September 29, 2012
A few days ago, I placed an ad in the paper for our upcoming “Bless God America” event on Sept. 29 at the Heckart Center at Smith-Cotton High School. When the proof for the ad was returned, I saw the heading had been changed to “God Bless America.”
I assumed the advertising personnel either thought I had misprinted the heading or they had mistakenly read it. I called and assured them it was supposed to read “Bless God America,” an imperative call to our nation in these perilous times. It is a call to recognize, declare and give glory to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, upon whose Word our nation and founding documents were clearly established.
For too long, we have been a nation that has expected a continual blessing from the Lord as if for some reason we are ‘entitled’ to it — even if we continue to disregard His sovereign rule and dismiss His word as no longer significant in establishing the moral compass of our nation or being the foundation in the education of our children.
In Genesis 12, a divine principle is established and promise made that declares IF a person or nation acknowledges and obeys God and His Word, that person or nation would be blessed. But IF they set their heart against God and disobey his Word and moral principles, they would bring punishment upon themselves. Our forefathers believed the blessing of God was in direct correlation to faith and obedience to God.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12.
Our nation has been blessed in the past because of our embracing of the Judeo-Christian ethic as a system of moral and social values that originate in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
Our first president, George Washington, stated clearly, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
As historian Dr. Richard Lee has noted, “Whether each of the Founding Fathers was a Christian is not the issue. Their writings, their statements and their votes evidence the fact that the majority of them embraced these great principles as the basis of a civilized nation.”
Today, the writings, statements, and votes of our leaders reflect a far different value system.
Two and a half years ago, I wrote these very words in a pastoral column: “As churches empty and as humanism and world religions begin to dominate the American culture, the hand of Jehovah God’s protections and blessing is being lifted.”
I would add our wavering support of Israel is of great concern. Genesis 12:3 is clear in regard to treatment of Abraham’s descendants: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you;”
How much more do we see this coming to fulfillment today? Though it has only been a short time since that article was written, the statistics I quoted have risen significantly.
Our nation is an open sewer of filth as we now export 89 percent of all pornography. More states are now granting same sex marriage, Our families continue to disintegrate, abortion on demand remains legal, and an unbelievable 62 percent of all federal spending is used to fund entitlements. The God of our Judeo Christian Heritage is now reduced to a little “g” among a plethora of gods of man’s own making, yet Christianity is singled out as one to be eliminated from our educational, judicial and governing bodies.
Add to this our continual decline of support for Israel and we see our Judeo-Christian heritage quickly being erased. How brazen it appears that we so casually ask God to bless America when America, as a whole, has so methodically eliminated His Word from our society!
Yet, hope is rising in the darkness. There are multitudes across this nation who are rising up in these days to call upon the Lord and to cry out in repentance, to renounce the spiritual darkness that has covered our land and to pray fervently for revival. There is an urgent cry being declared today to those with ears to hear.
“The prophet Joel declared, ‘Sound the trumpet in Zion! Call a fast and gather all the people together for a solemn meeting. Bring everyone — the elders, the children, and even the babies. .. The priests, the ministers of God will stand between the people and the altar, weeping; and they will pray, “Spare your people, O our God.’ ” Joel 2:15-17 TLB
If your heart is as ours, please join with pastors, political leaders and congregations across this region at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Heckart Performance Arts Center as together we first and foremost Bless God, repent and pray for our nation!