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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me wish each of you a Happy Fourth of July. It is our country's 240th anniversary. Did you know our country was established as a limited republic and not a democracy? It was to be a representative form of government.
Grace to you.
What saith the Scriptures?
Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do
them;
for this
is
your wisdom and your understanding in the sight
of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation
is
a wise and understanding people. For what nation
is there so
great, who
hath
God
so
nigh unto them, as the LORD our God
is
in all
things that
we call upon him
for
? And what nation
is there so
great, that hath statutes and judgments
so
righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons[.]
- Deuteronomy 4:5-9
We see from this passage that it is just laws and statutes which makes a nation a wise and understanding people. It is the nearness of God to a nation that makes it blessed. He is near to the nations whose laws and justice are closest to His word. If we fail to teach our children, then they will change those laws to suit themselves.
And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and do
them: . . .
But . . . if thou wilt not . . . The stranger that
is
within thee shall get up above thee
very high; and thou shalt come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.
- Deuteronomy 28:13, 15, 43-44
When a nation follows the LORD, it will be above other nations. When a nation fails to follow the LORD, it will be under a curse. The stranger will rise up, and the nation shall be a borrower and not a lender. Where do you think we are?
"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" (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Ekklesia,