America's Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men who were predominately Christian. Only 6 were not Christian, but were sympathetic.

      Our first president, George Washington, said: "It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor".

      In addition, our great first president wrote: "If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension, that the constitution framed in the convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it; and, if I could now conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution . . . " – from a letter by George Washington to United Baptist Churches of Virginia, dated May 10, 1789.

      Listen to Thomas Jefferson: "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 of 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 cannot sleep forever".

      America's first Chief Justice, John Jay, stated: "The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts." – "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."

      In 1962 the U. S. Supreme Court's decision was that voluntary prayer in public schools was no longer permissible. Soon thereafter, the Holy Bible was declared no longer permissible in public schools. Are Americans blind to what is happening in America? Since that fateful day in America, other negative rulings have been made. Among them - Ten Commandments in public is illegal; Nativity Scenes in public is illegal; killing unborn babies is legal; changing Holy Matrimony from God's design is legal, to name only a few.

      Due to abusive power of the federal government and weakness of the church, our nation is experiencing a moral and spiritual crisis. The good news is that a great revival, in response to prayer, swept across Europe in the days of Martin Luther. Because of prayer and the diligent work of John Calvin, revival swept across Great Britain. In the 1700s, God used George Whitefield to stir our nation. Church attendance soared to 70 percent!

      During the 1800's God awakened America with many great men. Among them were Billy Sunday, D. L. Moody, John R. Rice and Harry Ironside. In the early to mid 1900s, God used many great men such as Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell. Currently God is stirring a few great men such as Franklin Graham, Charles and Andy Stanley, Charles Price in Canada and many others. Currently it appears America is turning a deaf ear to God's men. God does not like being ignored. In the past He destroyed all life on this planet with a great flood. In one instance He opened up the earth to swallowed up a crowd of people. He also wiped out two cities with fire from heaven.

      In the past holy, prayerful intercession by God's people have moved God to do the impossible – and He did. Will His people get on their knees and approach the creator of the universe, again, to move across America now, in the 21st century? And will history record that He did?

      Just a thought across the garden gate by Parson Don


Updated August 7, 2016
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