One Nation Under God? 05/13/2014 (Morning thought)

Exodus 19: 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation"......

This passage of scripture delineates for us how "One nation under God" works. The covenant relationship is based on an agreement on the part of the "Nation" to obey God's voice in all things, and in return, the nation becomes God's peculiar treasure. What is worthy of note about this passage of scripture, is that God is the one who set the parameters and not man. It was God's initiative that brought the Hebrews to Himself, and thus the proposal then made to them was of Divine origin.

Furthermore, the Bible goes on to show in great detail how "One nation under God" should apply the terms of the covenant relationship in practical ways. Several passages of scripture illustrate how the principles and laws of God are adopted and practiced by "One nation under God". Let's read:

Deuteronomy 14:2 For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. 3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing. 8 And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.

Leviticus 18:20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her. 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 13 Thou shalt not kill. 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15 Thou shalt not steal. 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

After reading the some of the terms of the covenant relationship, we are beginning to have serious misgivings as to whether we are indeed "One nation under God", for it seems as if we are  doing quite the opposite to what the sacred agreement expressly states. We are forcing our schools  to teach evolution, a theory that strikes at the very concept of God, and we are now distorting the sacred institution of marriage, so that we are becoming more and more confused on Mother's and Father's day. Moreover we are eating more swine than any other nation on the planet, and adultery is being countenanced as almost being essential in many circles. How on earth are we to consider ourselves "One nation under God"?

God has indeed blessed the great land of America, and the freedoms and bounties we now enjoy are direct manifestations of God's providences and favor. However, the Lord is now calling us back to the covenant and promises He has made to those nations and peoples who choose to serve Him in sincerity and truth. The terms and conditions have not changed, for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If as a nation we desire to have the favor of God, then it is incumbent upon us to live in harmony with the laws and principles He has given us for our own good, and this should take place individually and collectively.

God gives to each of us the freedom to choose, and he honors the choices we make, however , if we claim to be a majority Christian nation under God, then we should seek to enact laws and institutions that are in harmony with the great principles of righteousness. Let us therefore consider carefully in our hearts what "One nation under God" really means, and if we so choose, let us honor Him in our thoughts, words, and deeds, so that He may continue to fulfill His part of the agreement.

We therefore end with a passage of scripture, reminding us of our sacred duty as Christians, to follow where Jesus leads the way, for if we do, the results to us individually and collectively will be peace, righteousness, prosperity, and eternal life. Let's read:

 Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. 3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7 The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 8 The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

May the blessings of the covenant relationship fall upon all who live in that "One nation under God". God bless!