America Is Great Because She Is Good

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America is an idea that was inspired by God.

George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and the other Founding Fathers gave us a nation that is based on God and the Bible.

The government they created has proven itself to be the best government ever devised.  It has allowed us to enjoy unprecedented liberty and prosperity for more than two hundred years.

Over those years, many men have died to preserve this freedom for us.

At the conclusion of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, he refers to the American patriots who died there:

“We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville came to America to discover the secret of her greatness, and this was his conclusion:

“In the end, the state of the Union comes down to the character of the people. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, and it was not there. I sought for it in the fertile fields, and boundless prairies, and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, and vast world commerce, and it was not there.

Not until I went into the churches of America, and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. . . . America is great because she is good. If America ever ceases to be good, then she will cease to be great.”

I cannot believe that the American people will sit back and watch our enemies—foreign and domestic—take away our freedom. Beause we are the United States of America. We the people of the United States are the country. We outrank the government. The majority of us are religious and moral people.

According to a Rassmussen poll, 79% of all adult Americans believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. We really are a Christian nation, and we always have been. That is why we are still the greatest nation in the world. And this government of the people, by the people, and for the people will never perish from the earth.

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The Battle is the Lord’s

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Years ago, When I made a reference to David and Goliath to one of my co-workers, I was very surprised to find that he had never heard of them.

Then, I found out that this is not unusual. Most young people have no idea what is in the Bible. They have no idea what treasures it contains.

I put the story of David and Goliath in my last post for the benefit of any readers who are not familiar with it.

When I read it again, I learned something new that we can apply to our everyday lives. I can hardly wait to tell you about it.

The Philistines hated God. They attacked the people he loved as a way of lashing out at him. They wanted to kill God’s people just for being God’s people. (Isn’t this the same situation that we are are in today?)

To make matters worse Goliath was bad-mouthing God and that was undermining the peoples’ faith in him. Nobody had enough faith in God to stand up for him. But when David showed up, God showed up with him.

David’s faith was stronger than his fear. He stood up for God, and God spoke through him. And the things that he said did come to pass.

When I saw the phrase, “The Battle is the Lord’s,” I remembered that these same words appear in another Bible story. It’s another one of my all time favorites.

I’ll give you the short version of it. Jehoshaphat was the King of Judah, and he walked uprightly before the Lord. God’s people were facing a large invading army. Jehoshaphat called all of the people together and led them in this prayer:

O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. (2 Chronicles 20:12)

The Lord responded to their prayer through this prophetic utterance:

Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15)

And that, my friends, is one of the ways you can tell that the Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible. Different people, different places, different times—the same idea, the same words, the same Spirit of God. He continued to say:

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. (2 Chronicles 20:17)

King Jehoshaphat employed an unusual tactic on their way to meet the enemy. And just like God had said, they did not have to fight in this battle.

And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy the other.

And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. (2 Chronicles 20:21-24)

I think that history is going to repeat itself, and we are going to see this same miracle happen in our day. The Lord is going to cause all of our enemies to be destroyed. And all the earth shall know there is a God in Israel, and in the United States. Because the battle is the Lords.

Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth forever!

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