Remembering God on our nation’s birthday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 26, 2010

Next week, Americans win celebrate its 234th birthday. The men who wrote the Declaration of Independence were God-fearing Christian men who sacrificed

everything, including their lives for the sake of freedom. Their intentions were unselfish and honorable, wanting only the best for every human being. I wonder what our founding fathers would think of the conditions that now exist in our society.

God, family and country are what they fought and died for. Today, God has been mocked as we profess to be a Christian nation anti act otherwise. Thanks to what I consider one of the most destructive forces in American history – the Supreme Court.

The U. S. Supreme Court, which is made up of nine Justices appointed for life by U. S. Presidents, continues in their arrogance and disrespect for God by mocking sin. The same court that, over 100 years ago, declared that an African American was not human but a piece of property. The same court that, in my lifetime, legalized abortion, took prayer out of schools and still recites the Pledge of Allegiance stating that we are one nation under God.

When we gained our freedom 234 years ago, we were one nation, under God. As we have grown older, we seem to have forgotten the lesson taught us by God-fearing men of the past, such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, who prayed daily and relied on the Bible for wisdom and direction.

One of the most memorial pictures in American history is of George Washington on his knees, in the snow, at Valley Forge. President Reagan once said that this image personified a people who know that it is not enough to depend on one’s own courage and goodness; we must also seek help from God, our Father and Preserver.

In 1787, when the Constitutional Convention was on the verge of complete rupture, Benjamin Franklin, age 81, addressed the delegates and said, “The small progress we have made after four to five weeks with each other is a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the human understanding. In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?”

“Have we forgotten this powerful friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?”

“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth; that God governs in the affairs of man.”

Abraham Lincoln was perhaps our most revered President, and a believer in the Lord. He once said, “Without the assistance of the Divine Being, I cannot succeed. With His assistance, I cannot fail.” A more recent President, Dwight D. Eisenhower said “Without God

there could be no American form

of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first and the most basic – expression of Americanism.”

Today, many members of the Supreme Court continue to ignore God when making moral decisions. I pray for the return of righteous men like Washington and Franklin, who had the courage and conviction to seek God’s wisdom and were not maid to stand up for His law.

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