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The Greatness Of America

“…We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, defender of the faith, etc., having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, … a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia do, by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, …” (excerpt from The Mayflower Compact)

It cannot be denied. This nation was founded on Christian principles. Christianity insists there is One Way to heaven – and that is through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Christianity also entitles us to choose whether or not we will hold to this Truth. A believer in Christ will not kill you because you do not believe as he does. – He will pray for you. Christianity is the perfect model of self-governance. Choosing to ignore the value of true Christian ethics, then believing that man will simply choose to ‘do the right thing,’ is a foolish notion.

Luke 12:48 (NLT) “…When someone has been given much, much will be required in return, and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”

For over two hundred years the Lord has blessed us. We in the United States must acknowledge that we have been given much. We are also the most generous people on the planet. We give to people in need and have historically been a defender of those who cannot defend themselves. We are being deceived, however, by the propaganda that tells us that we should be ashamed of our prosperity – and that economic inequality equals ‘evil.’ Our blessing is that we are free. We are free to worship and to determine our own destiny. We are free to pursue what makes us happy and choose how hard we want to work to achieve our goals. We are free to be generous and we are free to be greedy.

Matthew 26:11 (NLT)  You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.

The Lord knows our hearts. He gives us wisdom to be good stewards of our resources. The state cannot. The government takes what is ours then decides how it will be distributed. The government, it can be argued, does not practice good stewardship. In God’s word He tells us how we are to care for the poor.

Leviticus 23:22 (NIV) “When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. Leave it for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the Lord your God.”

This wise instruction tells the Israelites they are not to gather every last grain for themselves. (We are not to be greedy.) God does not tell them that they must harvest all the grain and then just hand it over to the poor and foreigners living among them. (Do all the work and let them reap the benefit.) The edges of the fields were left for them, but they had to harvest it for themselves. The landowner’s generosity was his offering to those in need. Like salvation, it requires the action of taking what is offered.

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” ~ Patrick Henry, Ratifier of the U.S. Constitution; The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. iii.

In attempting to deny our Christian heritage, we rob ourselves of the wisdom of the Bible and of the founders of our country. God did not use politicians to make America great. He used men of faith to form a system of government that gives us the freedom to allow us to be great…or not.

About Melinda

Melinda is currently the worship leader at her small church in rural America. Married for 23 years, she and her husband Larry have one son. She is the Director of Mailing in the print/mailing industry by day and freelance author by night. Her desire to write is a passion borne from tragedy. God used it to take her faith to a much deeper level. Melinda is a freelance writer and member of FaithWriters. She joined the TBL team in March 2014. Believing we are citizens of a greater ‘kingdom,’ her articles for The Bottom Line examine governmental responsibility, citizen involvement and current political topics. With the great wisdom contained in scripture as her guide, she looks at today’s political environment from a Biblical perspective. She prays her words will prompt the reader to view citizenship - and every aspect of their life, through the eyes of faith. Col 3:17 To read more of Melinda’s writings on her faith, hope, and life visit her blog Still Living Still Loving or her page at Faithwriters.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @MKZbk.

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