God has wonderfully blessed the United States of America for more than two hundred years. One of the reasons being this nation’s stated trust in the living God. Throughout such documents as the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to our Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the original formation of our Constitution—all of these, along with the Christian confession of many of our early leaders, helped to form the strong moral fiber of this nation.
Some argue over whether or not ours has ever been a truly Christian nation. Be that as it may, the incontrovertible truth is that there was a day when the fear of God was in the land. We were governed by the Christian principles. Sadly, that is no longer true. We continue to observe the erosion of once held principles and values. Today our government, our schools, our businesses, our homes and even our churches, in many ways, are a shell of their former selves. Politically, morally, economically, and socially we are on the verge of bankruptcy. Our military might has become a thing of the past. One observer wrote, “. . . we are moving toward national suicide.” He may be right. The Bible says, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalms 11:3).
Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all in that, by and large, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is not disturbed but maintains a “business as usual” attitude.
The hour is dark. The need is great. But there is time. There is hope. The hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ and His church. Is it not time for churches all over America to stand up and be counted? The gospel needs to be spread. Moral absolutes must be reinforced. It was Thomas Aquinas who said “Where there is no moral consensus there can be no law.” Historically, the moral consensus in our country has been drawn from God and the Bible. If these are taken from our government, our businesses, our schools and our homes then everything becomes relative. There can be no moral consensus and therefore, no law. If that happens, the only thing that will remain is anarchy.
Isn’t it time for us to take heed to one of the grand old hymns of the church?
Rise up, O men of God! Have done with lesser things:
Give heart and mind and soul and strength to serve the King of Kings.
Rise up, O men of God! His Kingdom tarries long;
Bring in the day of brotherhood and end the night of wrong.
“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, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14