Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of listening to a sermon by Jimmy Strole, pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church, that would serve as a reminder to many of us elderly folks, but could easily be the first time our younger generation has ever heard it, depending, of course, on what they’ve been taught in school. Much of what follows comes from that sermon and is used here with permission of the pastor. I’ve used the notes the pastor put together for his sermon along with some of my own input.
Not one American, Christian or non-Christian should ever forget what God has done for this country. Long before man came to call this his home, it had already been blessed by God. Actually, this was one of two things that God did for America, as the first was giving it birth.
When the Puritans arrived in this country, their first act at Plymouth Rock was to kneel, pray and to dedicate a new colony. In the settlement of Jamestown, VA., the first community building constructed there was a church and to this day, it is the only building with a wall still standing.
Consider the following:
It was a Baptist minister by the name of Roger Williams who established Rhode Island. Another man by the name of Lord Baltimore was to hold a church service that led to the establishment of Maryland. Taking it a step further, it was a Quaker by the name of William Penn who established Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. And as he was busy writing the government policies for Pennsylvania, he made sure that all treasurers, judges and every elected official professed faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. What should be clear at this point is that God and our Christian beliefs played a very large part in the establishment and history of this great country. More recently, the 113th Circuit Court of Appeals removed the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building that Alabama State Superior Court Justice Roy Moore authorized as a reminder to all people that the biblical laws stand as the moral groundwork of American Law.
When you read the last paragraph of the American Constitution, you’ll see the phrase, “In the year of our Lord …” Remember also that the motto of America is “In God We Trust.” Then, on those occasions when we are to recite the pledge of allegiance, you will include the words: “One Nation under God,” as part of that pledge. Now, consider that 12 of the original 13 colonies incorporated the entire Ten Commandments into their civil and criminal codes.
As you’ll see in the following examples, the founding fathers consistently supported the utilization of the bible and Judeo – Christian values to define and preserve this nation. Here are but a few of their comments:
— John Adams: “The law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal code as well as a moral and religious code. These are laws essential to the very existence of men in society and most of which have been enacted by every nation which ever professed any code of laws-vain indeed would be the search among the writings of secular history to find so broad, so complete and so solid a basis of morality as the Ten Commandments lay down.” (Note: The American Bible Society was started by an act of congress in 1816. A few of the noted political figures, composers and authors connected to the American Bible Society include John Adams, John Q. Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, John Jay, 1st Supreme Court Chief Justice Frances Scott Key and James Fennimore Cooper.) Remember and please understand that the Ten Commandments and the Bible are the basis of our set of laws. On the front of the Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, is a carving of Moses and The Ten Commandments. Did you also know that the Justices must enter through the back way and that the seat of the Chief Justice also has a sculpture of Moses?
— George Washington: The 1st president of the United States once wrote that: “It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are indispensable supporters.”
— In 1782, the United States Congress voted in favor of a resolution recommending and approving the Bible for use in the schools of that day.
— Henry Laurens: A member of the 4th Continental Congress stated the following: “I had the honor of being one who framed the constitution. In order effectually to accomplish the great constitutional ends, it is especially the duty of those who bear rule to promote and encourage respect for God and Virtue.”
— Patrick Henry: The 1st governor of Virginia said that: “it cannot be emphasized strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
— John Jay: The 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court stated: “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
The correspondence of the founding fathers contains direct and indirect quotes of scripture, because they esteemed the bible and looked to the One who dictated it, to guide them in governing and guiding the nation. Think about this for a moment, the word of God was the standard our founding fathers lived by. Consider also that 52 of the 55 founding fathers of this nation were members of an established orthodox church in the colonies.
Neither the Supreme Court in their rulings nor the man currently occupying the chair in the White House with his executive orders can ignore what these great men have written. They, and the statements they made are part of our history and the statements they made are written in stone, so how can they or anyone else say that America is not a nation founded upon biblical principles and precepts? God not only birthed this nation, He blessed her for the eight long years (1775-1783) this nation was engaged in its war for independence. Also, on several occasions during that period of time, the Army was on the verge of being captured by the British. It was a critical time in our history, the Army was growing more and more discouraged, but God intervened after Washington prayed and God then delivered the Army from the British. Can you see the picture of General Washington and his men crossing the Delaware in your mind?
Give some thought, if you will, to World War I and World War II when this great nation triumphed over what seemed like overwhelming odds and went on to defeat those who wished to take away our freedoms, not by its own strength but on God’s grace and mercy. Now step forward to the modern day. Since the early 1960’s, prayer has been removed from our schools as the result of a Supreme Court decision, teachers have lost the ability to teach because of Federal intervention and blackmail, children have taken control of our schools because our teachers aren’t allowed to discipline them, while many parents have lost the ability to be an effective parent for fear of losing their kids to Social Services.
God says that we are to love our fellow man, I understand that and try to practice it daily, but not one word is said about loving or accepting the act of homosexuality or lesbianism. Yet our government now condones what was then a crime against nature. It is, has always been and will always be a sin, so please don’t let the government or anyone else convince you that perversion is alright. Put quite simply, we have taken God out of our lives and continue to do so, on a day to day basis. Having said that, what is God doing for America?
1) He’s watching us; 2) He’ll judge America and blame us for our conduct; 3) He’ll surely blame America for its failure as a nation for neglecting the principles He gave to the founding fathers.
The path this nation has taken must change. In order for us to survive as a nation, it must turn back to the Lord, it must confess its mistakes, and it has to make amends along the way and vow never again to make the same mistakes. Take a look around and consider what this administration is doing to our country, our values and our beliefs. Unless you’re blind, you can easily see that America has changed for the worse and that we’ve lost some of our freedoms. Psalms 33:12 reads as follows: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
Think about it folks.
— Jerry D. Jackson is a resident of Elizabethtown.