Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Truth Project: Lesson Eleven – The American Experiment: Stepping Stones

These tours just get better and better. Each one challenges me more deeply. And I believe, after watching this one and participating in discussion with my small group, I am finally on fire to take action. So, here we go…

Our founding fathers came from a comprehensive Biblical Worldview. These Pilgrims and Puritans wanted to use a Biblical model to establish the civil authority. Isaiah 33:22 identifies the Lord as judge, lawgiver and king. This is the basis of our three branches of government (judicial, legislative and executive).

In colonial times in America, the second best-selling book (after the Bible) was The New England Primer. It was used to teach children to read. This book is filled with catechisms and prayers and morality. What a wonderful foundation for colonial children’s education. No wonder there was a deep belief in God in past generations. Universities were originally established on Christian values as well.

Outsiders to our culture even noticed that the American notions of Christianity and liberty were so tightly woven together that one could not conceive of one without the other! That is the foundation of our country. Where did it go?

Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence using legal language which included the knowledge that men “…are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” Endowed by their Creator. Not the state!

Back in the early days of our country, when a new law was being presented for adoption in government, it would not have been considered an affront to ask the presenter where in the Scriptures the law found its basis. That is how we remained in God’s will, by making sure our laws lined up with His! Paul tells us to be like the Bereans and test everything against the scriptures. From now on when I vote, I will be asking myself how the law/candidate lines up with the Scriptures. I can feel the empowerment already.

I learned that, ten years after Origin of the Species was published, Harvard University got a new president who believed in that the theory of evolution was true. One year after that, an unqualified applicant found himself heading the Harvard Law School because he happened to agree with the University president that evolution was true. This is probably the time frame that legal textbooks ceased being evangelical tools. Dr. Tackett said that there are probably very few law students who come to Christ because of reading a textbook today.

We must remember, repent and return as Revelation 2:5 says. Remember where we came from and Who our Creator is. Repent of our sins, apathy and tolerance. Return to the service of the Lord. This is a powerful lesson. Joshua said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” This has ignited a fire in my belly. I have allowed my children to make bad choices, including not attending church. After watching this video and some other study that I’m doing, I feel the conviction to be the parent that my kids need…the parent that this nation needs to grow up the next generation of believers.

I have been hiding my light beneath a basket. Well, no more. Lord Jesus, get rid of the basket and fill me with Your fire to make the light shine! Hallelujah!

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