This is a question for the people of the Church to answer, and to answer it, the people of the Church need to read the Bible.
But, before pursuing that point, I actually believe America is presently great for several compelling reasons. First, America’s military has been and is so good. America’s military has protected and is protecting our nation. Many of our military personnel have sacrificed ultimately and personally to protect our nation. Our military personnel sacrifice personal times of their lives to protect our nation. Many of our military personnel have been permanently wounded to protect our nation.
For the most part, the commitment to the protection of our nation by our military personnel is great. This Memorial Day, I acknowledge, thankfully, those who died in service to keep America safe.
Second, America is great because of its manifestations of prosperity. For example, we grow an abundance of food. A person can eat very well because of the food products grown in America. Also, food-for-free is abundant and available for those in need in America.
Furthermore, another manifestation of prosperity has to do with the gobs of goods we have or have available to us. In the meantime, government agencies, churches, and charitable organizations share with so many the prosperous side effects of our country’s greatness. While it is true that some have more than others, it is equally true that even the least in America has more or has access to more or is gifted with more than many others in other countries of the world.
Third, the freedom we have makes America great. We have freedom to vote, and to be involved in the political process. We have freedom of speech. I can still say to those who are pressing the contemporary transgender, sodomite and abortion agendas, “Your are wrong and morally naive!” and not be put in jail.
We are free to own guns and have them available for hunting, or for sports shooting, or for home and personal protection. We have freedom to freely travel within in our nation’s borders — no visas or green cards necessary for citizens. We have freedom to worship the only true and living God, the God of Israel, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even if you do not worship the God of Israel, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, freedom to worship whomever is still your privilege here in America.
But, has it occurred to you lately on what basis these freedoms were established to make America great? It is quite evident and quite clear that these American tangibles were established because of the Bible-based principles and the providential blessings from the God of Israel, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who now want to divert our nation from that fact are absolutely “wrong and morally naive.”
This is why it is spiritually imperative these days that the people of the Church answer correctly the question “Why will America stay great?” by reading the Bible. By reading the Bible, we need to have re-emphasized to us that Israel did not stay great because they became unfaithful to the principles of God. In general terms, the same was true for the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and the Romans, who are all a part of the Bible record.
So, why is it so important for the Church to re-engage Biblically? It is because it is the Church that best keeps spiritual issues before the nation. It is the Church that best keeps the God of Israel, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ foremost in conscience of the nation. It is the Church that best keeps the absolute truths and spiritual expectations of Holy God before the nation.
If the Church plays a part in the relinquishing of Godly principles from our nation, what we must learn is that in due course Almighty God will withdraw His deep rich blessings, and allow the manifestations of His great providence to be taken away by the hand and the will of the political, moral and social elitists.
Return to the spiritual principles of God, and the Church and America will respond sufficiently … and, Lord willing, stay great.
The Rev. Ron Branch is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Mason, W.Va.