The most exciting thing about the Bible is that you can read and study a scripture numerous times and then one day, a certain passage stands out and you say, "Wow, why didn't I see that before?" The following highlighted scripture reveals an important truth that I had missed.
The sons of Jacob, each with their family, moved to Egypt with their father to join Joseph, who was already there as Governor of Egypt. Eventually Joseph and his brothers died, ending that generation. But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land. Eventually, a new Egyptian king came to power, who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. He said to his people, “Look, the people of Israel now outnumber us and are stronger than we are. We must make a plan to keep them from growing even more." So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves and appointed brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down with crushing labor. But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became. So the Egyptians, ruthless in all their demands, worked the people of Israel without mercy (Exodus 1:1-15).
The startling fact is that the Israelites not only outnumbered the Egyptians, but they were stronger and more powerful. Yet they acquiesced their power to the Egyptians. They lost sight of Who had made them a great nation. The parallel between the people of our nation and the Israelites is astonishingly alike. We, as a nation, have lost sight of the One Who made us great.
The Israelites had served and worshipped God; therefore they had His favor, blessings, and protection. They were stronger than the Egyptians who worshipped false gods, but instead of the Israelites recognizing their strength and looking to God who had blessed, prospered, and grown them into a mighty nation, they gave way to fear and threats and surrendered to slavery and oppression. This was not God's plan for them.
The America that we have always loved, was a nation admired and respected around the world for its strength, power, values, and blessings, secured and maintained through faith in God and the tenets on which this nation was founded. However, over recent years, America has acquiesed to the few who have methodically worked to dismantle Christian core values and our Constitutional rights, resulting in a polytheistic, multicultural, atheistic mindset, that mocks God and His Word, persecutes His people, justifies the murder of innocent children, and tolerates all manner of sin.
The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, limit the power of the federal government. They include natural rights given to human beings from their Creator. However, we will look at the first two amendments for their significance in today's world.
The First Amendment protects speech, religion, assembly, and the press: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..."
Over the last few years, "freedom of speech" and "respecting an establishment of religion" have been under attack. "Political Correctness" has been taken to an extreme as rights are denied Christians. Some have lost businesses or are under the threat of losing their business because they won't marginalize their faith and beliefs and submit to the establishment. People are unjustly accused and fired and/or sued on the word of someone who said they felt "offended." And pastors are warned about what they can and cannot say from the pulpit.
The Second Amendment is another amendment critical to citizens' rights. It was written to insure gun ownership as an individual right. Although the amendment begins with a reference to militias, it clearly adds that, "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed," currently argued as not a legitimate right. (I agree that stricter vetting needs to be in place so that felons, the mentally ill, and "visitors" with temporary visas from terrorist countries are not allowed access to guns.)
The word, "shall" expresses a future tense. The Framers of the Constitution intended that, "shall not be infringed," would live in perpetuity. They knew that once our right to protect ourselves was eroded and then completely removed, we would be under the control of a dictatorship, as in Nazi Germany, which confiscated all guns, leaving the people without protection. Six million Jews, nine million Gentiles, three million Poles, and multitudes of people from over thirty other nationalities were annihilated. They had said, "That could never happen."
The Constitution guarantees personal freedoms and rights with clear and explicit limitations on the government's power. These detailed declarations emphatically state that all powers, not specifically delegated to Congress by the Constitution, are reserved for the states or the people. Currently states' and citizens' rights are being dictated to and infringed upon. Our Forefathers wanted to protect citizens so that the same abuses suffered by the colonists under King George, would never happen again. The Declaration of Independence was created to insure those protections and entitlements.
The Declaration of Independence was secretly birthed at Philadelphia's Constitutional Convention in 1787. During the proceedings, differences and anger arose. Dr. Benjamin Franklin appealed for harmony and asked that they prayerfully seek God's intervention. Outside closed doors, a crowd anxiously awaited the outcome. As Franklin exited the convention, he was approached by a woman who asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got...a republic or a monarchy?” Without hesitation, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
A "republic" is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people, their elected representatives, and an elected president. Conversely, a "monarchy" is controlled by a sovereign head of state, such as a king, queen, emperor, ruler, or a person who holds and wields absolute, oppressive power. For that reason, it behooves the citizens of the United States to keep their republic, one nation under God.
Franklin Graham recently said, "The moral and political walls of our nations are crumbling but we've got an opportunity to make a difference. We can change the course of America if we pray, vote, and engage in the political process."
John Adams, the chief architect of the Constitution, stated, "Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.”
Over the last thirty years, values and beliefs have been compromised, conceded, and surrendered to a few who would like to remove all vestiges of God and the freedoms that were guaranteed to us through the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This nation and its leaders have lost sight of Who made it great. The designers of those documents understood that without God at the helm, "the ship of state" would sink.
The Lord asks, "Heaven is My throne, and the earth is the footstool of My feet; what kind of house will you build for Me? Or what place is there for My repose?" (Acts 7:49) Where is God welcomed in this nation? He has been removed from public places, government buildings, schools, sporting events, graduations, and the list goes on. Until we put God back into this nation, a nation that was founded on His Word, we will be as the Israelites had been...slaves...surrendered to an oppressive taskmaster.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
But against principalities, against powers,
Against the rulers of the darkness of the this world,
Against spiritual wickedness in high places.
(Ephesians 6:12)A PRAYER:
LORD, this great nation that You love, has lost its way. Your Word tells us that if Your people, who are called by Your name, will humble themselves and pray and seek Your face and turn from their wicked ways, then You will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). I pray that your people who have rejected You, will humble themselves, repent, and turn to You. I ask for Your strength, discernment, and wisdom as I seek You and Your will. I ask that You raise up men and women who will pray for righteousness and truth in the halls of government. I ask that You place Godly men and women in city, state, and federal positions, and empower them with wisdom and discernment, thus enabling them to make fair and godly decisions as representatives of this great nation and Your people. Open hearts to realize that their vote affords them the privilege of having a voice, denied by many throughout the world. Help me and others to prayerfully consider each candidate, according to Your Biblical truths. It is in Jesus name that I pray. Amen.