Gov­ern­ment Comes Out Of Agree­ment

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - COMMUNITY / OPINION - Ron Wood Colum­nist RON WOOD IS A WRITER AND MIN­IS­TER. CON­TACT HIM AT WOOD.STONE.RON@GMAIL.COM OR VISIT WWW. TOUCHEDBYGRACE.ORG. THE OPIN­IONS EX­PRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE AU­THOR.

Why did the found­ing fa­thers suc­ceed? Can a core of like-minded peo­ple re­fash­ion our fu­ture? For the an­swer, look at the re­verse side of a $2 bill. It pic­tures the sign­ing of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. Our found­ing fa­thers agreed and came into covenant. Their covenant cre­ated a na­tion. Agree­ment in prayer cre­ates some­thing. Gov­ern­ment comes out of agree­ment.

Our fore­fa­thers ex­panded across the con­ti­nent, formed set­tle­ments, and be­gan the great ex­per­i­ment of “gov­ern­ment of the peo­ple, by the peo­ple, for the peo­ple.” It es­tab­lished our her­itage as the great­est na­tion on earth. His­tory can’t fully cap­ture the mo­tives or the means em­ployed to achieve this epic out­come.

The rich­ness we en­joy, the safety of our so­ci­ety, the po­ten­tial for a good fu­ture all de­rived from more than nat­u­ral re­sources. What was in the hearts of the peo­ple cre­ated Amer­i­can great­ness. It was more than am­bi­tion or luck. They didn’t have roy­alty nor rich par­ents. They didn’t have paved roads. Yet they suc­ceeded. Why us? Other na­tions have fal­tered.

I be­lieve the an­swer is that our fore­fa­thers had a no­ble vi­sion. It was driven by per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity. They also pos­sessed val­ues formed by bib­li­cal faith: Chris­tian­ity. Some of these val­ues were courage, faith, and op­ti­mism. These are all char­ac­ter­is­tics of the heart, not of an ed­u­ca­tion.

By pass­ing these traits to the chil­dren in their fam­i­lies, they cre­ated a cul­ture that en­dured. These traits are more than mere knowl­edge. The so­ci­ety they val­ued and built in­cluded re­spect for their el­ders, a work ethic, self-re­liance, faith in God, and ad­her­ing to a moral code. These things pro­duced the abil­ity to be trusted and the abil­ity to sus­tain com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ships (i.e. “stay mar­ried”). Thanks to these premier val­ues, they were suc­cess­ful. We are in their debt!

In modern so­ci­ety, the TV gives an in­or­di­nate amount of pub­lic­ity to prom­i­nent peo­ple (ac­tors, politi­cians, the su­per-rich) who have wealth, in­flu­ence, and fame. Yet, in many cases, these peo­ple are moral pyg­mies. Their per­sonal lives are in sham­bles. They look good, they ap­pear suc­cess­ful, but they have noth­ing of value to hand to the next gen­er­a­tion ex­cept the prac­tice of per­sonal in­dul­gence.

The in­fra­struc­ture that in­vented Amer­ica had an un­der­ly­ing so­cial struc­ture. It was a fa­mil­ial net­work. It had two-par­ent fam­i­lies. Fa­thers and moth­ers were rais­ing the chil­dren. Their re­liance was on God, their own ef­forts, the church, and each other — NOT on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Let me tell you a se­cret. Be­neath the sur­face, not re­ported in the news me­dia, there is a move­ment com­posed of pa­tri­otic cit­i­zens. They are di­verse, not lumped into any one party or group. What they have in com­mon is a be­lief that if God’s peo­ple pray, the Lord will an­swer. These are Chris­tians who are pray­ing for Amer­ica.

The Scrip­ture we rely on is 2 Chron­i­cles 7:14. “If My peo­ple who 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.” Are we God’s peo­ple? Then this verse ap­plies to us.

Are we pray­ing? Yes. It is in se­cret but con­certed. It is small, in agree­ment, but na­tional. Prayer changes things. There is no greater power on earth than be­liev­ers who agree in prayer for God’s will to be done on earth. At some point, our re­pent­ing and pray­ing, if we per­sist, strikes fire in heaven. God for­gives our sin. God heals our land. There is hope for Amer­ica!

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