I was privileged to be a part of the Trail End Days at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in April. From cowboys, to covered wagons, to trains, it was a wonderful event that celebrated our heritage both as a nation and as a city. Our church set up a free “create your own cookie” booth to bless kids and parents alike. Young and old decorated cookies shaped like trains, stars, and longhorns.
While people were standing around, I took the opportunity to conduct a little survey. I asked the following questions:
Do you know that God has a plan for you, your family, the church, and our nation?
Do you think our nation is headed in the right direction?
Do you think our nation is more violent? More greedy?
Do you think it was a good idea that we removed God and the Ten Commandments from our schools?
I realized that most of the people attending the event were people of faith, so I wasn’t surprised that out of all the surveys, 90 percent thought we were headed in the wrong direction as a nation. I also found it interesting that only one individual thought it was a good idea to take God and the 10 commandments out of our schools; even an agnostic thought it a bad idea to remove them from our schools.
Is there a correlation between removing God from our civic life and the problems we see in our nation?
We have come so far from our foundation as a nation that we would probably not recognize speeches from past presidents. For instance, George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” John Quincy Adams was quoted as stating, “The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible. I speak as a man of the world…and I say to you, ‘Search the Scriptures.’”
Andrew Jackson noted, “That Book, sir, is the Rock on which our Republic rests.” Dwight Eisenhower in a radio address said, “Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first – the most basic – expression of Americanism.”
And Missouri’s own Harry Truman stated, “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and Saint Matthew, from Isaiah and Saint Paul…. If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State!”
It is plain to see from history that we are a Christian nation founded on Biblical principles, despite what any present day president may say. But many families no longer devote time to studying Scripture and to following God’s truths and principles. We are seeing the consequences of this all across our nation. God wants nothing more than for us to return to Him in humble repentance.
At the Trail End Days, a couple of times I heard some people talk about the good ole days. You know what days they were talking about? Days you rooted for the good guy and the good guy won. Days when you knew what was right and what was wrong and people opted to do right. Days people believed in moral foundations and spiritual authority. Unfortunately, those days are hard to find today. I believe those days are possible again, but only if we return to God and follow His ways.