“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure, when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country, when I reflect that God is just; that his justice can’t sleep forever,” Thomas Jefferson Query 18, 1781.
Sometimes, I wonder, if the succession of American presidents was in anyway associated with their awareness of God’s destiny for America. If not, Thomas Jefferson, the man, who would become the nations third president. And, considered the primary author of the nations Declaration of Independence had some accurate insights.
You’ll notice that Jefferson raised some interesting thoughts with his concern about American morals in his day and reaching into the distant future.
First, a personal observation which prompted this discussion. Several years ago, I spent a considerable amount of time among some rather gifted intellectual students. Observing that they had no hesitation to be dishonest or even to be discreet with their unethical behaviors.
There was a time in America when the Ten Commandments were prominently displayed in the nations classrooms. It was not unusual to see a Bible displayed on a teachers desk. And not, absent from that duo was the American flag.
Today students are advised that they don’t have to pledge allegiance to our flag for what it represents, if it violates their conscience. What effect did such displays have on American students, who knows? But some remember observing a commandment which read, “Thou shalt not steal,” Exodus 20:15. In this particular environment there was no flag present to offer ones pledge to God and nation. And long gone is student recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. And in this particular environment, not even the modern day, moment of silence.
Little doubt that America has found it’s way successfully to becoming a godless nation. It’s no longer inspirational to uphold America’s destiny as a city on a hill whose light of godly integrity could not be hidden, Matthew 5:14. There was a time when American education meant combining God and nation as one inseparable unit. A unit that is described as a light that is not hidden. But put on a lampstand because it gives of its brilliant light for the nation and the world, Matthew 5:14-15. America of yesterday! With only one intention in mind. That our light would so shine that everyone would know our individual and collective good works, and glorify our Father, who is in heaven, Matthew 5:16. So in the end, American education should be about preparing students to glorify our Father, who is indeed in heaven. With the resulting benefit being a powerful and prosperous people and nation.
And so, Jefferson raised indeed two important queries. Which the twenty first century Christ believing, and serving church must address, if America is to remain a powerful prosperous people and nation.
For we in Christ, like Jefferson know, that God is just, and His justice can’t sleep forever. Because we have this promise recorded, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a person sows that shall they also reap. For they that sow to their flesh shall reap of the flesh corruption, but they that sow to the Spirit shall reap of the Spirit life everlasting,” Galatians 6:7-8. Because old Ebenezer hasn’t changed. Always denying the spirit of the season. Hopefully, we have some tiny Tim’s willing to convert our Ebenezer’s to the Christ of the season.
This padre has a repertoire of discussions to present. That will educate those interested in our Lord’s ordained destiny for America from the scriptures, as part of Matthew 5:14-16. And, another repertoire of actions designed to reverse the godlessness through out the nations educational system. Interested? Contact made through the ‘Contact Us’ link.
We need to link Jefferson’s query, as ours and experience, Galatians 6:9, by not losing heart.