What Is True Protection for Our Nation?
We, like many of you, have been very concerned about our nation and where America's direction is going for the future of our
children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We love this nation and
what it has represented for many generations: Godly principles as
direction for our lives, protection for the weak and helpless, freedom
for us to live our lives as God would have us to live, and freedom to
govern ourselves and not live under tyranny, just to name a few.
We as a nation seem to be going far from these principles, because we
are moving far away from God, who gave us the privileges we have.
We believe that America is now a nation in danger morally,
socially, politically and economically, because our nation has rejected the very
God who has given us His protection over these areas of our lives in the
past. We have rejected the wisdom of God in every single part of
our society -- in our families, in our public schools, in our
government, in our morals and even in our churches.
Plymouth, Massachusetts, is a National Monument to the forefathers of
America, the Pilgrims. A dedication on the monument's northeast face
reads, National Monument to the Forefathers. Erected
by a grateful people in remembrance of their labors, sacrifices and
sufferings for the cause of civil and religious liberty.
The four sides of the monument have smaller statues, each
representing a part of our culture -- faith, liberty, morality and law.
The following quote from Governor William Bradford's book Of
Plymouth Plantation is inscribed on the base:
Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been
produced by His hand that made all things of nothing and gives being to
all things that are; and as one small candle may light a thousand, so
the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our
whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all praise.
William Bradford had a God-given vision for this country long before it existed,
because He knew that God would be the One who fulfilled that vision and
would bless what He had ordained. That blessing of God depends on
a faithful and obedient people in order to continue to exist. At
this time we are not only losing that vision, we are willingly departing
from it. As a result we see confusion, fear and turmoil everywhere
in this country. We must return to God's vision for America very
soon or we may perish.
One example of how our nation is changing toward God is heart-breaking
to me. A famous poem that many of us had to memorize in high
school is "The Bivouac of the Dead" by a Danville, Kentucky, native
Theodore O'Hara. This poem was written to honor the soldiers from
Kentucky who died in the Mexican War. A few years ago I was trying
to find an original copy of the poem for an article in our
local newspaper and finally found one. In the original version of the
poem there are several references to God, and O'Hara himself stated that
the poem was a God-given inspiration. Over time the poem has had
changes made to it, some authorized by O'Hara, some not. There are placards
scattered around Arlington Cemetery with parts of the poem inscribed on
them. All references to God are eliminated on those! One
subtle change is in the first verse O'Hara had the word "Glory"
capitalized, which is usually a reference to God. The word is not
capitalized on the Arlington Cemetery placards. In other places
the words have been changed around completely to omit God's name.
When Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to America to speak
to the joint meeting of Congress on 3 March 2015, he
referred to something that absolutely shocked me. He mentioned the
image of Moses over the door of the House of Representatives that
Netanyahu could see from the podium as he faced Congress. I
had no idea that the image of Moses existed there until Netanyahu, a
foreign diplomat, mentioned it. I dare say that very few Americas
know of its existence today! Why is it there? It is obvious
to me that since God gave Moses His own law to give to God's own people
at Mt. Sinai, the early fathers of our Constitution recognized that it
was their responsibility to give God's law to the people of America as a
basis for our own laws. Also, as Netanyahu said,
"Moses led our people from slavery to the gates of the
And before the people of Israel entered the land of Israel,
Moses gave us a message that has steeled our resolve for thousands of
years. I leave you with his message today, 'Be strong and resolute,
neither fear nor dread them.'"
God had led the
Pilgrims to the new promised land of America that would become the
United States and they
recognized that God was their Provider and Protector. If we are
living in God's ways, we can also be "strong and resolute",
neither fearing or dreading our enemies -- enemies to our faith, enemies
to our safety as a nation, enemies to our freedoms. The first
amendment to the Constitution is "Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the
Government for a redress of grievances." According
to this very first amendment we as Americans are guaranteed a freedom to
express our religion; we are not restricted from this freedom in any way
by our government. We are restricted to peaceable assembly, not
(To read a complete transcript of
Netanyahu's Address to Congress, click here.)
Proverbs 14:1 states: The wise woman builds her house, but
the foolish tears it down with her own hands." I
believe that this applies to nations as well. A wise people will
build their nation, but a foolish people will tear it down with their
Psalm 14:1 states: The fool has said in his heart, "There is
no God." A foolish nation says in its heart, "There
is no God." We may not say it openly, but when we live as if there
is no God, whether we say it or not, we are a foolish nation, tearing
down our house around us.
Greg and I have created a web site for those of you who want to know more
about our nation's history and its Godly heritage. It is at
http://www.protectourfutures.com. You are welcome to visit