|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “You have been set free”
Our Bible verse for today: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.” Psalm 33:12 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “We have to protect our Christian heritage”
Psalm 33:12 was written first and primarily about the nation of Israel. They were God’s chosen people. However, the overriding truth applies to all nations. Blessed is that nation that choses and honors God.
Here in the USA, we Christians today are living in dangerous and challenging times. Our nation was founded upon Biblical principles but as a society we’re drifting further and further away from those foundational principles, and at an accelerated rate. This can only be bad. Now, it is important to note that we were never intended by our founders to be a Christian theocracy. They never intended for our nation to be a religious state. We’re not supposed to be a Christian version of Iran, ruled by a Christian Ayatollah and the Christian equivalent of Mullahs. But Biblical principles were woven into the very fabric of our founding documents because there are no better principles for a nation to live by. Here’s some proof. There’s a lot more but here is some:
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Patrick Henry – 1776
“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of Civil Government with the principle of Christianity.” – John Quincy Adams, 1789
“Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teaching of the Redeemer of Mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.” Supreme Court of the United States, – 1892, after citing 87 precedents.”
As a nation we are home for people of all races, creeds, and colors, and there is no State religion. Everyone is free to worship as they please. But the underlying principles upon which our founding documents were based were Biblical. As Christians it’s our job to work to help preserve that Christian heritage – for our own sakes but also for the sake of our nation.
My intent for this devotional series is to establish first, the clear Christian heritage that is ours as citizens of this land; and second, to show how we as Christians are to live in a way that is most effective for the cause of Christ in this society. Our freedom as Christians can and should have a direct impact on our freedoms as citizens of this country. We have to protect our Christian heritage, and all this month we will be considering ways in which we can do that.
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