AMERICA: Awaken and Arise to the Almighty!
In New England in the 1600's it was Church and the Sunday sermon that brought people together as one - not sports, the movies, or TV.
In 1623 a severe draught hit the New England area and all of the crops died except for 5 kernels of corn. William Bradford, the Governor of the Massachusetts colony, called the people to prayer - when they emerged, miraculously, storm clouds had gathered from nowhere and it began to rain.
William Bradford - a Pilgrim and a devout Christian had this to say:
"As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light kindled here has shown unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation.
We have noted these things so that you might see their worth and not negligently lose what your fathers have obtained with so much hardship."
In 1638 Thomas Hooker, a Pastor and Preacher, gave an Election Day sermon in Connecticut. This sermon stated that the foundation for authority is laid in the free consent of the people. Hooker said:
"God's Word should be the only rule for ordering the affairs of government in this Connecticut Commonwealth. The power of government rests with the people not with the magistrates."
Thomas Hooker's sermon later formed the basis and foundation for Connecticut's Constitution. The sermon was given to George Washington by Roger Sherman. The Connecticut Constitution was the major document that influenced our Declaration of Independence and our own U.S. Constitution, which really is a Puritan document.
In 1636 Harvard University was founded. The Harvard Rules and Precepts stated this until 1796:
"Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life; and therefore, to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning."
Every President of Yale had been a Minister of the Gospel until 1898.
Jonathan Dickinson, first President of Princeton, had this to say:
"Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the Cross of Christ."
The ABC's were taught in elementary schools from a Puritan alphabet that went like this:
A - In Adam's Fall, we sinned all.
B - Heaven to find - The Bible mind.
C - Christ crucified... For sinner's died.
D - The Deluge drowned the earth around.
E - Elijah lived - by ravens fed.
F - The Judgment made: Felix afraid.
G - As runs the Glass - our life does pass.
H - My Book and Heart - must never part.
In 1776 on the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed, Samuel Adams stood up and said in closing the meeting:
"We have this day restored the Sovereign God to whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising of the sun may His kingdom come."
It is said that every morning and evening were a time of prayer in Samuel Adams's house.
John Hancock, a deeply committed Christian, and the man who penned the Declaration of Independence commented:
"Let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the Lord of the Universe. Let us joyfully leave our concerns in the hands of Him who raises up and puts down the empires and kingdoms of the earth as He pleases."
After the Declaration was signed and war was threatening, Patrick Henry who is famous for his dramatic words, "Give me liberty or give me death" said:
"America was not founded by religionists, nor on any religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
Our first President, George Washington, was a man of deep and frequent prayer. He was raised by a devout Christian mother who said to him:
"In God only is our sure trust, into His hands I commend you. Do not neglect the power of secret prayer."
Washington's first General Order in taking command of his troops in 1775 was: ..."punctual attendance of all officers and men is required at divine services and don't forget to bring your muskets with you."
John Adams, our 2nd President, had this to say:
"Our Constitution was designed only for moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other."
In 1787 Ben Franklin at age 85 stood up in the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and called for prayer. The convention delegates were hopelessly dead locked when he rose to his feet and said:
"God governs in the affairs of men and if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can arise without His aid."
Franklin then called for prayers every morning before they proceeded to business. The delegates adjourned for three days for prayer and to be addressed by a local minister. Jonathan Dayton records that they reconvened on July 2 and every unfriendly feeling had been expelled and a spirit of reconciliation had been cultivated. Every negative spirit had been dispelled and a spirit of cooperation took over.
James Madison, our 4th President, said:
"religion is the basis and foundation of our government. Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe."
John Quincy Adams, our 6th President, was a committed and dedicated Christian. He bases our government and the running of it solidly upon Biblical principles.
He said that the Declaration of Independence was based on Biblical prophecy coming out of Isaiah chapter 9.
Andrew Jackson, our 7th President, said,
"The Bible is the rock upon which this Republic stands."
In his farewell address as President he spoke these words:
"You have the highest of human trusts dedicated to your care. Providence has showered on this favorite land blessings without number, and has chosen you as the guardians of freedom to preserve it for the benefit of the human race.
May He who holds in his hands the destiny of nations make you worthy of the favors He has bestowed, and enable you, with pure hearts and hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to the end of time the great charge He has committed to your keeping."
Karl Marx the founder of Communism wrote:
"Take away the heritage of a people and they are easily persuaded."
Abraham Lincoln, President during our Civil War, knew that God would bless repentance more than anything else. He felt that the key for the needed healing of America was daily repentance. He said:
"It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God to confess their sins and transgressions in human sorrow yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon. Those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."
II CHRONICLES 7:14
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."