When we get to the place as a Nation where we have no God. We will have no accountability, except to mans law, the law of man may have good intentions but it also has dyer consequences, it comes in the name of peace and safety, when we get to the point of having no moral consensus regarding what is right and wrong, then man made laws will replace our Nations conscience. We are being divided into two categories, rich vs. poor, capitalist vs. socialist, big government vs. big business, and Republican vs. Democrat. But there is another contrast that we need to ad one that if taken seriously might restore our national conscience.
Namely those who recognize the one true God as the ultimate source of our provision and those who do not. Those who are not ashamed to say, “In God we trust” and those who say, “In government and American ingenuity we trust. In ‘we,’ we trust.”
It’s ‘grateful and accountable‘ vs. ‘ungrateful and unaccountable.’ If you want to see the fate of a Nation without God, look to where the word of God once flourished and started and look at what happened when Jehovah God was removed from these Nations, some are uncomfortable with connecting spirituality and state, that’s understandable but if you have studied the rise and falls of Nations, they lost their Spiritual and Moral compass before the fell..
Once you remove religion divine accountability and conscience you have to replace it with law. As a culture becomes more secular, it requires law that is more complex and the culture becomes more litigious. At that point, right and wrong is not determined by law, but by judges and jurors. If a court finds you not guilty, you are not guilty. Cash replaces Conscience. The person with the most money wins. Law without God means “I’m not guilty until I’m caught.” Think about how many laws are there in a healthy marriage? In our homes? In the company you work for? Very Few.
Our national conscience was shaped by a sense of personal accountability to God–the God of the New and Old Testaments. So much so that our current national motto is: “In God We Trust.” Accountability to God and God-talk has fallen and is falling out of favor.
We don’t want to make people uncomfortable. By eliminating God from our national conversation, we eliminate our ability to publicly recognize the source of our prosperity.
And if we don’t give God the credit, we will take the credit. Prosperity without gratitude makes us arrogant. This is the number one complaint leveled against Americans by the rest of the world.
“Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?'” (Proverbs 30)
We are a nation that is saying: “Who is the Lord?” We have many gods in this nation. Just before Israel entered their new home, Moses gave them a little pep talk and warned them of this dynamic. God would give them a system of civil laws, but that wasn’t enough. If they were not committed to HIM, it wouldn’t work. In this system, there would be no KING. The authority would not rest in a person, but in law and conscience. The hope was that God’s law would shape their conscience. They were coming out of Egypt with slave law: Pharaoh was law. The entire talk is found in Deuteronomy.
Deuteronomy 8:6-20 6:
Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. “For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; “a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; “a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
Notice the connection between law and God. To obey his law is to honor him. He tells them you will lack for nothing.
When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.
Recognition and gratitude were critical components. This is why it is so dangerous for us to continue to remove GOD from the national conversation. It keeps us from expressing thanks. If we don’t express thanks, what happens? We forget and take credit. Why did he not to forget? Because prosperity is not conducive to humility and gratitude.
Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; “who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end17You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”
We think we pulled this off, in our own power without help that we did it because we are special, that is arrogance. The problem with that is “My power for me” is that I’m not accountable to anyone for what I do with it. It’s mine! Free enterprise, capitalism, libertarianism becomes a vehicle for hoarding and injustice ( that’s the mindset today). And the only way to confront hoarding and injustice is through more laws so that the hoarders and the unjust can’t hoard and act unjust anymore.
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth. Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.
That’s true of all of us. We earned it. But where did the ability come from? You are the product of what somebody taught you and the health and talent God gave you, along with your willingness to put it to good use. Gratitude should drive us. Gratitude makes us generous and humble. But if you take God out of the equation, both disappear quickly. And when we do that God says what He will do, why would act surprised or blame Him for our failures, when we ignore Him for success
Versus 18-20 sum it up, how many times must God do this before we quit and listen? Does this mean God actively destroys nations today? I don’t know. Maybe arrogance, which always results in the removal of God from the conversation, carries consequences of its own. Increasingly, we are a nation that is saying, “Who is the Lord?”
Once we erase God from the national conversation and we eliminate our ability to be grateful to anyone but ourselves. And we Eliminate God from politics and national leadership and we are accountable to no one but us, once we dismiss God from the equation, and we detach our conscience from our policies. We will live in a morally broken society.
Look at where we are now, we have to work hard to protect our kids and ourselves from harmful websites? Why is what we know to be harmful legal? Why is my “In God We Trust” government more committed to protecting the rights of an industry that we know is contributing to the destruction of minds/families than protecting those same families? Why do we have to filter the Internet?
Because law has replaced conscience. And while we debate the size of government, stimulus plans, and “How rich is rich enough?” we lose “under God.” We do not want to be a theocracy. We want to be governed by law by those who understand every single day that law is not enough. We must be a nation of conscience led by those who understand that they are accountable not only to the American people, but also to their Creator. We need to Let’s unashamedly invite God back into the national conversation
I believe in God almighty and what He does for us as a Nation, we are America the greatest Nation to ever be on this earth, because of who we and what we where founded on God almighty and His laws. Once we remove Him completely we will no longer be. **Portions of this devotion are based on a sermon by Andy Stanley, called Law and All.