God and the American Dream

2 Chronicles 7:13 – 22

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

First, know that I love my country and believe strongly in our founding fathers and the documents of our formation.  I believe in our declaration of independence and our constitution.  I have served in the United States Air Force and swore an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.

Here is the oath every member of your military is required to swear:

I, Charles Alderman, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

I believe in that oath as much today as I did the day I took that oath upon entering the US Air Force before serving our country in the US and Europe.

I am not going to talk about political parties in this series.  I will mention politics (define entomology – Poli – meaning many and tics – the small bloodsucking woodland creature) but will not talk about republicans, democrats, independents, greens, hippies, or any other political party.

You have to make your choice in what party you like and who you vote for.  Your faith should guide you, your pastor shouldn’t…at least not from God’s pulpit.

  1. Our forefathers had a dream for the new country they called the United States of America.
    1. They saw it as a new land of opportunity
    2. They saw it as a new land of freedom
    3. They saw it as a place where everyone who was willing to work hard, serve God and be responsible citizens could and would prosper.
    4. The American Dream of our Fore Fathers was rooted in the Will of God for all people
      1. Faith
      2. Freedom
      3. Responsibility
      4. Where is the American Dream today?
        1. We find ourselves in financial crisis
          1. i.     Stock market down
          2. ii.     Employment down
          3. iii.     National debt higher than ever
  2. We find ourselves in relationship crisis
    1. i.     Marriages crumbling
    2. ii.     Addiction skyrocketing
    3. iii.     Adultery skyrocketing
    4. iv.     Lifestyles that the Word of God condemns are openly accepted
  3. We find ourselves in a morality crisis
    1. i.     We are killing babies
    2. ii.     We are abandoning our seniors
    3. iii.     We are openly disrespecting of our parents and our leaders
      1. Policemen and soldiers are mocked and spit on
      2. Our governmental leaders are disparaged, ran down and made fun of.
      3. The Bible never says to Gossip, backbite or slander our leaders, it says to PRAY for them!
      4. iv.     Sin is openly accepted and blatantly pushed as “normal”
      5. v.     Crime is skyrocketing
      6. vi.     Entire countries are cowering at the mercy of drug cartels
  4. There are very few voices to faith and morality
    1. i.     God, His Word and faith have all but been erased from our American conversation
    2. ii.     America today is far from either the Dream or the Will of God
    3. iii.     Where are the “voices crying out from the wilderness” today?
    4. 4. America, without change, will falter
      1. The American Dream of our Founding Fathers may not be dead, but it is definitely on life support
      2. If America does not change we will self destruct under the weight of our pride, our gluttony, our greed, our arrogance and our sins
        1. i.     The Word says we will become a proverb
          1. America could become an object lesson of how not to be a country
          2. America will become a “by word” – spoken of as “past tense”
          3. In the same class as the goony bird, the pet rock and other similar failures that people make jokes about today.
          4. 5. If we ever hope to restore the American Dream we must go back to the foundation of our Christian American Roots.
            1. i.     Repentance – Turn from ourselves towards God
              1. Our scripture today defines true repentance for us
                1. Realize we are God’s People
                2. Humble ourselves before Our Creator
                3. PRAY
                4. Seek His Face
                5. TURN from our wicked ways
                  1. i.     Herman reminded us that God’s ways are not our ways
                  2. ii.     Our ways are not God’s Ways
                  3. iii.     God’s ways are holy ways, righteous ways
                  4. iv.     Our ways, when they are good ways, still fall so short of God’s ways
  5. Where 2 Chronicles 7:14 teaches us the way of repentance, Jesus teaches us the timing of repentance
    1. i.     NOW!
    2. ii.     Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” ESV
    3. iii.     Matthew says that this is the Very first sermon Jesus proclaimed after He began His public ministry.
    4. iv.     The message of Repentance was first on His agenda because it is our most pressing need.
    5. America, with repentant change, will flourish
      1. If we follow Gods plan THEN He will
        1. i.     Hear our prayer
        2. ii.     Forgive our sins
        3. iii.     Heal our land
        4. iv.     Turn His face towards us
        5. v.     Once again dwell in our cities and suburbs
        6. vi.     Provide us with Godly leadership
        7. America is being called by God right now to return to His plan for our country – the American Dream is God’s Will.

Patriotism begins first with faithfulness to the Creator of all things.

During this series of sermons I hope to challenge you on what it means to be an American and, more importantly, what it means to be a Christian in the United States of America.

For today it is enough to understand that our Founding Fathers knew the power of repentance to purge and cleanse themselves, their families and their country.

Do you?