Nation Building (Sustaining)
Friday, April 15, 2011

 

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” (Ps. 127:1)

 

                Suppose for a moment you were on the ship with William Bradford and the other pilgrims.  You and your fellow sojourners have anchored just off the North American shore.  The land is in sight.  Now after years of persecution, months of a deadly journey, and hour by hour fear of the unknown, what do you think your Governor Bradford would say to you?  (Contrary to popular opinion, I am not old enough to have been on the Mayflower, but I have studied the journey enough to know the answer to that question.)  His speech was not unlike a similar speech given to the Israelites several thousand years earlier.

 

                Moses stood before his people and reminded them of all God had done for them and the 10 commandments He so lovingly gave.  He told them to dwell on those commandments day and night, to make them the central teaching of their children, to fear God, to take oaths only in His name, do not follow other gods, do not test the Lord, and do what is right and good in His sight.  (Dt. 6) I would imagine there was not an iota of difference between what Moses said and what Bradford said.  (If you doubt my word, read the Mayflower Compact drafted by Bradford before they were ever allowed to set foot on American soil.)

 

                Moses knew, as I am sure Bradford knew that conquering the Promised Land for people grounded in God’s word would be a very winnable conquest.  But he also knew, for those future generations who did not fight for the glories and the freedoms, they would take the gifts of their forefathers for granted.  They would even question “what is the sense in all this “God stuff?”  Moses said, “In the future, when your son asks you, ‘what is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?’” (Dt. 6:20)  He said to remind them of their history—what God has done for them in the past – and then tell them, “The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive as in the case today.  And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God as He has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

 

                Moses reminded the people God have given them a land flowing with milk and honey and so too did He give our forefathers the same kind of land.  And Bradford knew that if the pilgrims would build their nation on the Word of God – “[they] would prosper and live on as a nation.”  As David said, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”

 

                We have forgotten the message of Moses and Bradford, and our leaders are laboring in vain.  They are trying to build a nation on multiculturalism, political correctness, and gods of our own making.  And the Congress, the Administration, and our judicial system (Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, Liberals, Tea Partiers, and Move-On’ers) are all trying to build the nation without God.  And I assure you, the political process will be in vain.  That is not my word; it is the Word of God.  For if our builders leave God out of their equation, we will not continue to live in the Promised Land of American, founded upon God and His Word.

                 It is not too late, but if you believe for one moment our future lies in the political process, you are sadly mistaken.  Get involved with your God, obey His commands, make those commands the central teaching of your household, love Him, worship Him, live your life in love according to His decrees in the New Testament (love one another as I have loved you), and pray for our leaders.  God says, “Return to Me and I will return to you.” (Zac. 1:3)  God loves us and wants us back, but be assured if we try to build our nation without Him, it will be in vain.

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