America and Prosperity
The Founders of America, who were men of deep Christian conviction, declared that the prosperous survival of the nation depends on the Christian moral fabric of its citizens. Let’s read some of their words:
George Washington – 1st U.S. President
“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained” American State Papers: Documents Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (1833).
John Adams – 2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
“Suppose a nation … should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged … to charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God … What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.” –Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Vol. III, p. 9.
Thomas Jefferson – 3rd U.S. President, Drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever.” –Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.
James Madison – 4th U.S. President
“Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.” –America’s Providential History by Stephen K. McDowell, p. 93.
James Monroe – 5th U.S. President
“When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored…Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good.” –Monroe made this statement in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress, November 16, 1818.
John Quincy Adams – 6th U.S. President
“The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth.” –Life of John Quincy Adams, p. 248.
Thus, we can see that the Founding Fathers recognized that righteousness is the basis of success in any nation. The Bible affirms that as a nation adopts Biblical principles, it prospers. But when a nation strays away from Biblical principles, it crumbles. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Patrick Henry affirmed, “The great pillars of all government and of social life: I mean virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible” (1891).
Today, America is committing national suicide by turning its back on God. Legalizing Abortion and homosexuality in addition to taking God out of the American life are few proofs of the expanding rejection of God in the American civilization. And the inevitable result is disaster. George Mason, The father of the Bill of Rights, affirmed this fact to his fellow delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787: “By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.”
Is There Hope for America?
The Lord gives the answer: “[I]f My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place…. But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, and worship them, then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and this house which I have sanctified for My name I will cast out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples…. [E]veryone who passes by it will be astonished and say, “Why has the Lord done thus to this land and this house?” Then they will answer, “Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers… and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this calamity on them” (2 Chronicles 7:14-22).
Let the people of America return to God and seek His forgiveness. The Lord pleads: “‘Return to Me, and I will return to you,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:7). “Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him…. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:8,12). Once the people of America repent of their sins, they will be unshakable just as John Witherspoon stated once: “He who makes a people virtuous makes them invincible” (1815).
In His service,