When our Nation’s Founding Father gave us documents such as the Declaretion of Indepedence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and others, they had to lean upon a common understanding sprang from the common acceptance of what has come to be known as the Judeo-Christian Ethic, which is the system of moral andd social values that originates in the Old and New Testament of the Word of God.
Whether each of the Founding Fathers was a Christian is not an issue. Their writings, thier statements, and their votes evidence that fact the mojority of them embraced these great principles as the basis for a civilized nation. The people of a free nation must have a foundation that will support liberty, for without it, that nation will surely fall.
Exodus 20:13 > “You shall not murder.” Principle #1 – The Dignity of Human Life The Scriptures emphatically teach the great importance of the respect and preserbation lf human life. In the Declaration of Independence of ur nation’s Founding Fathers wrote that everyone has “unalienable right,” and that among these rights are “life liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This included the unborn. We Americans not onl believe this for our land, but also we send our brave militarty men and women arond the world to defend the rights of those who ae threatened. Chirst said, to love your neighbor, feed those who are hungry. If people and nations do not grant ultimate respect and protection to both the born and unborn, (There are countries in the world who don’t have any respect for the truth and they just don’t care for anything in their own lives) all other professed morals and values are meaningless. The dignity of human life is not just a principle of the Bible – it is the first principle of any civilized society. This principle and all other truths are a Biblical truths, history, and facts; after all we are to make disciples of all the nations.
Principles #2 – The Traditional Monogamous Family Oursociety has been baed upon the belief that the biblical views of traditional marriage and families is the backbone of a healthy social order. Since the joining of Adam and Eve, (NOT ADAM AND STEVE!) marriage has been recognized as a holy union between one man and one woman, and out of the union comes children – born into a home a father and mother loves them, nurture them, and teach them how to live in a healthy, productive, and responsable citizens. The plan of God, nature, and common sense is a man and a woman producing children within the institution of marriage. When the plan is lost, “marriage” and “family” becomes meaningless, and a nation and its people wil follow the road to ruin. World history has proven it over and again. Preserving the traditional family vital of any great nation.
Principle #3 – A National Work Ethic: Ingrained deep within the American spirit is the willingness and the desire to give honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. This independent spirit has no desire to simply exist on handouts from government or to depend on the generosity of others. It is this same independent spirit that has allowed America to create the greatest and strongest economy in the history of the world. Americans have their challenges. The Great Depression of the 1930’s knocked us to our knees, but it did not beat us. Together, Americans helped one another and lifted our nation back to its economic might. The power of the world look at our nation and ask where that spirit of honest labor came from and where this work ethic originated. It came from men and women who lived before us. Those generations were raised to believe in this third principle of honest work, which is found throughout the Word of God.
Principle # 4 – The Right to a God – Centered Education: We see in Proverbs 1:7 that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” How can one understand the creation without first knowing its Creator? The answers is that one cannot. Our Forefathers certainly understood this. For example, did you know that most America’s oldest universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Dartmouth were founded by Christian preachers or churches? Harvard University, founded 1636, adopted “Rules and Precepts” which stated: “Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life, and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life.” Harvard’s original seal has upon it these words: “Truth for Christ and the Church.” The early children’s textbook The New England Primer taught the ABC’s by haing children memorize: “A – Adam’s fall, we sinned all. B – Heaven to find, the Bible mind.” Today’s youth are tomorrow’s America. There is truth in the statement attributed to George Washington: “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national mortality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle. It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
Principle # 5 – The Abrahamic Covenant: A covenant is a decision involving two individuals or groups statin that they will keep a promise or fulfill an agreement between them. The Book of Genesis records the story of God making a covenant with Abraham. The basis of that covenant was that if Abraham would follow God, obeying His laws and commandments, God would bless Abraham with generations of children that would outnumber the stars in the heavens (Genesis 15:5). Abraham believed God, obeyed his Word, and God rewarded him with many descendants, a nations of people now known as Israel. This principle of the Abrahamic covenant states that if a person or a nation obeys God, observing the moral truths found in the Bible, that person or nation will be blessed. If they disobey, they will bring punishment upon themselves. For most of our nation’s history, Americans have accepted the belief that good deeds produce good results and that people who were “God-fearing” in language and in lifestyle would be blessed by Him. That belief has been proven to be true time and again. The writer of Proverbs tells it plainly, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin a reproach to any people” (14:24).
Principle # 6 – Common Decency: Simply put, this is the belief that a nation is made up of decent people. That nation, when faced with any trying or difficult situation, will do the decent, right, and honest thing. And for the most part, that has been the record of our national history. For example, Americans have given their lives in wars on foreign soil so that others might experience freedom. Americans have worked to feed the world’s poor, to clothe the naked, and to aid the hurting. Americans have opened their arms to many of the world’s oppressed and given them safe haven. Engraved on a bronze plaque on the base of the Statue of Liberty are these words from the poem “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me; I lift my lamp besides the golden door!” A world-renowned symbol of freedom, this statue stands to remind us all that America has indeed been, and continues to be today, a nation of common decency.
Principle # 7 – Our Personal Accountability to God: Perhaps the greatest restraint against acts of evil toward others is the knowledge that every person and nation will one day give an account for their actions to Almighty God. Certainly the Bible tells us that we are responsible for our actions and we must be accountable for what we do or don’t do. It also teaches that there is a penalty for doing wrong and a blessing when we do that which is right, noble, and just. The great American statesman Daniel Webster was once asked, “What is the most sobering through that ever entered your mind?” He quickly responded, “My personal Accountability to God.” Webster knew that he would one day stand before God in eternity and give an account for his actions. The same applies to every man, woman, and nation.
A call to Action: During some of the DEAREST DAYS of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln reminded his fellow Americans that “we have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven.” To be born in a land of freedom, to live in a nation founded as “One Nation Under God of the Bible, by those who served the one, true God of the Bible, is both a tremendous privilege and a great responsibility.
While we have much to admire and love and be thankful for in being able to call America our home, our nation is rapidly drifting from Biblical foundations. Our freedom to serve God and to promote the gospel in our land is disintegrating. We are engaged in a great spiritual battle that threatens our country, our lives. Only God’s intervention will return America to solid footing and restore a moral nation that righteousness will exist.
As believers in Jesus, we have His call to be “salt” and “light” to the world (Matthew 5:13-16). We must take seriously our responsibility to put God first, not only in our homes but also in our national affairs.
Here is a clear and honorable pathway that a y generation of Americans can use to protect that which is right and change that which is wrong within our great nation:
PRAY: Our Founding Fathers knew the power and purpose of prayer. From our nation’s beginning through times of war and tragedy, we have been called to pray that the hand of Almighty God might show forth His mercy and intervene with His grace toward America. Today is no different. Second Chronicles 7:14 instructs us: “…. if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
PROCESS: Within the God-given wisdom of our founding documents, we have been granted clear and certain processes for bringing about change concerning things that we perceive as wrong for our land. From the local municipality to the halls of Congress and the White House, imbedded in the laws and government processes of America are pathways for nonviolent moral, social, and political change. But first they must be learned and understood before they can be properly applied.
PARTICIPATE: Participate within the process for change is the ultimate key to its success. It is futile to complain about what one considers “wrong” or “unjust” in our land and not participate in the process of changing it for the better. The Scriptures are clear on this matter, “…. to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is a sin” (James 4:17).
PERSERVERE: When fighting for the right, we must never cease until we prevail. The battle is not always won by the strongest, the smartest, or the most elite, but ultimately it comes to those to those who persist and persevere. When soon-to-be President George Washington led his troops into to battle during the Revolutionary War, he lost most of these battles, but through perseverance he ultimately won the war. As a result, we won our independence from the British and became a free people. Our Lord taught us that when we put our hands to the plow of a righteous cause, we are never to look back, but to perservere and prevail (Luke 9:62).
All the resources of the Almighty God and His Word are available to us. He rules in the affairs of men, and nothing is too hard for Him. He is the sovereign King of the universe, with all power and authority, and He is compassionate, gracious, and ready to extend His love and mercy to us.
Let us bend ours knees and humble our hearts and pray. Let is be willing to be used of God to help turn this great nation back to Him. Let us stand inthe gap and make our lives to be salt and light in our families and neighborhoods and workplaces. God wants to come and bless us, to forgive our sins and heal our nation.