Michael Youssef on What Our Founding Fathers Envisioned for America: Faith and Liberty

I find myself asking: Is America still the land of the free and the home of the brave? Or is our nation dangerously adrift on a sea of complacency and immorality? Too often we are content to think only of our families and ourselves, and ignore the world around us. We pay little attention to the continual changes taking place in governmental policies.

Like the frog in lukewarm water — unaware that the water is boiling until it is too late for him to leap — we, too, may be in more danger than we realize. When more than 3,000 babies are aborted every day, the Bible and the Ten Commandments are removed from the classroom, and prayer in the school is forbidden, it is time to assess where we are as a nation. As mobs topple the statues of Founding Fathers, we must not forget what those great men advocated: faith and liberty.

Psalm 33:12 states: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”

Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the author of Saving Christianity?: The Danger in Undermining Our Faith — and What You Can Do about It. He is Founder and President of Leading The Way and the founding pastor of The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta. | Courtesy of Michael Youssef

We should ask ourselves whether the Lord is still America’s God — or, like the children of Israel, are we now pursuing other gods? Our Founding Fathers based America’s important documents such as the Declaration of Independence on Christianity and the Bible, but because of indifference, ignorance, and neglect of biblical principles, we are in danger of losing our precious freedoms. Thankfully, it is still possible to reclaim what we’ve already lost if God’s people will awake and rise up.

America, in her generosity and kindness, has always opened her doors to immigrants like me. I am most thankful for that. As a young man in Egypt, I read everything I could about America, its founding, and its values knowing that I would be punished if an informant discovered me. Let me assure you that many modern-day immigrants want the America envisioned by her Founding Fathers.

We want the America of which George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”

We want the America of which Abraham Lincoln said, “The only assurance of our nation’s safety is to lay our foundation in morality and religion.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Youssef