The force that founded America was spiritual, indeed evangelistic. Landing at Jamestown in 1607 Pastor Robert Hunt erected a cross, took communion, and covenanted, “We do hereby Dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth. May this Covenant of Dedication remain to all generations, as long as this earth remains, and may this Land, along with England, be Evangelist to the World.” In 1620 — blown off course, but not off mission — Mayflower Compact, “…for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”
The Pilgrims “advanced significantly the Bible’s message that God’s kingdom is irrupting into the world for his glory and our good.” –Dr. Bruce K. Waltke, “An Old Testament Theology.”
As the nation survived and became independent, the Founders established America legally as a Christian nation at the state level, rather than the Federal (details here).
What America needs is a covenant renewal, a return to the Founders stated mission. Dr. Waltke says that “Anything that threatens the loyalty to I AM, such as the Canaanites [Secularism] without, or as pride within [American Exceptionalism], must be eliminated. Loyalty to I AM has such a high value that anything that threatens it must be eliminated.”
American education was Christian — producing literate, exceptional, and virtuous people — the Judeo Christian educational model focused on shaping the character, and the Greek model on content and shaping the mind. Christian education shaped the heart, its character, and virtue.
Restoring Christian education is a matter of life-and-death. Solomon said that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. A.W. Pink said “It is a most profitable exercise for the soul to be often engaged in contemplating the Divine attributes, pondering God’s all-mighty power, ineffable holiness, unimpeachable veracity, exact justice, absolute faithfulness and terrible severity. Christ Himself has bidden us ‘Fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.’”
It can be stated without dispute — mark this down — that the husbandry of educating America’s children of the last 3-4 generations has been appalling; the false god of secularism has failed America. Instead of developing Christian character, secularism has dispersed the sacraments of that pagan religion and indoctrinated America’s children and culture with a false, dead religion. The sweet Psalmist of Israel said “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither- whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.”
“Here is their character [wicked] — intrinsically worthless, dead, unserviceable, without substance, and easily carried away.” –Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David.
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