Heresy or Heritage?

Because I grew up in a household where we were taught to appreciate our country and the freedom that we have as Americans, I always have a sense of excitement as I watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. This year as I watched the rocket’s red glare, I was again reminded of all the people who sacrificed their lives and put themselves in harm’s way to allow me to write my book and blog without caution to voice my passions and convictions.

On the other hand, when I look at the current heresy, morality and choices that are being made in this country, my spirit can’t help but go back to our forefathers and their love for the Scripture that motivated them to start these United States of America.

Let’s look into the hearts of these wonderful, godly men and the desires they had for our country and the Bible. Publisher Brad Cummings has created the Founders Bible, a wonderful compilation of the history of our forefathers as well as a full New American Standard Bible. I will reference this fabulous tool throughout this blog post.

President Harry Truman was quoted as saying that “the fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days.”

Truman speaks volumes! Remember, he died in 1972 so “these days” he’s referring to are recent, not back when the Declaration of Independence was created. How many of us know that our laws were actually biblically based and that our Bill of Rights came from the teachings of Matthew, Isaiah and Paul? In my lifetime, I don’t think I have ever heard a political figure emphasize this fact.

William Samuel Johnson, a signer of the Constitution, said that “our all-gracious Creator, Preserver, and Ruler have been pleased to discover and enforce His lows by a revelation given to us immediately and directly from Himself. This revelation is contained in the Holy Scriptures.” John Adams added, “Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the percepts there exhibited … What a Utopia—what a Paradise would this region be! The Bible is the best book in the world.”

If these forefathers were here today and spoke these words to our nation, how would they be received? Well over a century later, President Woodrow Wilson said, “America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of the Holy Scripture.” Is our country showing righteousness in the decisions being made and the actions of our citizens?

Another word for righteousness is uprightness. I can’t help but wonder when the Lord looks at our country if He sees a country that is upright and following the direction of our forefathers. Unfortunately, it takes events like 9/11 to wake us up and realize that we have been blessed with a beautiful country and a freedom that people in many other countries can only dream to achieve!

During this month of appreciation for our independence, perhaps we need to take some time to stop and contemplate the “health” of this great nation and get on our knees and pray like George Washington did when he interceded, “Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the whole world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy Son, Jesus Christ.”

How wonderful it is to know that our first president had a true heart for the Lord and believed in the hope of mankind! We need to echo this in our own lives and stand firm in the fact that we have a sovereign God who never changes and put His love and Word in the heart of our forefathers to start this amazing country. I will end with this verse in Isaiah that is anchored in the expectation of hope for America and the world!

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3


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  1. Wise beyond your years. Love You

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