"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Psalms 33:12 (NKJV)


      No one can deny the shocking moral decay that is all around us. Good clean family programming on television is gone. Profanity is now common place in most telecasts. One has to listen to old reruns from decades in the past to see good clean programming free of profanity and other moral issues.

     But, it has not always been this way in America. There was a time when America was truly a righteous nation. For almost 200 years she was respected in the air, at sea and on land. America's manufactured goods were in demand around the planet. When America favored the Church, the Holy Bible and God, she was a LENDING nation. But, when she began backing away from honoring God, America became a DEBTOR nation. The debt owed by America is greater than all the billionaires in the world combined can pay. 

      Alexis de Tocqueville, (1805 to 1859) a famous French statesman, toured America in 1831 with Gustave de Beaumont. I quote only a small portion of what Tocqueville wrote concerning his tour of America: 

      “- - - - in France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reign in common over the same country . . . . 

      “- - - the sects that exist in the United States are innumerable. They all differ in the respect to the worship due to the Creator- - - - - moreover, all the sects of the United States are comprised within the great unity of Christianity, and Christian morality is everywhere the same- - - - 

      “- - - I sought for the key to the greatness of America - - - - Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. 

      “America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” 

      Unfortunately the America Alexis de Tocqueville toured in 1831, is quickly slipping away. As recent as 1955 when I was hitch-hiking to-and-fro from Louisiana to Tennessee attending Bible College, it was easily sensed that we were  ONE NATION UNDER GOD. Someone smoking or drinking would stop to give me a ride, would put away their beer or extinguish their cigarette as soon as they learned I was studying for the ministry. Today that would not happen. I would continue to get smoke in the face or I would have to decline a beer.  

      Our first president, George Washington, said, "It is impossible to govern rightly without God and the Bible." This is the thinking and attitude that was prevalent in the founding of our great nation. Over 500 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the English Magna Carta established the principle of rule of law.  In England this still mostly meant the king's law. Then in 1620 the Mayflower Compact continued the idea of law made by the people. This idea lies at the heart of democracy.

      From its crude beginning in Plymouth, self-government evolved into the town meetings of New England and larger local governments in colonial America. By the time of the Constitutional Convention, the Mayflower Compact had been nearly forgotten, but the powerful idea of self-government had not. Born out of necessity on the Mayflower, the Compact made a significant contribution to the creation of a new democratic nation. 

      William Bradford on the Mayflower wrote a copy of the original compact, which begins, which I quoted in part from "Foundations of the Republic", by Herman S. Frey, Page 3:

      "In the Name of God. Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the norther Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid . . ."

      The following is from AMERICA'S GOD AND COUNTRY, by William J. Federer, page 382:

      Speaking with Rev. Byron Sunderland, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Washington, D.C; where President Abraham Lincoln had attended, Lincoln uttered words that are very applicable for now, in 2017, and I quote in part, "The ways of God are mysterious and profound beyond all comprehension. - - - He has destroyed nations from the map of history for their sins. - - - - The times are dark, the spirits of ruin are abroad in all their power, and the mercy of God alone can save us." 

      Just a thought across the garden gate from Parson Don.


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