On July 4, 1776, our forefathers declared before God and the world our independence from Great Britain. On July 5, 1776, they began the arduous work of transforming the colonies into the greatest nation that the world has ever known, a nation dependent upon our deep and abiding faith in God.
For much of our history as a country we have held fast to our reliance upon the Lord and have in our most difficult times called upon him to protect and guide us. Though we have not been immune to evil, exemplified by the injustice of slavery, we have always tried to conform our national conduct to the tenets of our faith. That faith was tested by the darkness of Civil War and two devastating World Wars. Yet throughout those stormy times our national consciousness was always attuned to God’s will.
Can we say the same today? Today, when millions of innocent children in the womb are killed for the sake of convenience? Today, when the internet, movies, games and television cause people, especially the young, to be desensitized to violence and the suffering of others? Today, when many people cannot imagine any circumstance that would lead them to sacrifice themselves for others? Today, when belief in God and participation in church are at an all time low?
Have we lost the vitality of faith that animated the actions of our founders on July 5, 1776?
Perhaps, but there is always hope. Remember that God can do anything, including softening the hearts of those in the grip of the Evil One. For our part, we must be courageous in our faith. We must speak and live the truth boldly.
God is faithful.