Americais unique on the face of the earth—not for her power or her wealth—any people can attain wealth and power. She is not unique in her natural beauty—there is beauty everywhere on earth. She is not unique because of the industriousness of her people—many peoples work as hard or harder. What makes America unique is that she was founded on the idea that she would be a nation under God.
The birth of the United States brought mankind the first nation of self-governed people to recognize the sovereignty of Almighty God. The American experiment provided for a government carefully crafted to provide for maximum liberty while recognizing the supremacy and authority of God as revealed in the Bible. James Madison, destined to be the fourth president of the United States, remarked that America was so unique that there was “no model on the face of the earth” for her to follow as an example.
The Declaration of Independence states at its start that America wanted to assume among the nations “the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them….” Pursuant to that ideal the Declaration goes on to state, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
The Preamble to the Constitution clearly states that “the people” were establishing a nation to secure the blessings of liberty, making us free to grow in character individually and as a nation: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” The blessings of liberty have certainly showered down upon the American people.
Today there is great cause for concern regarding America’s future. My purpose is to briefly examine those concerns and to share some thoughts on what you and I can do to ensure a bright future for America and indeed the whole world. The discomfort you and I feel in the pit of our stomachs is the feeling that our national blessings seem to be slipping away. There must be good cause for our anxieties, and of course those causes need mitigation. There are good reasons for why we feel so anxious.
Liberty and freedom are inextricably entwined with free moral agency. The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must be tempered with responsibility and self-restraint. There must be balance and fairness applied by the vast majority of citizens in order for government of the people to work for the benefit of all. For God’s blessing to be given, freedom must also be coupled with individual and national efforts to please Him. We the people agreed to this covenant at our founding. God did not force it on us. There is a cause for every effect, and our anxieties stem from the effects we see about us. The cause and effects behind national decline are as certain as the laws of nature, such as gravity or the laws of motion.
As I see it, there are two fundamental causes for national decline, and they are related. First is the abuse of personal freedom. Second is the withholding of God’s blessings. The more Americans abuse freedom, the more our national blessings diminish and the more our national difficulties increase. The abuse of freedom comes in many guises, and to properly recognize them and deal with them it is necessary to view our behaviors from God’s point of view and through the lens of His Word, the Bible. This is very doable. Biblical prophecy reveals that God is on the verge of doing something marvelous for the human race. It can and probably will begin in the nation that has pledged to be “one nation” under God—if enough of us use our freedom and liberty to willingly strive to please Him.