“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord….”Psalm 33:12
This chapter is based on 18 verses in 9 passages of Scripture
Note: All Scriptures in parenthesis appear in my book, Revealing God’s Design with Love, or can be looked up in any Bible.
Benjamin Franklin, along with the majority of other founding leaders of this nation, understood that if America was to succeed, then God needed to be recognized, honored, and valued. For Franklin to say this was significant because he wrestled throughout his life with his Christian beliefs.
“I’ve lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more I am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without the Lord’s notice, how is it possible that a nation can rise without His aid? For without the Lord building the house, all who labor, do so in vain.” 1 Benjamin Franklin
In the early years of America, dependence on God and His Word as recorded in the Bible was one of the foundation pieces that helped our leaders make many turning-point decisions. Abolition of slavery was just one of those decisions which were strongly rooted in Scripture.
There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
As evidenced by their own words, many of these early founders and leaders did not hesitate to openly declare their respect for God, faith in Christ, knowledge of sin, and love for the principles of the Scripture when making decisions, rulings, and judgments as shown in these comments.
“O blessed Father let thy Son’s blood wash me from all impurities, and cleanse me from the stains of sin that are upon me. Give me the grace to lay hold of Your merits; that they may be my conciliation and atonement. May I know my sins are forgiven, by Your Son’s death and resurrection?” 2 President George Washington
“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, for I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world.” 3 President John Adams
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended powers, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” 4 President Abraham Lincoln
“Let the children who are sent to those schools be taught to read, write, and above all let both sexes be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion. This is the most essential part of education.” 5 Benjamin Rush (Signer of Declaration of Independence)
“Education is useless without the Bible.” 6 Daniel Webster
“Cursed be all learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.” 7 President James Madison
Many leaders in subsequent generations followed in these founders’ footsteps making God and His Word an important part of their decisions. Examples of their dedication lie in the phrases they eventually put on our currency and in the pledge of allegiance, “In God, We Trust adopted in 1936,” and “One Nation under God added in 1954.”
In the 1960s, however, honoring God and the Bible sharply faded from the decisions made by many of America’s government officials, politicians, judges, and educational leaders. As a result, the principles of Scripture, which were once respected by so many leaders of the past, became ignored, downplayed and even censored.
Amid this new era of American leadership, the Bible and its views have been suppressed on educational issues like school prayer, the presence of the Bible in a classroom, and creationism taught alongside evolution. Easter holidays have been dubbed as Spring Break, Christmas Vacation has become Winter Holiday, and the Ten Commandments, the cross of Jesus, and Christmas manger scenes have been banned from most campuses. Also, for the first time, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and gender change of which the Bible strongly condemns have not only become acceptable with educational leaders but also a part of their constantly-changing curriculums. (See Leviticus 20:13, Deuteronomy 22:5, I Timothy 1:8-11 and I Corinthians 6:9-11 quoted and referenced below)
Why have so many of our current leaders deserted the Scriptures and traditional Christian values when it comes to making decisions on our behalf? Regrettably, many are not like past leaders because they simply don’t have the same faith in God. Without such a faith these leaders have let their sin natures (with which we were all born) flourish and affect their thinking and reasoning. They have thrown out God’s Word when making decisions, unlike George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and other past leaders. Unless today’s leaders change and make Christ the Lord of their lives, then they will continue to corrupt us morally and spiritually until nothing is left of what we used to believe in or depend upon as a nation.
The following two passages of Scripture are great guides for our leaders should they consider reversing their course and begin trusting God. But I am afraid things would have to get pretty grim for us as a country before such a turnabout took place with our leaders. Knowing this, perhaps our prayers should change, and instead of praying for our nation’s morality and spirituality, which are good prayers, perhaps we should pray that we go through some very difficult times as a nation so that our leaders would spiritually wake up and lead us as God would have them. Something to think about the next time we pray for our leaders and this nation.
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth, he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:9-10
I acknowledged my sin to You, oh Lord, and my iniquity I did not hide; and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5
If spiritual transformation does not take place with our leaders, then issues like homosexuality, gender change, and same-sex marriage will continue to win out in our culture. These leaders may openly acknowledge God, go to church, give public prayers, and even quote Scripture in their speeches but then turn around and support issues that are condemned in the Bible, like abortion, euthanasia, and homosexuality. What is surprising is that they seemingly do this without any inner conflict, which is possible evidence the Spirit of God does not actually reside within them. If they had the Spirit, which is given to all true believers, then that Spirit would be at war within their souls about what they are doing. Once again only Christ truly knows if they have the Spirit or not, but as followers of Him, we should be able to recognize “false” Christians who say one thing but do the opposite. The bottom line is we need more genuine Christians to enter the different ranks of leadership in our country; Christians who struggle within when they sin or go against God’s Word on an issue.
God has allowed the LGBT agenda to prevail in our court rulings and law-making for a few reasons. As history shows throughout the Bible, the Lord often does not immediately respond with judgment when a nation, or even a person, turn against Him or His Word on moral issues. Instead, He lets them experience, at least for a season, the negative consequences that come from making such determinations. Those consequences often include confusion about what is truly right or wrong, increased sexual immorality, an upsurge in crime, financial setbacks, gross conduct within the leadership, and a growing lack of respect amongst other nations.
God may also allow the homosexual agenda to prevail in our latest government rulings because He wants Christians and churches to wake up and start playing the role they were always intended to play, which is to reach out and win over those consumed by these sins. Had Christians and churches taken on this ministry at the very beginning, then, perhaps, the conflicts we have today over these Biblically condemned practices would not be so prevalent. But it’s not too late to get on board with the Lord in ministering to these people. All we need do is start reaching them with the love of God on the one hand and the truth of Scriptures about their sin on the other.
In addition to sharing the saving message of Christ with gay or transgender people, we can also support genuine Christians who run for leadership positions. We do this by praying for these brave souls, voting and campaigning for them, and even financially supporting their efforts.
We might also petition and push for new laws to limit the terms and powers of leaders who run counter to God’s Word in their decision making. By implementing new and revised laws, adversarial leaders might be removed from office before it is too late. A couple of ideas to carry this out are term limits for Federal judges and Supreme Court justices. Furthermore, these important positions should be voted on by the people, rather than appointed by the higher-ups in government. Many Americans have grown weary of the decisions made by our judiciary over the last few years, especially those that run counter to the feelings and desires of the majority. It is time for this to stop and change.
Though America seems to be making a shift toward accepting homosexuality as moral and normal, it is still not the majority opinion of most. At least as of 2018, it isn’t. Acceptance of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and transgender people are also not the majority opinion of most nations in the world. Eighty-three nations today outlaw homosexuality, making it a crime to practice. A similar number of other nations allow it, but not same-sex marriage. So as Christians we should not feel alone and isolated in our thinking when it comes to battling these practices and lifestyles in America.8
Where is America headed if we keep making rulings and laws that run counter to God’s teachings? Before answering, there is still time to reverse the anti-Biblical rulings our country’s leaders have been making. If we do this, then as a nation we could again become a great moral leader and influence on other nations. If we don’t, the current decisions on homosexuality and other issues that run counter to the Scriptures could lead possibly to the collapse of America as a nation. In Biblical prophecy, the end times identify some great nations and, amazingly, America is not mentioned as one of them. Perhaps, it is because we crumble as a world power.
If America’s collapse does come, and I pray it doesn’t, then there are several ways God will allow this to happen. The first will be similar to the way He treated His own beloved Israel when that nation walked away from His teachings. The second is how He dealt with the mighty and morally corrupt Roman Empire.
God allowed other world powers to defeat and enslave Israel because of its desertion from His truth and laws. The people of Israel remained enslaved until they changed their hearts and started trusting God and His Word again. Sad to say for their sakes, it took many decades for them to come to this decision.
Thus, the Israelites became unclean in their practices and played the harlot in their deeds. Therefore, the anger of the Lord kindled against them. Then one day He gave them into the hands of other nations, to those who hated Israel. Israel was thus subdued under their power, even though many times God would try and deliver them. Psalms 106:39-42
On the other hand, Ancient Rome never made any apology for its various perversions, including homosexuality, and fell because of its ever-increasing debauchery, overconfidence, and false views of God. Even though there was a core of Christians ministering to Rome before it fell, its overwhelming love of itself and sin, weakened it. By God’s will, Rome was allowed to be defeated by lesser powers. After which it disintegrated and never recovered
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Whether our fate will be that of Israel or Rome, I do not know, but either outcome will bring great heartache to every American, including Christians. This will be sad because we started out so well as a nation by trusting God and His Scriptures for the decisions we made. The testimonies of Washington, Adams, Lincoln, Madison, Rush, Webster, and so many other American leaders of the past are proof of this. Let our individual testimonies end up being like these leaders, not like those who have seized control of America today.
Scriptural References for Homosexuality and Gender Change
Leviticus 20:13 If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.
Deuteronomy 22:5 A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. [Forerunner to gender change]
I Timothy 1:8-11 8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for the murderers 10and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.
I Corinthians 6:9-11 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [a forerunner to gender change], nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
- Thomas George [editor], God governs the Affairs of Men, Benjamin Franklin, (The Greatest Message of All-time, Great-messages.com).
- William J. Johnson, George Washington the Christian (New York, Forgotten Books/ Abingdon Press, 1919), pages 28-31.
- Natalie Nichols, Is America a Christian Nation? More Quotes from Our Founders: John Adams, (Internet, Americana, May 10, 2010) *Note-Two quotes are combined into one.
- Franklin Graham, Quote by Abraham Lincoln (Washington D.C., Inaugural Invocation of President George W. Bush, January 20th, 2001)
- L.H. Butterfield, editor, Letters of Benjamin Rush, (Princeton: The American Philosophical Society, 1951), Volume I page 414.
- Why-the-bible.com, Daniel Webster, (Internet, The Bible-Quotes from Famous Men).
- 7. Christian Quotes, James Madison Christian Quote about Learning, (Published in Christian Education Quotes, February 12th, 2012).
- Erasing 76 Crimes, St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, (Published on the internet, 2012).