We Americans are proud of our country, and of the way we grew to be one of the greatest nations in the world. We fought hard and won our independence and then fought other wars to defend our land, keep the union together, and to preserve freedom for other nations. But how did we succeed at this? Our history books could just as easily hold records of failure as success for the United States of America. What makes one nation rise while another falls?

After all, all nations are composed of the same element: people.

So what made America so great? What did America have or do that made us different from other nations?

The difference was Who we worshiped.

What made America great was God’s blessing. With strong leaders who recognized that it was only by God’s grace that our nation would survive the turbulent times it faced over the years, the roots of our nation were planted deep in the soil of the Bible and its principles. Men like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and others who feared God and respected the wisdom of the Bible led this country down a noble and righteous path – a path that invited God’s blessing. We’ve been reaping the benefits of those leaders’ dependence on God for almost 250 years now.

But the soil of righteousness is being ripped out from beneath our roots, handful by handful. Public schools, which were started by the ‘Ole Deluder Act to teach children to read the Bible so they could resist the devil’s temptations, have thrown prayer and the Bible out from their classrooms. Life has been devalued by the legalization of abortion. Marriage has now been constitutionally redefined. Almost everything possible has been done to remove every trace of God from our schools, our government offices, our homes, and yes, even some of our churches. We’ve stopped worshipping God as a nation. Instead, we’ve chosen to rely on our own wisdom, letting scientific theory and social appropriateness rule our beliefs and priorities instead of the holy Word of God.

America can only stand on this shaky foundation for so long. God cannot and will not bless the depravity that is taking place in our nation now. It’s happened to other nations, and the United States is not immune: without the fear of God, nations fall.

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“No one is more deeply than myself aware that without His favor our highest wisdom is but as foolishness and that our most strenuous efforts would avail nothing in the shadow of His displeasure. I am conscious of no desire for my country’s welfare that is not in consonance with His will, and of no plan upon which we may not ask His blessing.” -Abraham Lincoln

May we once again become a nation of whom this can be said.

To those who lived and died and sacrificed to defend and build America into a great nation, thank you.

To those who are living and dying and sacrificing to defend and rebuild America into a great nation, thank you.

May we once again become a nation whose God is the LORD, whose guiding principles are based on the Bible, and whose actions the God of nations can bless.

Happy Independence Day!

 

“The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
From heaven the Lord looks down
and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth—
he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.”
Psalm 33:10-15