We recently received a message with a link to President Ronald Reagan’s farewell speech on Jan. 11th, 1989 at the RNC. At the conclusion of his speech he referred to America as the “Shining City on a Hill”. He had used this statement many times during his presidency as an illustration of America’s position as a nation that shows the world what a great nation America is. He concluded his farewell speech saying, “I’ve thought a bit of the shining city on a hill, and realized this phrase came from John Winthrop, the first governor of America, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His vision spoke of a new commonwealth coming into the world for the will and purpose of God Almighty. A unique civilization to which all the nation’s of the world would loo. Using Matt. 5:14, John Winthrop, challenged us to be a living light to the world, A city not hidden. He continued saying, “Thus stands the cause between God and us. We have entered into a covenant relationship with Him for this work.” It’s true, America’s founder’s had made a covenant with God that was based on the same covenant Israel had with God. This covenant described in Deut. 28, states both the blessings (if we follow) and the curses (when we fail to follow) that will fall on our nation. The Bible shows us how Israel continues to be blessed above all nations as they follow the leadership of God’s word. But as their hearts turned away from God and His commandments and started worshipping other God’s, He withdrew His present help from them. How does that relate to America? We can clearly see how America became that shining city on a hill but like Israel we too have turned away from God seeking other God’s of pleasure, sensuality, lust and self-gratification. Has God withdrawn His help from our nation?
Today, as we remember the tragedy of 9/11, it is important to note that long before it became a day of calamity, it was first the day of America’s foundation. Let me explain! Our country was born on Sept. 11, 1609 when Henry Hudson sailed up the now Hudson River to discover Manhattan Island becoming the true birthday of our nation and New York City. The first thing Henry Hudson did with the help of the Dutch is build a trading center in the exact place the Twin Towers would someday stand. It was also in Sept. 1630, John Winthrop would dedicate the phrase, “A Shining City on a Hill” in what would later be called Boston (the exact place the terrorists would fly out of to destroy the Twin Towers). As you are beginning to see, September is a spiritually significant month. On Sept. 11th, 1941 President Theodore Roosevelt would not only declare the entrance of America into WW2 but also break ground for the building of the Pentagon, which was also attacked on Sept. 11th. Let me ask you, could 9/11 not only be the Day of Building Up but also the Day of Breaking Down? The Day we departed from the foundational truths of God’s commandments? Are we still One Nation Under God? If we are, what must we do as a people and a nation at this critical moment to come back into God’s blessings? 2 Chron. 7:14 is what’s needed! Notice, “If (it’s a decision we make) My people would humble themselves and pray, seek My face and turn from their wicked ways. Then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.” I believe it’s time for the remnant of God to step up and make a difference in the land we live in. Do I hear an AMEN?
Question: Does America deserve what it’s going through? Has Sept. 11th lost it’s impact and true meaning to the American people? Have we as a nation and individuals responded wrongly to what occurred on 9/11 and to todays crisis throughout our nation?
Key Thought: God’s people need to come back to Him in a new way (repentance) and take a good look at 2 Chron. 7:14. When we humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways God promises to Hear our Prayers, Forgive our Sins and best of all Heal our Land. Today is, “A day of trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and high towers”. (Zephaniah 1:16). I encourage you to agree in daily prayer using the one year bible format and to participate in “40 days for life campaign” beginning Sept. 23-Nov. 1st.