Psalms 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
- Only in America……can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
- Only in America……are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
- Only in America……do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
- Only in America……do people order double cheese burgers, large fries, and a diet Coke.
- Only in America……do banks leave both doors to the vault open and then chain the pens to the counters.
- Only in America……do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
Intro: One of the Ten Commandments is found in Exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
Each nation’s identity is interwoven with their religion and beliefs about their god.
When you think of the African nations, you automatically think of the witchdoctors.
When you think of the Native Americans, you think of their medicine man and their superstitious beliefs.
When referring to Japan, we think of their adherence to Shinto.
China, Thailand, Mynamar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia are all huge followers of Buddhism.
The majority of the Middle East is Islamic, meaning they are followers of the prophet Mohammed.
India has over 3 million different gods.
David said in Psalm 33 – BLESSED IS THE NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD
The “LORD” is in reference to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…
God has blessed our country because America’s God is the LORD – God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
I want to preach about America’s God.
He was America’s God…
I. During our Birth
Contrary to the opinion of our former president, Barrack Hussein Obama, America was founded as a Christian Nation.
I will not refer to our modern school history textbooks to refute that, seeing how they have nearly completely eradicated any mention of God, references to the influence of Jesus Christ and the Judeo-Christian belief system to which our founding fathers referred repeatedly in our nation’s founding documents.
Instead, I will allow our founding fathers to speak for themselves as to which God America owes her existence:
QUOTES OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS ON GOD
George Washington – 1st U.S. President
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”
—The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343.
“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”
John Adams – 2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
“Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God … What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”
—Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Vol. III, p. 9.
Thomas Jefferson – 3rd U.S. President, Drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever…”
—Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.
“I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”
—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385.
John Hancock – 1st Signer of the Declaration of Independence
“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”
—History of the United States of America, Vol. II, p. 229.
Benjamin Franklin – Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Unites States Constitution
–Benjamin Franklin wrote this in a letter to Ezra Stiles, President of Yale University on March 9, 1790.
“Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped.
“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see;
Samuel Adams – Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Father of the American Revolution
“And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace.”
–As Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation of a Day of Fast, March 20, 1797.
James Madison – 4th U.S. President
–Written to William Bradford on November 9, 1772,
“A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.”
Faith of Our Founding Fathers by Tim LaHaye, pp. 130-131; Christianity and the Constitution — The Faith of Our Founding Fathers by John Eidsmoe, p. 98.
James Monroe – 5th U.S. President
“When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good.”
–Monroe made this statement in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress, November 16, 1818.
John Quincy Adams – 6th U.S. President
“The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made ‘bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God’ (Isaiah 52:10).”
—Life of John Quincy Adams, p. 248.
William Penn – Founder of Pennsylvania
“I do declare to the whole world that we believe the Scriptures to contain a declaration of the mind and will of God in and to those ages in which they were written; being given forth by the Holy Ghost moving in the hearts of holy men of God; that they ought also to be read, believed, and fulfilled in our day; being used for reproof and instruction, that the man of God may be perfect. They are a declaration and testimony of heavenly things themselves, and, as such, we carry a high respect for them. We accept them as the words of God Himself.”
—Treatise of the Religion of the Quakers, p. 355.
Roger Sherman – Signer of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution
“I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the same in substance equal in power and glory. That the scriptures of the old and new testaments are a revelation from God, and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. That God has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass, so as thereby he is not the author or approver of sin. That he creates all things, and preserves and governs all creatures and all their actions, in a manner perfectly consistent with the freedom of will in moral agents, and the usefulness of means. That he made man at first perfectly holy, that the first man sinned, and as he was the public head of his posterity, they all became sinners in consequence of his first transgression, are wholly indisposed to that which is good and inclined to evil, and on account of sin are liable to all the miseries of this life, to death, and to the pains of hell forever.
“I believe that the souls of believers are at their death made perfectly holy, and immediately taken to glory: that at the end of this world there will be a resurrection of the dead, and a final judgement of all mankind, when the righteous shall be publicly acquitted by Christ the Judge and admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment.”
—The Life of Roger Sherman, pp. 272-273.
Benjamin Rush – Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution
“The gospel of Jesus Christ prescribes the wisest rules for just conduct in every situation of life. Happy they who are enabled to obey them in all situations!”
—The Autobiography of Benjamin Rush, pp. 165-166.
“If moral precepts alone could have reformed mankind, the mission of the Son of God into all the world would have been unnecessary.
The perfect morality of the gospel rests upon the doctrine which, though often controverted has never been refuted: I mean the vicarious life and death of the Son of God.”
—Essays, Literary, Moral, and Philosophical, published in 1798.
Alexander Hamilton – Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution
“I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor.”
—Famous American Statesmen, p. 126.
Patrick Henry – Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution
“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. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
—The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. iii.
“The Bible … is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed.”
—Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry, p. 402.
John Jay – 1st Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and President of the American Bible Society
“By conveying the Bible to people thus circumstanced, we certainly do them a most interesting kindness. We thereby enable them to learn that man was originally created and placed in a state of happiness, but, becoming disobedient, was subjected to the degradation and evils which he and his posterity have since experienced.
“The Bible will also inform them that our gracious Creator has provided for us a Redeemer, in whom all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; that this Redeemer has made atonement ‘for the sins of the whole world,’ and thereby reconciling the Divine justice with the Divine mercy has opened a way for our redemption and salvation; and that these inestimable benefits are of the free gift and grace of God, not of our deserving, nor in our power to deserve.”
—In God We Trust—The Religious Beliefs and Ideas of the American Founding Fathers, p. 379.
“In forming and settling my belief relative to the doctrines of Christianity, I adopted no articles from creeds but such only as, on careful examination, I found to be confirmed by the Bible.”
—American Statesman Series, p. 360.
II. During our Battles
One of the greatest paintings is of General George Washington praying at Valley Forge –
It was while he was there that he said, “I consider it an indispensible duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into his Holy keeping.”
Robert E. Lee said, “I tremble for my country when I hear of confidence expressed in me. I know too well my weakness, that our only hope is in God.”
General George Patton said, “God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever led us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me of my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.”
Norman Schwarzkopf – “…somebody said, you know, “What do we do about Osama bin Laden?” And they asked me, “Can we forgive him?” And I said, “Forgiveness is up to God. It’s up to us to arrange the meeting.”
JOKE: In America, if you hear two people talking, and the conversation goes like this: “You’re the bomb!” and his friend says, “No, you’re the bomb,” it’s a compliment. In the Middle East, that is an argument!
General George Marshall said, “Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.”
III. During our Brokenness
- Psalms 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
From the economic crisis of the Great Depression, to the loss of thousands of lives during time of war, American’s have always turned to God for guidance and comfort.
Whether it is an earthquake, a flood, a hurricane, a blizzard or wildfires, Americans have looked to God.
Though it may not make the headlines at CNN, prayer meetings and calls for God’s intervention have always been the default response of this country in times of tragedy and crisis.
America’s spiritual leaders and even our elected officials in many cases have called for prayer and fasting.
American’s still hold prayer vigils when there is a catastrophe such as a mass shooting.
- Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
But – Is the God of the Bible America’s God…
IV. During our Blessings
A Place of Prosperity
Right now, America is experiencing great economic success.
The stock market is at an all-time high.
Unemployment is at an all-time low.
More Americans are working than ever recorded in history.
Americans make more in a day than some people do in a month.
There are approximately 600 million automobiles in the world today. Of those about 240 million are found in the United States. (over 1/3)
A Place of Potential
People from every country on the globe are trying to come here to experience the blessings of this land.
There are more jobs available than there are people willing to work.
You can make money, save money, earn a promotion, get a raise, buy a house, dream big and be successful.
- Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
My question this morning is this – Is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob America’s God during a time of blessing?
In this country, we still have the freedom to preach the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST:
This nation sends forth missionaries all over the world to preach the gospel.
What a tragedy it would be to live in America and never know the saving power of Jesus Christ!
If you have never been saved, today would be a great day to make America’s God YOUR GOD!
(Give the plan of salvation)