We just celebrated another anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. I love America! I am honored to have served under our flag for 4½ years in the United States Army. I love our National Anthem! I have often said, “Cut me, and I will bleed red, white, and blue.” And I know that I am not the only one who has these feelings for our nation.
But I was just thinking about what’s going on in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave… and it’s so incredibly sad.
I am reminded of the last verse of the Book of Judges. “In those days Israel had no king: everyone did as they saw fit” (Judges 21:25 NIV).
I am deeply concerned about the future. I refer to the future of the United States of America, the New Testament churches of our country and to the future of my grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Growing up in the 50s and 60s, I never thought of people in our country revolting against our government, defying authority, abusing law enforcement and desiring to have a nation with no rule. That was then. Now, all of those are here and I find each most disgusting, appalling and sinful.
God is the God of rule. In the Garden of Eden, there was rule and there were rules. He was the Ruler and His rules (though minimal) were to be obeyed by the first couple. To rise up against the Ruler and His rules brought penalties — spiritual death and banishment from Eden. Of course, the result was also physical death, and that has come to every human since.
God is the God of law. The law of the harvest transcends the centuries: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Gal. 6:7.) That was not just for the time of those in Paul’s time; it is just as much in effect today as ever!
Our nation, from the West to the East, is seeing anarchy take place in city after city. The Greek word for anarchy is anarchos, meaning “having no rule.” It has, in recent times, been defined as “without government.”
Our founding fathers were not perfect men. Most were believers, many were not. But all recognized that law begins with God and lawlessness is the desire of sinful people. They rightfully chose to use God’s laws as the foundation for the laws and constitution of the new United States of America.
For 2½ centuries, the laws that have been set forth have served the cities, states and nation well. But that was then; now things have changed. We are seeing anarchy raise up its ugly head; it is taking away history, and in doing so, it is taking away future. The quest for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is now at stake in the United States of America.
Be certain of this — I am not referring to political parties. I am not talking Democrat or Republican. I am talking about a battle for the very existence of these United States!
When we idly stand by and watch anarchists burn and loot businesses, topple statues, wound and kill law enforcement officers, openly burn the flag of the United States and reject lawful rules — we are guilty of apathy and neglect in our responsibilities as citizens (and as Christians) not just to this generation, but to those who may come behind us.
Sometimes we quote Bible verses so often they become cliché. But this scripture cannot, must not, become cliché — the God of Rule is also the God of Grace. We must pay attention to II Chron. 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Now is the time for us to take a stand! We must not remain silent. We must speak up! We must diligently pray. We must confess sin. But my friends, we must seek God’s face.
That’s what I was just thinking!