Saturday Sermon: Sin is reproach to any people
By John Fisher
Sept. 20, 2013 at 4:20 a.m.
On June 28, 1813, John Adams wrote this letter to Thomas Jefferson: "The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only principles in which that beautiful assembly of young gentlemen could unite, and what were these general principles? I answer the general principles of Christianity in which all these sects were liberty, in which all those young united, and which had united all parties in America, in majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her independence. Now I avow that I then believe and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as external and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system."
Now, let us look to God's holy word about maintaining God-given liberty. Proverbs 14:34 says, "Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." 1 Timothy 2:2 gives us some accountability of national leadership. He is to lead a life of national security, "that we may lead a life of peace and quiet" and national tranquility, "that we may lead a life of Godliness," national morality and integrity. We are to pray for all our leaders, national, state, local, church and home.
A nation is ruined when it fails in its dependence on God. Psalms 33:12, Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.
A nation is ruined when it fails in its repentance to God. Psalms 9:17: the wicked shall be turned to hell and all nations that forget God. Proverbs 29:18: where there is ignorance of God, the people run wild, but what a wonderful thing it is for a nation to know and keep His laws.
John Adams wrote this on June 21, 1776: "Statesman, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone which can establish principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people in greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. Let us never forget righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." Our nation needs a Savior, and we have the only one - his name is Jesus Christ.
John Fisher is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Point Comfort.