What makes a country great? Why have civilizations come and gone? Why do some people groups last against all odds?
Modern America and France both were born through revolutions. One revolution was ignited by the firm belief that “…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
The other revolution was kindled and supported by the motto “Liberté, égalité, fraternité!” I.E. “Freedom, equality, brotherhood.” Though that sounds inspirational, the cry was purposefully sterilized of any mention of a Creator, of God.
America’s Founders, contrary to the assertion of modern, elitist academia, firmly believed in the God of the Bible. Prayer was indispensable to America’s founding.
The French revolution, in stark contrast to the America, was fueled by a robust secular humanism. French culture grew out of that unchecked “liberté” — humanity as the arbiter of right and wrong, with utility rather than moral convictions, steering that nation’s society.
America grew in strength and prosperity for some 200 years, adhering, for the most part, to her godly heritage. France, it can be argued, degenerated from within, just another of Europe’s godless countries.
Thirty-five years ago Dr. Francis Schaeffer and Dr. C. Everett Koop wrote a comprehensive treatise on life, Whatever Happened to the Human Race. Schaeffer and Koop spoke of the “slippery slope” of devaluing life. And the devaluation of life grew in direct proportion to the rejection of God and His principles from the private and public lives of U.S. citizens and government.
Dr. Schaeffer’s words:
The fully developed view of the sanctity of human life in the West did not come from nowhere. It came directly from the Judeo-Christian consensus, which was the framework in the West for centuries. Based on biblical teachings, people used to view human life as unique, something to be protected and loved because it was made in the image of God.
Today, the United States of America is reaping the whirlwind of rejecting the Founder’s wisdom, which was based on biblical wisdom. The secular humanism which predicated France’s revolution has inundated our nation’s gatekeepers: academia, entertainment, and media.
And now, America is at a crossroads. The wrongly decided Roe v. Wade paved the way for the murder of 60 million innocent lives since 1973.
But the tide is turning as pro-life people of faith awaken and declare the truths that once made our nation great. A culture can be judged not by their GNP, scientific discoveries, manufacturing capabilities or technological brilliance. Rather, the true test of a society is how they treat the most vulnerable, the least of these.
God’s word instructs us (as it did the Founders):
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
And as written in 2 Chronicles:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
David wrote in Psalm 139:
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
The path to restore our nation, the United States of America, is clear: we must humble ourselves, confess and turn from our sin (which includes abortion), and we must choose life!
Every Christian bears responsibility to not only know these inspired verses, to not only live these inspired verses, but to speak out these inspired verses. The Christian life was never meant to be a secret society of “good works doers.” We are called to, like Caleb, be bold and courageous, to stand for God and His Word.
We have such an opportunity now in a simple yet striking billboard campaign:
Illinois Family Institute is partnering with pro-life advocates to challenge millions of our neighbors about abortion. We are putting up pro-life billboards with the simple and bold statement “Abortion Takes Human Life“, but we need your financial partnership to make this a success.
Moses penned concerning the responsibility of people of the Book to teach and make known God’s Word and precepts:
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Every one of you can partner with IFI and write truth “on your gates.” Translated to 2017, these billboards are the modern day version of the city gates of biblical times.
America can be great again if we humble ourselves and uphold God’s principles, which includes choosing life. Americans of faith can stop the breakneck speed down the slippery slope, but we must be willing to speak out.
Click HERE to sign a petition to defund Planned Parenthood.
First published at the Illinois Family Institute.
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