Wherefore art thou, Truth, Character, Ethics?
People built the United States on truth, character and ethics as a spiritual nation.
Synonyms of truth are "gospel truth," "naked truth," and "unvarnished truth." Character: integrity, honesty, honor, courage, fortitude, and reputation. Ethics: conscience, principal, standards, righteousness, morality, and virtue. Judeo-Christians who believed in truth, character and ethics founded the U.S. They founded the military academy on these principles. Leaders in business and politics were committed to God, allowing our nation to survive the devastating Civil War.
The Constitution created freedom of religion, not from religion. We must have revival. D.M. Panton wrote, "Revival, the inrush of the Spirit into the body that threatens to become a corpse."
Throughout history, revival has taken place to return the U.S. to our foundation of truth, character and ethics. Like the children of Israel, God has sent prophets to forestall judgment in our land.
Between 1800 and 1803 thousands were swept into churches. Later God sent a lawyer, a shoe salesman and a major league ballplayer to lead our country back to God.
In 1830 lawyer Charles G. Finney, inspired by his law books containing references to the Bible, entered a church. The congregation was praying for revival. People in the church prayed for him; the spirit of conviction overtook him, and racing into the streets he converted 24 to God. He dropped his law practice and became an evangelist, leading a half million to Christ. Today's lawyers should read law books of the 19th century and God's law book, the Bible.
Finney's revival motivated abolitionists, founding of the GOP and election of Lincoln. Facing the Civil War, Lincoln stated in his inaugural address, "Intelligence, patriotism and a firm reliance on Him who has never forsaken this land are still competent to adjust our difficulty." Christian fervor of 19th century Americans brought an end to slavery.
Shoe salesman Dwight L. Moody led tens of millions in America and England to God. His preaching at Cambridge started a spiritual revolution that sent thousands of students around the world as missionaries. Chicago White Stockings ball player Billy Sunday started a revival, transforming the lives of millions of Americans.
America's character changed in the 1920s prior to the Great Depression. Greed and pleasure entered American life. Some TV preachers use the Bible to their dishonest advantage. Pastors and rabbis must accept that God needs men and women to speak out against the immoral culture of today. Some pastors only preach about denominational doctrine and tithing.
Election of one presidential candidate will not allow the U.S. to survive the immoral war raging in our land. We must have a spiritual revival. Dr. D. James Kennedy says, "300,000 pulpits are silent on the destruction of our once moral nation. Tolerance is the last virtue of a totally degenerate society. Is there only one sin left, judgment and intolerance?" The U.S. is a nation adrift on a sea of immorality. Persecution of Christian liberty permeates our society, and those called to recognize these attacks and repel them with biblical action are silent.
The First Amendment must survive, opinion must prevail. Agree or disagree with my opinion? Write me: Take Back America, P.O. Box 12680, Prescott, AZ 86304, or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. God save our Republic!
(Thom Strawn was a political activist for 30 years, and is now a prime time TV and radio talk show host residing in Prescott.)