A Call to Action
During some of the darkest days of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln reminded his fellow Americans that “we have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven.” To be born in a land of freedom, to live in a nation founded as “One Nation Under God” by those who served the one, true God of the Bible, is both a tremendous privilege and a great responsibility.
While we have much to admire, and love, and be thankful for in being able to call America our home, our nation is rapidly drifting from its biblical foundations. Trends indicate that the freedom to serve God and to promote the gospels in our land is disintegrating. We are engaged in a great spiritual battle that threatens our country, our families, our morality, and our lives.
In recent weeks, Newsweek released a startling article expressing that an end of Christian America is near. But history shows us that the Bible’s influence has played a major role in the formation of this great nation. As history texts in schools and the news continue to reveal, history does and will repeat itself. With this in mind, it’s essential that people of faith seek inspiration and educate themselves on how they can continue to positively impact the future of the United States of America.
In the midst of these faith-related debates, the recession, and other turbulent times, a new Bible project is offering hope to rekindle the American spirit. The American Patriot’s Bible,available now through Thomas Nelson, spotlights the people and events that demonstrate the godly qualities that have made America great. Joining with the trusted New King James version (NKJV) text are stories of American heroes, quotations from and articles about many of America’s greatest thinkers, historic photographs, and beautiful illustrations that present the rich heritage and tremendous future of the United States of America.
The American Patriot’s Bible connects three important elements: the teachings of the Bible, the history of the United States, and the connection it has to its citizens today. Throughout the pages readers will discover little known facts about historic events and other national treasures concerning important leaders and thinkers that present the rich heritage and future of our nation.
“While other nations have built their governments upon the shaky foundations of communism, socialism, and countless other anti-God philosophies, only to see those foundations crumble, America stands without equal as a beacon of hope and freedom in a hurting world. Our Founding Fathers delivered to us a system of government that has enjoyed unprecedented success: we are now the world’s longest ongoing constitutional republic. Well over two hundred years under one form of government is an accomplishment unknown among contemporary nations,” notes Dr. Richard G. Lee who serves as the general editor for the project, as well as founding pastor of First Redeemer Church (Atlanta, GA), and speaker for the There’s Hope America ministry.
Dr. Lee’s hope is that The American Patriot’s Bible will assist in encouraging efforts to take seriously the responsibility to put God first, not only in our homes but also in our national affairs. He believes that any generation of Americans can protect that which is right and change that which is wrong within our great nation using a clear and honorable pathway:
Pray. Our Founding Fathers knew the power and purpose of prayer. From our nation’s beginning through times of war and tragedy, we have been called to pray that the hand of Almighty God might show forth His mercy and intervene with His grace toward America. Today is no different. Second Chronicles 7:14 instructs us: “. . . 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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Process. Within the God-given wisdom of our founding documents, we have been granted clear and certain processes for bringing about change concerning things that we perceive as wrong for our land. From the local municipality to the halls of Congress and the White House, imbedded in the laws and governmental processes of America are pathways for nonviolent moral, social, and political change. But first they must be learned and understood before they can be properly applied.
Participate. Participating within the process for change is the ultimate key to its success. It is futile to gripe and complain about what one considers “wrong” or “unjust” in our land and not participate in the process of changing it for the better. The Scriptures are clear on this matter, “. . . to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).
Persevere. When fighting for the right, we must never cease until we prevail. The battle is not always won by the strongest, the smartest, or the most elite, but ultimately it comes to those who persist and persevere. When soon-to-be President George Washington led his troops into battle during the Revolutionary War, he lost most of those battles, but through perseverance he ultimately won the war. As a result, we won our independence from the British and became a free people. Our Lord taught us that when we put our hands to the plow of a righteous cause, we are never to look back, but to persevere and prevail (Luke 9:62).
So will you follow the path paved by godly men and women, like those discussed in The American Patriot's Bible, and be a positive Christian influence in the present and future national life as well as the world?
How will you leave your mark, as well as equip the future generations to follow in this great Christian legacy?