Tonight at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas Glenn Beck shared his public testimony about how Jesus redeemed and saved him. He said, “We cannot fix our country, but we can fix ourselves.” He went on to say that we may not be able to fix our country, but as Lord and Savior, Jesus can save both us as individuals and our country as He carries a big sword!!! Yes, indeed. Thank God for Glenn Beck.
Robert Morris, our beloved Senior Pastor, then took the platform and delivered a powerful message whose title was inspired by a speech by Ronald Reagan in 1984 where he said, “If we ever forget we are One Nation Under God, we will be a nation gone under…”
He gave three points on what will cause a nation to go under.
1. When judges rule. (Ruth1:1) When judges rule or “legislate from the bench” they take on a role that neither our founding fathers nor God intended for them to fulfill. Judges are to decide cases based on the laws and statutes of God and His laws. Which, by the way, the laws and statutes of God agreed with the original document our founding fathers drafted in the Constitutional conventions during the infancy of our nation.
Our history has been hi-jacked by New Speakers who know no absolute truth who have redefined, reframed and deceived the generations a small dose of arsenic at a time.
These same people and those who have embrace these distortions as fact propose to deny me my First Amendment rights of the free exercise of religion and free expression of my beliefs. And will no doubt scoff at these words as well. (I am dusting off my soapbox- brace yourselves!)
Back to Pastor’s message:
2. When people rule. (Judges 6:17) When each person is left to follow their own individual convictions and conscience as right. Where no basis or standard for absolute truth exists.
There must be a standard, absolutes that draw boundaries between right and wrong. Not that we treat our differences in an uncivil manner, but that we would draw light to the absolute standard of God’s Word through unconditional love and prayer, not by sowing discord or stirring up raucous rhetorical debate, but by establishing ourselves in grace and the love of God and by being His hands and feet while honoring the institutions that He ordained for orderly living.
And the final point:
3. When Believers keep SILENT. We must make our voices heard!
Ps. Robert shared several verses to illustrate this point, but two stood out to me. (1) The story of four lepers who witnessed God’s miraculous deliverance from military oppression, but kept silent… 2 Kings 7:9 records their repentance over the matter, “Then they said to one another, ‘We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent…”
(2) Isaiah 62:6 “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD do not keep silent,”
We must be heard. Today the evening news revealed that the #2 candidate in the Republican Iowa Caucuses came unexpectedly from Rick Santorum who said that he has gotten through the daily challenges of campaigning for the top GOP spot in the political races of 2012 by the grace of God. He thanked God and honored his wife’s contribution to his success today for the favorable showing in Iowa where he garnered 1/3 of the total votes of those professing to be born-again believers.
He went on to say, “With your help and God’s grace we’ll go on to another fun fight a week from now.”
Which brings me to Ps. Roberts’s final statements, “The point is it’s time for you to get concerned. It’s time for us to get involved. It’s time for us to vote. It’s time for us to speak up. It’s time for us to make our actions heard. It’s time for us to pray so our nation can once agin be One Nation Under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all!”
As the service closed we prayed and asked God what He wanted us to do in response to the message. God highlighted the last passage I shared, Isaiah 62:6 and how it ends with a comma… A pause before the statement continues. Hear this as a call to prayer for this nation.
“I have set watchmen on your walls, O [United States of America]; They shall never hold their peace, day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes [the United States of America] a praise in the earth.”
My question tonight is will you be a watchmen who does not hold your peace day or night, does not keep silent but gives God no rest until He makes this great nation a praise in the earth as it is in heaven? His will be done!