Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A "Religious Nutcase"




Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.  Proverbs 14:34 (ESV)

Let us suppose for a moment, that I were to write a letter to
every major newspaper in America saying the following:

"I think it should be considered extremely odd if, the elected officials
of the United States of America, in obedience to having been called
to serve by the people through their election, did not make it their
first official act to genuinely ask Almighty God, Who rules over the
entire universe and holds the supreme position of authority over all
governments and Whose merciful help heals every human short-coming,
should humbly ask for His help, guidance, and blessing to declare sacred
the freedoms and happiness of the people of the United States, who
have instituted a government by and for themselves for these essential
purposes: that God would enable everyone involved in managing
that government to effectively carry out their duties. Offering this
demonstration of respect and obedience to the God Who graciously
gives us every public and private good is something I’m sure you feel as
strongly about as I do, perhaps more so—and certainly not less than our
fellow citizens. Surely, no people can be obligated to adore the hand of
God, which directs the course of all people, more than the people of the
United States."

No doubt I would be labeled a “religious nutcase” and many
Letters to the Editor would be printed wagging fingers at me
about the “separation of church and state.”

The thing is, what I just wrote is my version of this:

“Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the
public summons, repaired to the present station; it would be peculiarly
improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that
Almighty Being Who rules over the Universe, Who presides in the Councils
of Nations, and Whose providential aids can supply every human defect,
that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the
People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for
these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed
in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to
his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public
and private good I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not
less than my own; nor those of my fellow-citizens at large, less than
either. No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible
hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the 
United States.”

The above is a direct quote from the National Archives and
Records Administration of George Washington’s First
Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789.

At the very top of the Washington Monument, 555 feet
above the ground and overlooking the 69 square miles of
Washington, D.C., there is an inscription facing east. It reads

LAUS DEO

Latin for “Praise be to God.”

Today’s Praise

Save us, O LORD our God,

And gather us from among the nations,

that we may give thanks to Your holy name

and glory in Your praise.
Psalm 106:47 (ESV)

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