HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, AMERICA!
Solomon experientially understood national success. Under his leadership as king, Israel was the envy of the world.
While world leaders have pondered approaches and formulas for making nations great, Solomon—who was known for his God-given wisdom—articulated the essence of national greatness in just four words:
Righteousness exalts a nation . . .
More than a maxim, Solomon’s insight embodies a timeless principle—righteousness exalts or elevates a nation. In context, “righteousness” implies moral accountability to the One-True God.
Fleeing religious persecution in Europe, America’s founding fathers “got” it! While it is seldom taught in the classroom today, history documents their determination to build a society that honors the God of the Bible and a popular culture that allows for the free expression of faith.
The Declaration of Independence declared on July 4, 1776 and the Constitution of the United States of America ratified 12 years later on June 21, 1788 demonstrate not just the distinctive Judeo-Christian worldview of that generation, but their resolve to live in accordance with the principles and precepts of the Bible.
John Adams, a key figure in framing the constitution and America’s second president, unequivocally stated,
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The obvious inference is that the framework for freedom incorporated into America’s founding documents presume a righteous population espousing a unified moral code—the Judeo-Christian worldview. The foundation for such a society is a reverence for God’s Word, the Holy Bible.
Presidents have reaffirmed the centrality of the Bible in American life consistently over the past 241 years of U.S. history. Calvin Coolidge, America’s 30th president, explained,
“The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”
The late great Ronald Reagan was more succinct,
“If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
As Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4, let’s not forget the key component that can assure greatness for any nation. Righteousness—moral rightness with God and fellow man—elevates nations to greatness.
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. With 40 plus years of ministry experience, Rev. McCracken is known for authenticity in communicating biblical truth that makes his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
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