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pastor500July 2016

In July we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our nation – America. Psalm 33:12 states “blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” On June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress accepted a resolution made two days earlier by Virginia delegate, Richard Henry Lee, to appoint a committee to draft a declaration of secession from the dominions of the English king and Parliament. On June 29th, the committee…presented their draft for debate and a vote. Finally on July 4th, an amended version of that draft was accepted. The war that had been raging for more than a year had finally driven the reluctant revolutionaries to sever all ties with their motherland.” [The Christian Almanac, p. 394]

An article in Newsweek, December 27, 1982, titled How the Bible made America, made this astounding statement: “Historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our founding document.” Sadly, we have gone away from our beginnings as a nation based on Biblical principles. Shane Idleman, a California pastor, in the “Guest Editorial” of “The Biblical Evangelist” [Vol. 47, #2 May-June, 2016] gives many facts of our departure from the Bible – here are two: “Then: if a proposed article for the Constitution was not supported by, or rooted in the Bible, it was not considered. In their early writings, many Founding Fathers quoted or referenced the Bible nearly four times more than any other source. Now: the Bible is mocked, ridiculed and discarded …” “Then: Noah Webster, Founding Father of American Scholarship and Education said ‘In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instruct-ed…’ Now: students are criticized when they read their Bible in public or at school. Christianity is challenged, mocked and ridiculed, while most other beliefs are accepted and embraced. Sadly, Noah Webster’s Scripture references have been withdrawn from recent editions.” Michael Joseph Sobran, the late secular columnist noted: “In 100 years, we have gone from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to teaching Remedial English in college.”

Sadly, it is estimated that abortion in American has killed 60 million boys and girls since it became legal in 1972. Recently the Supreme Court has ruled that 2 men or 2 women may marry, contrary to God’s Word. (cf. Gen. 2:24, 25; Matt. 19:4-6) Our nation has gone down, down the path of rejection of the principles of God’s Word – the Bible. Peter, in Acts 10:35 realized that it was not just the Jews who had a corner on God’s love and care, but that “in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him.” Praise the Lord people in any nation can be saved and serve Him. It could still be true for America, if she would repent and turn from her sins, but I am afraid the story in Gen. 6:5, 6 is true of America – she has “grieved Him (God) at His heart.”

America (we, its people) need to confess our sins to the Lord: Psalm 106:6 “We have sinned with our Fathers, and have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.” Psalm 119:59, 60 “I thought on my ways and turned my feet unto thy testimonies, I made haste and delayed not to keep thy commandments.”

2 Chronicles 7:14 is still true today, “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.” Would you pray for our country to be great again? Pray that it might be a mighty witness for the Lord in these last days. (See 2 Timothy 3:1-9 and weep because it perfectly describes our America.)

However, let me close on a positive note. Consider the words of 1 Peter 2:9. Peter says of believers that we “are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation…” What does he mean “an holy nation”? The church (saved believers) is now God’s holy nation by Christ’s work on Calvary. We who are saved belong to God in a special way, (“a peculiar people” is how the KJV translates it.) So, let us live for the Lord, no matter what the rest of our society does. Remember Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount in Matt. 5:14 “ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.” In these dark days for America, let us “shine for Jesus.” (Matt. 5:16)

Praising God for His salvation,
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Pastor Frederick W. Carroll
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