We look at what is going on in our country and we label it as either a Republican or Democrat problem, depending on which side of the fence we are on. Or we try to put all the blame on the back of a president because he’s the face out front. But I think the problem is much deeper and far from that. What we have is a country as a whole turning away from God. We used to live under God and now he is being forced out of everything. Maybe He has finally said, “Okay, I will go.” How sad. Like it or not, America was founded on Christian values. There is no denying it. However, today’s generations want to toss aside what America was founded to be, and well, “have it your way,” as a once popular commercial would say. This is the America we see before us today. It isn’t just the president, it isn’t just the houses on the hill, it’s more than that, it is our judges, our courts, and most sadly, it is the “We the people,” as a whole.
American leaders who set up this country used to make comments like:
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.” (George Washington, 1st U.S. President from the Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343.
“The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could Unite, and these Principles only could be intended by them in their address, or by me in my answer. And what were these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all these Sects were United: And the general Principles of English and American Liberty, in which all those young Men United, and which had United all Parties in America, in Majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her Independence. “Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System.” John Adams 2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence wrote this on June 28, 1813, excerpt from a letter to Thomas Jefferson.
I haven’t heard anything remotely similar to either of these nor many more that can be found from our Founding Fathers coming from any of our leaders today. But I similarly don’t hear them coming from society as a whole.
If you look back through history at sermons and news articles and papers written, you will hear the “we the people” speaking of God, morality, and liberty. It wasn’t just the founding father’s speaking of them, so were the we the people’ they had behind them. It was common in the first laws, to require church attendance and Bible reading. Take some time to look over some of the old ways and what was expected of the we the people. Remember, the people had a strong voice at that time and were a part of making laws as well as enforcing them. No, we probably don’t want to go back to those times either, but we are a far cry from where we started. The we the people at that time would not have stood for some of the things being said by our leaders today. They wouldn’t have stood for the restrictions being placed on our pastors and churches of today. They would have stood as one nation, under God, indivisible …
Here’s another quote from a founding father. In this next one I think we find the answer of why America is where it is today:
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of 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; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event.” Thomas Jefferson 3rd U.S. President, Drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence in notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.
We’ve lost the conviction of the people that our liberties are Gifts of God. We are violating them without the understanding that to violate them would mean His wrath, or at the very least a loss of blessings. It has happened in the past, documented both by historians as well as in the Bible. Believe what you want, sometimes the odds of coincidence are way to high.
Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: Because you have not obeyed my words, behold, I will send for all the tribes of the north, declares the LORD, and for Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants, and against all these surrounding nations. I will devote them to destruction, and make them a horror, a hissing, and an everlasting desolation. (Jeremiah 25:8-9)
Yes, we should pray, but not just for our President, not just for our Congressman and Senators, but for all our leaders from our local government all the way to the top.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
But we should also pray for we the people:
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. (Romans 13:1-4)
It is we the people who have the power. We the people who are allowing God to be pushed out of everything around us. We the people that are allowing things that are unlawful in God’s eyes to be made lawful in man’s eyes. It is we the people who have become immoral. Every single person holding a governmental position is also a part of we the people.
We the people need to pray:
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV)
Statistics state that the United States is over 78% Christian – THAT is a majority. God spared nations for as little as one person, not because of anything that person did, but because someone asked Him to. When we the people change, our government will change. When we the people ask and invite God back in, surely He will hear us and will heal our land.