Article - One Nation Under God?
How shocking it was to hear the ninth circuit court of appeals declare the unifying force of our Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. The phrase “One nation under God” has now been declared politically incorrect and religiously offensive. How far will our nation go from God? Did we not learn from September 11? The only way this nation will ever stand and prosper is to be under God’s control. The atheist, skeptic and cynic are trying to push God out of our country. Yet many who claim to believe in God are breaking down this nations spiritual fiber by the way they live. What does “One nation under God” really mean?
A Righteous Nation. The phrase one nation under God inherently means that we must be like God. God is wholly and completely righteous (1 Peter 1:15, Hebrews 12:14). Therefore, we as a nation must strive to be a righteous people. Solomon declared, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). The only way our nation will be an exalted and wonderful place to live is when its people strive to do what is right in God’s eyes. However, there are many practices in our nation that are a sinful reproach to God. For example, when we legalize abortion in our country we are no longer righteous (Proverbs 6:16-19). When we allow homosexual marriages and lifestyles to be acceptable God is not pleased with us (Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26ff). When gambling, immorality, and all kinds of filth are popular are we really one nation under God? Let’s strive to put away sin and be a righteous people!
A Biblical Nation. To be one nation under God necessarily means we are under His word. The founders of our constitution and pledge of allegiance based much of their text upon teachings from the Bible. It is long overdue for our country to go back to the Bible for instruction. If we really want our country to be under God we must let God’s word be over us. This means that each citizen must live his life by the word of God. It means that we should look to the Bible for the characteristics of a good political candidate. It also means that we should look to God’s word as the legal standard for moral and ethical issues. The Bible must be the main textbook for everything our nation does!
It is heart rendering to see a time when our judicial courts try to overthrow God and the religious foundation of our nation. But what may be even sadder is the fact that many already have taken God out of our country by the way they live and act. Did the courts really take God out of our pledge of allegiance or had we already removed Him? If we have already removed God then let’s repent and put Him back over our nation. The only way this nation will ever survive these trying times is to strive to be righteous and biblical. May God give us the strength and courage to accomplish this!
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