For those who may not read these our posts regularly, I will repeat our contention that America is not a Christian Nation nor was it founded as such. HOWEVER, there can be no doubt it was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.
Likewise Christians are commanded to be obedient to civil government (see our 11 part series beginning here:Sunday’s Sermon Series – Civil Government: Part I) as long as that government uses it’s limited authority in a way that does not break God’s law. Whenever that happens we have a problem.
Chief Justice James Kent explained in People v. Ruggles, 1811, what made OATHS effective:”
In Taylor’s case … the court … said, that Christianity was parcel of the law, and to cast contumelious reproaches upon it, tended to weaken the foundation of moral obligation, and the efficacy (effectiveness) of OATHS.”
CONTEXT: The book of Joel was the telling of God’s judgment upon His chosen people (Israel), the pagan nations that surrounded them, and the eventual outpouring of the Holy Spirit (restoration of God’s people) Acts 2. Matthew Henry breaks chapter 2 down as follows: God’s judgments. (1-14) Exhortations to fasting and prayer; blessings promised. (15-27) A promise of the Holy Spirit, and of future mercies. (28-32)
I want to look at just v.1 this morning because I think they are applicable to all of us today.
Blow the trumpet in Zion [warning of impending judgment], Sound an alarm on My holy mountain [Zion]! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble and shudder in fear, For the [judgment] day of the Lord is coming; It is close at hand,(AMP)
Judgment by way of the “Day of the Lord” is the predominant theme of the book of Joel. Israel (1:15; 2:1–2) and all the nations (3:2–3) are subject to this judgment. While most associate the “Day of the Lord” with wrath and judgments it can also be a day of salvation and restoration.
Here in chapter 2 v.1, the context is definitely judgment and wrath that Joel is warning against. Israel had become complacent AGAIN, it had fallen back into the sins of its surrounding neighbors and Joel sires out a warning Blow the trumpet in Zion, (any temple, pulpit, or corner will do) Sound an alarm on My holy mountain, we too must be able, ready and willing at every moment to speak out against the anti-Christ. For the [judgment] day of the Lord is coming, God cannot abide sin, nor sinners. The old saying God Loves the Sinner But Hates the Sin? is far from true and He must and will pass judgment on everyone.
Of course, no one knows when the final judgment “day of the Lord” will come but we must (All True Believers) act like it is today. Spiritual Complacency has plagued the “church” for far too long in America. Oh, we are good at giving, missions, and feeding the poor. We respond well to national disasters and the like but do not ask us to get involved in the BIG PICTURE, the moral issues of today.
It is time we, All True Believers, Shout is from the Blogs, Corners, and Pulpits; that we demand that the core values America was founded upon, the Judeo-Christian principles be returned before the Wrath of God, the final judgment, the “day of the Lord” is poured out upon this nation and people.
A family activist dedicated to electing conservative candidates to Congress is warning Christians that if they continue to refuse to get involved in politics, then they will be partly responsible when the world sinks “into another dark age.”
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore welcome Dr. Everett Piper into the studio to discuss the recent inaugural convocation for The Institute of Public Theology and the need for Christians to grow a spine and step courageously into the public square.
CONTEXT: Most Bibles have a heading that says something like “Song of Moses” at the beginning of this Chapter. That is simple to understand as the first two verses are a direct appeal by Mosses to heaven. Matthew Henry breaks down the Chapter in this way: The song of Moses. (1,2) The character of God, The character of Israel. (3-6) The great things God had done for Israel. (7-14) The wickedness of Israel. (19-25) The judgments which would come upon them for their sins. (15-18) Deserved vengeance withheld. (26-38) God’s deliverance for his people. (39-43) The exhortation with which the song was delivered. (44-47) Moses to go up mount Nebo to die. (48-52)
We recently had another Great Grandchild and as usual, it got me thinking about what kind of nation and world we would be leaving him to grow up in. I was saddened by the thought of how messed up things are in America today compared to when I was a child.
In our text Mosses is speaking about the nation of Israel and its rebellion against the Laws and precepts upon which it was founded can easily be applied to America today. As I have repeated many times unlike Israel which was a Theocracy, America is NOT a Theocracy or “Christian Nation” but was CLEARLY founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.
So as Moses prayed, pleaded, and WARNED,
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
we too, that is all who identify as Christians in America, need to take up the fight and do the same to reclaim the Judeo-Christian principles that made America great. I am speaking about America’s Core Values; common courtesy, decency, and morals we can all agree are sorely lacking.
I think history shows what the later end for any nation has been that abandons all morality. Ultimate and total destruction, is this to be America’s fate?
Before we get to our text for today most folks would have pickedPsalm 33:12-22Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the nation whose God is the Lord,…In proportion as we have [a]hoped in You.
Given the overwhelming evidence that America was not founded as a “Christian Nation” that is a theocracy, but clearly a Republic upon Judeo-Christian principles I think a better choice for our main text is found in Joel.
The nation of Israel had once again abandoned the Lord God and He sent Joel to warn them of the coming wrath. In chapter one, it is a plague of locust, here in chapter two the threat of something far worse drives them to repentance.
Even now,” says the Lord, “Turn and come to Me with all your heart [in genuine repentance], With fasting and weeping and mourning [until every barrier is removed and the broken fellowship is restored]; 13Rip your heart to pieces [in sorrow and contrition] and not your garments.” Now return [in repentance] to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness [faithful to His covenant with His people]; And He relents [His sentence of] evil [when His people genuinely repent]. 2:12-13 (AMP)
In 2020 the US had a population of 331,000,000 people of that approximately 68% self proclaim as “Christian.” Even if we take out one-third for children, infirmed, etc. 68% of that is still 148.5 million Americans.
Think of the effect if all of those folks were thinking BIBLICALLY and praying BIBLICALLY daily. We do not need to Make America Great Again, we need to Make It Godly Again.
Here is a thought, get together with some friends, neighbors, co-workers, and pray for America weekly.
Despite the lies that revisionists try and push, America was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, and right now we need to pray for God to raise up those principles; for I fear for the generation of my grandchildren and beyond. – Mike
American Minute with Bill Federer
Call to Pray by Sam Adams – “Father of American Revolution”
“Bow the knee in prayer to the Almighty, whose assistance they hoped to obtain”
…Samuel Adams called for the first Continental Congress.
When it first met, September 6, 1774, he proposed that it be opened with prayer, despite the delegates being of different Christian denominations which did not always get along:
“It did not become men, professing to be Christian men, who had come together for solemn deliberation in the hour of their extremity, to say there was so wide a difference in their religious belief that they could not, as one man, bow the knee in prayer to the Almighty, whose advice and assistance they hoped to obtain.”