Someone wrote these interesting words entitled, “Only in America.”
1. Only in America can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
2. Only in America are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
3. Only in America do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a Diet coke.
4. Only in America do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our junk in the garage.
5. Only in America do we use answering machines to screen calls and have call waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone we didn’t want to talk to in the first place.
America is unique: unique in its history, unique in its political structure, and unique in its foundation. The foundation of this country is clearly spelled out in the words of William Bradford, governor of the Plymouth Colony. As he described the mission of the Pilgrims, Mr. Bradford said, “They cherished a great hope and inward zeal of laying a good foundation… for the advancement of the gospel of Christ in the remote parts of the world…”
It is very evident the men who God used to lay the foundation of this nation were men who had a fear of the Lord. Men like George Washington, who said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
We know this same heart to be true in men who signed the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, “Cursed be all learning that is contrary to the Cross of Christ.” Alexander Hamilton, signer of the Constitution, said, “I have a tender reliance on the mercy of the Almighty, through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am a sinner. I look to Him for mercy.”
There is a painting of the first Continental Congress where many are on their knees in prayer. You may have heard the story of how they were discussing and debating the Declaration of Independence. Finally, one of them suggested they all get on their knees and ask God what should be done. And these 55 signers of the Declaration of Independence all went to their knees as one man and began to pray and seek the wisdom and guidance of God.
As John Adams stated in a letter to his wife, Abigail, “The most amazing thing occurred. Even the stern old Quakers had tears gushing down their cheeks.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful today if our president, our congress, and our Supreme Court, got down on their knees like our forefathers did and ask, “God, what do you want for this nation?” The scriptures declare in Psalm 33:12 (CEV) “The Lord blesses each nation that worships only him. He blesses his chosen ones.”
On this 238th birthday of our nation, we find ourselves very distant from our beginning foundation. Our moral compass is off and our direction is uncertain. Our history is being rewritten and we no longer know who we were or who we are. It is time to rediscover who helped shape our nation into a powerful force. More importantly, you may want to know how God can uniquely shape and change you. I invite you to pick up a bible and seek God while he may still be found.