“Never forget, Americans, that yours is a spiritual country. Yes, I know you’re a practical people. Like others, I’ve marveled at your factories, your skyscrapers, and your arsenals. But underlying everything else is the fact that America began as a God-loving, God-fearing, God-worshiping people.”
This quote by Carlos Romulo, a Philippine general from World War II sums up all of our problems in America currently. We have forgotten God, and so we have forgotten who we are. One of our recent president’s got his thinking at least part way right, there is nothing so great about America. He just forgot to add “without God.” America is nothing without God except perhaps a cruel tyrant to the rest of the world, but that will be short lived in the grand scheme of things if we do not turn back to Him. We are not faster or stronger than other men and women. We are not smarter or harder working than other men and women. Not on our own. With acknowledgment of God and his providence America has been born, has survived a Civil War, and has vanquished evil empires from the earth. This only happens though when we acknowledge that, “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
A brief look at some our most damning problems today in America tells the tale. We have theft on a massive scale, unheard of before in history perhaps. We steal from tens of millions of men and women who work and earn a living, not to protect or provide justice, but to give that money to those who do not work. And to add to that, we give the right to vote on how we spend that money to all regardless of if the money is theirs or not. Somewhere along the way we have lost God’s admonition that, “the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” Also, we have a large and growing number of citizens who openly call for allowing unchecked criminal immigration. We do not question whether they are a benefit to the country, where their allegiances lie, or even if they are a threat to America. Worse than those faults though we endanger the poor, homeless, widow, and orphan who are already here in America and have a right to our help before we turn to those outside our country. In addition to these we add the ideology that what has been considered sexual deviancy throughout the course of human history is no longer so. If a man wants to sleep with another man, or a woman with a woman that is not an act worthy of censor, but it is to be celebrated and encouraged. This along with the notion that we cannot even call a man a man or a woman a woman unless they think they are such is just another thread being yanked from the fabric of our families. This deeply damages our children, the very future of our country. We add gun violence to this list but ignore the real problem of the people who kill. The problem is not the inanimate objects that are used, but the immorality of a people who have forgotten God and turned instead to their own desires. Lastly, and most damning of all we have state after state calling for the legalizing of murdering babies. Whether poisoned or ripped apart, we have politicians scrambling to introduce their own form of legislation that will allow a fully developed human being to be killed based upon the desires of the mother. These most vulnerable and innocent of all our citizens are now being targeted by people we call brother and sister citizens.
All of these issues are caused by the desperate attempt of many citizens to separate America and her founding from God. They want no part of Him, and they want no influence from Him in our laws and institutions. Yet there can be no doubt that America was founded as a Christian nation and works only if the ethics and morals of Christianity are acted upon. President Adams said, “Avarice, ambition, revenge, and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Patrick Henry noted that whether we are blessed or cursed as a nation “will depend upon the use our people make of the blessings, which a gracious God hath bestowed on us. If they are wise, they will be great and happy. If they are of a contrary character, they will be miserable.” John Dickinson noted that we claim our rights not from “Kings or parliaments,” but that “we claim them from a higher source—from the King of kings and the Lord of all the Earth.” And Joseph Story stated on our laws that, “One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law. … There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations. … [The law] pronounces illegal every contract offensive to [Christianity’s] morals. It recognizes with profound humility [Christianity’s] holidays and festivals, and obeys them [even to the point of suspending all government functions on those days]. It still attaches to persons believing in [Christianity’s] divine authority the highest degree of competency as witnesses.”
America must remember God … and quickly. We must also recognize that we cannot coexist peacefully with those who wish our country to neither acknowledge Him nor revere Him. Israel forgot Him once upon a time, and what happened to them when they forgot God? “Israel has forgotten their Maker and built palaces; Judah has fortified many towns. But I will send fire on their cities that will consume their fortresses.” It does not turn out well to forget God who made the universe and who bestowed upon us as a nation the many, many blessings we have enjoyed. We cannot enjoy the blessings but not acknowledge where they come from.
-JT Cope IV