My New Year's Resolution
Resolving to pray
The United States of America was anchored on the basic foundations of religion and morality. There will be those who argue against this because they choose to ignore the presence of God in the formation of this country. But one only need read the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, or the Connecticut Constitution, to see otherwise. It called for “an orderly and decent government according to God” in attempts to pursue “The liberty and purity of the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” Morals. It is pretty hard to argue with that truth.
The character of the Creator found in the Holy Bible is the basis for those morals. The Bible defines the right and wrong our Founding Fathers, in all their imperfection, knew we would need in order to maintain a healthy Republic. In fact they understood “…Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams. They turned out to be quite right and I am grieved that I lived to see the day when Americans would not only flaunt their freedom to deny God His rightful place, but encourage others to do the same.
Benjamin Franklin understood the most how fragile an institution this Republic would be and in fact, already showed signs in the Assembly. At one point he stood and said “In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest. I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.”
Many have sought to convince us that our Founding Fathers were not men of faith. The people who speak such reports do in fact lie on this count. Does Franklin sound like a man who believed God simply set this universe in motion and walked away? Hardly. We would all do well to study what history tells us about these men rather than succumb to the bumbling historical pillaging of the politically correct.
What happens when the people begin to understand that the Constitution of the United States actually gives them the freedom to choose to live immorally? And what happens when the majority of the people, including the leadership, choose to live immorally?
Franklin was right. You get what we have today: “…confounded projects, a reproach and bye word down to future ages.” We murder each other including the unborn. We do not take care of the widows and the orphans as we ought but rather look to the government to do so. We worship creation rather than the Creator, giving our homage to football players, actors, musicians, and men who claim to bring change but fail to base that change on a grounded faith in Jesus Christ. All of these idols are clouds claiming to bring rain to our parched land and deliver nothing. We have brought this on ourselves and since God brought this empire into being, as evidenced by the testimony of our Fathers, He will not stand idly by as we take for granted His blessing and deny His existence in the same breath. Our national leadership has left God far behind and is proud to have done so. Such arrogance has already born its fruit.
However... the Bible gives Christ Followers a ray of hope even in these difficult times. When King Solomon finished building the Temple of God he prayed over it, asking God to bless it. But Solomon understood that people have a natural tendency to disobey God. To that end God came to Solomon and said that when the people sinned, and they would, and God would bring judgment on the land because of it, they would have a choice. “… I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 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 will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7: 13-14
Prayer for this nation... now THAT is a New Years Resolution.