Google+ 07/03/13 "Rise Up O Men of God!"

Acts 17:26-28

 

From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth.

He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.

“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—

Though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist.

As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’"

 

Today I begin a five-part devotion series entitled "One Nation Under God."  As we approach July 4th, it is time to tell the truth about how the United States was founded and who we belong to in our country.  The mainstream media attempts to convince us that being "One Nation Under God" is somehow politically incorrect.  We only need to read the passage above, directly from the Bible, to determine whose mighty hand rules our nation.  God created each of us and our forefathers knew it and believed it.  All but two of the original fifty-six men that signed the Declaration of Independence were active Christians and the other two men would be considered "Bible thumpers" by today's standards!   Twenty-eight of these same fifty-six men were ordained ministers.  Our ancestors left Europe for several reasons, chief of which was religious freedom.  The separation of church and state, that is written into our constitution, was never intended to allow the government to remove God from our lives.  It was intended to make sure that the government could never act without God.  Luke tells us that we are all supposed to seek after God and get closer to Him.  How much clearer could it be as to God's role in our lives and country?  So, why do we most often hear the complete opposite of what I have just described?  The reason is simple.  We simply don't stand up for God.  If all the parents in an elementary school don't like the fact that their children can't participate in corporate, adult-led prayer, they just need to say so.  Go to school, in mass, and proclaim that there is going to be prayer today.  I am willing to bet the policy would change that very day.  Abraham Lincoln demanded in his Gettysburg Address, "a government of the people, by the people, and for the people."  In this confused world today, there is one constant.  Let's listen to the original hymn writer and do exactly what he says.  "Rise Up O Men of God!"