Monday, May 21, 2007

Do You Agree?

Oh, how I wish this were still true. But it's beginning to look more and more doubtful. I received an email a little while ago, with the above image on it. The email contained several facts, which I would assume are accurate:

1. As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court' you can see near the top of the building a row of the world's law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view .. it is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments!

2. As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door.

3. As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see on the wall, right above where the Supreme Court judges sit, a display of the Ten Commandments.

4. There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington , D.C.

The email then followed with some quotes by James Madison, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and the first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay. These quotes made me sad to see how far removed from them we now are. It ended with a statistic: "It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God." It then had a few other choice things to say about THAT. I'm sure that most of us know that there's something wrong with that statistic. One thing that can be brought to question is what it is that most Americans believe about God. And, of course, the other thing to question is the percentage itself. It's way off.

I would contend that from what I'm seeing, the percentage of true believers is, unfortunately, quite a bit smaller. Many of you who read this blog can be counted in that percentage. What can you and I do when we see the horrible fix our nation is in? Maybe the words spoken by King Solomon about the children of Israel could apply to us:

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

We can pray for our beloved land. Another thing we can do is we can teach our children to love God. Maybe that would help to increase the percentage. Over on the sidebar, you'll see the current resource that I'm recommending to parents. I don't know if you younger moms have ever thought about catechizing your children, but it's something I would heartily recommend. It often yields fruits of righteousness in their lives. It's a good way to teach them doctrine. You can get this little children's catechism book for just one dollar at many places. Think about it.You can teach them about Jesus, however you choose, praying for fruit as you do. Maybe all will not be lost.

The email was to be forwarded and the recipient was to pass it on saying whether or not they agree. I agreed with the concerns expressed in the email, but I can't say for sure how accurate all the facts are. I've chosen to pass it on this way. Let me know if you have the same concerns and hopes for our nation that I do.


Elise said...

Same hopes, yes - same concerns, absolutely. It was said in James that "even the demons believe and shudder..."
When this question is asked of America, I wonder how many answers of "Yes" are merely to the existence of God, not the faith that fills that belief. He doesn't need us to believe in Him to exist - but he requires the walk of faith.
Great post, Mama Maxine! Thank you.
(I'm also praying for the sickness in your family (i.e., Bev) flees very soon!)

chrisd said...

This is a nation under God because God is God. He never changes.

Our nation has sure changed, haven't they?

Just wait till you have to buy little girls clothes above size 6x. Unbelieveable.

Loved the pictures of the grandson--so cute!

Just Theresa said...

Maxine, thanks for your prayers. and the kind words you left on my blog. They did mean a lot to me.

With much thanks,

Beka said...

Oh, how it breaks my heart to think about the state of our nation today. I would definitely question that statistic about how many Americans "believe in God", and I also wonder just what they believe. This country is headed down a slippery slope, and Mark and I are concerned and pray often for many to turn and humble themselves and turn from their wicked ways. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see a great revival in this age in America?

chrisd said...

ROFL (and you know why, Maxine)

So sorry!

But just wait until she grows out of 6x. Wait. When you go to the store next time, take a look. It's actually not funny.

Oh, yeah. You'll see.

Maxine said...

You do not have to tell me. I was seeing it even when my girls were in that age group and it's even worse now.
Just another indication of our need to be on our knees.

Mommysmart said...

We are a nation that needs to be prayed for even if so many speak out against it. That is just more of a responsiblity to the rest of us. Great post!

Beverly said...

I feel convicted that I often forget to pray for our nation and its leaders. This was a wonderful nudge to me. And yes, I share your concerns for our nation.