There are those who see this tumultuous election as just another exersize in freedom and proof of the strength of our American system of Government. They claim it has no impact on the durability or longevity of our nation or freedom.. This nation has stood strong for some 240 years and will continue on indefinitely, I would hope so.
But the key question in this is why has this nation stayed strong. Why in our comparatively short history have we grown to be the world dominating economic, political and military superpower? Many point to our Constitution and government structure, the checks and balances of three branches, the individuals voice and vote, Freedom of speech and so on. Yes all these are very powerful in preserving this great nation but we need to look deeper.
What makes us outstanding against every other nation, free or otherwise? If we examine the history of this great country we find the motives and desires of the founders explain a lot. Many of the first people to bravely come across the sea and risk there lives came for one reason. Seeking freedom to worship God without anyone dictating or restricting their pursuit. Their desire was a robust personal relationship with the God of the Bible. This ,by the way, is the motivation for the "separation of church and state". Not to make religion illegal but on the contrary allow people to live their faith openly and pursue their God without government intervention.
As we move forward we can read the writings of many of those who authored our founding documents. It is very clear, though they had political grievances with the British Government, they were convinced, it was by divine direction that they purse sovereignty and independence.
If one reads the "Declaration of Independence" we find these references to God.
"assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them,""
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor".
Looking to Almighty God for direction, support and protection is very clear.
Benjamin Franklin stated in a speech to the Constitutional Convention: “We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that 'except the Lord build the House they labor in vain who build it.' I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring Aid, we shall succeed in this political Building no better than the Builders of Babel” (The Works of Benjamin Franklin, by John Bigelow, p. 377).
John Adams confirms decades later in an 1813 letter to Thomas Jefferson the original intent of those formative years: “The general Principles, on which the Fathers Achieved Independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could Unite…Now I will avow, that I then believed, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God” (John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, June 28th, 1813, from Quincy in The Adams-Jefferson Letters)
The founders' unabashed declaration of dependence on Divine Providence both for the justification of their cause and for the success of their endeavor should give us somethings to consider.
IN George Washington's farewell address he said:
"Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric? "[*1]
I show all this to bring out one important point, the greatness of this nation as these men all point out is not in our system or political structure but the faith of the people in the Almighty God. In recent history this government has systematically been removing God as the guiding influence in Government education and law. Rejecting God corporately can only lead to one end, destruction. I believe it is foolishness to think this nation can continue to prevail and be strong or even stay free when we have turned our back on the one who by His Grace has given us all these blessings.
We see in recent years a decline in power, wealth, stability and safety. I believe these can all be attributed the the spiritual condition of the people of this nation. If we are to reverse the trends it will require an awakening like we experienced in the 1740-1760's with Wesley, Mathers and Whitfield or the mid 1800's with Charles Finny and other. All the social and political strategies will not help until we choose to seek God and His help.
"Those who refuse to study and heed history are doomed to repeat it." We can look at others, particularly the Jewish People, every time they thought they would go on without God they ended up in captivity.
The turmoil of the election season is only indicative of the deeper spiritual problems of this nation; turning way from the God of the Bible and the foundations that made this nation great. Neither candidate can save us, turning back to God is the answer Do not miss understand I believe we need to vote and vote for the person who will move toward Godly principals but that alone is not our answer.
Benjamin Franklin, during the convention, pointed to the scripture "unless the Lord Build the House...." and encouraged all to pray and seek God for answers, the solution today is the same.
2Ch 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.