Saturday Sermon: America's problem spiritual, not financial
The economy is not the real problem in America. The real issue is spiritual.
When we vote, we should look at those leaders who would honor God and the Bible. We, as a people, are not Communist, Socialist and Humanist. We are a people who are to be God fearing, God honoring, accountable to God.
This is why our founding fathers wrote a constitution that honored God, for governing a God fearing people.
The Bible gives some Godly wisdom on this subject. Proverbs 29:2 says, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked bearth the rule, the people mourn." Verse four says, "The king by justice establisheth the land, but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it." (Or tears down stability.)
Verse 12 says, "If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked." Verse 26 says, "Many seek the ruler's favor but every man's judgement cometh from the Lord."
Quote from Pastor Charles Stanley, of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Ga.: "Our country is like a large ship fighting stormy waters in foggy weather. Spiritually and morally, we've lost our sense of direction. Sexual sins, greed, pride, indulgence, slothfulness and irreverence characterize our nation. Prayer and Bible reading are no longer allowed in schools, and it's become legal to kill unborn babies. We are on our way to becoming a pagan nation where ungodly ideas and morals are not only accepted but celebrated. Our country is on a collision course with disaster."
My question is this, what happened to the Christian church leaders, who are accountable to proclaim truth to all in our land, starting in Washington, D.C.?
First Peter 4:17, "God's judgment will begin in the house of the Lord first."
Proverbs 14:34 says, "Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people. We can choose to be blessed or cursed, what will it be?"
Noah Webster, the author of Webster's Dictionary, said this, "In selecting men for office, let the principle be our guide. Regard not the particular sect of the candidate - look to his character... It is alleged by men of loose principles or defective views of the subject that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness."
Could it be that as a nation of people we have lost our fear of God? Do we need to repent?
The Rev. John Fisher is pastor of First Baptist Church in Point Comfort.