7-2-14 America Should Be Celebrating Christ on July 4th
There would be no America had it not been for Christ seeing and blessing those who led to America’s founding just as Colossians promises in 1:15-17 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Christ is the author of America and brought about the once freest nation on earth through His people. There would be no America if not for the involvement of His pastors in early American politics.
Scripture tells us Christ knew us before we had one day and knew all the days allotted to us. Psalm 139:16-17 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! If Christ authors nations, He does so by who will be in that nation. That you were born in what was the freest Christian nation should give you reason to celebrate Christ as it was all His doing.
When did Christ know of America? Before creation of course! Christ knew America and who would bless America’s founding and that we would be in America or scripture is in correct.
Let us look at a few things to celebrate this July 4th.
For ages people were enslaved by Bibles chained to pulpits that were only read and interpreted by Priest speaking in Latin. When Wycliffe interpreted the Bible into English he wrote in the flyleaf of that Bible, “This Bible is translated and shall make possible a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Abraham Lincoln reminded Americans of this in his world famous Gettysburg speech when he said America was built on the proposition that all people are equal which is a Biblical idea.
Christopher Columbus said he was led by the Holy Spirit to find a people not yet evangelized! After he wrote, It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) he testified, No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. The working out of all things has been assigned to each person by our Lord, but it all happens according to His sovereign will even though He gives advice. He lacks nothing that it is in the power of men to give him. Oh what a gracious Lord, who desires that people should perform for Him those things for which He holds Himself responsible! Day and night moment by moment, everyone should express to Him their most devoted gratitude. Isn’t it neat that Christopher Columbus tells us to give Christ the glory?
The Jamestown settlers, the first colony in America, also trusted in the Lord. As the first rays of sunlight peaked through the Virginia forest surrounding the Jamestown settlement, colonist walked quietly through the morning mist to join their chaplain in prayer. Under an old, tattered sail, Rev. Robert Hunt led the settlers in intercession twice a day — every day — as they sought God for wisdom, provision, and protection. In fact, the first official act by the English in the New World was a corporate prayer. Devotion to God would remain a central element of everyday life in the Virginia colony for years to come.
So did the Pilgrims before they left the Mayflower they compacted: In the name of God, Amen — Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation —.
That America was founded by Christians for Christian is beyond doubt. This is the first document representing anything resembling a federal government from when the New England colonist came together to form a confederation:
The Articles of Confederation of the United Colonies of New England; May 19, 1643
Whereas we all came into these parts of America with one and the same end and aim, namely, to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy the liberties of the Gospel in purity with peace; and whereas in our settling (by a wise providence of God)—-
Imagine this on Christ’s Church of today which is trying to keep out of politics because it might offend someone! Patrick Henrys famous political speech on give me liberty or give me death was at St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia March 23, 1775 and in the speech he noted that he, “speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve” and Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings and he knew he was in Christ’s Church! He also intimated that God was all America had left but that was enough: — we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us! They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? —- Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations — Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! And God did that very thing; God forbade that the British keep their hold on America and gave us freedom.
George Washington in his October 3, 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation requested by congress said, — it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor —. George Washington gave all the credit to Jesus Christ. How about you, Christian? How about you Church?
No matter what the government, no matter what the politics, everything is all about Jesus Christ, The Great Governor of the Universe, it has always been so and it will always be that way. Get out of the way unbelievers!
For much more on all this see my e book America, Christ’s Top Nation Has Fallen.
Ron Madison at http://www.americaisafallennation.com
7-2-14 America Should Be Celebrating Christ on July 4th