“I have set before you life and prosperity, and death and adversity…So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.” Deuteronomy 30:15-20
For years there have been disputes over who of our founding fathers were Christians, Deists, or even had any faith at all. Although there is much I would like to say on that subject, I will not contribute to the debate at this particular time. But I will, unapologetically, state this fact; our founding fathers were determined to build a nation that was governed by moral principles derived from God’s Word. This is plainly evidenced in everything from the Declaration of Independence to the United States Constitution to the coins we carry in our pockets. It is because of that unwavering commitment that the United States of America has benefited from God’s blessings for many generations. But a dark force has been at work, equally as determined to turn us away from the God who has so richly blessed us. The right to pray has long since been stolen from our children in school. It is socially and politically acceptable to worship Allah, but not God’s Christ. It has been deemed appropriate for a student to wear a t-shirt depicting a Mexican flag at school, but the t-shirt displaying an American flag warrants expulsion. It goes on and on, and that’s not even mentioning the list of moral dilemmas facing our nation. Sadly, it seems as if a cloud of complacency has covered us and there is no outcry from God’s people.
Just before entering the Promised Land Moses stood before the nation of Israel and informed the people that by choosing to follow God, and only God, they would enjoy prosperity in their new land. Unfortunately, they stubbornly decided not to honor His commands and have faced centuries of war, internal strife, and political unrest as a consequence.
Happy Independence Day and, as always, Soli Deo Gloria!