Church of the Brethren 

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July 2020  
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance." 
Psalms 33: 12 (NKJV) 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

Brothers and sisters those are powerful words. The preamble of our constitution contains words that launched our nation and charted its course throughout our history.  Self-evident truths are obvious, they require no explanation.  Our founding fathers realized that God is the giver of rights not governments or peoples, therefore governments nor any authority under God are to take away, deny nor nullify the God-given rights of men created as equals to pursue life, liberty and happiness. America was founded on such Godly principles.

How are we doing now?  According to the 2018/19 census, 65% of Americans claimed to be Christian yet an astonishing 26% claimed 'nothing in particular' as their religious belief.  Persons claiming to be Christians is down 12% from a decade ago while those claiming 'nothing in particular' as their belief is up 17% from a decade ago. 

The late President Ronald Reagan once said, "America was founded by people who believed God was their rock of safety.  I recognize we must be cautious in claiming God is on our side, but I think it's all right to keep asking if we're on His side." 

Our founding fathers placed their trust in God, they chose to be on God's side. Psalms 85 reminds us that we should be thankful for God's blessings and favor.  America is great because of our founding fathers chose to side with God and receive His blessings.  God has indeed smiled down upon this land.  So as to whether America will continue to experience God's blessings or face His wrath - America must decide if she wants God as her greatest ally or her greatest adversary.  The choice is ours. 

America was founded on belief in God, the expectancy of and thankfulness for His blessings.  We must turn back to God and be renewed, revived and choose to remain by God's side. 
Pastor Paul