Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God”
Every year on July 4, Americans celebrate Independence Day. Other countries have their own special days for commemorating their nation’s birth. French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America in 1831 said, “I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests, and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning – and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!”
Our beloved nation the United States of America is and has been at a crossroad for some time. Will we cease to honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and follow the path of previous nations into obscurity? Many today say that our founding forefathers never intended for us to be a “Christian Nation” but wanted a multi-cultured religious neutral society. I beg to differ because of the following: Did you know that at the rear entrance of the United States Supreme Court building, at the peak of the building is Moses, seated, holding a tablet of the Ten Commandments on each knee. Carved into the oak doors leading into the courtroom we see the tablets of the Ten Commandments again. Then, above the bench where the justices sit are the Ten Commandments between “The Power of the Law” on the left and the “Power of the Government” on the right. As you look at the side panel there you will see Moses carrying a tablet of the Ten Commandments, with Hebrew writing on the tablet. By way of application, the admonition of Proverbs 22:28 applies, “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”
If any country is to be free, its citizens must acknowledge with the psalmist, “We will remember the name of the Lord our God!” Nations must not trust in great walls, massive armaments, material wealth, or even scientific progress. Many nations have done this, only to be destroyed. Physical walls can be scaled or broken through, no matter how high or strong they are, nor in material wealth or massive armaments because history bears silent witness to this truth. No nation can stand that refuses to trust in Almighty God, our Creator and Sustainer.
I want to conclude this devotional with an unforgettable address, which occurred on May 27, 1999, when Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful, very powerful, very penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of his address:
“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good and evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.” In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA -because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. “I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy-it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. “I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best. This was written way before I knew I would be speaking here today: “Your laws ignore our deepest needs; your words are empty air. You’ve stripped away our heritage; you’ve outlawed simple prayer. Now gunshots fill our classrooms, and precious children die. You seek for answers everywhere, and ask the question “Why?” You regulate restrictive laws, through legislative creed.
And yet, you fail to understand, that God is what we need! “Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual influences were present within our constitutional systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs-politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need laws that are more restrictive. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts. Political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers. The young people of our nation hold the key. There is a spiritual awakening-taking place that will not be squelched! We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million-dollar church buildings built while people with basic needs are being ignored. We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of simple trust in God!”
It’s impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible