Deeper Day 306: Founding Fathers

When America began, it was a move toward religious freedom. Here we are all these years later, watching as there is an attempt to overthrow that very foundational freedom which so many died pursuing. Our country was created with God intentionally placed within the foundation.

When you build a house, after you stake out the ground one of the first things you do is pour the foundation. Before any part of the actual house can be built, the foundation must first exist. The foundation is extremely important because once it’s set, it can’t be altered. Measurements must be made, and decisions about where the plumbing will be must already be decided. In other words, before the foundation is poured a lot of planning must already occur. It’s not something that you just decide to do without any forethought.

When America’s foundation was set, they had already weighed the cost, thought about what true freedom meant, and decided it was a cause for which they were prepared to die. The foundations were deliberate. Were the founding fathers perfect? Of course not, but God was and still is… and He was there. He was guiding and directing. He was inspiring them and giving them courage. Where do you think the idea to fight for freedom came from in the first place?

God. God is a God of freedom. In much the same way that He led the Israelites to freedom from Egypt, He led those families toward a New World and eventually to establish this blessed nation. He led and protected Washington and others as they fought hard for independence. Did they make some mistakes along the way? Of course, just like the Israelites did. Did some who made the original journey have their own wealth and power in mind? Of course! We are talking about human beings. Does this mean we should throw away the freedoms for which they were prepared to die? Absolutely not. That’s lunacy.

When we consider the world around us today, we should be cautious. Are we being led by Holy Spirit or led by guilt and manipulation? There’s a fine line. When we choose who we support, it should never be led by the words of others. As believers we have a responsibility to go to God with open hearts and minds and lay aside our pride and pre-conceived notions and listen. Every vote I’ve cast, since truly giving my heart to God, has been led this way. I’ve felt such peace as I’ve cast my votes. It’s not only a privilege, but a duty. Those who stand for nothing, still stand for something. It’s impossible to not affect the vote.

Prayer Moment: God, give me wisdom as I walk through this week. Guard and protect the foundations of America. Deliver us from evil and guard the good work You’ve been doing. I stand for those who stand for You. Let no amount of pride factor into any decision I make, certainly not this important one. Be ever-present in America, God. I release Your warring angels to guard and protect Your remnant here, in Jesus’ name. We, the remnant, cry out for true freedom. We intentionally partner with those who have partnered with You. Let Your kingdom come, and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14