SERMON 7-5-2020

Sermon Notes

July 5, 2020

“Making America Great Again?”

Psalm 22:12-22

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. 13 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; 14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— 15 he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. 16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength”. 17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. 18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, 19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. 20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. 22 May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you”. Psalm 22: 12-22

In November of 1620, the first pilgrims arrived in this country. They came in a sailboat that was about 25 ft. wide and 100 ft long. They landed on the east coast in the middle of a very harsh winter. They immediately signed a written agreement called the Mayflower Compact. This agreement states among other things that they came for this cause ... “for the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith”.

That first winter was really rough. Some days their food supply was limited to 5 grains of corn per person per day. History tells us there were 102 men and women who arrived in 1620 and in the first 5 months 44 of them died. In the fall of 1621, they received their first harvest - 21 acres of corn. The first thing they did when that harvest came through was to thank God... they joined together and marched through the corn fields singing “the earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein”. Psalms 24:1.

The following month those 58 pilgrims who had survived met together with 80 Indians and for three days they did four things. They ate, prayed, sang, and preached. All of this leads me to ask you this question, how do we make America great again? To answer that question, we must first establish what made America great.

I want to share some important truths about what made America a great nation.

1. The Men and Women Who Sacrificed their Lives for our Freedom.

I believe that the greatness of America is in our freedom and in the men and women who fought so that we could have it. Those men who signed the Declaration of Independence had far more to lose than they ever stood to gain. Most of them were men of great wealth with a lot of influence but they knew that there was something much more important than all of that. It was considered an act of treason to sign that document, yet they did it. These men paid the price for what we enjoy today. This is what makes America great. Great people who have made a great sacrifice.

John Adams said, “So you can see that despite what modern politicians, the contemporary media or the history revisionists say - America was founded not on the concept of freedom to worship any God, but on the freedom to worship Jesus Christ”.

President Thomas Jefferson in an address to Danbury Baptists said, "We have no government armed with power cable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people... it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other..."

The freedom we enjoy today was purchased by men and women who were willing to sacrifice their lives and fortune.

2. Our Christian Heritage Has Its Roots in Christianity.

When President Obama declared that America was not a Christian Nation, I was disturbed by his statement. It made me stop and think about the validity of his statement. I think we were a Christian Nation in the past and we can be in the future.

Historians have tried to rewrite the history books to make us believe that our founding fathers were not Christians. There is that old saying in politics that says, “tell a lie often enough and loud enough and soon everyone will believe it.” History books now say that the early pilgrims and the Indians met together to express thanks to each other. The truth is they met together to express thanks to our Heavenly father.

The story is told of Abe Lincoln. Lincoln was talking to a farmer one day and he asked how many legs a cow had. The farmer of course said 4. Abe then asked him how many legs a cow would have if you counted his tail as a leg. The farmer then said 5. Lincoln said it does not matter what you call the tail, the cow still only has 4 legs. The truth is the truth no matter what we say. And the truth is America was founded by Christians who looked to God for leadership.
There are individuals and organizations in this country who continue screaming that America is not a Christian nation. For years they have been telling us that there is a wall of separation between the state and the church and the government put it there. The origin of the separation of church and state was that Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to a group of Baptists assuring them that the government would stay out of the church’s businesses. In other words, he did it to protect the church from the state not the other way around.

Do you know what George Washington’s first act as President was? When he was sworn into office, he kissed the Bible that was used. Then he held a two-hour worship service in the Congressional hall. Now to show how far we have fallen, Judge Roy Moore was fired from his position on the state supreme court for keeping a monument of the 10 commandments in the entry way to a state building.

Congress voted to put the words “In God we trust” on our dollars. In 1776, eleven of the thirteen colonies required that before you could run for political office that you must be a professing Christian. The following year Congress voted to spend 300,000 dollars to distribute Bibles across America and in every classroom as a part of their curriculum. The liberty bell has Leviticus 25:10 inscribed .... “…Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.

President Ronald Reagan said, “if America ever forgets that we are one nation under God, we will be one nation gone under”. Former President George Bush was asked who had the greatest influence on him. He said Jesus Christ because He changed my heart. Is America a Christian nation? My answer is the same. We have been in the past and we can be again. Hopefully soon.

3. What Will Turn America Back to its Roots?

I believe this question is not as complicated as we make it.

I see 4 things we must do to make America Great again.

First, Bring Prayer Back into our Public Schools.

When I was in school, we started each day with two things:

(1) The pledge of allegiance and

(2) The Lord’s prayer.

In high school I served as the president of the Youth for Christ Club which met each week. We would often have over a hundred students who arrived early to school in order to attend our club. It was by far the largest club on campus.

It was a sad day in the public-school system when prayer was denied by the government. What can students do? Well first of all you can pray before class every day ... silently. No one can stop you from doing that. And as adults we must pray for our students. In case you do not know, schools have changed. I read this week that 70% of people who go to church regularly do not pray daily. If we expect our nation to change, we cannot leave out prayer. The solution to our problems today will not be found in the White House, the State House, or the Court House. It will be found right here in God’s House and Jesus said my house shall be a house of prayer.

Second, Bring the Bible Back into Public Schools.

No one can stop you from bringing your Bible to school. I would encourage every student in a public school to bring their Bible to school every day. It would be a great witness to others and a blessing to you.

Third, Stop the Murder of Unborn Children.

I believe one of the greatest tragedies in our country is the abortion of unborn children. Nearly 4000 abortions are performed every single day in the United States. That is over 1.4 million abortions every year. How can we as a nation ask God to bless America when we allow the senseless killing of God’s children every day?

Fourth, Elect Men and Women who Will Practice their Faith Daily.

Too many of our officials have only claimed they believe something in order to get your vote. Once they get into office it is like they become a completely different person. I believe our nation will be a better nation if we put people in office who are believers.

4. Follow the Teaching of 2 Chronicles 7:14.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Let me ask you 3 quick questions.

(1). How can we expect our nation to return to God if we fail to reflect His love?

(2). How can we ask God to bless America when we block Him from our society?

(3). How can we expect our nation to return to God if our leaders do not know Him?

Chuck Swindoll tells us about a church in the Soviet Union. A few years ago, they were forced to meet secretly because it is illegal to hold public services in someone’s home. They tried to be inconspicuous as possible as they gathered each week. They would arrive at the designated home at different times, tried their best to look casual ... then when they all go there, they would close the doors, pull the curtains, and worship the Lord. But one Sunday night in the midst of their worship service, 2 soldiers broke into the room, held them at gun point and lines these Christians up against the wall. Then one of the soldiers said if you are willing to deny your faith in Christ you can leave now. 2-3 quickly left ... then another ... then two more. Again, the soldier spoke ... “this is your last chance. Either leave now and deny your faith or stay and you will suffer the consequences. Two more left. But the rest stood their ground, children standing beside their parents, trembling, crying as they watched their parents with their hands in the air fully expecting to watch them be gunned down at any moment. The soldiers then closed the doors, looked back at those who stood against the wall and said, keep your hands up -but this time in praise to our Lord Jesus Christ. We are also Christians.

The two soldiers explained that some time earlier they had been sent to another house church to arrest the Christians there. But in the process, they heard the gospel and they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior too. But they explained we have learned that unless people are willing to die for their faith, they cannot be fully trusted.

In Matthew 10:33, Jesus said, “But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.”

I challenge you to do your part in “Making America Great Again”. Trust Him as your Lord and Savior and lead others to know Him.

Message Preached at

Cedar Creek Baptist Church

Jacksonville, Florida 32205

July 5, 2020

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