saw the country in its former glory? How do you see it now? Does it not seem to you like nothing in comparison?
Even in today's circumstances the Lord of hosts, says take courage and work for "I am with you;--- My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear."
The Spirit of the Lord is with us when we follow Him in wholehearted obedience. We have the reassurance of the empowerment of the Spirit when we choose to work with Him on the building of His house here on earth.
We cannot provide a rebirth of individual virtue based on moral character, only God can stir up the spirit of the remnant of His people still living in the land.
Holiness characterizes the entire life of God's people- private, personal, public, cultural and as a nation.
The Spirit comes not only to renew human life from within but also this sanctifying renewal spreads to the full range of human activities and the society at large. There is no limit to the operation of the Holy Spirit!
Hence we should be humble and pray for the renewal of the Spirit in America for when we are unified in Spirit with God all things are possible through Him. Men are imperfect and power corrupts. It is only with humility before God that we learn to lead, and through knowledge of our ignorance that we learn to seek the truth.
God specifically says that "If My people who are called by My name humble them-selves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." "but if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you and shall go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot you from My land which I have given you, -----and everyone who pasted by it will be astonished and say, Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?" and They will say why have you despised the word of the Lord, the God of your fathers, by doing evil in His sight? Why have you removed yourself from God's blessings by totally disregarding His commands, even removing them from the court houses of your land?
Wither we choose to try and follow the Ten Commandments or totally remove them from our society God still has a purpose and a calling for this nation. Which one is it? That we should be known as a former Christian nation that was once the greatest nation on earth with intelligent strong and wealthy people until they turned their backs on God. Or, Could it not be that the purpose is that we live and witness and serve as a people of God reflecting the great spiritual heritage of our ancestors.
Be humble; let the rectitude of your intentions be made know with your declaration of independence from the laws of man knowing that you will stand before the judgment seat of God the Supreme Judge of the world. Join with our founding fathers, humble men who declared that "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" as citizens of the United States of America we should work like the life of our country depends upon following the Ten Commandments, and pray continually for God's mercy. With a declaration of faith in Jesus Christ we are free from the laws of man but forever we shall remain under the simple laws of the God of all creation.
The 10 commandments come from Exodus 20:1-17. Here are the verses:
And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” The above commandments need no explanation. They mean exactly what they say.
The awareness of the Ten Commandments in your heart, soul, mind and strength of your being will engineer a new way of life when you accept by faith that Jesus Christ was sent by GOD that your sins would be forgiven.
God knows what goes on inside our minds. He evaluates our intents and motivations. The internal aspects of our character count the most with Him. He considers our behavior in light of what is in our hearts. Our human Character is comprised of our innermost thoughts, motives and attitudes. The heart of a nation is used to describe a nations character just as the heart of man is used to describe his character. Our nation is nothing more than a collection of individuals; it does not function on its own but rather reflects the character and morality of the men who are willing to accept the responsibility of leadership and the people who select them as leaders. If as a society we have no provision for teaching Godly character to our children we can expect more of the moral decay we see today. For, ultimately, liberalism in democracy acknowledges no limitation upon individual will except that which is imposed by individual conscience.
The whole obligation for realizing order in a democratic society rests upon the individual, specifically, upon individual conscience. Only conscience, belief in God, bids the individual to follow the dictates of reason rather than those of desire and unrestrained pleasure. Therefore, Conscience, the corner stone of individual character is the foundation upon which democracy exists. Ultimately the character and moral conscience of the individuals in our society determine the choice between order and anarchy. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story wondered if we could survive as a nation if we did not teach our children about religion and morality as restraints upon the liberal sensual desires of freemen. Well since June 25, l962, students are forbidden to do what they and their predecessors had been doing since the founding of our nation - publicly calling upon the name of the Lord at the beginning of each school day. The prayer which prompted the Engel vs. Vitale ruling had simply prayed: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee and beg Thy blessing over us, our parents, our teachers and our nation." As a result of this decision which removed the Bible, prayer and any mention of God from our schools we have been brought to our knees. And that is where we should stay in prayer for our nation and our children’s future. If we are going to emerge from our youthful indiscretions to become a nation of character the United States will have to provide for the re-introduction of the Bible into our schools as the text book for teaching morality to our heirs. The Bible’s teachings have brought us thus for and we must repair the cracks in our foundation if we are to survive as a nation. There is nothing more important than teaching our children and our citizens about the foundations of our God given Liberty. Therefore we should all pray as everything depends on God the Father, Jesus Christ His son and the Holy Spirit for life and guidance. The Lord is the Spirit and where the Lord is, there is Liberty. Our nation’s founders knew that no man is perfect that only through God's grace do we have liberty!
My continued prayer as an individual and for my nation is break me, Lord, Until I am wholly yours and Renew your spirit within! For through you and to you are all things, and my sole desire is to bring you glory. Let your Spirit be my guide and our guide as a nation.
God Bless the United States of America, One Nation Under God Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for All. The sum total of the decisions we make as individuals represents who we are as a nation. When we stand together we all win.
The outcome of the ensuing conflagration is in the hands of God!