Gulf Ridge Park Baptist Church
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This month we celebrate the birth of our great country. We are reminded that the Government of America was built upon great principles that has provided the opportunity for every American to enjoy God given freedom from tyranny and to live in peace and prosperity. We have the freedom to worship, bear arms, peaceful assembly, to have elected officials who are responsible to the will of the people. All of these principles were designed and put into place to guarantee that a free people can work, live, and raise their family without the fear of government overreach. Those were the problems they faced at the time of the American Revolution.
These principles were woven into the fabric of our Constitution, and it is these principles which has made this country great. We have been blessed in the past to have great leaders, many of them as you know, were the Founders of our country. Our nation has also had leaders that are not so great who ignore or disregard the great principles of our Constitution. They want to impose their own views in an effort to reshape the Constitution and our Country, and to bring government regulations and laws which suppress our freedoms. John Adams said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” It is those principles which stand the test of time and need to be guarded diligently lest our freedoms are eroded and the Constitution is undermined. If that were to happen the great freedoms we enjoy will soon be lost. I recall as an Army Officer I had to take an oath to defend the ‘Constitution’ of these United States.
George Washington said: “If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.” He further said: “The power under the Constitution will always be in the people.”
My encouragement to us as people of faith is threefold:
1) Maintain the vigilance of prayer. We serve the great God who sets up and pulls down kingdoms. Prayer can change the hearts of minds of leaders, but if we wait too long, the good Lord will use discipline to correct the land.
2) Be separate from those sins and idols that God has judged other nations for in the past.
3) Stay abreast of what your elected officials are doing. Tell them how they vote and support certain legislation is important to you. Call them into account when you go to the polls in November. The one thing they fear the most is that you and I are paying attention to their actions and listening diligently to what they say.
I close with this quote from Thomas Jefferson: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
Brethren, our hope and great salvation is that God will bless His people and the great nation where we live. HOPE thou in God, rejoice in His salvation, and renew your spirit in Him.
May God be pleased to bless us again,