Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
As I was thinking about the state of affairs in America and the problems often seen in our daily nation’s news media headlines, and wondering what would make it a better nation, the above verse came to mind. The answer, of course, really is not hard to come up with, once an open mind is applied.
Part of the problem today is the place where people often look to find their solutions. They are looking at sources of help to provide temporary solutions. Things that may have provided temporary solutions in the past are being sought out to provide more patches on ever larger problems – which are sure to eventually totally collapse. This usually means they look to politicians, legislation, technology, or finances.
In order to stop this forward-looking attitude that is sure to contain corruption and further degradation, including current political candidates, a different outlook is desperately needed. The answer to America’s problems is found in the question: What is it that made America great in the first place?
Some historians have observed that other nations in the western world were started by those who came seeking for gold. They sought riches, and their pursuit of them often drove them to live selfishly. The governments they created often followed that same pattern, and some of those nations even today frequently have miscarriages of justice by officials who just don’t care.
America was different. Sure there were undoubtedly some who fell into that same category in those early days of establishing colonies. Instead of searching for gold, many of the first settlers here were seeking religious freedom from persecution and oppression in the East. They wanted to be able to worship God as they believed the Bible and their conscience directed.
Later on, in the formative days, the Constitution and Bill of Rights were written largely based on the Bible. These documents are still among the greatest and fairest laws and guidelines held by any nation.
The founders and writers of those documents realized that fair and just laws can only be used to govern people who enjoy righteousness. Like the above verse declares, adopting sinful principles and practices does not merely increase personal pleasure, as some suppose, but it “is a reproach to any people.” It brings shame and degradation to any nation who practices those things. Rome was eventually destroyed by this very problem.
A statesman and historian of the past, Alexis de Tocqueville, who came to America from France around 1830 to discover what made America great, said this in his book – Democracy in America (please note that some say this quote may have been written by someone else):
“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
He also said this about his discovery of the secret of America’s greatness:
“I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors…; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.
“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”
True righteousness comes from a higher and unchanging standard – not an evolving one. The Bible is the highest standard possible because it has the purest Author possible. God’s laws not only establish righteousness, but the Spirit of God also enables righteousness in believers. Its effect and capabilities to produce a righteous and great nation have already been tested and proven beyond any doubt. This is why real revival is so necessary to preserve the greatness of this country.
Every Christian is either part of the problem or part of the solution. My fellow Christian, are you truly seeking revival? Isn’t it time?
Evangelist Mike Valles
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