What was the saddest day for America? Was it when the Stock Market fell in 1929? Was it when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor? Was it when Muslims bombed the World Trade Center? In my candid opinion it was none of these. The saddest day in America was when the reading of the Bible and prayer was judged illegal by the Supreme Court in America’s public schools in 1962.

     America with her hand in the hand of God was successful in wining her independence from England. With her hand in God’'s hand she was successful in two major world wars. But, in 1962, when God was told to stay out of our schools, was indeed a very sad day. America has been slowly going downhill since that insidious day. There has been a marked increase in the turbulence of our weather. 

     When I first moved to Colorado in 1956, I was told numerous times that I would no longer have to worry about tornadoes as I had in Louisiana. That is no longer true. There are tornadoes everywhere now! We have a massive illegal drug problem, abortions are prevalent, marriage which was instituted by God Himself is under attack and abused, and school shootings are frequent which was unheard of prior to 1962.

     As I was growing up on the family farm in Louisiana, I remember Dad having a radio. He was an avid listener to the news and the weather. It was seldom that we heard of a hurricane along our eastern shores. Now they are prevalent. Earthquakes are prevalent not only in Europe and Asia, but, also in America, and they can be felt far beyond where they originated. A few years ago when Mount St. Helen, in Washington state erupted, we were over two weeks getting our streets and cars clean in Colorado, where I lived at the time. There are floods now in places that had never in the life time of many living in their path had ever seen happen before. 

     America's problem is not military; it is not economics; it is not the environment; it is not racial; it is not social nor a dozen thing. America's problem is Spiritual!

     This all brings to mind that no matter what we think nor what we do; God always weighs in on the events of history. The Psalmist very pointedly reminds us- 

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord . . . “Psa. 33:12 NIV 

Then the writer of Proverbs reminds us – 

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Prov. 14:34 NIV 

     The members of the United States Supreme Court, past and present, will have some reckoning when that last Trumpet sounds. They have ruled that the Founders of our United States and writers of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution were not inclined towards things Christian and the Bible. How so? Was it not Benjamin Franklin who, when after a tiring long time working on drafting the Declaration of Independence, called the session to prayer? He asked them "Since God is watching when a Sparrow falls, if it is likely that an Empire can rise without His aid?" It was then not long until the Declaration was complete.

     But, wait, America has not always been an unrighteous nation seeking to distance itself from God.


     During the Revolution America was in its greatest crisis – and without Bibles. Patrick Allison, Chaplain of Congress, placed before that body in 1777 a petition asking for immediate relief. A committee reported “. . . that the use of the Bible is so universal and its importance so great . . . . that Congress will order the Committee of Congress to import 20,000 Bibles from Holland, Scotland. . .”


                                   The Bibles were distributed among the people by the Statesmen in Congress. 

     During the session in the fall of 1780 the need arose once more. Robert Aitken, who had set up in Philadelphia as a bookseller and publisher of THE PENNSYLVANIA MAGAZINE, saw the need and set about quietly to do something about it. In early 1781 he petitioned Congress and received from them a green light to print the Bibles needed. The Bible came off the press late next year, and Congress approved it. 

     So originated the “Bible of the Revolution”, now one of the world’s rarest Bibles – the first English Bible printed in America, under the authority of Congress. In 1782 Congress voted this resolution –

     “The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.”


James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution of the United States, said this, “We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”

The writer of II Chronicles directs us down the path that will get us back to our roots and in the grace of God –

“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”. II Chron. 7:14 NIV

I would that all Christians and all God-fearing people across America pray for America to cry again – cry out for the Word of God and prayer to our God all across this beloved land of ours, that we once again return to our roots of “one nation under God”!

Heavenly Father I implore You to bring a national Spiritual

Revival across the breath and width of America. Cause us to

Once again cry for Your Word in the very center of our

Government as it once was. In Jesus’ all powerful name. AMEN!


  "Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don"


Updated July 24, 2010
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