Summary: God's elect are to be prepared to give a testimony on how we believe God has raised up this nation, how He has blessed this country and how He will deal with us, depending on the choices we make.
Title: Foundational Declarations
Truths from the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Introduction, I want to share with you a truth that I read several years ago back - I do not remember who wrote it, but it holds a truth that should not be ignored, "If we do not know the foundation on which the Founding Fathers laid for this nation, then we as a nation have no understanding on what we are to be today, thus we are a nation that has no clear vision for tomorrow."
In regards to understanding what we are suppose to be doing today as a nation, many have no clue what is expected of us. Just this last June, there was a week when we as Americans were suppose to be doing different things to show honor for the flag of the Unites States of America. As a matter of fact, the Sunday before flag week, churches were to be having services that honored what the flag of the United Sates of America stands for. I have talked with several pastors, - they all said, "I did not know that!" As a matter of fact, this fourth of July, there are celebrations that will be giving away United State flags. Hopefully there will be some kind of instructions given, clarifying just what our flag stands for, and hopefully it will be truths from the Founding Fathers who laid the foundation for this nation.
Proposition: I would propose to you, there is a lack of understanding of the Biblical truths on which the Founding Fathers of this nation laid our foundation. That ignorance has enabled this nation's values to drift off her course for which she was sent. I would propose to you that we as God's elect are to be prepared to give a testimony on how we believe God has raised up this nation, how He has blessed this country and how He will deal with us, depending on the choices we make. The Bible says "in season or out of season" meaning if it is popular or not, we are to "correct, rebuke, encourage -- with great patience and careful instruction."
Interrogative Sentence: Just what are truths that can be taught to a people who for several generations have been kept in the dark on what our founding Fathers believed? What facts found in history can correct that false-hood presented by many - saying that our most of our Founding Father's were not Christians, nor had a reverent fear of God.
It was not until I became a Christian, that I was exposed to the facts that many of our Founding Father knew God's Word, sought counsel from God's Word and made laws to govern this nation based from the truths of God's Word. When I started writing about the vision of our Founding Fathers, I was pleasantly surprised that so many of our foundational leaders were not ashamed of Jesus Christ. Thus enabling us as a nation "to be the longest on-going Constitutional Republic in the history of the world." (Wallbuilders - David Barton)
Transitional Sentence: There is a lot of historical facts about the belief's of the men who laid down the foundation of this country, there is no way it can all be expounded upon in just one message. In order for us to grasp and retain any of it, we must look a bits at a time. Let us consider the heart beat of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams and John Hancock, bold signers of the Declaration of Independence on April 18, 1775 said, "We Recognize No Sovereign but God and no King but Jesus!"
The Bible says, "This is what the Lord says, Israel's King and redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the First and the last; apart from Me there is no God." (Isaiah 44:6) Isaiah 45:5 says, "I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from Me there is no God." In regard to Jesus being king, Pilate asked our Lord if was He the King of the Jews? Jesus said, "Yes, it is as you say," (Luke 23:3) Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, had a firm convictions, there is one God and Jesus is the King of kings.
Transitional Sentence: Not only did many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence know that there is only one God and Jesus is the King of kings, they did not presume on the grace of God, they sought His will in the decisions they made.
On July 2, 1776, Congress voted to approve a complete separation from Great Britain. On July 4, the early draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed. Four days later, July 08, 1776 - members of Congress took that document and read it aloud from the steps of Independence Hall, proclaiming it to the city of Philadelphia, after which the Liberty Bell rung. The inscription around the top of the bell, a key truth found in Leviticus 25:10 - "...proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants." Compared to many war torn nations, we have independence, freedom and opportunity to pursue dreams. The turmoil in other nations, their struggles and multiple revolutions, have yet to see the stability and blessings that we have here in America, even considering this nation's many faults.