This year instead of making individual resolutions like losing weight, reading a certain number of books, buying that dream house, getting that new promotion, or the like, perhaps we should make some resolutions as a country. I would like to offer up two New Year’s Resolutions for America here. One, to draw closer to Jesus Christ as a nation. Two, to be prepared. You may wonder why these two, and I’ll do my best to explain over the next few paragraphs.
For the first, why do we need to draw closer to Jesus as a nation? Well, in order to answer that we first need to look at what Jesus taught. He taught on a myriad of subjects during his earthly life, but they were all summed up by two commands, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Everything hangs “on these two commandments.” We need these teachings on an individual bases. For who does not want their spouse, their children, their parents or their friends to treat them as they would like to be treated? We need Jesus’ teachings just as much on a national basis though. As one of our founding fathers, Dr. Benjamin Rush, noted we need “the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constituted the soul of republicanism.” America was founded on the principles of Jesus Christ and without those teachings at the core of our country, she cannot function properly. John Adams’ quote that I love so much fits here, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” More importantly than all of this however is that Jesus offers the only path to eternal life. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is no other way, folks. We must have faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He is our only hope for salvation, both individually, and as a nation.
For the second, what do we need to be prepared for and why? We need to be prepared for the great chance, that in the end, no matter how bad it gets, no matter how much we plead or how obvious the answer is, our brother and sister Americans will reject the need for our country to draw closer to Jesus. Not only that, but the increasingly apparent outlook that they will also reject us based upon our belief that this is true. You can see this already in the way a growing percentage of the country votes on particular issues. Life is not sacred to a large number of American voters, but the ability for a woman to murder a baby is. Marriage between a man and a woman is not sacred to a large number of American voters, but the ability for a man to make love to a man or a man to physically alter his body to claim to be a woman is. Taking by force from one man to give to another is just fine to a large number of American voters. Criminals are not criminals to a large number of American voters. You can see this in the example right now in California. A police officer, a legal immigrant no less, is dead at the hands of a criminal immigrant. This American is dead in a large part because of the great number of his fellow citizens pushing to allow criminal immigrants to be allowed to stay in our country or aiding them in hiding from authorities. There are a myriad of other examples why our brothers and sisters will likely reject not just us, but Jesus himself. Colonists had the British parliament and King George. The North had the South. The Allies had the Axis powers. We now have fellow citizens who choose to ignore and attempt to destroy the foundation of the country, and the politicians they elect.
If we do not draw closer to Jesus our country cannot function. If we do not start to be prepared our families will be caught even more off guard with more chance of being left out in the cold, and perhaps the world will be left in decades or centuries of darkness. Pretending something isn’t happening doesn’t make it so, and you cannot legislate morality. James McHenry accurately stated, “In vain without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses and at the same time enjoy quiet conscience.” We cannot make people do what is right, but we can protect the widow and the orphan and our families from them, and we can fight to prevent them from destroying the country we love. We just must draw close to Jesus, and we must be prepared.
-JT Cope IV