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WILL THE REAL AMERICA PLEASE STAND UP?

July 3, 2017

By Evangelist John BJ Hall

What is the "Real America"? Is it the America of the ACLU? Is it the America of Norman Lear's "People For the American Way"? Could it be that the National Organization of Women represents the thoughts and feelings of the "Real America"? Or how about "moveon.org?" My friends the list goes on and on ad-infinitum. Do these groups represent the real America or are they in fact, whether consciously or unconsciously, subverting and undermining the very core of the "Real America"?

Before I go any further, let me address a deadly false philosophy that threatens the very fabric of our nation and sad to say has found acceptance with some Christians. We live in what is referred to as a Democratic Republic. A democracy is defined as; "Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives. Rule by the majority". A republic is defined as; "a political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them". In America we have wonderful freedoms. The freedom of speech, The freedom of assembly, The freedom of worship, The freedom of the press. ETC.

Everyone has a right to his or her own opinion. However, let us not forget that there are things that are absolutely right and there are things that are absolutely wrong. The deadly philosophy that threatens our nation today is not so much "humanism", "communism", "new age thought" or "socialism", though each of these poses a legitimate threat. The real danger is "MORAL RELATIVISM". Relativism states that truth is an ethical relative to the individual or group that holds it. In other words, "What's right for me may not be right for you; or what's wrong for you may not be wrong for me". "DO YOUR OWN THING"! "SITUATION ETHICS"; that is to say, the situation dictates my actions not some moral absolute. DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT? If you do you're part of the problem this morning.

Like it or not, (AND I HAPPEN TO LIKE IT) America was founded for purposes of religious freedom by a deeply religious people. It's political and social foundation was the Judeo-Christian ethic of the Bible. For many years Americans have not known or learned of America's Christian History. Five generations of American have produced a national ignorance concerning the providential founding of this nation and of God's hand in preserving, defending, and leading the Colonists to victory in the American Revolution. As we shifted from a God-centered Republic to a man-centered Democracy - we began to flounder.

Today, while the signs of the times seem most disheartening, there is evidence that an overturning is taking place, Americans are remembering their Christian heritage. With the tragedies all around the country, from Littleton, Colorado to Mulhall, Oklahoma, at least some folks seem to be turning to the Lord and His church for strength. My prayer is that it will force us ultimately to awaken from our national apathy.

Samuel Adams, the Father of the American Revolution wrote in 1790; "Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of God and, in subordination to these great principles, the love of their country; of instructing them in the art of self-government, without which they never can act a wise part in the government of societies, great or small; in short, of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system..."

 

WILL THE REAL AMERICA PLEASE STAND UP?

A wise man once said; "All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing." Psalm 33:12 says; "Blessed is that nation whose God is the LORD." During these most critical days, believers must stand up as never before and be counted. We must take on the whole armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18 “10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (KJV)

 

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE KEY BATTLES IN AMERICA?

1.    The election of moral and ethical people to positions of authority in our land.

2.    The whole gamut of Pro-life issues: Abortion, Euthanasia, Fetal-tissue research, Genetic engineering, cloning etc.

3.    The Gay rights movement. (Militant Homosexuals)

4.    The whole area of the Criminal Justice System. (Courts, prisons, victims)

5.    The Arts & Entertainment Industry: Pornography, National Endowment for the Arts, TV Violence etc. etc.

6.    The Separation of Church & State: Which has never meant that the church could not have any influence on the state; but rather that the state could not form a state religion or dictate in other ways how one is to worship.

 

WHAT CAN WE AS CHRISTIANS DO?

Obey the words of Jesus and be the "Light of the World" and the "Salt of the Earth". This would involve the following:

1.    Pray for America and her leaders. "Not by power, nor by strength, but by my Spirit saith the Lord." Our victory is in the Lord, not our numbers or our influence.

2.    Become politically active in the Six Battlefields. Write letters, make phone calls, and be vocal among family and friends on the issues.

3.    Educate your children on the issues that dominate our nation today. This will prepare them for the battles that they must fight.

4.    Witness to the lost. Nothing will change a man, a family or a nation like being born again!!!

 

America: God’s Gift

Our Lord has give us a gift,
That others of our world have missed.
A country full of freedom grand,
For which I’m proud to take a stand.

So many men have given all,
And in great battles they did fall.
They’ve given of their life and limb,
And proudly they would serve again.

Would we be willing, just as they,
To bow upon our knees and pray,
For that is how our country came.
They trusted in our Savior's name.

If we will turn to God again,
We’ll be as strong as we were then.
Then all the nations of the world,
Will see in us the Living Word.

 

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