Post Written by Norman Manohar –
It is still fresh in my mind even though it happened 26 years ago. It was a hot summer day in Madras, India. I was anxiously standing in a long line of visa applicants in front of the U.S. Consulate, waiting to see the result. It was a nail-biting time. Will I get my visa to go to America? You should have seen me when I received my passport back from the consulate with the U.S. visa stamped on it. I was jumping up and down with the pure joy of exhilaration. Why America? Why does everybody from every nation on earth want to come to America? People of the world are dying to get to America. Why America? Is it because of its super power status? Is it because of its wealth? Is it because of its climate? Is it because of its immigration policy?
God blessed America. God blessed America with abundant blessings. Blessed people of America blessed the nations of the world through their generosity, compassion, and love for fellow human beings. So America became the attraction for the people of the world. Not only everyone wants to enjoy those blessings but also wants to be a part of America. Why did God bless America abundantly? Why did America become the recipient of God’s abundant blessing?
America was founded upon Christianity. Before the Pilgrims set sail for North America, Governor William Bradford stated their motives for re-locating their congregation. He said they had “a great hope . . . for propagating and advancing the Gospel of the Kingdom.”The Pilgrims were all Christians! On the sail is the motto of the Pilgrims, “In God We Trust. God with Us.” When the New England settlements finally gathered together in 1643, they formed their bond in what is known as the New England Confederation. They alleged in that document: “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.”
Most people don’t realize what this nation was like at its beginning. Even as late as 1776 – 150 years after the Pilgrims moved their church to America, we see the population of America as: 98% Protestant Christians, 1.8% Catholic Christians, and .2 of 1% Jewish. An excerpt from the Declaration of Independence states, “All men . . . are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights . . . .” George Mason, father of the Bill of Rights stated, “My soul I resign into the hands of my Almighty Creator.” Of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, 52 strongly professed the Christian faith and signed at the end of the Constitution, “Done in the year of our Lord, 1787.” The first President of the United States, George Washington, professed his Christian faith publicly in many of his speeches and writings. Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
God blessed America. Because of its biblical foundation and trust in Him, God through His Word transformed the minds and lives of the people. America ended slavery not merely because it recognized the freedom of the Christian man and the priesthood of all believers, but also because it realized that all men, Christian and non-Christian, are created in the image of God, and that no man is naturally the inferior or superior of another. Almost all the Ivy League schools were founded by Christians. The mottos of these schools reflect their Christian heritage. “In God we hope” (Brown University), “In Thy light shall we see the light” (Columbia University), “A voice crying in the wilderness“, (Dartmouth College), “Truth” (Harvard University), “Laws without morals are useless” (University of Pennsylvania), “Under God she flourishes” (Princeton University), “Light and truth” (Yale University). Christian education caused a revolution in thought about the dignity of work, and work became a calling; good works became those tasks done in the pursuit of one’s vocation – not counting beads, lighting candles, or buying indulgences. The result was a spurt of economic activity that transformed America most prosperous, inventive, and the powerful nation on Earth.
Just as Christ had promised, in the Sermon on the Mount, “Therefore, do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. Early Americans believed the Gospel, seeking first the Kingdom of God and his imputed righteousness, not their own righteousness or prosperity. So God blessed America. All the blessings were added to them because their priorities were straight. Today, America is on a slippery slope. Its priorities got mixed up. “In God We Trust” is just a slogan on the dollar bill. Instead of seeking God and his righteousness first, it is seeking all the other things. Today, America wants blessing without trusting the One who showers the blessing. Slowly God’s Word is being removed from the lives and the minds of the people. The channel of blessing is getting choked because of lack of adherence to God’s Word. Schools founded by Christians have gone astray from their Biblical foundation.
Americans are getting frustrated. Wealth is dwindling. Economy is in recession. National debt is growing astronomically. Government’s economic stimulus plan is not working. Health of the people is threatened by mysterious diseases. Corruption, racial tension, bigotry and finger pointing are widespread. This is the direct consequence of moving away from the Lord of life. What is the remedy? How can America continue to enjoy the blessing of God? Our Lord God promises: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Christians have to wake up from our slumber. We have to do God’s business God’s way. We have to put our trust upon God, not on politics, not on majority, not on legalism, not on philosophies and the rudiments of the world. God’s Word has the power. It has the power to change the hearts of the people. As apostle Paul proclaimed in Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” We have to obey our Master’s Great Commission. We have to preach the gospel and teach God’s Word and teach believers to observe whatsoever Christ had commanded in His Word. Then the Spirit of God will quicken the people those who are dead in trespasses and sin. The Lord will shower His blessings once again when the people repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and obey His Word.
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