"Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure...are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."
~Charles Caroll (Signer of the Declaration of Independence)
I saw the above quote this morning in The American Patriot's Bible. As our nation celebrates Memorial Day and honors those who have given their lives in defense of our country, I cannot help but wonder how long our country will survive. We have been blessed beyond measure with the gift of freedom, and it has come at quite a cost. That is what we commemorate on this day. We recognize the sacrifices of those who have gone before us to give us the opportunity to live in freedom. Are we in the process of throwing it all away?
I do not fear the external threats to our country although these are very real. I am concerned that we will simply implode due to turning away from God and creating our own idols. We have taken the gift of freedom and turned it into license. Our society is in for some dark days as we turn a blind eye to the moral decadence surrounding us. Sadly, many in our society aren't content with just corrupting the moral values of our own country. There is an organized and well-funded effort to export our immorality throughout the world. The convictions of our founders were clear. We could use some of that clear thinking among our governmental leaders today.
There is a statement attributed to Patrick Henry (Governor of Virginia) which says, "It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded , not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Can you imagine what would happen today if a governor made a statement like that in public regarding the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Daniel Webster (Statesman, Lawyer, and Orator) said, "If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity."
To all who have served our nation in one capacity or another I simply say, "Thank you!" For all who lost their lives in service to our country we pray for their eternal rest. For all who suffered physical, mental, or emotional injuries we pray for your healing and peace. For all family members who have suffered because of injuries or death to their loved ones serving our country, we hold you up in prayer as well. For all those who have endured lengthy separations due to deployments we thank you for your sacrifices.
Today is a day to pray for our nation. For all who made the ultimate sacrifice we pray, "Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace."