ImageFresh from a viewing of Kirk Cameron’s new documentary movie on the foundations of America, I come away inspired and hopeful.

It is a humbling thing to hear about the Puritans who left their homes and lives in England to make a dangerous voyage to an unsettled land solely so that they could practice their faith in God and form a civil society that facilitated the practice of that faith.

The film reminded me once again of how much we take our freedom and liberty for granted, and how little we treasure the precious gift that it is. I am inspired anew to do all I can especially as a Christian, to fight for and defend our God given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These are not political goals, they are spiritual and evangelistic goals.

As I watched this film I was saddened by the state of the modern church vis a vis the vibrancy and full bodied understanding of Christianity shown by the Puritans and our nations founding fathers, the physical and spiritual descendents of those Puritans.

Is our faith really only a personal spiritual journey or does it go deeper or broader? In Isaiah 59 it says,

14 So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. 15 Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice. 16 He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene…” 

Where is justice today, where is righteousness, does it stand at a distance? Is truth esteemed in the street or does it stumble? It seems that this verse goes well beyond our own personal relationship with God, but it extends to wherever injustice is seen. Those founders understood that the tyranny of governments was something to oppose, do we? It is stunning that in the above verse it says that not only was the Lord displeased that there was no justice, but that He was appalled that there was no one to intervene. Ouch, that indictment stings. That is not something I want said about me.

There is a lot of injustice in the world and we mostly recognize it, but too often our solution is to ask the government to do something about it. The Puritans and our founders understood that this is feeding the beast. The more we turn to the government to solve our problems the stronger and stronger it becomes until we no longer have liberty. If we want to fight for justice, we could do no better than to start to unravel the tangled web of deceit that grows in an unwieldy and unresponsive government.

I think our answer is in rediscovering the God of our Fathers and trust in Him as they did. He was their rescue and hope and He stands ready to be ours as well. I want to honor the legacy of those who went before, of those who gave their lives to lay the groundwork for the creation on the freest and most prosperous society in history. I know it begins with my repentance and turning from my selfish, satisfied and wicked ways, humbling myself before God and praying and seeking His face, asking Him to heal this land, after all it is His land that He has given us to steward. How do you want to return it to him?   

So along with Kirk Cameron and the makers of “Monumental” I encourage you to seek God, ask Him to heal our land, and then go out and give the Lord a reason to be pleased and have Him save His being appalled for another time and place.

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