I have had people fiercely attack me because I boldly declare and adamantly affirm that America was founded on Christian principles and our founders valued God’s influence on our government and lives. Believe what you will, but I suggest it is difficult to ignore the writings readily available if one will examine the volumes written about and by them. I cannot imagine America winning her independence in the Revolutionary War had it not be for the reliance upon and providence of God as He smiled favorably on this ideal of a Free Republic.
A Bible passage that was key in my conversion to Christianity is Proverbs 3:5-6 and in that passage I see the directive and reminder that it is incumbent on all of us individually and collectively to “acknowledge” God in all that we are, say, and do. This is true for nations as well and I am reminded of the proclamation of 1 Samuel 2:30 that “Those who honor Me [God] I will honor, and those who despise Me [God] will be lightly esteemed.” That was a proclamation, encouragement and warning not to religious leaders but the civil authorities. I had someone ask me, “Do you think God is interested in politics?” I thought about that for a moment and said, “God is not interested in politics as we are but is interested in the hearts of men and thereby the course or path of a nation. So, in that light, YES God is interested in politics. However, I am convinced God will not interfere and will allow man to choose their course or path.”
I am convinced as many writers and quotations from the time period of our nation’s inception that they understood a principle we may have forgotten or appear to be forgetting that whenever we stop acknowledging Him as individuals or nations we invite grave consequences. I have often quoted or referred to a quote by George Washington, “It is the duty of nations to acknowledge the providence of the Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” That is so foreign to the mindset and mentality of today’s political world, were that said today the speaker would be ridiculed and scorned derisively and attacked incessantly. Yet, the father of our nation and our first president unashamedly made that declaration not because he thought that is what people wanted to hear but what he believed. That declaration parallels Proverbs 3:5-6 magnificently giving us four dimensions of duty by this or any nation. We are to ‘acknowledge’ God, ‘obey’ His will, exhibit ‘gratitude’ for His help, and ‘seek’ His guidance and protection. The more I discover about the mindset of our founding fathers them more I appreciate what they accomplished and become more determined than ever to fight to protect our inalienable rights against governmental usurpation.
America’s second president, John Adams was in wholehearted agreement and declared, “The safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and the blessing of Almighty God and the national acknowledgment of this truth is…an indispensable duty which people owe to Him.” Even a man whose faith is sometimes called into question, Thomas Jefferson expressed the same sentiment and belief. Then in the middle of the 19th century, President Abraham Lincoln uttered a warning that America was possibly or definitely drifting from those founding principles and feared that we were beginning to ‘forget’ God. He called it the ‘duty of nations’ to recognize the truth of Scripture and insisted that this is proven in history and warned that the nation was exhibiting signs of ‘forgetting’ God’s hand on the nation and that people and government was becoming too self-sufficient and no longer relying on God’s guidance, provision, and protection. President Lincoln issued a call for a time of ‘public humiliation, fasting, and prayer so that the nation would once again REMEMBER THE LORD.”
Our nation no longer, at the national level, acknowledges God. Oh, politicians will say, “God bless America” but an acknowledgment of God on a national level is clearly not part of the makeup of our federal government. The opposite is a more likely reality in today’s political climate and operation. The assault on the Pledge of Allegiance where we declare that we are one nation UNDER GOD is evidence of our forgetting and refusal to acknowledge Him. The court mandates that nativity scenes no longer stand on public property and the move to censor the declaration of “Merry Christmas”, the rejection of prayer in schools, at athletic events, and school sponsored activities and even political gatherings, although not universally practiced is a sign of our rejection of the idea that we are to ‘acknowledge’ God. The evidence is mounting that America is rapidly becoming a nation that has rejected God rather than a nation that acknowledges Him as was the desire and plea of our founding fathers and many subsequent generations. The PC Police have become so present and powerful that some universities are banning the use of the term ‘man’ because it is somehow incorrect. Where will it end? Will it end in our complete destruction? A QUESTION WE SHOULD ALL BE ASKING…
This president, Barack Obama, boldly declared that “America is no longer a Christian nation” and I hope he is wrong but if we continue on the current path his assertion will be both prophetic and factual. I believe that it is in our failure to properly and truly acknowledge God that many of the problems we now face as a nation are the outgrowth of the seeds of destruction sown in the attitude of rejection. May God help us prevent the further erosion of our values and moral moorings by taking steps to reject those politicians who reject God’s hand of providence and His guiding principles!
God bless you and God bless America is my prayer and desire!
RECOMMENDED LISTENING: I would encourage everyone to tune into Broadcast Prayer Network with my friend Dale Gentry at http://www.bpnradio.com a 24/7/365 internet radio station purposed to call the nation and the world to prayer as well as inform. I have a daily short spot at 11:55 AM CST and then a weekly boadcast each Tuesday at 1 PM & 7 PM CST. God bless you and God bless America!