As I begin this and as you read, some will argue that what I will advance was not a prophecy but an opinion. I won’t argue but I believe that it was prophetic and at the least a dire warning that has gone unheeded by generations following.
Our founding fathers saw the dangers facing the fledgling nation and attempted to give us guidelines and adequate protections that would perpetuate a Republic which would enjoy Constitutionalism and Freedom into perpetuity. They tried but we ignored their warnings, prophetic declarations, and did an end-around their attempted protections and guidelines. We did it! You may argue, it was the politicians, not the people. Let me argue that the politicians could not have done what they have done if the people had heeded the warnings and demanded the observance of the constitution. We slept and they infringed!
What was the prophecy given by George Washington? In his farewell speech on September 19, 1796, the first president and father of our country said: “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of right and order which Heaven itself has ordained. Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.” WOW! He quoted in (Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States and America’s God and Country) – “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in the exclusion of religious principles. It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.”
In Proverbs 29:2 we read, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” Today, we have those on both sides of the political aisle who believe that everything of God and the Bible should be eliminated from education and all government institutions. Washington clearly did not share that view, nor did the other founders as can be easily identified and quoted.
On June 25, 1962, the United States Supreme Court decided in Engel v. Vitale ruled 6-1 that a prayer approved by the New York Board of Regents for use in schools violated the First Amendment by constituting an establishment of religion. The following year, in Abington School District v. Schempp, the Court disallowed Bible readings in public schools for similar reasons. That was the culmination of over 100 years of labor by those hating God and the Bible to disallow anything of God and the Bible in education.
Thomas Jefferson lamented, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” Noah Webster said, “Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.” We are paying the price of ignoring the warnings of our founders and allowing the politicians, activists, and courts to strip God and the Bible from education. The door that was opened has led to an array of detrimental legislation that has weakened the foundations of our Republic. We ignored the warnings, believed a lie, and are reaping the harvest of our delusion.
Gouverneur Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independences declared, “For avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy…the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. Therefore, educations should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.”
Benjamin Franklin said, “A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district – all studied and appreciated as they merit – are the principal support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty.” Fischer Ames considered the author of the Frist Amendment supported the Bible in public education. He said, “[Why] should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a schoolbook? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book that is thus early impressed lasts long; and probably if not impressed in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind.”
In America, we are witnessing things that demand God’s propitious smiles be withheld from us. How can the propitious smiles of heaven be on a nation that devalues life and practices a form of idolatry in abortion? I say a form of idolatry because the idolatry of Baal worship included the sacrifice of children. Israel sacrificed thousands of their children but in America, we have sacrifice millions to the god of self-indulgence. We call it names to make it more palatable but that life in the womb is a human being not a blob of tissue. It is not about a woman’s right or a woman’s health but convenience. What about the rights and health of that living being in the womb, the unborn baby?
The propitious smiles of heaven cannot be expected on a nation that slaps God in the face with the myriad of genders now deemed a reality. God created two genders, male and female. God instituted marriage between one man and one woman. God established the home and desired procreation to replenish the earth. When we endorse sex changes, same-sex marriages, the dismantling of the home and family we abandon the eternal rules of right and order that God has established. We trample on God’s Word and expect Him to bless us. How arrogant can we be?
The fanning of the flames of hate, perpetuating bigotry, racism, and every other dividing element in society demands that God withhold His propitious smiles. America has been blessed and our founders recognized the divine hand of God’s providence in our becoming a nation. For much of our existence, we have maintained our respect for God, at least publicly, and allowed Him to be recognized. That changed dramatically in the 1960s and now we are reaping the harvest of destruction.
Proverbs 14:34 declares, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Today we have become so anesthetized to wickedness we are no longer bothered by immoral leaders or politicians. We no longer have our moral sensibilities troubled by the trash that is on the movie screens, televisions, music, and much of our culture. If we want to see America restored and revived, we must return to God and our founding principles and restore the only thing that can stem the tide of depravity back to our public square and our education.
I believe that our solution is not electing a different set of politicians from an opposing party. That might help and could give us a brief window of opportunity to get things back on the right path but will not solve the problem. Legislation will not change the hearts, ONLY GOD can do that! If we, as believers, would dedicate ourselves to living godly lives, teaching, and admonishing others, including our rulers of God’s precepts, and pray for our nation we would see a glimmer of hope arise. If we would reassume the responsibility for the teaching and training of our children and “train them in the way, they should go” we would see the flicker of hope restored.
We can recover, but ONLY if we change course and cease making politics king and recognize Jesus as the only true King of kings and Lord of lords! I ask all who love God and love freedom to join me in the pursuit of God and seek to demonstrate the Golden Rule in our lives. Let’s become those who stand in the gap and make up the hedge. Let’s become those who are willing to go to jail and die for our freedom and the truth that makes us free, THE WORD OF GOD!
God bless you and God bless America!