One Nation Under God?

Bible Baptist Church Chino Valley Arizona Prescott Prescott Valley Bible Study One Nation Under God

The evidence of God’s influence in the lives of our nation’s founders is undeniable by anyone one who will take the time to study history.

Statements like this one from Patrick Henry in a letter written March 23, 1775:

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of
chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course
others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Or this one from John Jay:

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is
the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to
select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

However it is a quote from Thomas Jefferson that I wish to address in this article:

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation
be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a
conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from
God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I
tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His
justice cannot sleep forever.”

Please note that Thomas Jefferson not only knew the source of our liberties but also the importance of keeping the God who gave them in the forefront of our hearts and minds.

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis . . .?”

The implied and obvious answer is no. The bible states in Psalm 9:17 that:

“. . . The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

There was a very successful method employed by elitists (those who wish to take away our liberties and bring us under their complete control) to push God out of our thoughts and to turn our nation into a secular society (a society that rejects the notion of a supreme God to whom we owe any allegiance or have any accountability).

This strategy was implemented with the Scope’s Monkey trial and the introduction of an alternate view of how life began being presented to our school children. It was a deliberate and calculated move to plant doubt in the minds of our children as to the existence of a Divine Creator and the effect on our society has been devastating. Many of our children behave more like animals than people today but isn’t that what they are being taught?

Follow this by the removal of the Bible from the classroom, prayers in school, and the constant attempts to remove anything Christian or Bible related from the public sector and you produce a nation that not only has forgotten God but is antagonistic toward God.

The elitist’s efforts have been so successful that the majority of Americans today are illiterate when it comes to even the most basic bible doctrines. Churches that teach and preach the Bible as the actual preserved words of an Almighty God to his creation are struggling to keep the doors open due to lack of attendance while those in the “entertainment business” seem to thrive.

People have forgotten God and forsaken God’s way and then wonder why things are so bad in our Country. They question the millions of babies murdered through abortion, they stand dumbfounded by the acceptance of sexual perversion, they complain of governmental corruption, the lies, the deceit, and the crimes against humanity that grow more heinous each year.

The prophet Jeremiah told the nation of Israel as they were being taken captive and losing their liberty:

“Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken

the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?” Jeremiah 2:17

Americans must begin to seek unto God but not in their own ways and manner for God is very particular in his word and detailed in his instructions as to how he expects to be worshipped. Too many people today want a God of their own design and a worship service that is more entertainment than spiritually motivating. Their attitude is displayed in their actions and words as they profess, “God will have to accept me the way I am.” Well, the truth is God does not have to accept you at all. He owes you nothing but you owe him everything.

Fathers and husbands must once again take the leadership of their homes and be accountable to God for their family’s spiritual well being. Men have been too long distracted by sports and other pastimes meant to keep them occupied while the walls restricting their liberties are being constructed.

The Roman emperors kept the people entertained in the coliseums while their corrupted policies caused the fall of Rome. So the American people forsake the house of God on Sunday to pursue their own forms of entertainment, they neglect to attend Wednesday night prayer meetings to watch their favorite TV program, the bible (if they own one) collects dust in the corner of a bookshelf. And as their nation is being destroyed and their God given liberties snatched away they are oblivious and incredulous.

King David wrote in Psalm 12:

“Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from
among the children of men. They speak vanity every one with his
neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.”

Our forefathers sacrificed to birth this great nation and now it is our time. We must shake off the complacency and apathy that hold us like shackles. We must find the desire and discipline to make the changes necessary in our personal lives that will affect the heart of Almighty God and move him to bless our nation once again. We must get back into a Christ honoring Church that teaches the word of God. We must have pastors who preach messages that have meaning and bring conviction to our hearts and churches that sing songs that give the glory unto God and not man.

My friends it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that this nation so desperately needs followed by a desire to love and to serve God.

You can help make a difference today. The question is, will you?

A Bible Study by Pastor James Dutton – Bible Baptist Church Chino Valley, Arizona