Summary: A call to todays pastors for boldness
Our Nation’s Shame: A Call To Pastors For Boldness!
Pastor Sam Guido
"If, to please people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The event is in the hands of God".
George Washington spoke those words to the Constitutional Convention as they set out to write what would become the guiding document of this nation, The Constitution of The United States of America. And he finished with the words ’The event is in the hands of God!’
Thomas Jefferson also said "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent".
In the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted on July 4, 1776, the second paragraph reads: We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...
(Psalm 33:12) Blessed is the nation whose God is The Lord.
By any examination of our history any person can see that this country was founded on Godly priciples by God fearing men, men of faith and conviction. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of quotes by our forefathers attesting to the fact that this country was founded on the idea of Divine Providence.This nation has been truly blessed. It became the most powerful nation the world had ever seen. Wealth, prestige, influence, charity, a nation of good God fearing people. This country, with its God fearing people have even landed a man on the moon and returned him safely back, not once but multiple times. In times of natural disasters, we banded together as one people and rescued, comforted and rebuilt, even in countries which hate us. We as a nation liberated the oppressed, fed the hungry, stood up to tyrants, and stared down evil despotic rulers. Our churches used to be filled every Sunday, with the congregation being the center of peoples lives, the focal point of the community. Businesses used to be closed on Sundays so that everyone could be together as family and friends and share in worship of our Mighty God and enjoy the rest provided on the Sabbath day.
However, sadly, from such noble ideals, goals, dreams and aspriations of our Founding Fathers, this nation has fallen into a cesspool of filth, moral degradation, degenerecy, and a stench which rises to the heavens above. We have taken God out of our public squares, taken the Ten Commandments out of our courtrooms, prayer out of public schools and as a people allowed Satan himself to set the agenda for our nation. For most of this nation’s history, prayers were allowed and even encouraged in the public schools, until the lie of ’separation of church and state’ became the ’rule’. Separation of church and state is one of the most clever tools Satan has used in his arsenal of destruction, which has intimidated churches and most specifically, her pastors into silence, lest they lose their ’tax exempt’ status, so they are silenced from preaching the truths of the Gospel. By intimidating pastors into ’political correctness’, many churches have become nothing more than social clubs or feel good places to go and learn about ’prosperity’, or to have ’praise and worship’ rock bands, and every other new fad that comes down the pike. Many churches do not even have a Bible in the pews. Some Christian churches are debating whether or not Jesus really existed. I once was invited to attend a bible study in another Lutheran church, and was received with incredulous stares as I walked in with a Bible in hand. Their idea of Bible Study was a book review of The DaVinci Code! Others are allowing openly gay pastors, under the guise of ’enlightenment’. Are the principles spelled out in Romans chapters 1-2 not clear? If a pastor dare speaks out on the sins of the nation, he is ridiculed, called a bigot, delusional, extreme, neo-con, or a myriad of other names designed to marginalize and minimalize the message. Attack the messenger, if you don’t like the message. And far too often, the messenger, the pastor, backs down. (Rev3:1-6)