Some people seem to think today that the founding fathers desired a government free from religion, but nothing could be further from the truth. Did you know that although it is a short document, the Declaration of Independence directly refers to God three times?
It refers to “Nature’s God,” recognizing His sovereignty over all of nature. We know Jesus calmed the wind and the storms. What else might that include?—Plants, trees, animals, man, so pretty much everything.
Next it calls Him Creator. Hmmm. These “Deists” knew who made them.
And finally it recognizes Him as the Sovereign Judge, and asks Him to judge the righteousness of their actions. Doesn’t particularly sound like they thought He was aloof and uncaring at all. It sounds more like they believed He would understand the oppression and tyranny they faced, and they hoped He would be on their side.
The founding fathers knew their Bible. They knew the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt, of Joshua at the battle at Jericho, of Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, of the Psalms extolling the Commander of Angel Armies. This is the God they wanted on their side, the One Who would fight their battles for them. I believe to them, the Bible was their Declaration of Dependence on God alone. I also believe that’s the reason God has so blessed this nation for the last 241 years. Although there were some who were determined to make Washington their king, he was adamantly against the idea of any king. Maybe he learned that lesson from Israel too.
But just as the nation of Israel faced chastisement for its rebellions, this nation could be in for a rude awakening if it continues on the path it’s on these days. The blood of sixty plus million babies cries out just as Abel’s did. When will it be avenged?
That’s not our only sin though. Morality has become “intolerance” or “hate.” Excuse me? I don’t hate anyone. It’s against my religion. Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
Religious liberty has never been in such jeopardy in our country as it is right now. Freedom of religion has become freedom from religion. They won’t even call it that anymore. They say freedom of worship. Their concept of worship is that it must be a private act that must not affect your public life in any way. That is not the worship described in the Bible. Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “You shall love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Such love cannot be constrained to a church building on a Sunday morning. It permeates every fiber of your being 24/7. But such love also speaks the truth in love. God is love. God is also holy, and He desires His children to be holy also. It’s certainly not easy in this culture. It takes a Declaration of Dependence on Him alone and then following through on that commitment.