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July 2016

This country was founded as a Christian; it’s foundation based on Christian principles.  It came into being because our forefathers wanted to be able worship God free from the control of state dictators.  They didn’t want to worship God as the English monarchy said they must, or other governments in the old country said they must. They wanted to worship God with liberty and freedom.  That is the basis and the reason they came to America. This is also the foundation our forefathers built this great nation upon.

The government designed by our Founding Fathers was greatly influenced by their Christian heritage.  In fact, 52 of the 55 men who produced the Constitution and worked on the Bill of Rights were committed members of either orthodox or evangelical Christian churches.  Just look at some of the comments they made as they labored and prayed over the foundational documents of this nation:

“It cannot be emphasized too 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.”
– Patrick Henry
 
“We have no government armed with power capable of dealing with passions unbridled by morality or religion.  Our Constitution was made only for moral and Christian people.”
– John Adams
 
“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it.  We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
– James Madison
 
“Of all dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars.”
– George Washington
 

These were men who believed that the success of this great nation and the gospel of Jesus Christ were woven together inseparably, and to separate them would in destroy the very fabric that holds together our great nation.

Views have changed today.  The vast majority of the people no longer hold fast to these beliefs.  And as a result our nation has suffered greatly.  But I believe, as Christians, we have a responsibility not to be moved by what others believe.  We must remember the vision of our nations Founding Fathers.  We must return to the roots of our foundation and pray for our nation from that platform.  Rather than complain, let’s pray. 

2 Chronicles 7:14: If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

1 Timothy 2:1-2: Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

God watches over His word when we pray in faith.  I have hope for our great country because I believe in the God who inspired men to found this nation on Him.  Please join me this month in praying for our nation.