America Today, Needs the God of their Fathers

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30th April, 2010

During my quiet time this morning, I had a very clear impression. The USA appeared as a giant, monolithic, heavily armed and well-equipped aircraft career but it was under orders to function in ‘full-astern’ mode.

“Full astern’ is the order issued by naval officers to instruct the engine room to reverse engines ‘at highest possible speed.’ The answers.com site says “It is used mostly in emergency situations to avoid collision with another object, a ship or so.”

Christian might and power is essential for the ongoing prosperity and blessing of the USA.The anointed, gifted passion of Christian pioneers launched that great nation, with zeal and courage.

Historians trace those first foundational truths even to Christopher Columbus. He sailed into unknown waters inspired by his love for the Bible.

Christianhistory.net records the Columbus crew observed religious rites as they sailed. “Every time they turned the half-hour glass (their primary means of keeping time), they cried: “Blessed be the hour of our Savior’s birth / blessed be the Virgin Mary who bore him / and blessed be John who baptized him.” They finished each day by singing vespers together (although reportedly they sang out of tune.”

On his third voyage, Columbus found four rivers converging. He thought he had discovered ‘the Garden of Eden.’ Many have arrived in America with the same impression.

The U.S. Christian heritage has been inspirational for any who care to research its rich and vivid detail.

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But I’m reminded of these wise words from WW!: ‘A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know what it is today,” spoken by President Woodrow Wilson.

Was George Washington a Christian? That question was put to www.allabouthistory.org. They replied (in part): “When one studies the life of George Washington, whether digging in deep or just scratching the surface, the idea that George Washington believed in the God of the Bible cannot be missed.

“George Washington was a Christian. Whether on horseback or a chair in his home, whether in battle or resting peacefully by fireside in the woods of the northeast with his fellow soldiers, George Washington revealed his heart for God in his quiet yet astonishing faith.”

Space does not allow me to go into detail about the heroes of America whose courage, vision and purpose were constructed on a strong biblical foundation.

But I found this paragraph written by Sylvia M. Kibart and Rita M. Adams, (Co-Editors
For The Hopkins County Genealogical Society): “There were no churches in Tarrant, but church services were held in the courthouse. Brother Shook, a circuit rider, preached for them. The old circuit rider, with his long-tailed coat and with saddle pockets thrown across his saddle, riding over the country – how much we owe him! We of the younger generation do not realize what the sacrifices and hardships of those old pioneer preachers were, but to their memory we pay homage, for they did much to raise the standard of American manhood and womanhood.”

Such images inspire me to see a Christianity closely identified with the courage and commitment displayed by the apostles in the Book of Acts.

But sadly, that virility and impact is to some degree, missing.

No way would the Apostle Paul be welcome to speak at the National Day of Prayer, In fact, I imagine, he would be either imprisoned (a lifestyle, he knew too well) or in court facing litigation because of his denunciation of idolatry and what he would have called ‘false religions’, whether lobby groups liked it or not.

Bible preaching has been diluted because it is offensive. Herein lies the problem.

Compromise

Read Acts 17: 2-7. The disciples are described as those who ‘turned the world upside down.’ Such an upheaval cannot happen if we preach a lukewarm, watered down word. Turning the world upside down means inconvenience, discomfort and change for those effected.

The cross is an offence to a world in sin (Galatians 5: 11)

Unfortunately today, the response to powerhouse preaching is more litigation and instead of a hunger for truth, we have settled for compromise and peace at any price.

The great preacher George Whitefield said, “It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher”

Dr Oliver B. Greene has written more than 100 books. He has traveled the world to preach. He said, “The only reason some of us are not exiled or thrown into prison is simply because we do not preach as fervently and as sternly as did Paul, John, Peter
and others. This modern “santa claus” religion that is sweeping the country today is not the religion Jesus taught and John practiced.”

Faith in Christ has known opposition from its roots. Remember what happened in Acts 5: 19-20? The disciples were imprisoned but an angel came and set them free.

Instead of telling the apostles to go home, put their feet up and recover, the angel said, “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”

Preaching and reaching was the priority not the comfort and convenience which is demanded too often.

We may feel constrained by the spirit of this world from time to time, but those circumstances only help to remind us, we cannot achieve the Lord’s will, in our own strength.

Pray for our brothers and sisters in America. They are positioned for great and mighty deeds.

The legendary firebrand Billy Sunday said, “We have a God who delights in impossibilities.”

Believe in the God Billy worshipped and He will show up. He promised.

Even now the Lord is asking, “Who will go?” The answer must come with enthusiasm and commitment, “Here am I, send me!”

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About the author

Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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