We had homecoming at church today. It was a wonderful time indeed! Many dressed up in “old fashioned” duds that reflected the time period of 1875 when the church was founded. Katy and Kandace, my two girls and my sister’s girls Taylor and Leah played some good “oldies” for us. Like “I’ll Fly Away,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Farther Along,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Blessed Assurance” to name some for you. Here they are smiling in their dresses:
They did a fantastic job and really brought to mind some of the old hymns and songs of the faith. I shared a message about our nation that few know about today because it isn’t taught in our schools. Therefore, we have become ignorant of our history.
President Woodrow Wilson…
…who was president in 1913 said:
“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are tying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we have come from, or what we have been about.”
So, where have we come from? What have we been about? Do we, as a people remember the ancient paths that we once walked?
Jeremiah 6:16a says: 16 This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
Many Christians have been duped into believing that we must compartmentalize our faith. Therefore, we have a compartmentalized view that allows us to express faith and values in church but then divorces that same faith and values from the civil arena. The teachings of the Bible reject this compartmentalized approach to life. We are called to be salt and light in all areas of life. We must not hide our light under a bowl. And what we are seeing today is that indeed, our history demonstrates that for generations Christians embraced a viewpoint that we must assert the principles of Christ in all facets of life.
Benjamin Franklin not only drafted a statewide prayer proclamation for his own State of Pennsylvania but also recommended Christianity in the public schools and he even worked to raise church attendance in his state. He also worked to start a colony in Ohio with the help of Rev. George Whitfield to “facilitate the introduction of pure religion among the heathen…” Franklin said, “In such an enterprise I could spend the remainder of life with pleasure, and I firmly believe God would bless us with success.” It was Franklin who called for the establishment of chaplains and daily prayer at the Constitutional Convention when the Constitution was being developed, discussed and ultimately written. And these are the documented actions of one of the “least religious” Founding Fathers.
John Jay was the original Chief-Justice of the US Supreme Court…now think about this…he was the first Supreme Court Justice: “Unto Him who is the author and giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings, and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son…Blessed be His Holy name.”
Roger Sherman a signer of both the Declaration and the Constitution declared: “I believe that there is only one living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost…and that at the end of this world there will be a resurrection of the dead and a final judgment of all mankind when the righteous shall be publicly acquitted by Christ the Judge and admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment.”
Richard Stockton declared: “I subscribe to the entire belief of the great and leading doctrines of the Christian religion and I exhort that the course of life held up in the Christian system is calculated for the most complete happiness that can be enjoyed in this mortal state.”
There is no mention of Buddha, or Confucius or Mohammed or Islam. There is no mention of Hinduism and Joseph Smith that started Mormonism wouldn’t even be born till 1805 and Charles Taze Russell, who started the Jehovah’s Witnesses was born until 1852. This nation was founded on Christian principles and on the teachings and tenets of Jesus Christ. The faith and belief in Jesus Christ of our Founding Fathers permeates every document written from the Constitution to the Declaration of Independence. But something happened. It picked up steam in the early 60s.
In 1962, our nation allowed a simple, non-denominational prayer in public schools to be declared “unconstitutional.” This was the prayer:
“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country.”
The people of this nation should have demanded the impeachment of Chief Justice Earl Warren
(in the middle of the picture) and the other 8 men of his court. But, nothing was said or done. So, in 1963 Bible teaching in public schools was banned, and again…we did nothing. In 1980 the public schools were ordered to remove the Ten Commandments from students view, and we did nothing.
Friends from the Revolutionary War through the 1930s our school children learned to spell and read from passages from the Bible via McGuffy’s Reader.
Mr. William McGuffy, the author of the Reader died in 1873, just two years before our church was established. Our continental Congress approved on September 11, 1777 that 20,000 copies of the Holy Bible be purchased in order to supply Bibles to our country and its inhabitants. In the word of the Special Congressional Committee:
“The use of the Bible is so universal and its importance so great…the committee orders the Committee of Commerce to import 20,000 Bibles for distribution in the states of this Union.”
The great heritage of our nation is being removed from our history books by liberal, humanists that are re-writing history to suit their agenda. One day…if we don’t point our children back to Scripture and to the true history of this nation…all will be lost.
What must we do? We must pray for our nation and its leaders. We need to go and do our civic duty in less than a month and vote and we need to sound the trumpet! We must follow the example of those that suffered and sacrificed to bring us to this day. We must remember the ancient paths walked by our ancestors. We must follow these familiar words:
2 Chronicles 7:14
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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
I have a burden for this nation. We need another Great Awakening. That can only begin as we to return to the ancient paths of Scripture and in so doing we must begin our journey by humbling ourselves and seeking the face of God and repenting of our sins on our knees. Then and only then can we say that we have had the call and then and only then will the Lord heal our land.