John 6-13

"America is great, because she is good, and if America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."

Alexis de Tocqueville

 

One of the vital facts that many modern day historians overlook when viewing the rise of America is the virtue of the founders. While these people had problems just like men and women of any other era, they also possessed virtues that separated them from the people of most ages. Their greatest virtue was their belief in God: They not only believed in Him, but they believed that He had to be obeyed in order to receive His favor.

 

And the founders were not shy about their desire to be the type of people they needed to be in order to receive that favor. Reading from some of the writings of our founders like Washington, Adams, Webster and Jay is at times like reading from a good sermon. The fact is that most (not all, but most) of our founders lived what the French historian Alexis de Tocqueville had observed: America was great because her people were good.

 

We look around us today and see that many of our chosen leaders do not believe that. Our own President gave a weak attempt at defending the Muslim terrorists at the national prayer breakfast earlier this week. He pointed out that Christians have done bad things, too. Too prove it, he used examples of the crusades, but failed to point out that they occurred hundreds of years ago in a response to Islam's violent aggression. He tried to blame slavery and Jim Crow laws on Christianity, but failed to point out that it was godless men who were disobeying Scripture that were doing these things - not people who were living by the words of Christ.

 

And he failed to point out that it was Christian America that went to war to end slavery... that it was good men and women - men and women who believed in the words of Christ and who tried to follow those words - who made America great.

 

America can be great again, but only if America becomes good again. The only source for that goodness is God and Christ. And there is only one source where we may read of what they require for goodness, and that source is the Bible.

 

Have you read your Bible today? This is day 11 of the 30 Day Bible Challenge, and today's reading is from John 6 - 13. You will read within the pages of John about God's only beloved Son. And you will read of how, without apology, He is the only way to God. If you have been taking up this challenge to read God's word then you have been learning how to live and how to be good in God's eyes.

 

And America needs men and women to be good again so that they can step up and help her be great again. More importantly, God needs His people to be good again. It can be done but it needs to start with you!

 

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

the words of Jesus, as recorded in John 14:6, NIV