Friday, March 25, 2011

God Bless America! Really?

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." (Psalm 33:12)

"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."
(Proverbs 14:34)

"If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable."
(Proverbs 28:9)

An Abbreviated History of the Rise and Fall of the United States of America

1620: The Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock and, before coming ashore, they compose and sign the Mayflower Compact which begins, "In the name of God. Amen".
1776: The Declaration of Independence is signed declaring our "firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence".
1787: The American experiment begins in earnest when the Constitution of the United States is ratified and put into practice. John Adams summed up what would prove whether the experiment was successful or not with these words;
"This constitution is intended for a moral and religious people and is wholly inadequate for the government of any other." (John Adams)

1787 to 1947: America prospered and grew as no nation in history by relying on God and our Founding Principles.
1947: In Everson v Board of Education, The United States Supreme Court departed from all precedent by ruling not according to the original intent of the Framers of the Constitution but according to the feelings of the justices. In this ruling they effectively declared that the Constitution was not authoritative; judges were. In keeping with this new approach:
1962: Prayer is banned in the schools.
1963: The Bible is removed from the schools.
1973: Abortion is legalized through the infamous Roe v Wade decision.
1980: The Ten Commandments are banned from the schools.
2011: Homosexual marriage is soon to be legalized; In God We Trust stricken from the pledge and our currency, etc...etc...

Almost every day we hear someone invoke God's blessing on our country, but the new approach to the American Experiment described above means that we have kicked God out of our country. Have you noticed as I have that this is not turning out well for America? So, in light of all this, how can God bless bless America today? Is it too late for America? Is it over?

That depends on where we turn for deliverance. If we think the solution will come through political action, then it is over. (That is not to say we should disengage from politics, but that we must keep things in proper perspective.)

But, if we will repent and return to a "firm reliance on Divine Providence." it is not too late because, "...with God all things are possible." But this won't come from Washington. It will have to be a personal thing. A grassroots, bottom-up movement whereby we the people, one by one, choose to do so.
"...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 will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
(1 John 1:9)

I confess that, for the greater part of my life, I have been part of the problem. But I have resolved that, with God's help, I will be so no more. At MCP there are like-minded people who are committed to being part of the solution. I think it is a blessing from God to be engaged in this struggle along side such people, and I look forward to seeing what God can and will do in, for and through us. And maybe, just maybe, we'll live to see God bless America again!!

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
March 29, 2011
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