Proud of my country’s flag!
Today my country is 237 years old.
Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago today, a bunch of ordinary men got together and did something extraordinary and here’s how they went about it:
Before they signed the Declaration of Independence, they went to church for four hours. Then they went to the hall and prayed an hour before they signed it. Several ministers were involved in the decree for independence.
These men knew that freedom wasn’t license to do whatever you wanted to do. They knew that TRUE freedom came through Faith, with Morality, Law, Education, and Liberty, based on Christian values and principals and steeped in the love of God. (Matrix of Liberty)
Our country’s forefathers were fresh from prayer and sacrifice as they signed that Declaration of Independence. Therefore, the fiery darts had little chance to interfere with or manipulate their attitudes and/or actions. Most of those men were Christians and I dare say ALL of them respected the Word of God. Men like this didn’t give the fiery darts much room to mess with their minds.
But through the years this has changed. No longer is America led by men and women who have a healthy respect for God and His Word. Many don’t even believe He exists. Personal agendas trump God’s agenda more often than not. How did we get from 1776 to 2013 and wind up so far from the principals we were founded on?
There are so many ideologies floating around in the halls of our leadership, and each one of them proclaim they want freedom. Yep, you heard me freedom! BUT it’s not freedom they really want. Their freedom is just the fiery dart of license dressed up to look like freedom. The enemy is so-o-o cleaver, I’m sad to say, and many of us have fallen prey to his deceptions.
But we do have hope! Our land can be healed. It will require something rather dramatic of us, though.
14 If my people, which 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. 2 Chronicles 7:14
This is what is all boils down to:
We need to humble ourselves
Turn from our wicked ways
And there’s something quite significant as to whom this verse is directed:
(That’s Christians, people)
No fiery dart will tell you to start solving our country’s problems by humbling ourselves in prayer, seek God, and repent! Nope, it will tell you to demand your rights, deny God, assert yourselves and don’t you dare call it ‘wicked’ (even if God does). And if anyone comes against you for that, then the fiery darts will convince you that whatever you have to do to shut them up is acceptable. Do you know why they think like that?
I think the Bible nailed it in the following verse.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20
So, fellow Christians we have our mandate. Don’t expect those who have rejected God to start acting right. It’s not going to happen. It’s not their fault our country has strayed so far away from our beginnings, for they are just acting as people like them have always acted. We allowed it by not standing up for the principals our country was founded on. We got away from God’s Word, and the further we drifted the cloudier truth became.
We must get back into God’s Word and allow His Truth to dictate our attitude and actions. Our country was founded and built upon the Truths of God. Therefore, no other truths will produce what God’s Truth produces,
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Romans 8:32