A whole host of social, political, and economic plagues all trace their roots back to one thing: a disregard for the Divine.

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Our nation was birthed by a move of Almighty God, and the result was a spiritual awakening and a heart hunger for religious freedom. We must have a move of God like this to avoid the potential riotous activity of people stirred by charismatic communicators who are misguided and, in the guise of concern, are fueling the fires of riotous, destructive acts. We are observing a potential powder keg of emotion that only Divine Providence can quell.

Mark Batterson, author of the New York Times best-selling book The Circle Maker and pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., references the importance of the “invisible hand” in his recent book, The Grave Robber (Baker Books). In the father of our nation’s eyes, this was the action of God’s Providence. In his April 30, 1789, address, our first president paid homage to God’s Providence, as Batterson shares:

“No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”1

During the war, Washington seemed to be supernaturally protected from harm. He wrote to his brother: “Death was leveling my companions on every side of me, but by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected.”2

Fifteen years after the battle, Washington encountered the same tribe of Native Americans he had previously faced. The chief recognized the president immediately. (As Batterson points out, the average soldier in the Revolutionary War was 5-foot-1, while Washington stood at 6-foot-2.) The tribal chief gave this amazing prophecy through an interpreter:

“I am the chief and rule over my tribes. My influence extends to the waters of the great lakes and to the far blue mountains. I have traveled a long and weary path, that I might see the young warrior of the great battle [Washington].

“It was on the day when the white man’s blood mixed with the streams of our forest, that I first beheld this chief [Washington]. I called to my young men and said, ‘Mark you tall and daring warrior? He is not of the redcoat tribe—he hath an Indian’s wisdom, and his warriors fight as we do—himself alone is exposed. Quick let your aim be certain, and he dies.’ Our rifles were leveled, rifles which but for him, knew not how to miss. Twas all in vain; a power mightier than we shielded him from harm. He cannot die in battle.

“I am old, and soon shall be gathered to the great council fire of my fathers in the land of shades, but ere I go, there is something that bids me speak in the voice of prophecy: Listen! The Great Spirit protects that man, and guides his destinies—he will become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire.”3

This was before the Declaration of Independence or “the shot heard around the world” that triggered the Revolutionary War and before America became America. It was a Native American recognizing the Providence of God when he saw it.

Today, we must once again learn to recognize the Invisible Hand of God and turn to Divine Providence for guidance. The civil unrest in cities around the country, the contention in the halls of leadership, the efforts to divide “one nation under God” into “us against them,” the shameful lack of proper stewardship, and a whole host of other social, political, and economic plagues all trace their roots back to one thing: a disregard for the Divine.

It would be easy to get discouraged or cynical. Cursing the darkness is always easier than sharing the Light. But our Lord is patient. Like the father of the prodigal, He waits with open arms for us to return to His wisdom, protection, and blessings. As Batterson writes, “He is the God of second chances, and third and fourth and thousandth. It’s never too little. It’s never too late. When Jesus gets involved, never say never!” 4

 

1. Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789.
2. Wayne Whipple, The Story of Young George Washington, (Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1918) p. 180.
3. David Barton, The Bulletproof George Washington (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 1990), 50-51.
4. Mark Batterson, The Grave Robber, (Baker Books, 2014) p. 210.

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  1. It’s good to see someone thinikng it through.

  2. God bless you James. Thanks so much for standing for the Gospel. I came from a generation of kids that not only prayed in school, but had regular Bible study there,.In public school! My great nephew is 6 and got picked on by a bully recently & instead of walloping him (and he could have) my nephew yelled at him “you don’t know God! You need Jesus”! and the bully didn’t know what to say. Ans the teacher called my niece & said he couldn’t talk about God or Jesus. She said “oh yes he can-I know my son’s rights!”. Nothing further was said about it but curiously nothing was said or done to the bully either. But he stood and she stood and used their voice. And a little child shall lead them 🙂 And my nephew is only 6 and HE gets it!

  3. I am moved and grateful by the boldness to speak truth in a time where truth is ignored , distorted and trampled. Truth cannot set us free, unless we know and apply it . I wonder if America even seeks truth anymore, or only what serves her selfish agendas . I have been teaching my children these truths about America for years but am saddened by their peers who have been fed diluted history at best. And thank u, James for eloquently silencing the above dilluaional post with love. Praying for you and the full body of Christ that she will rise up and take her place .
    “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, seek my face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear, and heal!
    America can be great again!

  4. Thank you Pastor for reminding us that our great nation was guided into greatness by the mighty hand of God. “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Psalm 50:15

  5. Our nation was not “birthed by a move of Almighty God”. It was founded, based on Enlightenment principals, to be a secular nation. God was deliberately left out of the Constitution, over the objection of your historical equivalents. As President Obama properly said “Given the increasing diversity of America’s population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.” In truth the United States was never a Christion Nation and any such claims are simply false.

    • Rant as much as you wish, but the words of our founders are prolific and history is proven. They override your claims. For every argument you can conceive, I can quote you our presidents to illustrate the truth.

      As for the Enlightenment, it inspired the French Revolution, which our founders recognized as immoral, Godless, and dangerous. They purposely sought to avoid those mistakes. Here’s a nice course for you from the BBC.

      If you want to quote Obama as gospel (who is admittedly more hostile to Christianity than any previous president), you should at least consider his proclamation on Thanksgiving when he said, “President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a Thanksgiving Day, calling for ‘the Almighty hand’ to heal and restore our Nation. In confronting the challenges of our day, we must draw strength from the resolve of previous generations who faced their own struggles and take comfort in knowing a brighter day has always dawned on our great land. As we stand at the close of one year and look to the promise of the next, we lift up our hearts in gratitude to God for our many blessings, for one another, and for our Nation.”

      We can question his sincerity of belief, but he, too, acknowledges the Christian foundation of our country.

      • I still can not find in our Constitution where it says, “Christianity is the established religion to be upheld and practiced by all who regard themselves Americans…” ? Would you please point to this language in our Constitution. Thank you for your help.

  6. Thank you for sharing this lost piece of history. I feel like I just received my first Christmas gift!! Christmas blessings to you and Betty and all at Life Outreach Intl.

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