Christianity and America

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Christianity and America
On Thursday, July 3rd, I delivered a sermon on Christianity and America at anAssisted Living Home in St. Peter, Minnesota. It was well received. Quotes from founders of America were what was highlighted.

"We recognize no sovereign but God, and no king but Jesus!"-- John Hancock, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and John Adams, Second President

"It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.--Attributed to Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia

What brought tears to my eyes is the proclamation made by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 during the Civil War when he called the nation to a time of National prayer and humiliation. If only in the hearts and understanding of our present administration and congress the following was understood; just maybe God would extend His mercy and hold back His judgment upon America in the days ahead.

Proclamation:
Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty seventh.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward, Secretary of State.

“Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 33:12

This verse indicates God has blessed America because we made God to be our Lord. But, what happens when we forget God and make other things our Lord?

Dorothy von Lehe

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Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

Dorothy,

I have read this proclamation by President Lincoln a number of times. It is one of my favorite historical readings. Thank you so much for posting it among the other treasureable quotes from honorable men leadership positions in our country.

Below is the part of the proclamation that I find remarkably poignant about President Lincoln's awareness of just who God "is." O that we had this kind of leadership today.

[quote]We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
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It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.[/quote]

Bless you for posting this. It is something to which we as Christians need to refer "often."

In Christ

Barbra

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Raymond Yuen @rwpyuen ·

Yes. GOD is love. GOD is the greatest love. HE will bless America. Especially those who are respecting and fear HIM. GOD is love. America is blessed. In Christ love, Amen.

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