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When did the End – Begin? The crippling effect of being passive.

I feel compelled to write this in light of all that has happened, and is happening at this very moment. I speak of the current events taking place in our nation, and the events leading up to them. My natural reasoning tells me something is wrong,  yet I feel that the blame for what is happening is falling on the wrong shoulders. Yes, you heard me right. Many people want to blame the American citizens for not fighting for their freedom and not being diligent in flaming that fire. But those who wish to blame American citizens, fail to realize that they speak of themselves as well as the rest of us who did not realize that the price of Freedom is eternal vigilance.  Many people would like to blame our Representatives and Senators, but guess who voted them into office? That’s right, you and I. Many would like to blame the communists that have masqueraded as democracy loving politicians, and as such, snuck into our government. Yet the blame for what is happening does not fall on them. Yet more recent are those who blame our President for what is taking place. But I say again, who elected him into office, and why do you expect anything different? Though some may disagree, I firmly believe that he is not to blame.

But you know who is don’t you?

I am going to tell you, and it may come as a shock. Are you ready?

The blame does not belong on the shoulders of Senators, House Representatives, Presidents, or Communists. The blame for what has happened, and is happening, lays squarely on the shoulders of…..

The Church.

What!, you say? The blame for our ever-growing, power-hungry, soon to be socialist, communist, and fascist government lies on the Church? The answer is distinctly, and astoundingly,  yes. You say, “The Church, and religion for that matter, have nothing to do with the government”, but in that my friend, you would be completely wrong. This type of thinking is communist reasoning at it’s very core, for that is the goal of communism, to rid government and all of society, of God. If you don’t believe me, then read it for yourself. In reality, Christianity has everything to do with government. Why would the God who created the institution of government, leave it to work out its own problems. Contrary to popular belief, the Bible gives implicit commands concerning government and how it should be run. Our Founding Fathers realized this, and the importance of relying on “Divine Providence” for direction, and administration of the government. Let’s look at what they said so we might understand them better.

Benjamin Franklin

“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it                  probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye-word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.”
(Source: James Madison, The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, Max Farrand, editor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911), Vol. I, pp. 450-452, June 28, 1787.)

Benjamin Rush – Signer of the Declaration of Independence

We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible. For this Divine Book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and those sober and frugal virtues, which constitute the soul of republicanism.

(Source: Benjamin Rush, Essays, Literary, Moral and Philosophical(Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas and William Bradford, 1806), pp. 93-94.)

By renouncing the Bible, philosophers swing from their moorings upon all moral subjects. . . . It is the only correct map of the human heart that ever has been published. . . . All systems of religion, morals, and government not founded upon it [the Bible] must perish, and how consoling the thought, it will not only survive the wreck of these systems but the world itself. “The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” [Matthew 1:18]

(Source: Benjamin Rush, Letters of Benjamin Rush, L. H. Butterfield, editor (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1951), p. 936, to John Adams, January 23, 1807.)

George Washington

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of man and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?

And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

(Source: George Washington, Address of George Washington, President of the United States . . . Preparatory to His Declination (Baltimore: George and Henry S. Keatinge), pp. 22-23. In his Farewell Address to the United States in 1796.)

Robert Winthrop – Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives

Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.

(Source: Robert Winthrop, Addresses and Speeches on Various Occasions(Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1852), p. 172 from his “Either by the Bible or the Bayonet.”)

Here we can vividly see that our Founding Fathers clearly knew that Christianity was an essential part of government and politics, therefore they sought God’s direction and guidance in forming this nation. God was actively involved in aiding our Founding Fathers and guiding them to form a government that reflected who he is. They asked, and relied upon His Divine help. They realized that “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain”. Psalm 127:1

The government demonstrated in the Bible is that of Theocracy, where God alone is considered the ruler, and the Priests are his representatives. Almighty God was greatly displeased when Israel decided they wanted a king, but because of their unwillingness to submit to His leadership, He granted their request, and it has been a scourge ever since. That is the irony of it. God gave them exactly what they wanted, and they expected Him to bless them. In the same light, we asked God to get our of our schools, out of our government, and out of our lives. Yet, we still want Him to bless us. We sing, “God bless America” thinking that somehow we have the right to be blessed. But remember, we asked God to remove Himself from everything in our lives, and I believe He has granted our request.

God has forsaken us because we have forsaken God.

We are still a Christian nation, but don’t believe for one moment that God does not punish, and is not punishing us for our sin. Proverbs 3:11-12 say this, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” I believe that God is punishing us because He wants us to turn back to him. He is calling us to repent of the things we are allowing in our lives, our petty differences and our selfish wants. He wants us to make Him our glory, to lay up treasures in heaven and not here on earth.

To seek his will above all earthly things, and to worship him as He has called us to. Just like the Children of Israel in the Old Testament, we have sought idols and worshipped the false gods of material possessions, prosperity, worldliness, fun, immorality of the mind, church attendance stats, music, self, and countless others. The Church has given up true doctrine for that which is more “palatable” and “pleasing” to the crowd. The Church is more interested in entertaining the lost than feeding the sheep. As a result, the sheep are starving for the “milk” and “meat” of the Word while the lost are being fed truck loads of witty sayings, ego-boosting sermonettes, and pathetic tales. Because of our infatuation with the world and passive thinking, we have not stood up for the Bible and what the Word of God says is right, just, and true. Therefore, our faith has had little effect in the last century because of this. As our hearts became hard towards the things of this world, so our faith grew cold, and no one likes cold Christianity but the devil.

If we want our nation to turn back to God and rely on Him as our only support like our Founding Fathers did, someone has to change. The person who needs to change is not the President, and not our politicians, (though that would be nice). They won’t be able to change our nation.  The people who need to change are you and I. When we repent and turn from the coldness, sin, and apathy in our lives, others will see the change in us, and God will give us a heart to win people to Christ. The only way to turn our nation around is to change the people, not those who run it.

We have to stop being passive

We have to stand up for what God says is right, just, and good. If someone attacks our faith, in love we have to be on the offensive. God’s word says “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1 Peter 3:15.  Notice the key is “with meekness and fear“. Meekness towards our fellow man, and fear towards God because if we do wrong against them, God will hold us accountable. Yet, we have to stand up for what is right and not back down. So what if we are persecuted! Jesus said “If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you.” John 15:20. We are still a Christian nation. This is not a war cry, but it is a call to stand up for what this nation was founded upon: Jesus Christ. We as the Church have been too comfortable in this blessed country. We (this inlcudes myself) have thought that everything was going smoothly and nothing was wrong, yet, our freedoms are slipping out from under us.

The devil is hard at work, but most of us aren’t working at all.

Brothers, it is time we seek God with all our heart, repent of our sin, be a blazing witness for Jesus Christ, and stand up and remain firm in our Biblical beliefs. Who is with me?

For the glory and advancement of His Kingdom,

Nathan Hamilton