In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed. There was, however, a matter of a war to be fought before independence from England was to be gained. Why would a rag tag bunch of farmers and craftsmen ever believe they had what it would take to battle one of the best trained and possibly most feared armies in the world at the time? The people in the Colonies had a special weapon that even King George feared, the Black Regiment. The Governor of Massachusetts, who was a British Loyalist said, "If the Black Regiment comes out in force to support the Revolution, England will lose."
Who was the Black Regiment? The preachers in the Colonies. It was their influence and moral leadership that allowed America to become a free country.
Now many people in our great nation deny the existence of God and His power in our lives, however, let's look at facts for a moment. As far as nations of the world go, the United States is a virtual teenager, yet we are still one of the most powerful and industrialized nations in the world. This did not happen by accident. Our forefathers believed in a God that provided and they served Him the best they could. The Colonies were started based on the desire to worship God freely and not be told by the state how to worship. God blessed this nation because of this desire. The United States has enjoyed power, wealth and influence among the nations of the world. All of this because of an allegiance to the Almighty God!
One of the general orders given by George Washington to his troops was, "The General most earnestly requires and expects a due observance of those articles of war established for the government of the army which forbid profane cursing, swearing and drunkenness; and in the like manner requires and expects of all officers and soldiers not engaged on actual duty, a punctual attendance on Divine Service to implore the blessings of Heaven upon the means used for our safety and defense." Even before the country went to war, the government declared a time of fasting and prayer.
To make a long, prosperous history short, America enjoyed many years of success and prosperity. Then in 1954, legislation began to be introduced that would dilute the morals of this country and begin what would be an exodus away from God. Through the 1960s and 1970s, the society that helped America become strong began to deteriorate. The church became less of a factor in people's lives. Now here we are in 2011 asking, "What happened? Why are we in such bad shape?" I think the answer is clear; we have abandoned God. The Old Testament is full of stories of how God's people turned from Him; He allowed them to be oppressed to remind them from where their blessings and strength came. The same thing is happening with the United States today.
The Apostle Peter says that judgment begins with the house of the Lord, so Christians wake up and take a stand for righteousness. If Christians don't stand for God, no one will. Remember the words from 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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
I don't believe that one has to be a Christian to live in a Christian nation, however, I do believe that we serve a God who will bless all who live in that nation, if His people are faithful.
Steve McCall, Minister
Desert Church of Christ