7468 - One Nation Under God

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God desires for men and women to seek after Him, to respond to Him in love and obedience. Such a response places people in a relationship with God whereby He can bless them.

This principle which is true on an individual level also has a cooperative application.

Scripture plainly states that God rules over all nations and peoples. We may not understand why He tolerates ungodly nations, but that’s God’s business (Job 12:23; Rom 13:1; Ps 103:19).

God desires the people of a nation to conduct their governmental affairs according to the principles of righteousness and godliness which He has passed down to us in His Word, the Bible.

Prov. (14:34) says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” And Psalms (33:12) tells us, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

This nation was pioneered by godly men and women such as the Puritans who settled New England. Many other devoted men and women joined those in America in order to experience religious freedom. They all endured bitter hardship and depravations in this undeveloped land for the privilege of freedom to worship the Lord as they chose.

Later, as the people planned for a new nation, the founding fathers were greatly influenced by the large number of Christian gentlemen among them. They concurred with Ben Franklin who stated during the Constitutional Convention:

“I see... 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? I believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. We ourselves shall become a reproach and byword down to future ages.”

George Washington, in his first inaugural address declared:

“No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the affairs of men, more than the people of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”

The trouble for nations comes when ungodly men and women gain power of sufficient strength, to lead the nation to disregard God’s standards.

It should be obvious that for this to take place in our nation, there must be an apathy on behalf of Christian people. There must be a drifting away from godly principles as Christian people compromise God’s standards and accept the standards of the world.

This has been a godly nation. We have been richly blessed by God. But we are in danger of judgment for having forgotten both God and those blessings which He has bestowed. We must remember, a democracy cannot survive if there is nothing to restrain the appetites of its citizens.

What happens when a nation accepts standards which violate the desires of God?

Consider that God dispossessed seven nations from the land of Canaan and gave their land to the nation Israel (Deut 7:1; Acts 13:19). Why would God do this? In Deuteronomy (9:4) the reason is plainly stated that “it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out...”

These people at one time called upon God and responded to Him (Gen 15:16; 20:4,17-18); but they drifted away and accepted standards of conduct repulsive to God. The Bible shows the great sins to be in two areas: First: idolatry-- turning from a love and obedience of Almighty God and serving ideologies or objects made by men. Secondly: sexual impurity--promiscuity outside of a marriage relationship, depravity, homosexuality and other devious acts which according to Leviticus (18) are detestable to God. Such actions caused God to destroy those nations.

How can any nation think God does not judge wickedness? How can America think ourselves to be impervious to punishment for the worship of humanism and indulging in ungodly conduct?

Are we to be one nation under God’s favor or to be one nation under God’s wrath?

Oh friend, the tide can be turned, but we Christians must humble ourselves, repent, turn from sin and seek after God.