Saturday, September 5, 2015

Pray for America

Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as his heritage!

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - The Declaration of Independence: IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

God bless America, Land that I love, stand beside her and guide her thru the night with a light from above; From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam, God bless America, my home, sweet home. God bless America,
my home, sweet home – Irving Berlin 1918.

Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand between their loved home and the war's desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land praise “the Power” that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto: "In God is our trust": And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave – Francis Scott Key 1814.

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea! O beautiful for pilgrim feet whose stern impassioned stress a thoroughfare for freedom beat
across the wilderness. America! America! God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law – Katherine Lee Bates 1904

Psalm 144:15 English Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"The factor which produces righteousness, peace, order, prosperity, blessing and happiness in a land is not the form of government which exists. It is not the Constitution of the United States, or the Declaration of
Independence, which is preserving American liberty, even to the degree we still have it today. These are not our guarantees; they cannot protect us. We ought to take careful note of the motto of the new state of Hawaii
which was adopted in the days of the missionaries in 1820. While still a territory this motto was adopted: Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono which means, "The life of the land is preserved by righteousness." It is not the Constitution that preserves the United States. The Constitution can be twisted, manipulated, distorted, and made to apply in a variety of ways,
as the Supreme Court has shown us many times in our history. The Constitution will not protect us or preserve justice. What preserves justice? Righteousness! A people who are dedicated to the will and purpose of God, and who recognize the life of God in their midst. That is what preserves a land. That is the only thing that ever has or ever will. The lack of righteousness has been the reason for the overturn of civilization after civilization. Arnold Toynbee has counted some twenty-six civilizations that have come and gone. They failed because they were not built upon righteousness. Here, on almost the two hundredth birthday of the United States, it is well to remember that the thing that has preserved us as a nation to this time and has allowed what liberties we have or have ever had was not the wisdom of our forefathers, or the documents by which they set this nation in motion, but the faith that pervaded this land, the reality of righteousness in response to that faith, the life of God at work in this country. And that is the way to preserve it, by a return to righteousness." - Pastor Ray Steadman, April 1970