Summary: What America did to become great. This sermon is to make you thirsty so you want the nation to be great again.




As I look at this sermon today, I can go two ways. First, I

can talk about why God should punish America; or second, I

can talk about why God should bless America.

If I were to preach this sermon on why God should judge

America, I would describe our sins and disobedience. I

would try to make Americans feel guilty and convicted over her sins.

But I don’t want to do that. I want to rehearse in your ears

what America did to become great. This sermon is to make

you thirsty so you want the nation to be great again. “Why

should God bless America?” Because we have been a good

nation. We have tried to do the right thing, “Righteousness

exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people”

(Proverbs 14:34). Because we did right things, God exalted


1. God has blessed America because we are a giving


The United States has never been a selfish nation. From the

very beginning, our Christian foundation has mandated that

we love and help others. Jesus told us to “love your neighbor

as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Paul told us,” If thine enemy

hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink” (Romans


I ran across this editorial written a few years ago by Gordon

Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator. The following

text was printed in our nation’s Congressional Record:

This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for

the Americans as the most generous and

possibly the least appreciated people on all the


Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain

and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by

the Americans who poured in billions of dollars

and forgave other billions in debts. None of

these countries is today paying even the interest

on its remaining debts to the United States.

When France was in danger of collapsing in

1956, it was the Americans who propped it up,

and their reward was to be insulted and

swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I

saw it.

When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the

United States that hurries in to help. This

spring, 59 American communities were flattened

by tornadoes. Nobody helped.

The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy

pumped billions of dollars into discouraged

countries. Now newspapers in those countries

are writing about the decadent, warmongering


I’d like to see just one of those countries that is

gloating over the erosion of the United States

dollar build its own airplane. Does any other

country in the world have a plane to equal the

Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the

Douglas DC10? If so, why don’t they fly them?

Why do all the International lines except Russia

fly American Planes?

Why does no other land on earth even consider

putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk

about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios.

You talk about German technocracy, and you

get automobiles. You talk about

American technocracy, and you find men on the

moon not once, but several times and safely

home again.

You talk about scandals, and the Americans put

theirs right in the store window for everybody to

look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not

pursued and hounded. They are here on our

streets, and most of them, unless they are

breaking Canadian laws, are getting American

dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.

When the railways of France, Germany and

India were breaking down through age, it was

the Americans who rebuilt them. When the

Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York

Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old

caboose. Both are still broke.

I can name you 5000 times when the Americans

raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can

you name me even one time when someone else

raced to the Americans in trouble? I don’t think

there was outside help even during the San

Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I’m one

Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them

get kicked around. They will come out of this

thing with their flag high. And when they do,

they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands

that are gloating over their present troubles. I

hope Canada is not one of those."

Stand proud, America!

The first reason why God should bless America is

because we have given generously to everyone,

regardless of race, color or creed.

2. God should bless America because right makes might.

The terrorists live by the opposite principle. They think that

their might makes them right. They think that if they have

the biggest bomb, biggest biological weapon, and can beat

their enemy into submission; they think their might makes

them right.

But America has always believed the opposite. I would say

to the terrorists this morning: “Do not be mistaken to think

that our love of freedom is a lack of commitment. Do not

think that our love of peace is cowardice.” As Yamamoto,

the Japanese admiral said after he attacked Pearl Harbor in

World War II, “I feel that I have awakened a sleeping

bear.” Terrorists, you have awakened a sleeping bear. We

will not rest until justice is done. Why? Because our cause

is right. Will we awaken our might?

Think of this small struggling nation in the 1700s. We were

a nation of farmers, we didn’t have the industrial factories

of Britain; we depended on her supplies. We didn’t have the

vast navies (not a single ship). We depended on Britain’s

navy, the largest in the world, for protection. We depended

on Britain’s army, the largest in the world for protection.

When it came to the American Revolution, we had none of

the ingredients to win except we had “right” on our side.

Remember, right makes might.

In our little log cabin schools taught by our pastors, our

children received a basic education in reading, writing and

arithmetic; but most importantly, they learned what was

right from the Word of God. Compare our fledgling little

schools to the world-leading universities of that day.

Compare our struggling schools to Cambridge, Oxford, and

the red-bricked colleges of England. They had the edge in

academics, but not in spiritual commitment.

Because our founding fathers believed they were right, they

waged war. The United States had insufficient armaments

and limited resources. The United States faced

insurmountable odds: the largest army in the world, the

largest navy in the world, and the largest empire in history,

i.e., the British Empire. The United States fought a superior

enemy and defeated them. Out of that resolution, our

founding fathers forged out the Declaration of Independence

and the Constitution of the United States that gave the

greatest amount of freedom, to the greatest number of

people, and the United States grew to give the greatest good

to all mankind. Why? Because we believed: right makes


And the British came back fifty years later in the War of

1812. They were still the largest nation in the world and we

beat them a second time. Because right makes might.

Now look at all the battles that the United States has fought

and compare them to the battles of other nations. The

United States has never fought a battle to conquer, occupy

and take over another nation. Over 300 years ago, Spain

went out to conquer the world to expand its empire; so did

Portugal, The Netherlands, England and Italy, but not the

United States.

We’ve never fought a war because of the pride or ego of a

leader, such as Saddam Hussein, Adolph Hitler, Mussolini,

Napoleon, or other dictators.

We’ve never fought a war to gain wealth or riches. Think of

the empires that have gone to battle to get money: Spain,

France, and the other European nations. But the United

States refuses to get rich off the wars she wins. Our nation

turns around to give to those we defeat and build back up

the nation of those who attack us.

The American experience of freedom and liberty has been

tested in every century and every generation: from George

Washington in Valley Forge to General Jackson in New

Orleans, to Abraham Lincoln, to Teddy Roosevelt in Cuba,

to Woodrow Wilson in World War I, to Franklin D.

Roosevelt in World War II, to Ronald Reagan who

challenged Russia, “Tear down this wall!” It seems that

there has always been a challenge to American freedom, and

today we are challenged again. Again, in this 21st century,

our freedom and liberties are being tested. Benjamin

Netanyahu, the former Prime Minister of Israel, who lost a

brother to the terrorists in Israel’s bold raid on Entebbe in

1976, stated on television after September 11, “The attack on

the Twin Towers is not the worse that can be done.” We as

a nation are being tested and we must prepare for more

terroristic activity. The only way we can win this battle is to

remember that right makes might. It’s not getting God on

our side, we must be on God’s side to win this battle.

3. God should bless America because we have carried

out the Great Commission.

There have been many outstanding foreign missionary

movements over the centuries where a vast number of

people have gone to carry out the Great Commission. When

Jesus said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel

to every creature” (Mark 16:15), the church of Jesus Christ

has taken that command literally.

I am told that Patrick and his band of missionaries went out

from Ireland to evangelize all of Europe. I am told of the

Moravians who went out from Austria to spread the Gospel

into India, America, and other places. I am told of the great

advances of the Methodist church under the flaming fires of

evangelism kindled by John Wesley, Whitefield, and Asbury.

I am impressed with the Student Volunteer Movement that

sent hundreds of missionaries all over the world of a

hundred years ago under the leadership of John Mott and

many others.

But, there was a movement after World War II that saw

missionaries from America go to around the world. Last

week my secretary contacted the United States Center for

World Missions in Pasadena, California, and she was told

that since 1945, there have been 590,000 career foreign

missionaries. Career foreign missionaries are those who

have obtained a passport and have served for more than 1

year on the field.

And what did these missionaries do? Obviously, they went

to evangelize and win people to Christ. In the process we

have established hospitals, orphanages, clinics, agricultural

advances, grade schools, colleges and seminaries all over the


Bible translators have reduced the spoken language of the

heathen tribes into written language, and then taught the

people to read their own language. Then our missionaries

have translated the Bible into the language of the people,

and taught them the Word of God. My secretary also called

Wycliffe Bible Translators to get the following information

of what they have done since World War II: they have

worked with 1571 languages, in 46 countries, translated the

New Testament into more than 500 languages and today, this

one mission organization has 5,178 active missionaries.

Many governments may not like our preaching and

evangelization, but they have welcomed Bible translators

because they have brought civilization to heathen tribes.

But let’s not just look at the endeavors of preaching and

evangelization. Think of the Peace Corps, begun by

President John F. Kennedy and the thousands of Americans

who went out to teach people how to read and write. The

Peace Corps gave them good clean water, improved living

conditions, sanitation, and lifted the death rate so the people

could have a longer and better life.

Why should God bless America? Because of our evangelism

and our education.

4. God should bless America because of our biblical


You heard me preach on the Declaration of Independence

before. What I’ve done is to examine the Declaration of

Independence, word by word; using the same principles that

we examine the Scriptures, word by word. When we

examine these words, we try to find out what the original

writers meant. Let’s examine the statement in the

Declaration of Independence that bases our nation on

Almighty God:

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.

First, our founding fathers believed in a Creator. They

placed God at the foundation of this nation, recognizing that

He created the world. Again notice, they capitalized

Creator, recognizing Him as deity.

Second, they believed that God created them (all men) in His

own image. In this statement, they are telling us that man

was created in the image of God. We are not the product of

evolution, we didn’t evolve from a lower species; rather, we

have great inalienable rights because we got them from God.

So when we teach evolution in the public schools, we are

denying what our founding fathers believed.

Third, the Declaration of Independence teaches that God’s

original supernatural act of Creation is the basis upon which

the people of the United States enjoy life, liberty and pursuit

of happiness.

In the fourth place, the founding fathers believed in absolute

truth which they called the “alienable rights” or

“self-evident truths.” By that, our founders separated

themselves from the view that truth is relative, or “what

may be true to me, may not be true to you.”

When you do away with truth, you no longer believe in

absolute morality or absolute truth. You believe in

situational ethics.

If you have never really accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, would you do it right now? Do not delay or put it off. If you would like to receive Christ by faith, pray this simple prayer in your heart:

Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died for my sins on the cross, and rose again the third day. I repent of my sins. By faith I receive the Lord Jesus as my Savior. You promised to save me, and I believe You, because You are God and cannot lie. I believe right now that the Lord Jesus is my personal Savior, and that all my sins are forgiven through His precious blood. I thank You, dear Lord, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, God heard you and saved you. I personally want to welcome you to the family of God.