June 30 2019
Sermon Title: The Strength of a Nation
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1 Timothy 2:1-6
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Romans 13:1-7; Deuteronomy 11:16-21
Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 2:1-6
1 "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
The Strength of a Nation
Freedom has always come to us at a price. There are always forces in the world who want to take away the God ordained freedom that every person on this planet should be able to enjoy.
We enjoy freedoms that a lot of the world can only look upon with envy.
We live in a great nation. There are many folks who live here that do not seem to appreciate what we have.
People have fought and died for what we enjoy today. What did those who died fight for?
We owe it to those who have sacrificed and died for our freedom to keep the nation strong.
As a nation, we are traveling down a road that can lead to the loss of what God has blessed us with and what people have fought and died for.
In his book "The Decline and Fall of The Athenian Republic." Author Alexander Fraser Tyler who lived from 1748-1813 stated:
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years, we read, and those nations progressed through this sequence:
From Bondage to Spiritual Faith
From Spiritual Faith to Great Courage
From Courage to Liberty
From Liberty to Abundance
From Abundance to Selfishness
From Selfishness to Complacency
From Complacency to Apathy
From Apathy to Dependency
From Dependency back again into bondage.
In the book of Judges in the Old Testament, you will find a similar cycle with the nation of Israel. They would go from prosperity to sin to slavery to repentance and the cycle continued though out the life of the nation.
This nation is 243 years old. The above cycle is not inevitable -- it depends on every one of us and on our children and their children, to see that we do not follow that cycle.
When this country cherished the Godly standards upon which it was founded, the nation prospered, but as we turn our backs as a nation on God, we see that we are not so prosperous with mounting debts, lowering moral standards, more crime, among other things.
I believe we owe it to those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom to make sure we do all we can to help keep this nation strong and on the right track.
I love my country. In my thinking God and country are to go hand in hand, and our founders felt the same way.
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