Restoring our foundations

I was asked to speak this past week-end at the National Federation of Republican Women’s Convention in Kansas City at the prayer breakfast. The topic they gave me was “the Politics of Religion in Government and its impact on the 2012 elections.”  I was only given ten minutes to speak on something that would take at least ten hours. So I did the best I could and asked God to use me as His messenger. Here are a few highlights.

Psalm 11:3 “If the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill that cannot be hidden.”

For us as Americans, I would like to think our source of light is the same as our founding fathers-

The Mayflower Compact, written in 1620 at New Plymouth states: “In the Name of God, Amen…..having undertaken for the glory of God, and the advancement of the Christian faith….

The Declaration of Independence declares: “All men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights- among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…

We get our rights from God and not from government, although many in our government and our nation now think differently.

George Washington, our first President said, “It is impossible to govern without God and the Bible.”

John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people- it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” He also issued a proclamation on March 23, 1798 of prayer and fasting, but now when a political leader calls for a day of prayer and fasting, he gets sued by the ACLU.

Which brings us back to our question from Scripture, Psalm 11:3 “If the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

I believe the answer is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.”

I believe we can turn the tide of our nation and turn the light back on beginning on our knees. We must humble ourselves before Almighty God and seek His face instead of always seeking His blessings. We must individually and corporately turn from our wicked ways, and then and only then will God hear and forgive and heal our land.

Our land is in desperate need of healing- for example: ten years ago after 9/11, everyone flocked to churches. Members of Congress, both Democrat and Republican stood side by side on the Capitol Steps singing “God bless America.” Ten years later, at the Memorial Service in New York City, no clergy was allowed.

The Name of Jesus is being outlawed in public places. Businesses and schools are being forbidden to say “Merry Christmas,” and our own President will not participate in the National Day of Prayer.

Something is desperately wrong when a sixth grade girl in Alabama was told to hide her tiny cross necklace because it offended another classmate!

My minister, Michael Youssef, gave an amazing sermon on July 4th of this year titled, “The Sin of Removing Landmarks.” It was based on the Scripture from Proverbs 22:28 “Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.”

Make no mistake- we as a nation and especially Christians, who have kept silent while ancient landmarks our fathers have set up, have sinned.

We stood silent in 1973 as we allowed murder in the name of choice to become the law of the land and since then over 50 million innocent babies were never given a chance of life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness.

We stood silent as prayer and teaching the Bible in schools was taken away. And now we wonder why there is so much violence in our schools?

We cannot be silent anymore. We must pray for God to raise up godly leaders at every level from the school board to the White House. We need to give our time, treasures, and talents to help them get elected.  Some of us may be called to run for office ourselves.

Every one of us has a role to play and we cannot sit silently on the sidelines, we all must get in the game. It is not going to be easy- it is a battle, and there will be battle scars.  A precious friend sent me an email last night that we are in a battle for the soul of our country. This is spiritual warfare.

But may we all be able to say as Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7 ” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

May we keep the faith of our fathers and restore our foundations in the greatest nation on earth.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.”

“Psalm 9:17 “The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God.”