Summary: This sermon deals with how far we have come from our Founding Fathers’ original intentions for this great nation and how we are balancing on the threshold of judgment.
America: A Nation Lost
I love the United States; it has been my pride and my joy since my youth. I am proud to be an American. Though, I cannot help but be very troubled over the path America has chosen in regards to its founding and the men who fought and bled for our independence. Many politicians, educators, and lawmakers say that America should be free from religion, thereby forgetting the reason this nation was founded. They also neglect the reasoning behind the Constitution of the United States, and even the true origin of a three-fold governing body in the Judicial, Executive, and Legislative branches.
Abraham Lincoln said,” The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.” Since the departure of prayer and the Holy Bible in our school systems, we have seen a tremendous decline in moral values and the rise of relativism, atheism, and secular humanism within the schools and institutions of America. In just the span of 30 years from 1973 to 2003, the rate of violent crime as a whole reaches upwards to a total of 70 million averaging 2-3 millions cases a year and that is a conservative estimate if you believe the Bureau of Justice Statistics. This class of felony involves rape, robbery, aggravated assault and homicide. Birthrates to unwed, single mothers starting in 1950 and continuing to 1996 have risen from 3.9% to 31.7% in the span of 46 years. (http://www.sais-jhu.edu/fukuyama/figures/united.htm)
In the public schools the highest percentage of problems included chewing gum and talking in the 1950’s, but today rape and murder are prominent. We have children carrying guns to the gang infested battlefields and dens of iniquity called public schools and we wonder why the youth of America have become violent, lost, and without hope. Administrators, parents, and teachers lament the current conditions of the public school systems, yet they would rather hand out information and items regarding sexual relations in school when they should be handing out the Word of God in schools if they truly want to make a difference in a child’s life. Only then will there be restoration of the children, only then will the children regain a sense of who they are in Christ and in the eyes of God. Teen suicide rates in 2001 stated that suicide was the third leading cause of death in young Americans 15-24 years of age. http://www.teensuicide.us/articles1.html
We are losing an entire generation of young people in the lies that life is hopeless. When you die, you vanish. Live hard, die young. Gain as much wealth as you can, and only then are you worth something. The odd thing is the pundits who claim we should be free from religion, totally ignore the statements by those who framed our government.
I want to speak the words of righteous men who died over 200 years ago in the infancy of our great nation. I believe you will recognize many if not all of these gentlemen of faith and substance. It may be good to note that most of these men were ardent Anglicans in the practice of their faith. This is something to be proud of, but let it also serve as a warning as to how far Episcopalians and Anglicans have come in the history of our country.
John Adams and John Hancock:
We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus! [April 18, 1775]
“The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
• “[July 4th] ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”
–John Adams in a letter written to Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress
“He who made all men hath made the truths necessary to human happiness obvious to all… Our forefathers opened the Bible to all.” [“American Independence," August 1, 1776. Speech delivered at the State House in Philadelphia]
“ Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity… and leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.” [October 4, 1790]
John Quincy Adams:
“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the Fourth of July]?" “Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity"?