PRAY FOR MY FRIEND

PrayforAmericaI have a dear friend, She needs your prayers. On July 4th she will celebrate her 239th birthday. I have known this friend all my life, sixty-three years now. She is on life support. Matter of fact She has been on extended life support for some time, but in recent days Her condition has become critical to where I am not sure that She will survive.

My friend was born surrounded by God-fearing men and women who believed in the freedom of the individual spirit, who believed that God granted people certain inalienable rights that allowed them to pursue their dreams. My friend has been a proponent of the idea that the pursuit of happiness are for those with a creative spirit and a willingness to work hard which in turn can open many doors of opportunity.

My friend has sought to exhibit a character that took the moral high ground, believing in the sanctity of life, the sacredness of family, and that marriage was between a man and a woman. She defended those who were victims of injustices and punished those who sought to trample her virtuous constitution.

I have grown-up being proud of Her. Every time I see Her banner gracefully unfurled in the wind I still get a lump in my throat as I think of all those who have defended Her honor. When I hear “Her song” played I stand reverently in thanksgiving for what She means to me and millions more.

Over the years my heart has been broken as the one I honored and loved has grown sick and whose health is rapidly deteriorating. I am not sure She is going to make it. Her once family values have been attacked and thrown to the curve. Her moral foundation is being replaced with the sand of relativism. Her purity has been soiled by those who care not for the Biblical moral values which She has embraced for so many years.

The fundamental historical foundations on which She was built has been shaken to the core. A soul that was once anchored by principles of liberty and constitutional laws has drifted toward the rocky shore of a government of dependence and give-a-ways that threaten to leave Her shipwrecked on the sands of time.

She was once frugal and thrifty; she is now enslaved by foreign lenders because of leaders who have greedily taken advantage of Her financially. Sadly, they have put Her on a train ride that is leading to inevitable financial derailment. It pains me to watch it happen, but the crash is certain.

Once so strong and vibrant with a voice that caused others to tremble when they even thought about encroaching on the freedoms of others, now has been weakened by naïve compromisers who seek to strip Her of Her once military might that have made Her vulnerable to freedom-hating terrorists. Her weaken state grieves the hearts of all who once felt safe under Her mighty wings.

She was the last bastion of democracy, the last hope for those seeking escape from the hands of tyrants and European socialism. Now the influence of those on the radical left with socialistic agendas is molding Her into an image that Her birth-parents fought to never see happen. In recent days I have felt the hot tears of Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Adams, Hancock, and Henry as the democracy they gave us is becoming a government more akin to a man named Marx.

Some blindly say, “Oh, She is not sick, all is well.” May I say, her banner may still fly in the sky, monuments honoring Her may still dot our landscape, and we may still sing of Her in public gatherings, but She is not the same anymore. Change has occurred. She is on life support and my heart is broken.

She needs our prayers. It is no longer, “God Bless America” – it is now “God Have Mercy on Her.” On this Her birthday, please pray for Her.

Blessings,

Dr. Dan

THERE CAN BE NO LASTING GREATNESS WITHOUT GOODNESS

Recently I have read several secular articles regarding the decline of America’s greatness? It is hard not to be persuaded by the arguments in these articles. As matter of fact, I agree with them in regard to the decline of America’s greatness, but for another reason that transcends secular reasoning. There can be no lasting greatness without spiritual and moral goodness.goodness

Flowing from the pen of the Wisdom writer we find words history has proven to be true, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Prov. 14:34). Can a nation, can a people who make up a nation, forget and violate the righteous moral principles of God and expect to stay a blessed nation? Will God violate His own holy nature and bless that which His nature opposes? Can America expect to continue to remain great when we have willingly and blatantly chosen to defy His moral truths? Some would say it matters not how we live, all will be fine. Others will say we cannot abandon the biblically moral foundation upon which this nation was built without suffering dire consequences. It was the conclusion of a 19th century French statesman, Alexis deTocqueville, that when American ceases to be morally good it will cease to be great.

In the 1830’s de Tocqueville came to America seeking an answer to its success and blessings. His often quoted conclusion needs to be revisited, “I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

de Tocqueville saw that America’s greatness lay in a people who believed and adhered to living morally accountable and responsible that flowed from a fountainhead of Judeo-Christian influence. He concluded that when such living ceased the nation’s greatness would also cease. His assessment has proven prophetic.

When any nation makes the decision to separate itself from moral values and principles, as this nation is so obviously doing, it will always bring upon the landscape consequences that come with such moral abandonment. Some seem to think that society can divorce itself from any moral parameters and religious standards and just accept any kind of behavior with no ill consequences. The question is posed, “What is wrong with everyone just living as they please regardless of it how affects others?” Such thinking that becomes adopted by a society eventually leads to moral, societal, cultural, political, and spiritual collapse and anarchy. The Psalmist sums it up by telling us that when a nation forgets God it is turned into a place of chaos, a place of hell (Ps. 9:17).

I challenge anyone to give an example from history of a society that has abandoned moral order and replaced it with the philosophy “each person doing that which is right in their own eyes” that did not eventually collapse as the result of chocking on its own sin. When a society departs from the foundational truths of traditional family values, hard work, compassion, integrity, honesty, love, self-restraint, moral decency, sobriety, individual responsibility and the individual liberty to pursue life, liberty, and happiness as God given, then you will find a society that is in decline and headed for the dust heap of history.

Now be honest, can this nation survive if we continue to remove the foundational truths on which this nation was built? Can a nation survive that seeks to redefine the institution of marriage, adopts moral prevision, embraces debauchery, moral relativism, excessive materialism, abortion, an entitlement mentality, and seeks to replace a theo-centric view of life with a humanistic view of life. History teaches us the answer is an unequivocal NO.

To the alert observer this great nation has slipped in her greatness, and is falling faster than a sky diver without a parachute. Why? The answer is simple: she is ceasing to be good. As a nation we have sadly allowed, and in some cases even supported, men and women who are morally corrupt and decadent become the national compass, and as a result we are headed in a destructive direction and spiraling downward. Unless there is a return to what is spiritually and morally right and good this downward trend will continue. There can be no lasting greatness without goodness.

Is it too late to return America to the place of the once greatness as de Tocqueville wrote about? I don’t know. But I do know this, unless there is a return to what is right and good on an individual level there will never be a return to goodness on a national level. Our moral measuring stick of what is right and wrong, what is good and righteous, is found within the Sacred Volume known as the Bible. There we find a holy God giving us eternally moral and ethical principles and standards that will not only bring order to our lives but bring order to our chaotic society.

There must be a return to what made this nation great, or the greatness that once was a lighthouse and awed the rest of the world will be lost forever. Let the words of de Tocqueville echo in our ears, “When America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Let us remember it is not our goodness that gives birth to greatness, but the goodness of our Lord as He reflects His Light of Truth through us in a dark world (Matthew 5:14-16). Only as His light uncompromisingly and lovingly shining through us permeates society can the greatness of America be restored again.

Blessings,

Dr. Dan