Food for Thought: A Forgotten Covenant on this 4th of July

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A Forgotten Covenant on this 4th of July

By Jeffery S. Colter

About a year ago I was with my wife at Wal-Mart to pick up a prescription at the pharmacy and some other typical household items while there.

I proceeded to gather the few things we needed and returned to the pharmacy area where we had separated, and as I turned the corner my wife saw me and said, “There’s my husband.

He’ll tell you what he thinks.” I thought to myself, ‘Oh, boy. What did I just step into?’

There were at least six other people waiting for their respective prescriptions just as my wife was, all whom seemed animated by the conversation they were engaged in with my wife prior to my entrance.

My wife says to me, “We were just talking about the state of the country and how everything has gotten worse since Obama entered office.” I thought to myself, ‘Oh, no.

This might get ugly real fast’. I maintained my composure and simply said without blinking an eye, “The fate of our nation is in the hands of God”. There, I said, it. At least I said something, and it wasn’t overtly political or controversial.

However, for some reason, this kind, elderly lady was sitting in a waiting chair and asked me point blank, “Sir, what do you think will happen to our country?”

For whatever reason, every person was quiet when she asked that question and then immediately looked at me for my response. Mind you, I didn’t know any of these people and never met one of them.

I could see tears actually welling in her eyes; as if not only saddened by the fact that she had asked such a question, but there was genuine fear.

As I am writing these words now, telling you of these events, I can honestly tell you it is difficult for me not to have these memories cause my own eyes to water.

I then turned and faced this kind, elderly lady, walked over to her (I am not exaggerating when I say every person there was watching this) gently placing my hand on her shoulder and I said, “As Scripture says in Second Chronicles 7:14,

‘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’.

We have forsaken the Covenant our Founding Fathers made with the Almighty.

The Declaration of Independence was a declaration of our dependence on God as a people. Unless we realize that in our own lives and turn back to God, He will surely judge this nation.”

After I said this she nodded and said, “Yes, I believe you are right”. I then looked at the other people there and they too nodded in affirmation not saying anything in response. This day is forever seared in my psyche.

It is important to understand that there is a clear and vital distinction between the Covenant God made to Abraham and his descendents and the Covenant our Founding Fathers made to God.

The Abraham Covenant is an Eternal and Divine Covenant that God Himself made to the Jews with specific stipulations in order for His promises to be fulfilled; and God gave clear warning what the consequences of His judgment and wrath were going to be if the Covenant He made was broken; such as stated in Jeremiah 6:10-12:

10 to whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear?

Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full of days.

12 And their houses shall be turned unto others, with their fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD.

This Covenant is non-negotiable and unbreakable.

On the other hand, The Declaration of Independence was a Covenant made to

God by the Founding Fathers on our behalf acknowledging our rights were endowed to us by the Creator and declaring our nation’s dependence on Him. John Quincy Adams explains this idea best when he says

“Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth.

That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?”

Moreover, the U.S. Constitution was also a Covenant our Founding Fathers made to “We the People”, promising a self-governing Republic if maintained by religiously (Christian) virtuous and moral citizenry. James Madison, in a speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention on June 20, 1788, echoed this by saying:

“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched/situation. No theoretical checks-no form of government can render us secure.

To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea, if there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men.

So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.”

Also, Roger Sherman, the first mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, and who served on the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence, and later a representative and senator after the Constitution was ratified stated:

“I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the same in substance, equal in power and glary.

That the Scriptures of the old and new testaments are a revelation from God and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him.”

In addition, in a letter to his friend James Bayard, written in April of 1802, Alexander Hamilton decried:

“In my opinion, the present constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banner bona fide must we combat our political foes, rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provided for amendments.

By these general views of the subject have my reflections been guided. I now offer you the outline of the plan they have suggested.

Let an association be formed to be denominated “The Christian Constitutional Society,” its object to be first: The support of the Christian religion; second: The support of the United States.”

Whenever the Founders used the term “religion”, it was always used in the context of the Christian Faith and the Judeo-Christian God.

Therefore, the idea that any other religion should be incorporated into our society and laws is antithetical to the Founders intentions and thereby anti-American.

The very fabric of our Republic, which is Christianity and the Founding Documents (The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution), is so intertwined that it is akin to a marriage; for if one were to leave the other it would be as Scripture says in Mark 3:25,

“And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand”. A marriage in and of itself is a Covenant.

In fact, the prophet Jeremiah uses the analogy of marriage to denote Israel’s unfaithfulness to God and their own immorality:

Jeremiah 3:1

1 They say, if a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again?

Shall not that land be greatly polluted? But thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.

Jeremiah 3:20

20 Surely as a wife treacherously departed from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD.

Jeremiah 5:8

8 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbor’s wife.

All of our cultural, societal, political, economic woes stem from three axiomatic points:

1) The breaking of the Covenant our Founding Fathers made with God on our behalf thru the Declaration of Independence,

2) The systematic destruction and incremental dismantling of the family unit and the Church of America,

3) The declining relationship our nation has with Israel and the Jewish people. Is it any wonder why there is economic despair, natural calamities, political corruption, a loss of sovereignty, prestige in the world, strife, open and rampant depravity, cultural and societal decay, and rebellious children when we as a nation have forgotten the Covenant our Founders made with God and when we betray God’s Chosen people Israel? Woe to us as a nation – for God’s final judgment is yet to come!

It is not God who breaks Covenants, it is always man. God is not a respecter of nations; He is a respecter of men’s hearts. God’s promises are as eternal as God Himself, for Malachi 3:6 says,

“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed”; also, revealing God’s mercy upon His people assuring them that they would not be completely destroyed.

The only hope this country has to survive for future generations is for American’s to realize and recommit to the vows our Founding Fathers did-a willingness to sacrifice their lives, fortunes and sacred honor if necessary to preserve and protect the Republic.

Even more importantly, to understand that our personal, internal, and national security is dependent on our sole dependency on the Almighty.

For it is God’s Atoning Grace alone, thru our faith and obedience, that offers the sanctification of our sins because of what His Son Christ Jesus did on the Cross; who alone offers a ‘declaration of independence’ from the sins that hold us back being the people our Founders and God intended us to be. As the Psalmist says in 33:11-13:

11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his Heart to all generations.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He hath chosen for his own inheritance.

13 The LORD looked from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.

Our attitudes should be that of Governor Jonathon Trumbull of the Connecticut Colony, who proclaimed a day of fasting and prayer on April 19, 1775, asking that:

“God would graciously pour out His Spirit on us to bring us to a thorough Repentance and effectual Reformation that our iniquities may not be our ruin; that He would restore, preserve and secure the Liberties of this and all the other British American colonies, and make the Land a mountain of Holiness, and Habitation of Righteousness forever.”

IN GOD WE ENTRUST THE REPUBLIC!

Source: North Cascade Patriots

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