America was born 240 years ago. People had come here - some fleeing the religious persecution of
Europe, Others looking for a fresh start
including those who had been imprisoned.
When the Declaration of Independence was written TWO-THIRDS of those
living here were opposed to independence.
They were annoyed at the machinations of King George III but weren’t
ready to fight over it. The nation had
jut come through the First Great Awakening, and men like Jonathan Edwards were
galvanizing religious opinion. While
some waxed cold spiritually, others formed Princeton University in 1746, pejoratively
called “Princeton Bible School” by the liberals of that era from Yale and
Harvard, begun in 1646 and 1701 respectively. George Whitfield and others were instrumental in America
waking up spiritually.
There is a funny thing about the gospel – it stirs thoughts
The Old Covenant with its
laws and harshness was replaced with the glorious freedom of Christ – the
things that were right to do would now come from within and not be imposed from
It became less tolerable to
submit to the old ways of Europe, ways, incidentally that persist to this
Religious persecution STILL occurs
in Europe, with children removed from Christian
parents and a rigid state-controlled educational system n places like
Germany that leave no room for Christ.
Back 240 years ago, people were KILLED ISIS-style
for differences in
True believers in Christ wanted
To be sure, some came here with the
same intolerances they were running from – for example, on parts of New England
you could be jailed for not baptizing your baby or other offenses. In Virginia in the 1600's, those preaching personal salvation were put in jail.
Freedom, however, caused those intolerances
to fade while they persisted across the pond where freedom was a dirty word or
an unknown concept.
As rich men invested their treasure in the cause – putting
their money where their mouths were, as opposed to today’s politicians making
every decision it seems based upon what THEY
personally get out of it started
the drumbeat rolling.
contagious, and America’s big mistake was telling the world they were not ready
for it instead of exporting it everywhere.
So many Christian concepts were baked together to form our
A nation that actually
failed the first time with the Articles of Confederation.
It took a lot of prayer and some compromise
to finally forge the Constitution n 1787.
A constitution which did NOT have a Bill of Rights by the way.
If took a little time before we had the first
ten amendments which included total religious liberty, freedom of the press, the
rights to bear arms, etc.
All of this was
done based upon one premise – that people would submit to GOD – otherwise the
founders knew it would not work.
some founders were born against Christians.
Others belonged to mainline denominations which has already become cold
– witness the atmosphere at Yale. Still others were Deists, comparable to
Unitarians, who actually ruled Harvard starting in 1805 with the appointment of
liberal theological Henry Ware effectively changing its Puritan/Congregational
Despite their differences, even the colorful Ben Franklin
understood the need for the people to be governed from within in order to have
a free society.
Christ was honored and
his teachings on morality were considered central.
The issue has been arising for many decades
that as American becomes more Godless, whether by outward confession or simply
by living as though God did not exist – BTW check out Craig Groeschel’s book, “The Christian Atheist”
freedom is lost because of encroaching federal power that is justified as being
Europe has descended into a
top-down EU mess which the Brits just had enough of.
There are strong undercurrents throughout
Europe about this unfeeling monolith, but few there are willing to pay the
price for freedom.
The Brits to their
credit paid billions.
In order for America to be truly free again, a nation where
people are not so sharply divided with many actually hating their own country
and refusing to express allegiance to it or love for it, there needs to be a
fresh wind like the Great Awakening that made people consider the
The issues we face are
GREATER than the founders faced, so we need more than moral, churchgoing
We need people saved, sanctified,
and filled with the Holy Ghost.
people who exalt Jesus an who refuse to be part of the culture than blasphemes
his name every day in almost every movie and on much of TV.
People who will stand and ask their fellow
citizens to do likewise.
We need people
who stand for God and for righteousness.
People not afraid to call sin, sin. People unaffected by political
correctness and all the other tools of totalitarians. People who know that
power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
People who will put lawbreakers in jail no
matter whether they are a laborer or a president or a candidate for president
People who are willing to execute the murders,
rapists, and other violent criminals without apology or endless delays so they
can never have a new victim.
broadcast the religious motivations of terrorists and others with motives to
destroy our nation and its people. People who are willing to stand against
those murdering children in their mothers’ wombs - formerly the safest places
We need a New American Revolution.
Where we welcome people from anywhere AS
they are truly LEAVING the old
ways behind and embracing this nation and rejecting the old. A house divided
cannot stand and we are a house divided.
Greece failed because of Balkanization – we need ONE language so
everyone has the same opportunities and a common purpose.
We have millions voting who cannot hear any
of the debates – they vote based upon old world dictates and
This males for a weak
country. We were founded based upon faith in God and his providence, so no one
should be crediting Allah or any other supposed god for what they never did and
never would do or could do.
We are a
nation of tolerance, but there can be no tolerance for the enemies of the
nation who are sworn to destroy it.
is utter madness.
The beginning of this revolution to be in Christ and to be
FREE in Christ as well. To do what is right because it stems from the indwelling
Christ and the precious Holy Spirit, not from the old legalisms that never
We must guard our liberties and
our God-given rights.
When snakes talk
about “freedom of worship” instead of “freedom of religion”, UNDERSTAND the
to worship isolated from the world is universal – one can do that in a jail
cell in Saudi Arabia, though silently.
Freedom of religion is an AMERICAN DISTINCTIVE – we can run our schools
and businesses and churches according to the scriptures and the standards of
God which cannot be impugned by the state, no matter what their
Words mean everything
because of what lies behind them.
this Independence Day 2016, commit to fighting for your country
- so much lies in the balance.
Reject the top-down rulership elites who
think they know more than anyone but who like the scribes and Pharisees Jesus excoriated
in Matthew 23 PREVENT people from entering the Kingdom and make their followers
twice as fit for hell as they are themselves.
Put these out of office whether the dogcatcher or the President (we care
for dogs, too!).
Put out those who say
one thing and do another!
Most of all,
pray daily for our nation – pray for leaders by name for God to raise up or put
down. Pray for legislation. Pray for judges and SCOTUS decisions.
Finally, pray for your pastors and those you
look to for Godly wisdom that they would be truthful, be on the right side of
God, and be faithful to the totally infallible inspired Word of God.
Many think our nation is over.
They may well be right.
However, I will not lose it without a