Monday, June 24, 2013

June 25, 2013

"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people." Proverbs 14:34

Would you rather have a nation that is exalted or a nation that is condemned?
That sounds like one of those obvious questions the guys asks those precocious kids on those popular A. T. & T. commercials.
Personally, I'll take a nation that is exalted by the righteousness of it's people.
My guess is that you would, too! And we would be in good company! Consider the quotes of some of our exalted Founding Fathers:
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” - George Washington
“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” - George Washington
“Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of Thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in Thy fear, and dying in Thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy son, Jesus Christ.” - George Washington, Prayer

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports….Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
- George Washington, Farewell Address 1796
These are but a few selected quotes among scores of others recorded from the lips and the writings of our First President and Hero of the Revolutionary War.
After reading those quotes let me ask you, "I your opinion, George Washington exalt American or condemn it?"
If you said that George Washington exalted our nation you would have the evidence of history on your side!
More importantly you would have the truth of Scripture on your side as well!
So, the question becomes, if you know that righteousness exalts a nation is your life exalting or condemning America?