They knew that, as God had proclaimed through St. Paul, “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” In other words, they recognized that there is no earthly authority capable of challenging the absolute authority of God and that we are all under God. They also recognized that any freedom or liberty – like the genuine freedom and liberty they were seeking – must come from God Himself and that the only foundation capable of sustaining any government is contained in the Word of God.
They began their Declaration of Independence affirming Biblical Truth – “We hold these truth 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.”From the very beginning, God blessed us people created in The Image of God with freedom of religion which is the foundation of all human freedoms. From this God-given freedom flows all our unalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with which those men in that room recognized we have been endowed by ourCreator.
Throughout our history, our nation has struggled over what it means that that all men are created equal - who is included in that category and how do we define those unalienable rights we have been endowed with by our Creator
Those men in Philadelphia further recognized the Biblical Truth “that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” – in other words, God created governments to defend our God-given rights and to serve the people in accord with Biblical Truth – not people to serve the government or those elected to govern.
In order for evil to survive, it must destroy the foundation of Biblical Truth which is the foundation of our Christian nation. Oh yes, those agenda driven advocates of sin and human egos can debate all day long whether we are a Christian nation or even a nation under God.
Patrick Henry set the record straight, saying, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on The Gospel of Jesus Christ.” John Adams said, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Each day we see what happens when our Christian nation is unbridled from the Christian restraints ofmorality and religion.
Our nation was conceived as a nation under God Who created us, sustains us, guides and directs us, and intervenes in our history. As John Quincy Adams wrote, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.". We are a nation under God or a nation about to go under – as so many have before us.
The “historical revisionist termites in the timber of our civilization” and the judicial “virtue vivisectionists” try to alter the meaning of our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights - as they so freely do with The Word of God.
The Christian concepts that enlightened and empowered our forefathers in their establishing of this nation stand as bulwarks in the path of immoral and enslaving agendas which are harmful to America, to families, and to individuals. With each anti-Christian victory, our basic freedoms and liberties become more imperiled and our morality becomes less the protective shield God gave it to us to be.
Make no mistake about it. God gave us three institutions – the family which is God’s Own natural order for human life, the state under God’s Own Divine Authority and the Holy Christian Church founded on Jesus’ Own Authority and Promise – each with their own responsibilities under God – each needing our prayerful stewardship as individual Christians. The state dare not challenge God-given responsibilities and privileges in the Christian home or the Christian Church.
The Church lacks the authority and knowledge to seek to impose its will on the state. Too often, bishops and church conventions and committees make statements concerning civil rights and partisan agendas – concepts that are irrelevant to church institutions and officials. A civil right is a right given to us by the government.
The rights that concern Christ’s Church were not given to us by any government – as our wise forefathers recognized we “are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – rights whose foundation is the freedom of religion God has given us. As they further observed governments are instituted by God not to give us these God-given rights but to secure these rights. Further, here in America, God has given individual Christian citizens – not institutions - the political responsibility to live our faith as active and informed citizens under God.
The question for Christian individuals as family members, citizens and church members and for our nation is the same as it was for Elijah and those 9th Century B.C. people - “How long can those Israelites, or the world, or some leaders in the nation and even in the church go limping between two different opinions? If The Lord is God, follow Him, but if Baal, then follow him.”
Once again, in his childish wisdom, Guenther got it right. “When I got all of Jesus back where He belonged, our country just came together.”
“One Nation Under God – Or Just A Nation Going Under?” may sound like a rather harsh title for a sermon – harsh perhaps – true nonetheless. We must all heed Benjamin Franklin’s warning – “Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants” - tyrants need not be a Hitler or a Stalin – but can be people whose faith is ultimately in so-called human wisdom rather than in The Word of God or people substituting hedonistic pleasure for The Ten Commandments.
We have seen what taking prayer out of public venues and The Ten Commandments out of our judicial system and substituting human wisdom for God’s Law is already doing to our people “under God”.
I love that Psalm (33:12) - “Blessed is the nation whose God is The Lord. Blessed are the people God has chosen as His Own.” Today we honor those who have served – and in some cases given their very lives – to defend the America God has blessed us to be and that for which we stand or fall under God.
God bless America – and all our people under God – as God always has.
THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH PASSES ALL HUMAN UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS UNDER JESUS – OUR CRUCIFIED AND RISEN LORD OF ALL AND SAVIOUR OF ALL. AMEN.
The Sixth Sunday of The Trinity Season (also 4th of July weekend) July 1, 2018
Dr. Kurt Borows
Pastor, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Catawba Island, Port Clinton, Ohio