Prayer Targets: One Nation Under God -- If You Can Keep It; Elections; Lame Duck; Cross; Asia Bibi
November 07, 2018
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Rus Walton (1921-1999) was Executive Director of the Plymouth Rock Foundation from 1978 until his death. With his skill honed as a speech writer for California Governor Ronald Reagan, he built up Plymouth Rock with periodicals and his published books like In the Spirit of 76, Biblical Solutions to Contemporary Problems and Fundamentals for American Christians. Walton inaugurated “Committees of Correspondence” that helped expand Plymouth Rock’s membership to all 50 states. These are excerpts from his One Nation Under God:
Our very political superstructures stand upon the critical bedrock of cherished biblical principles.
Following the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin famously responded to the question, “What have you given us,” with “You have a republic, Madame. If you can keep it.”
There had been other governments before that description- that word, “republic.”
But those were different. Different in origin. Different in nature. Different in structure. The best of that past was incorporated into this new and true republic. The rest - the evil, the excess - was rejected.
So, this new creation stood unique. A system of self-government. By the consent of the governed. And with union.
A constitutional republic with individual liberty, elected representatives and limited government. A government with its powers nailed down: fastened and confined to the proper defense of the individual – to his pursuits of live, liberty, property and happiness, thus inalienable rights endowed by the creator.
A republic in which the power to govern was checked and balanced by devices designed to stop the tyrant in his tracks.
The sons of liberty joined to erect four fences around their government, so it could not bet out of hand or out of bounds. The Executive, the Legislative, the Judicial, and the Individual. Each was to be a check, or balance on the other.
After God, the individual came first. Only by his consent could government govern – and then, only to protect life, liberty and property. Not just his but all men – equally.
The New Nation: A Republic, not a Democracy – and so the Founding Fathers created a republic – not a democracy? Where half plus one can squash the rest? Where a fanatical majority can deprive the individual of his rights, his life, his property? Not for these men. They knew democracy with its excesses, its leveling down process, its Inherent seeds of destruction. They knew Plato’s warning that unrestricted democracy must result in dictatorship.
The very essence of democracy rests in the absolute sovereignty of the majority. Our Founding Fathers could never accept such tyranny. They recognized only one rightful sovereign over men and nations – not the state, not the majority.
“Each religion has a form of government, and Christianity astonished the world by establishing self-government... the foundation stone of the United States of America.” But our Founders realized the impossibility of maintaining freedom unless those who are “at liberty” are able to exercise self-restraint. And they gave to this government just enough power to serve. Just enough and no more.
And even then, with all the checks and balances and fences of that constitutional document, it was not until the Bill of Rights was tacked on that the states consented to the Union and ratified the federation.
New Ideal: Freedom of Religion, Not from Religion - Christ died – and rose – to make men free. All men, all nations. Through Christ we are freed from the wages and the death of sin. Eternal freedom. Free from the ravages of appetite; Internal freedom. If we choose to be. Free from the savagery of demagogues and kings. External freedom. If we choose to be.
Just as Christ brought us internal freedom and a rebirth into a new life through Him) so He brought us a new direction for our external freedom (and a new purpose for our civil government).
If Christ would die for men, where did Cesar get off forcing men to live and die for him?
There! There was the spark, the flame, the beacon light of the American idea. The power of the great American republic. The sense of the Constitution of these United States. “The concept of a secular state was virtually non-existent in 1776 as well as in 1787, when the Constitution was written, no less so when the Bill of Rights was adopted. To read the Constitution as the charter for a secular state is to misread history, and to misread it radically. The Constitution was designed to perpetuate a Christian order.”
Why is there, in the main, an absence of any reference to Christianity in the Constitution? Because the framers of the Constitution did not believe that was an area of jurisdiction for the federal government. It would not have occurred to them to attempt to re-establish that which the colonists had fought against, namely, religious control and establishment by the central government. “The Freedom of the First Amendment from federal interference is not from religion but for religion in the constituent states.”
Separation of church and state? Absolutely! Divorcement of God from government? Not so! The American system is the political expression of Christian ideas... a nation founded upon the rock of religion and rooted in the love of man... (Rus Walton, One Nation Under God, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Editor, 1986).
On the last page of Walton’s article, the editors inserted a quote from the 1892 Supreme Court decision, Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States: “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian ... This is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making the affirmation... we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth... These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial utterances that this is a Christian nation.” (The Rebirth of America is out-of-print, but used copies can be found online.)
The 2018 Election – Thanks to all who joined FRC in many ways with both prayer and action, seeking God’s favor for the Midterm Elections. Many used Tony Perkins’ “Seven Mountains of Influence” Pray, Vote & Stand Prayer Guide to pray over the institutions that influence the lives of every American. The leaders in the seven mountains of culture impact every election with either positive or negative influences. Their role brings either net strength or harm to those on each mountain and our culture. Tony’s guide can be used year-round to pray for our leaders daily – one mountain a day every week. Government is not the only mountain of culture, but its influence and control are pervasive. “Elections have consequences.” Every election takes us either a step closer or a step farther away from fulfilling the grand and brilliant vision of our Founding Fathers for the free American Republic, under God. And because of the activist role we have seen in government during the last 60 years, elections take us a step closer or further away from God’s ideals expressed in Scripture.
We are a nation built upon the principle of self-government. Our Founders took a significant risk in believing that we could and would govern ourselves under God and have the character and morality to live as free people. Benjamin Franklin’s quip, “You have a republic, Madame, if you can keep it,” strikes to the heart of every American’s duty – but especially those of us who claim Jesus as our Lord, whom He called the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world,” and gave us the Great Commission to “preach the gospel” and “teach all nations to observe all that [Jesus] commanded.”
A small percentage of biblically conservative Christians, whom Christian researcher and commentator George Barna calls Sage Cons, are actively exercising their faith to “keep” our Republic free. Evangelicals participated in the elections at the same levels as in other elections (26 percent of the electorate was made up of white evangelicals – about the same percentage as in 2016). In a nutshell, voters left the Senate in the hands of Republicans and gave control of the House to the Democrats. We have a divided government. It will be much more difficult for the president to achieve his agenda. But the threat of a “blue wave” did not materialize, and the president now has a stronger and more conservative Senate to work with. He will be able to continue rebuilding the federal Judiciary and the Supreme Court with judges who are committed to the Constitution the way our Founders intended it. He will continue to nominate judges who are not liberal activists to fill vacant seats, which will be a boon for liberty and justice in America. FRC will continue to do its job to inform, encourage, and inspire believers across our land to be advocates and defenders of life, faith, family, and freedom, God working with us.
During this election season, FRC and FRC Action labored to inform Christians and Americans in many ways: we distributed nearly 2 million voter guides that included the positions of each of the candidates on the issues; we held 140 pastor events in 19 states; we knocked on 427,000 doors; and over 7 million Americans viewed our messages and videos on the internet and social media. Thank you for your prayers!
As the election results materialized, FRC Action Executive Vice President Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William Boykin wrote supporters across the nation, “We only have two months left with a conservative majority in both houses of Congress. While many principled conservatives were victorious at the polls yesterday, radical liberals managed to take over the majority in the House of Representatives. So, what do we do now? It is critical to all conservatives that our leaders on Capitol Hill pass as much pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious freedom legislation as possible before liberals take over the House and try to halt progress for values-driven policies.”
That is our prayer mandate for our leaders in the days immediately ahead:
- Heavenly Father, thank you for your sovereign rule over our nation. You are a full-time Father who mercifully blesses and lovingly disciplines us as a nation like you do with those who are your sons and daughters. We believe you have uniquely blessed our nation and we want to be faithful stewards with the nation you have given to us. Help us to wholeheartedly fulfil the great commission in our generation and to be the salt and light in our own nation that you want us to be. May we win a strong majority of America to Christ with dispatch and teach them to observe “all” that you have commanded us. May we take seriously our call to intercede for our leaders. May each member of the House and Senate use his or her best energies to advance righteousness in our land. May they unite to pass as many pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious freedom measures as possible and make what has been called a “lame duck” Congress a mighty force for righteousness during the next two months. In Jesus Name, Amen. (Ps 11:7; Mt 6:9; 5:13-15; 28:18; Mk 16:15; Acts 13:36; 1 Cor 4:1-2; Gal 5:1; Eph 4:3; 1 Tim 1:1-2)
Finally, Please keep or add these items to your prayer list: 1) The Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case of the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, erected as a memorial to the veterans of World War I some 93 years ago. Their decision could bring a halt to the seemingly endless drive by atheist groups to wipe every evidence of Christianity from the public square. A wrong decision could impact the erection of memorials and even crosses that mark the 3.5 million grave sites of veterans in Arlington National Cemetery and National Veterans Cemeteries across the nation. 2)Asia Bibi, though acquitted of blasphemy and released by the Pakistani Supreme Court, is still behind bars. Authorities want to protect her from Muslim extremists who vow to kill her. 3) Nicolas Meriwether, a philosophy teacher at Ohio’s Shawnee State University, may lose his job for refusing to call a male student who identifies as a female “ma’am” or “she.” The student filed a formal complaint with the school, and now, a year and a half later, the school is threatening Meriwether with “further corrective actions.” Nicolas and ADF are taking the school to court.
As always, thank you for praying as you do!