In 1702 Cotton Mather quoted a Latin proverb to describe the spiritual condition of the American colonies. Translated, it said, “Religion begat prosperity and the daughter devoured the mother. 39 years later The Great Awakening swept the colonies.

In 1975, Mother Teresa said, ” You Americans are spiritually the poorest of the poor … A  nation that kills its children in the womb has lost its soul.”

But God, 49 years later, in the fullness of time …

In June, 2022, America held a federally sanctioned month-long celebration of “…the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves…” (Romans 1:24). They called such shame “Pride Month,” yet another sin. In the midst of all the rebellious revelry, a lightning bolt of Divine Providence struck. The most egregious of those sins–a half-century of federally legalized genocide based on a court decision, the keystone for all the rest–was rightfully reversed by our Supreme Court.

This Fourth of July the economy is hurting, inflation is near 40-year highs, the stock market has suffered the worst half year since 1872, and government bonds have had the worst year since 1865. In spite of that Christian Americans have great reason to celebrate life in one nation under God. Stocks and bonds and inflation will fluctuate, but our omnipotent God will never waiver in his eternal plan to redeem a people for himself. Millions of prayers over the past 49 years have been answered in this court decision. God has demonstrated once again that all things are possible by his omnipotent power. The devil has not been defeated yet, but his leash has been dramatically shortened by our Sovereign God. We give him joyful thanks as we sing his praises in chorus with 63 million aborted souls.

America, America, God has shed a special measure of his grace on thee. Now by his grace may we crown this great good by striving for brotherhood from sea to shining sea and redouble our efforts to support women in crisis. And we must do a much better job instilling biblical morality in our children. 86% of abortions are performed on unwed mothers (CDC, 2O19). The sanctity of life includes the sanctity of behavior that miraculously brings life into existence, and both are engraved by the finger of God in the Ten Commandments (#6 & 7). Dear friends, teach these statutes diligently to your children, and talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 6:7)

Lord, may this spark a gospel resurgence in America, another Great Awakening on our 246th birthday as a nation. Inspire us to renewed vigor as we strive to live out our chief end–to glorify your name as human beings made in your image. All praise and glory to you, Mighty God. In Christ’s name, amen.

“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High” (Psalm 7:17).

See you in church.

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