Summary: A sermon for Independence Day on Deuteronomy 8! (Outline adapted from material in Pulpit Commentary Volume 3 Page # 157- 158)
Sermon for 7/1/2007- Independence Day
The Daughter Devoured the Mother!
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln said: WE have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
A. In 1990 the US Census Bureau reported that there were 39.3 million poor people in the US. But the Census Bureau also reported in 1990 that nearly 40% of all “poor” households owned their own homes; nearly 60% have more than two rooms per person; nearly 60% have air conditioning; 64% own a car; 50% own a microwave; 25% have an automatic dishwasher; and 91% have a color television.
B. Did you know that 1.3 billion people live on less that $1 a day?
C. Did you know that if your income is at the official US poverty level that you are among the top 10% of wage earners in the world? We have the highest household income levels in the world.
D. If you own a home--better off than 95% of world. Largest homes in the world.
E. Highest percentage of educated people in the world, many have college degrees. The computer has made people’s lives more efficient and convenient. The amount of information available and the speed at which it is transmitted has exploded.
F. We have the lowest unemployment level in the world.
G. Our democratic system of government has become the envy and the model for countries around the world.
H. There are about 300,000 places of worship, where anyone can freely worship.
I. The entertainment and leisure industries are flourishing. Luxury automobiles, movie theaters, home theaters, music, sports, amusement parks, vacations.
J. Medical and health care advances are allowing people to live longer, healthier and more productive lives.
K. Many of the poor in foreign countries would love just to eat from our dumpsters.
L. We are a blessed nation. We have come a long way from immigrants with nothing but the clothes on their backs and we have carved out of the wilderness this great nation of ours. We should be applauded. However, this is the problem.
M. This is the same issues that the Israelites faced. In this chapter, Moses is warning the Israelites that when they go into the land of milk and honey to not forget God.
N. How many are forgetting God today? Vs. 17 seems to be a big problem today. It is not that people are atheists or God haters. It is just that they don’t need God.