Rumors and personal feelings overwhelm us these days on television, internet, radio and all other modes of news media. Everyone blames someone else for our present dilemma concerning most aspects of our lives. Some blame our president, some blame our congress, some our governmental regulations and some the lack of our governmental regulations. Wrong!
But the singular problem is that we have left the faith in God. Not all have, but the nations leaders have and a seeming majority of the people have. And you may know, from history, from biblical instruction and from numerous wise writers of the past. All warn us of the fact that a nation without God cannot long stand.
It is not as simple as God taking vengeance on a nation. But as long as God’s principles of man caring for others, decency, honesty and rewarding of honest work are in place, a nation will flourish. No nation has proven that more than this one.
The disdain of those who desire that God not to be mentioned or inferred in any way, has brought changes in our teachings, our rulers, leaders and more. To try and invoke a sound principle cannot be done because it may insult someone who thinks we are invoking God into our affairs.
Our lawmakers and the guardians of our laws, have become outlaws and destroyers of our laws.
Let us look at a few wise men’s remarks made long ago, when this nation was showing the world that God’s instructions worked.
Thomas Jefferson, in an address to a group of Baptist churches said: “The First Amendment has erected a wall of separation between the church and state. But that wall is a one directional wall. It keeps the government from running the church, but it makes sure that Christian principles will always stay in government.” On another occasion, Jefferson wrote: “The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion in the world that deals with the heart.”
The first Amendment to our Constitution says this: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Now how can that be concluded to mean that you cannot mention your belief in God, in public places?
“The highest glory of the American revolution was this, that it connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.” John Quincy Adams.
John Jay, one of the men who took part in writing our constitution, said: “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. It is the duty, as well as the privilege, and to the interest of a Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
Bella Vista church of Christ Lifelines archives: It was the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America, who wrote: “I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests, and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, in her institutions of higher learning, and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!”
We have reached a point of no return insofar as becoming a nation base on Christian principles and biblical tenets. The only way it could ever reoccur is after an enormous disaster. Which is not out of the question when we consider the way we are presently headed.