Summary: A sermon on seeing America turned back to God.

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"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord . . ." We would all agree that the United States is a blessed country!

When he was Secretary of Education, Bill Bennett was asked by a 7th grader: "How can you tell a good country from a bad one?" Bennett replied, "I apply the ‘gate’ test. When the gates of a country are open, watch which way the people run."

To be sure, more people are trying to enter the United States than leave it, which is only one indication of the fact that we are a nation that is blessed! I submit to you, however, that the blessings we enjoy today are largely due to the faithfulness of past generations rather than the faithfulness of the present generation. The second of the ten commandments is most illuminating, when applied to our country:

"You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin

of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to thousands who love me and keep my commandments." - Exodus 20:4-6 (NIV)

We should be thankful that our forefathers were men of faith and conviction, for God’s blessings have extended beyond that first generation of Americans to later generations, including ours! But the benefits of their faithfulness are running their course, because America is no longer a nation whose God is the LORD!

Instead, we find that many in our country are worshipping at the altars of false Gods. Today, I want us to think about some of the false Gods, before which, too many Americans are bowing, and what we, as believers can do to bring America back to God. Too many Americans today are worshipping . . .

1. The God of "easy living" rather than the God of the work ethic.

A willingness to pay the price of working hard in order to build a life of value is a quality which has greatly contributed to our nation’s greatness in the past. It seems that today, however, our nation is filled with people who only want to do what is expected of them, nothing more. In fact, their dream in life is to "get something for nothing." If you don’t believe it, look at how many states now have passed a lottery!

This kind of thinking would never have brought about the establishment of this great nation.

What if Paul Revere had said, "It’s the middle of the night for goodness sake! Besides, I’m not the only man in Boston with a horse."

What if Patrick Henry would have said, "Yes, I’m for liberty, but let’s be realistic. Someone just might get hurt, including me."

What if George Washington would have said "I’m sorry gentlemen, but I have to get some personal matters settled at Mount Vernon. Why don’t find someone else? After all, I’ve already done my part in our fighting with the French."

Our country would never have been established, if our forefathers had possessed the same "I’ve done enough/I expect something for nothing" attitude which prevails among Americans today.

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