HAVE WE FORGOTTEN OUR POWERFUL FRIEND?
From the Pastor's Pen
“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.” So reads the Declaration of Independence. This has been called "one of the best-known sentences in the English language, containing the most potent and consequential words in American history." This passage came to represent a moral standard to which the United States would strive. This view was notably promoted by President Abraham Lincoln who considered the Declaration to be the foundation of his political philosophy; “The Declaration of Independence is the greatest document - other than the Bible - in the history of mankind. It promises the greatest good for the greatest number of people, providing the greatest quality of living; providing the greatest freedom in history.”
Rev. Bruce Talso
In 1620, one hundred fifty six years before the Declaration of Independence was signed, a small group of people who came to North America in a tiny ship signed The Mayflower Compact. This was a document that not only gave supervision to the small group of travelers who set up their community on the New England shores, but would eventually give guidance to the founding fathers as they developed the Republic of The United States of America.
During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the representatives were attempting to write our Constitution. During this time there was much debate. Statesman Benjamin Franklin rose to make these comments; “The small progress we have made after 4 or 5 weeks of close attendance and continual reasoning with each other - our different sentiments on almost every question is, methinks, a melancholy proof of the imperfection of human understanding. In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, how has it happened that we have not thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? Have we forgotten that powerful Friend? Do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth; that God governs in the affairs of men. 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 in the sacred writing that, “Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this and I also believe that without His aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.”
Our forefathers founded this nation based upon a firm recognition of God. Consider the references to a Divine Power in the early documents of our country and on buildings in Washington D.C. American Presidents have been sworn in with their hand on the Bible ever since George Washington. In times of national tragedies America has called upon God. These references clearly reveal a Christian nation. For 238 years America has honored God as she has followed the precepts found in the Bible. For this, she has enjoyed the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But many of us are becoming alarmed as we see the erosion of these spiritual precepts. Over the years we have seen the expulsion of prayer in our schools, while at the same time our State Legislatures and the U.S. Congress open with prayer each day. (For some reason we don’t want our kids to offer prayer!) The Ten Commandments have been removed. These ten 10 ‘moral codes’ have guided our country since its inception. I often wonder what other moral code we can give to our young people if we cannot direct them to the Ten Commandments.
We have become so politically correct in our society, that what has normally been accepted is now becoming bizarre. I read some time ago of a seniors’ dining facility where those gathered could not offer an audible prayer because the food provided was supplied by the U.S. Government! (Separation of church and state, you know!) A teacher in a California school recently told a student she could not read her Bible during free time. In fact, she was told she could not bring her Bible to school. (Later the school district apologized and rescinded its ruling) Some school districts have restricted religious emblems, or the topics on which students may write. (Both are expressions of faith, guaranteed by the First Amendment.) “Freedom from religion” groups are becoming more militant; determined to stamp out our religious heritage when our Constitution clearly guarantees our freedom to practice our religion. Exercising that freedom in a public place is not an endorsement of a government religion; it is simply allowing the citizen an opportunity to express his/her faith which is guaranteed by the First Amendment. Everyone has that right! When a majority chooses to say or do nothing to defend its faith, it is not long before the aggressive minority will move in to suppress or even eliminate what the majority has previously embraced. The godless minions are determined to eliminate God from our society! It is interesting to note that after 70 years of Communism, Russian schools are asking for Bibles to give to their students! The void of religious expression for so many years has created a hunger for a moral and spiritual value system. Apparently, even the Russians are aware of this! In contrast, America is attempting to throw God and His moral code out! How sad! How depressing! How heartbreaking!
Psalm 33:72 tells us, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Yes, America has been blessed because she has honored God. As she willfully moves out from under the hand of blessing and protection of God, she will only experience chaos and heartbreak. We are beginning to see this. 2 Chronicles 7:14; “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.” My prayer today: God, please bless America - again!