United States of America
The United States of America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth. I trust these short articles will help you to understand why America is a great nation. It is not because of our armies, or wealth, or our people. It is because God gave his understanding and heart to our forefathers when they formed this great nation. The United States of America will remain strong only as long as its people seek God, and remain true to him.
After the terrorist’s attacks of September 11, 2001, America as a nation stood united for the cause of freedom. We, as Americans, asked God to bless us. Flags waved once again, and people were very united and patriotic. This is as it should be. But there is something the American people did not do, and have not done. There is something the leaders of this nation have not done, nor have they asked the American people to do.
We have not asked God to forgive us. Our leaders have not asked God to forgive us.
I have seen many bumper stickers, many billboards, many placards stating in bold letters, "GOD BLESS AMERICA"
I have not seen one - not ONE - that states, "GOD FORGIVE AMERICA FOR SINNING AGAINST GOD."
It seems to me that America is saying, "We don't need forgiveness, we need blessings. We want to continue in our sins - just give us blessings. God, please bless our sins! Bless our turning away from you! Bless our rebellion against you and your word. Bless our lack of reading your word, and praying to you, and bless our half-heartedness toward you!"
It is important that God bless this great nation. However, God must forgive us first, and in order for God to forgive us, we must first ask his forgiveness. America will never ask forgiveness until America sees their guilt before a most holy God.
In an October 17, 2001 speech before the U. S. House of Representatives, Representative Roscoe Barlett (R-Maryland) (click here) explains how America has changed in the last 50 years. And the change has not been good. America has gone away from its Christian foundations. Our nation will not stand long if we continue to forsake the Christian principles she was founded upon. There are many sins America has allowed, even encouraged by passing laws that make sin legal. But God hasn't changed his mind about sin. Sin is still sin in the eyes of Almighty God, and he is still the God of judgment.
Jerry Falwell recently apologized to the American people for stating the terrorists attacks on September 11 were the judgment of God upon America. Pat Robinson has been called a "crackpot" for saying the same thing. Personally, I agree with very little these two men believe, but they are both right on the point that God judges sin. Our nation seems to have forgotten that fact.
I firmly believe our president, George Bush, has sought, and is seeking, the leadership of the LORD in the war against terrorism. He should seek heavenly guidance, as no war can be won without him.
We must all remember that for this nation to be truly blessed by God, the strongholds of sin must be removed. Some people are going to be offended when these strongholds are crushed, but it must be done.
II Chronicles 7:14 states, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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." God expects his people to recognize their terrible wickedness and repent. God expects his people to read their Bibles, see their sins as he sees them, and repent before him.
God gave Jonah the task of preaching against the exceeding great wickedness of Nineveh. Jonah 3:4 clearly states the preaching of Jonah, "...Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown." Nineveh heard, repented in dust and ashes before God Almighty, and he forgave their sins and repented himself of the wickedness he would have done to them.
God is the same God he has always been. He will forgive America. He will heal our land and he will bless us once again.
We must repent before an Almighty God, and ask his forgiveness.
Then, and only then, can we truly pray, God bless America.
Then, and only then, will God truly bless American once again.
Click the following link to hear Red Skelton recite the Pledge of Allegiance