We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
These are not my words. In fact, these words were first proclaimed over 140 years ago by President Abraham Lincoln.1 If he were alive today, Abraham Lincoln would be shocked about how worse the situation has become in the United States of America.
Mere mention of God by a public official can bring an onslaught of complaint and derision by the liberal press. For example, Lt. General William G. Boykin, a decorated U.S. Army officer, was castigated for remarks he made about Islam and Christianity.2 Boykin, an evangelical Christian, was quoted discussing a 1993 battle with a Muslim militia leader saying, "I knew my God was bigger than his." Two liberal senators, John Warner, R-Va., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., then urged a probe be conducted into whether Boykin displayed what they called "inappropriate behavior." Previously, Boykin, got in trouble for his statements on why the Sept. 11 attacks weren't worse than they could have been. He said the hand of God stopped two more airplanes from crashing into landmarks in this country. That statement set editorial writers at major newspapers into a frenzy.
In a nation where the freedom to murder unborn persons is a cherished "right," the freedom to express one's religious views is politically incorrect. Christians must not bow to political pressure to be silenced, since acquiescence to this censure will eventually lead to our loss of freedom to express religious convictions altogether.
Lest we think that we are the first generation to abandon God, a previous generation had the same problem:
I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. They have acted corruptly toward him; to their shame they are no longer his children, but a warped and crooked generation. Is this the way you repay the LORD, O foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you? (Deuteronomy 32:3-6)
Regardless of these transgressions, God is willing to forgive us. If we return to Him, He will return to us and be our God.
"From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes, and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts." (Malachi 3:7)
- Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day
- Keith Peters. 2003. Flap Over General's Comments Tied to Christianity, Focus on the Family.
We are what we think.
- 05/21/2013 02:44 AM
Why We Need Logic in Schools
Logic, the science of evaluating arguments, helps order the mind and enhances reasoning abilities. Thus, a logically oriented mind is better prepared to discern truth. The following 15 quotes are a sample of actual statements I’ve heard from students throughout … Continue reading
- 05/17/2013 02:27 AM
Quote of the Week: Michael Reeves
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- 05/14/2013 02:45 AM
The Genesis Creation Days and Christianity’s Two Books
Dr. T. David Gordon is one of my favorite biblical scholars and theologians. He serves as professor of religion and Greek at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. I was honored to have him as a special guest on two provocative … Continue reading
- 05/10/2013 02:24 AM
Quote of the Week: C. S. Lewis
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- 05/07/2013 02:59 AM
RTB Super-Scholar Heroes in the Battle of Fallacies
News Flash—Glendora, CA, USA A climactic battle broke out today between two RTB super-scholar heroes—Fuz-Lightyear-Rana and Logic-Samples-Man! The dispute was over which super-scholar possesses the greater inherent powers of manipulative persuasion. Fuz-Lightyear-Rana launched a preemptive strike that seemed intoxicatingly convincing. … Continue reading
- 05/03/2013 02:19 AM
Quote of the Week: Robert Letham
It is a mark of Christian maturity to be able to learn from those with whom we disagree on this or that. – Robert Letham, Through Western Eyes (Mentor: UK, 2007), 271.
- 04/30/2013 02:23 AM
Psalm 104: A Poetic View of Creation
Here I present an article by my RTB colleagues, Krista Bontrager and Fazale Rana–excerpted from their latest booklet, Psalm 104: In Wisdom You Made Them All, available from reasons.org in May. **** While you may not have noticed the connection … Continue reading
- 04/26/2013 02:41 AM
Quote of the Week: David K. Naugle
Using current psychological jargon to describe his [Augustine of Hippo] background, a prima facie reading of his Confessions reveals that he grew up in a dysfunctional family, suffered through a childhood of unhappiness, was prone to theft and dishonesty, abhorred … Continue reading
- 04/23/2013 02:56 AM
Global Warming Guidelines in the Book of Job
Today I invite you to read this post by my colleague, astronomer and author Hugh Ross. **** Based on chapter 4 from my book Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job. Yesterday, in commemoration of Earth Day, Climate Central released … Continue reading
- 04/19/2013 02:39 AM
Quote of the Week: C. S. Lewis
Nothing about us except our neediness is, in this life, permanent. — C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves (San Diego: Harcourt, Inc., 1960), 33.
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