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Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 04/10/2003

Category: Christian Living

Source: CCN


      I stand before you a husband by choice, a father by desire, but an American by birth. Like most of us, I did absolutely nothing to deserve the freedom that we enjoy.

     I want to say at the outset of this message that I am an old-fashioned, flag waving American who believes that America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth. I don't say that just because I am an American, or because I am prejudiced, but because I believe that the facts bear it out.

      While other nations have, for decades, built walls and put up barbed-wire fences to keep their people from getting out, the United States of America has always had along line of people waiting to get in.

     But America did not become great because of her vast resources, he superior intellect, or her sheer willpower. America became great because God made her great. The Bible says that righteousness exalts a nation, and that the nation whose God is the Lord is a blessed nation. In 1 Samuel 2:30, God says, " they that honor me I will honor."

     God honored America because America honored Him and upheld His standard of righteousness. This nation was forged out by men who recognized their dependence upon Almighty God. In fact, many of those founding father had more respect as lost sinners for the living God and His Word, than many so-called believers in the church today. They knew that neither they, nor their nation could make it without the assistance of God.

     In this generation we're looking for better methods to deal with the perplexing problems of our day, but God is still looking for better men, men like our founding fathers who were willing to risk everything for what they believed.

     Many of these men had much to lose in the struggle for liberty. But one common thread bound their hearts together, and it was for this that they risked their wealth, their sacred honor, and their very lives to give birth to the great experiment of freedom that we call America.

     These were men of conviction who stood for what they believed, no matter what they cost. They were men of character, who refused to give up in the face of adversity and hardship. They were men of creative wisdom. For example, they didn't form a democracy based on the changing whims of each passing generation. Rather, they formed a republic based on the unchanging, eternal absolutes of God and His Word.

     They were also men of commitment. They were committed  to God, to His authority, and to the foundational principles of His Word. They did not hesitate to legislate morality. For the past 160 years of our history, most of our laws (e.g.,blue laws, divorce laws, property laws, criminal laws) were based on the laws of God.

     The charter of every one of our original colonies stresses our spiritual roots. For example, the charter of Rhode Island ( 1638) states, "We submit our persons, lives, and estates, unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of King sand Lord of Lords and to all those perfect absolute laws He has given to us in His Holy Word."

     In fact, upon investigation, you will discover that all the documents that formed the United States, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, all the constitutions of the various states, the inaugural addresses of it's presidents, and the statements indelibly etched on many of our national monuments in Washington D.C., all bear unmistakable testament to the fact that America is one nation under God, founded for the furtherance of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

     Unfortunately, the secularists and humanists of our dayhave rewritten history, so that as to exclude the truth regarding our spiritual heritage as a nation.

     These men of conviction, character, creative wisdom, and commitment, purchased with their blood the freedom that you and I enjoy today. Because they honored God, God honored them, and we are still reaping those blessings today.

     In just 200 years, God elevated America from a place of infancy to world leadership in almost every field of endeavor including technology, industry, medicine, agriculture, aerospace, business, science, electronics, and  communications. When you stop to think of it, it is really incredible! And it never could have happened apart from heaven's aid.

     But as we bask in the glory of past blessings, we have cause for great alarm, for the same God who was true to His Word and blessed America, must exercise judgement if we do not repent.

     America has a heritage that cries,"We cannot go without God." Yet for the past few decades we've tried. We have sown to the wind and now we are reaping the whirlwind. In the60's we began to openly tolerate that which was vile and sinful. In the 70's, we began to legitimize, condone, and excuse what we had already accepted. And in the 80's, we have actually begun to legislate that which is immoral and contrary to the laws of God's Word.

     Sex has become humiliating, filthy, and violent. Brazen magazines carry articles on sex with children and sex with animals. Male hustlers stand on street corners pouncing on passerby. I'm talking about "Christian America!"

     One out of every 10 adults is a slave to alcohol. Dope peddlers are destroying the minds of America's youth. This countries illicit drug industry is estimated at more than 75billion dollars a year. The suicide rate among 15-24 year olds has risen over 300% in the last 20 years. In "Christian America" we now have the highest divorce rate in the history of civilization. Child abuse is epidemic.

     We have rejected the sanctity of human life. We are murdering over 1.4 million innocent, unborn babies each year. In one state alone last year, these were more babies killed by legal abortions than all of the servicemen who lost their lives in the Viet Nam, Korean, Mexican, 1812, and Revolutionary Wars combined.

     Our economy is on the brink of collapse. Our efforts to stop this runaway deficit are nothing more than band-aids on a hemorrhaging economy. Our families, which form the basic unit of society, are crumbling. Television programming is polluting the souls and brainwashing the minds of our young people, and destroying the spirit of our homes. We have paraded the reputation of sodomy down main street as an acceptable lifestyle.

     As a nation, we have provoked the fury of Almighty God in heaven. America simply is not big enough to shake her fist in the face of a Holy God and got away with it.

     Some who share this concern are saying. "We had better clean up our act or God is going to judge us." Dear friend, the question is not, "Will God judge us?" It is  just a matter of how far God's judgement will go if we don't repent.

     God destroys those nations that forsake Him and reject His laws. Psalm 9:17 says, "The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God." "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."Speaking through Hoses, God says, " Seeing that thou hast forgotten the laws of thy God, I will also forget thy children. I will go and return to my place until they acknowledge their offense before me."

     America is on a suicidal course with destruction and judgment because we have forgotten the God of the Bible and have forsaken His commandments. Did our founding fathers die in vain? Is this noble experiment of freedom to end in the graveyard, alongside of past civilizations that like wise rejected God? Is there no hope for our children and their children?

     Edmund Burke said, "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing." That's exactly what too many of us have done. Absolutely nothing. We are to busy making money, watching television, fixing our yard, and going to the ball game to save a nation.

     You and I live in a democratic republic, a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. That makes us the ultimate decision maker, and, before God, ultimately responsible for what takes place in this nation. We must rebuild this nation before it is to late.

     When a nation becomes as morally depraved, as spiritually blinded, and as steeped in humanism, hedonism, materialism, as America is, there is only one power in the universe that can meet and overcome such evil, and that is the power of the living God. What we need is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, a visitation of the manifest presence of God. And that, my friends is revival.

     Desperate times demand God's personal intervention, and on the stage of history that has always been called a revival. The only hope that God will be exalted, the only hope that he will be lifted up again as Lord over this nation, the only hope as our survival as a free people. The only hope for our children and grandchildren, is an old-fashioned, Holy Spirit empowered revival that will sweep back the tide of sin and restore the basic principles of God and His Word that made her great.

     Back in the 1700's and 1800's America experienced several such revivals and awakenings. But we are now 89 years into the 20th century and with all of our greatness and all of our bigness, we have the greatest churches, the greatest preachers, the greatest singers, the greatest programs and schools ever in Christendom. Yet this is the first century in the history of the United States that God has not been bleesed to pour out His spirit and touch down in this nation a national revival.

     The only hope for turning this nation back to God is for those of us who claim the name of Christ to turn back to God. God's cure for a nation proves what the real cause was all along. God said if he could find ten righteous souls in Sodom and Gomorrah, He would spare the cities. But He couldn't. He said if he could find one man in Israel's day, He would spare it. But He couldn't. God said in II Chronicles 7:14. "If my people which are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

     The reason our nation is facing judgment is because of the spiritual condition of the church. It is not because of the corruption in th halls of Congress or the reprobation in San Francisco and Hollywood. It is because of those of us in who call ourselves Christians.

    "Oh, you say, "but look at the growth of our churches and mission programs, and the renewed interest of people in religion. "Behind the glimmer of much growth today, the piercing all-knowing eye of a Holy God has been witness to what has been taking place behind the walls of our homes, our places of business, and in the privacy of motel rooms.

      A recent Gallup poll pointed out that though there has been in the last decade or so a surge of those professing to be Christians, there has been during that same period of time a corresponding escalation of crime, rape, incest, child abuse, divorce, and moral perversions of all kinds.

     There is something critically wrong with the kind o freligion that has no effect whatsoever in its society. Further more, there is something wrong when people can confess Christianity and continue to live in their godless lifestyles. There is something wrong when church men can watch HBO and Showtime pornography and then teach Sunday School the next morning.

     There is something wrong when people can abort babies during the week, and then sing in the choir on Sundays. There is something wrong when men can be unfaithful to their wives, abuse their children, and live with unresolved conflicts in their home, and have absolutely no conscience or conviction over the matter.

     There is something wrong when men can live their lives and order their priorities for the almighty dollar and temporal things and then be recognized as a committed, dedicated believer, just because of all of the money they give to the church.

     There is something wrong when people can life selfish, immoral lives, be proud and bitter, self-centered and self-sufficient, and still occupy positions of leadership in the church.

     America will be judged, not because of the wickedness of the lost, but because of the back slidden condition of the church.

     In fact, our nation's sins are nothing more than a magnified reflection of the sins of the church. We complain that our children can't pray or read the Bible at school. But I wonder how many of us consistently read the Bible and pray with our own children at home, where we are still free to do so.

     We are overwhelmed by our nation's staggering deficit. But I wonder how many us are financially free. We are outraged by the moral perversion, adultery, and sodomy being flaunted on television, movies, and books. But I wonder how many of us men are morally pure in our thoughts, our words, our habits, and our lifestyles.

     We're alarmed at the spread of AIDS. But I believe that even this dread scourge may be a reflection of the condition of the church. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome destroys the immune system, and leaves a person susceptible to disease and death. What an apt description of the church!

       The church in our day has turned a deaf ear to the voice of God and to His prophets who cry against sin. We have adopted a philosophy of life that allows people to be comfortable at church, while living in adultery, materialism, and selfishness at home. Though we should certainly love sinners, we need a Holy Ghost revival that will cause us to live such holy lives and to preach so powerfully that unrepentant believers will be miserable every time they leave the church.

     The church is the cause of God's judgement on this nation, and, according to God's Word, revival in the church is the only cure.

     Revival is a divine military strategy to conteractspiritual decline and to create spiritual momentum. Nothing else will do. Our combined best efforts have been to no avail. God is simply looking for men who are available, men who are wholly His, through whom He can reveal Himself mighty and strong.

     The days of King Ahab were dark ones in Israel's history. Elijah was the man God chose to use as His instrument in turning the heart of the nation.  God which can purify mens heart. But it cannot happen unless first, the Christian comes clean before God.

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