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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.

In 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 Promised Land. 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 rioting.


(To read a complete transcript of Netanyahu's Address to Congress, click here.)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/03/03/full-text-netanyahus-address-to-congress/

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 own hands. 

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 this site.

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