Getting back to the foundation of our nation
At the birth of our country, we were on a solid foundation. It wasn’t perfect, but it was rock solid. George Washington added four words to his presidential inauguration ceremony: “So help me, God.” The very first thing that Washington did after being inaugurated was to stoop down and kiss his Bible, as an affirmation of his submissive spirit toward the authority of Almighty God.
It was John Adams, the second president of the United States, who said, “for democracy to work, the majority of the people have to be religious and moral at their core, or it falls apart.” Later, Abraham Lincoln said: “In regard to this great book,” — and he held up his Bible — “I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated to us through this book. But for it, we would not know right from wrong.”
The word to describe America in those early days would be “resolve.” Our forefathers had a resolve and were not apologetic about their faith in the Lord.
Let’s fastforward to present-day America. We’ve gone from being a God-fearing people to a nation where we can hardly talk about God for fear of offending someone. The change has been slow, so it’s easy to sink into a false sense of security; while all around us our moral standards, our patriotic values, our biblical principles, and common sense are quickly fading.
When did the cracks really start to show in the foundation of our nation? Some people point to a moment in 1962 when the Supreme Court ruled that voluntary prayer at the start of each school day was unconstitutional because it amounted to state sponsorship of prayer.
So, while we think of the word “resolve” to summarize our early forefathers in our nation, the word “relativism” describes our current culture. How do we restore our nation to a level of moral fiber and character? For one thing, we need godly people to run for office. We need those people of honorable character to be elected. Once they are elected, we need them to always remember why they chose to be a public servant.
There is so much finger-pointing today:
■ “It’s the House’s fault!”
■ “It’s the Senate’s fault!”
■ U.S. presidents are blamed.
■ “The media and academia are accountable.”
Certainly there is enough blame to go around. But, the spotlight rests on us.
We need to have a conversation with God and to share our hearts with Him. We need to praise Him for who He is and for giving us a blessed nation. We are to pray for our government leaders, our communities, and for our country. If the moral erosion continues, that which was once reprehensible will become acceptable. We’ve got to stem the tide of moral relativism, of indifferent Christianity, of ethical decline.
This is a pivotal time in our country. As it was when God spoke long ago to the nation Israel, so it is with our precious country: “If My people, who are called by My name, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14) .
If the word describing the past is “resolve,” and if the word for this present season is “relativism,” then for us to restore our nation, the word is “repentance.” We have discounted the sanctity of marriage. In our search for the fountain of youth, we stopped listening to the wisdom of the elderly.
But if we listen closely, it’s not too late. We can still hear the heartbeat of a country that desperately desires the faith of our fathers.
So how does this cliffhanger end? We will write the ending through the lives that we choose to live.