Saturday, September 08, 2007

let's pause for a moment as we discuss transforming america

As we have finished discussing the 4th (out of 13) step in the plan to transform America, I think that it is appropriate to pause for a moment to discuss the direction we are going in, and where we hope to end up.

I agree with Arthur S. DeMoss when he says that the transformation of America has to begin on a personal level (see That's what steps 1-3 were all about.

John Adams said, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

I couldn't agree more. The unalienable rights that God has blessed us with have never been less secure at any point of our history than they are right now. When John Adams made this statement in 1798, America was a freer nation because Americans were more religious and moral than we are today. Our bondage to sin and immorality has caused us to become enslaved by an increasingly amoral and power-hungry federal government. Transforming America will be an impossible task unless we become a more religious and moral people. That's how we defeat the forces of cultural Marxism, and that's what steps 1-3 are all about.

Step 4 takes personal transformation to the next logical step. Individuals who have been transformed by God's saving grace need to join together with other individuals who have undergone the same transformation in order to transform America. If it is true that, individually, letting our light shine to others will cause them to praise our Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16), then it just makes sense that groups of Christians doing the same thing will cause the same thing with larger groups of other people. Right?

According to the Barna Group there are 324,000 Protestant churches in America, not including Roman Catholic parishes and Orthodox Jewish synagogues, with an average Sunday worship service attendance of 100 adults. That's 32,400,000 adults regularly attending church. If those 32.4 million adults all genuinely accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and if they all became studious readers of God's Word, and if they all unceasingly prayed for God to bring America back to Him, America would be transformed overnight!

As an individual, however, there is more that you (and I) can do. I believe with all my heart that the secret to lasting change here in America lies within the structure of the traditional family. I'll explain.

Those who are not yet born will serve him. Those who are born later will be told about the Lord. And they will tell people who have not yet been born that he has done what is right. (Psalm 22:30-31)

My Life Application Study Bible, in discussing those verses, says the following:

"Unborn generations are depending upon our faithfulness today. As we teach our children about the Lord, so they will teach their children and their children's children. If we fail to tell our children about the Lord, we may well be breaking the chain of God's influence in generations to come. We must view our children and all the young people we meet as God's future leaders. If we are faithful in opportunities today, we may well be affecting the future." Also;

"If we want our children to serve the Lord, they must hear about Him from us. It is not enough to rely on the church or those with more knowledge to provide all of their Christian education. We must reinforce the lessons of the Bible in our homes."

I would add that is also important to teach our children about the greatness of America, and how that greatness is rooted in our uniquely Christian heritage. We must teach our children about the Christian faith and the courage and wisdom of our Founding Fathers. We must teach our children about their rights and responsibilities as American citizens. We must regard our children as future American leaders, and we must instill in them a love for the foundational principles of this great nation.

Steps 5-12 all deal with our responsibility to inculcate the guiding principles of Christian conservatism in our children, and how carrying out that responsibility within our homes will absolutely change America for the better.

That's where we will pick up tomorrow.


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