At a Crossroad

We are at a crossroad. As we look at the world around us, we find problems spiraling out of control. We see a nation paralyzed by drugs, violence, dysfunctional families, sexual assault and child abuse and abductions. Pornography and abortion are no longer exceptions. They have become the rule. Those who abuse society are protected. Those who try to protect society are abused.
“Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of our intentions,” was the hope of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
“For the support of this declaration,” the final paragraph of the document continued, “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
When the constitutional convention seemed doomed to collapse in the summer of 1787, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the group turn to prayer.
“In the beginning of the contest with Britain,” Franklin reminded the gathering, “when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Divine Providence…And have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?”
“We have been assured, sir, in the Sacred Writings,” Franklin is quoted, “that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.”
The mood of the convention changed and the rest is history.
“God who gave us life gave us liberty,” Jefferson observed in a statement preserved on the Jefferson Memorial. “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?
“Indeed,” Jefferson added, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”
When Jefferson was on the committee to design a national seal, he proposed a scene of the Israelites being led by God through the wilderness.
“Our Constitution was designed only for a moral and religious people,” John Adams observed. “It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”
“We have staked the whole of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind to govern themselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God,” James Madison commented.
“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,” George Washington stated in his inaugural address. “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.”
“We ought to be no less persuaded,” the first president continued, “that the propitious smiles of heaven cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which heaven itself has ordained.
“The first and almost the only Book deserving of universal attention is the Bible,” John Quincy Adams stated.
“It is the duty of nations, as well as of men,” Abraham Lincoln commented, “to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”
“All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated through this Book,” Lincoln says of the Bible; “but for the Book we could not know right from wrong. All the things desirable to man are contained in it.”
Our founding fathers and great leaders understood it, didn’t they? When we set the Bible aside we are doomed to travel the wrong pathway.

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