Summary: It is that time of the year when we take time to celebrate our nation's independence. For those who have ears to hear, there is a patriotic whisper in the air, speaking the heartbeat of our founding fathers, which reflect their revenant fear of the Lord.
Title: "Voices From the Past"
Theme: America's Foundational Truths
Introduction: It is that time of the year when we take time to celebrate our nation's independence. For those who have ears to hear, there is a patriotic whisper in the air, speaking the heartbeat of our founding fathers, which reflect their revenant fear of the Lord.
Proposition: I would propose to you there are voices from the past, voices spoken clearly by the founding fathers of the United States of America.
Interrogative Sentence: Just what are those voices saying? Could those foundational truths be birthed forth by the influence of the Word of God? What influence should their words have on us today?
The foundation of this country is clearly spelled out in the words of William Bradford who became governor of the Plymouth Colony as he described the mission of the Pilgrims. Mr. Bradford said, “They cherished a great hope and inward zeal of laying a good foundation… for the advancement of the gospel of Christ in the remote parts of the world…” (Founding Fathers Quotes, The Mayflower Compact - authored by William Bradford, 1620)
It is very evident that the men whom God used to lay the foundation of this nation were men who had a fear of the Lord. Consider these quotations from our founding fathers and other national leaders. George Washington once said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” (Famous Quotations, According to 580 websites, George Washington Stated; Wikipedia)
In his farewell speech in 1796, Mr. Washington said, “Of all habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. (America's Providential History, Page 179) …Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” (Wall-Builders, David Barton, George Washington's Farewell Address) George Washington was also a man of prayer who could grasp the heart of God. He prayed, “Direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by thy Holy Spirit… Daily frame me more and more into the likeness of Thy Son Jesus Christ.” (Spiritual Life, CBN - Monday Morning Prayer)
Thomas Jefferson, The third president of the United States, said, “God …gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis…I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.” (The Jefferson Monticello - Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII) Thomas Jefferson knew the need of a nation to walk in reverence before God and to live with a Biblical understanding of what it means to live in the fear of the Lord.
The Psalmist understood this truth as well. He writes, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as His Heritage! The Lord looks down from heaven; He sees all the children of man; from there He sits enthroned He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, He who forms the hearts of them all, Who considers everything they do." (Psalm 33:12-15)
King David illustrates to us the providence of God. (Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Ps 33:12). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) America needs to take to heart what our founding fathers knew to be an absolute truth: "The counsel of the Lord is greater than the counsel of men. Christians know that as a nation or as individuals, they have actually inherited His mighty plan. Therefore, they are blessed with His protection, guidance and provision." (Knight, G. A. F. (2001). Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 161). Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press.) When a nation and His people walk in obedience there is an unspeakable joy (Ross, A. P. (1985). Psalms. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 819). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.) because they have cooperated with God. (MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 596). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.) Exodus 19:5 gives us a clear promise: "Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is Mine."
Transitional Sentence: Thus far we have heard some powerful voices from the past, truths from founding fathers of this nation and Biblical promises. The prophet Isaiah has a truth that affects all the nations on earth. He writes, "The Lord has bared His Holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God." (Isaiah 52:10) Luke also wrote, "And all the people will see God's salvation." (Luke 3:6)