- In 1620, those who signed on to the Mayflower Compact sealed the agreement with these words, “In the name of God, by the grace of God, to the glory of God, and the advancement of Christian faith.”
- Our sixteen president, Abraham Lincoln, wrote, “I believe the Bible is the best gift that God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book. I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”
- Our twenty-fifth president, William McKinley, said, “The more profoundly we study this wonderful Book and the more closely we observe its divine precepts, the better citizens we will become and the higher will be our destiny as a nation.”
- Our fortieth president, Ronald Reagan, declared, “Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face. The Bible can touch hearts, order minds, and refresh souls.”
- Noah Webster, originator of the most popular dictionary in America, wrote in 1832: “The principles of all genuine liberty and of wise laws and administrations are to be drawn from the Bible, and sustained by its authority. The man, therefore, who wakens or destroys the divine authority of that Book may be accessory to all the public disorders which society is doomed to suffer.”
- A few years later, in 1848, Representative Robert C. Winthrop, Speaker of the House during the thirtieth Congress said: “All societies of men must be governed in some way or other. Men in ordering words must be controlled either by a power within or a power without. Either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man. Either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”
- Horace Greeley, founding editor of the New York Tribune and presidential candidate in 1872, went so far as to say, “It is impossible, either physically or mentally, to enslave a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are groundwork of human freedom.”
I pray you see the truth that the Founders of our nation did believe in God. They were not all Christians; in fact, two of the most famous of our founders were Unitarians. But they were all men of prayer, and many wrote and spoke very prolifically and powerfully about matters of faith.
They all believed that a Republic founded on devotion to God was much stronger than one with no faith at all.
Friends, our nation needs to have a healthy fear and reverence towards God. When Scripture refers to “the fear of the Lord” it does not mean that people should be scared of God or live in constant terror of what He will do.
Rather it indicates the attitude we should exhibit before Him, which is extreme awe at His holiness, majesty and splendor. We bow down in humility before the Creator and King of all creation – the one who is omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (always with us wherever we are, during every moment), omniscient (all-knowing and wise), and omni-benevolent (unconditional and perfect in His love for us).
Having a fear of the Lord – at its core – means having a heart of worship and reverence for God and His Word. It leads to the stability, success, preservation and well-being of people, nations and the world.
Oh dear friends, God’s has given us an abundant life full of mercy, goodness and grace! “The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life” Proverbs 22:4. My question to you is: will you bend a knee and humble your heart to give Him due reverence in your heart, home and life?
IT STARTS WITH YOU!
Our Forefathers served God and He blessed their faithfulness. However our country has taken a turn – a wrong turn – and I’m deeply concerned for the future of our children, grandchildren and the future generations. We drastically need to repent, get on our knees and turn our eyes towards heaven. The United States is a CHRISTIAN nation – and we cannot allow sin to run rampant and expect the rest of the country to grow in godliness.
Our faithfulness to God and our stand for the good of our nation can make a difference for your children, grandchildren, and for the generations to come. We cannot just put off standing idly by – to do so would make us culpable for the downfall of this great nation. We need to pray!
May the Holy Spirit come upon you and give you the courage, wisdom, strength and tenacity to ‘stand in the gap’ (Ezekiel 22:30-31) with boldness, faithfulness and be an example of God’s love and righteousness to your children and to future generations.
With Daring Faith,
Christy Demetriades, Ph.D.