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His Name Is….

His name is found everywhere.  People speak His name in contempt and cursing.  And, they also say His name in reverence and awe.  It is not uncommon for His name to appear in vulgar slang as well as to be heard as the subject of a spiritual song.

God.  The very word “God” evokes different responses in different people.  People of faith insist that His name represents His person and therefore, His name should be treated with great respect, honor, and holiness. Others have no real feeling about God and are not even sure if God “is”.  So, speaking His name with great contempt and lack of any sense of awe typifies the fact that God is not real to them.  The last group are those who are truly resentful of people of faith for they are convinced God does not exist. So, Godly people to them are nothing more than silly “dream chasers” seeking for a Being that can never be found for He “is not”.

Although many seek to revise our history and divorce our heritage from one of faith in God.  There are, however, great evidences of God being revered and honored in America form the time of the very first settlers.  Today, there are a vast majority of people who have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. For millions of Americans, there is no question that God is very real!  Our founders surely did honor Him and seek Him in the founding of this nation.

John Quincy Adams stated: “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. From the day of the Declaration…the American people were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of The Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rules of their conduct.” Patrick Henry said, “It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.”

The Pilgrims were led by able God-fearing men with deep rooted faith and strong religious convictions. William Bradford served as governor. Captain Miles Standish was their military leader.  Their well-known contemporary historian, William Bradford, who wrote the story of the colony in his History of Plymouth Plantation, says, describing the landing of the Pilgrims:

“Being thus arrived in a good harbor and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven, who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth…they had now no friends to welcome them, nor inns to entertain or refresh their weather-beaten bodies, no houses or much less towns to repair too, to seek for succor”… (Taken from: GOD IN AMERICAN HISTORY, A. Loyd Collins).

Every nation and every generation must choose to either worship and serve God or to live in the darkness of godlessness.  The nation from which our first settlers came has moved a great distance in the wrong direction regarding faith.  Most of the citizens in the UK today are not God-followers and churches are more and more becoming businesses and museums in England.

Some years ago when Tony Blair was Prime Minister and a confessed Christian, he wanted to end a televised address to the nation with the words “God bless you!” but he was stopped by his media director, spin-doctor, Alistair Campbell, a convinced atheist, in a celebrated remark, “We don’t do God!” Well that’s not what Micah had in mind in these three phrases which combine the essentials of true religion – “to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God”. (Copied).  Righteousness exalts a nation!  May we never forget!