Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
July 2, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Godly Nation
Description

 

The Godly Nation?

THE GODLY NATION ?

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”. Ps. 33:12

The 4th of July will be observed to commemorate

the National Day set aside to celebrate the Declaration of

Independence. “IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776, the unanimous

Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

asserted independence from England. The legal

document started with the words, “When in the Course of

human events, it becomes necessary for one people …”. The

Revolutionary War with England had started one year earlier

and would end in 1783, but the document of justification and

intent of purpose were formalized on July 4, 1776. The

recently liberated colonies existed without a document of

governance until 1787 when a formal Constitution was

adopted thereby changing them from a collection of colonies

to the United States of America.
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Although this nation was initially jubilant, thankful,

prayerful, and Biblically committed to its freedom, it

seems to have made a shift during the 1950’s away from

the biblical teaching, “ blessed is the nation whose God

is the Lord”. The sermon for today, 2017, has been planned

to signal warnings to our nation of the need to reexamine

its priorities, actions, and religiosity. Hence, the sermon

has been entitled The Godly Nation ?, notice with a question

mark to highlight the disastrous fate that awaits apostasy.

It will be anchored by the following three parameters

which are; some highlights of the glorious years of

America, an increasing tilt toward national apostasy,

and the Biblical solution to survival.

Prior to examining these dimensions, it is deemed

appropriate to highlight two nation at vastly different
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chronological time periods and, yet, for a few centuries,

they both embodied the Scriptural assertion, “ Blessed

is the nation whose God is the Lord” ( Ps. 33:12 ). Those

nations are Ancient Israel and the United States of

America.

During their infancy and subsequent development, both

nations were theistically focused. Sadly, Israel embrace

a proclivity toward apostasy and, in accordance with the

will of God, the nation experienced a divided kingdom and

later Babylonian Captivity. This fact is documented in both

Biblical and secular histories.

Taking a quantum leap from then to the contemporary

times ( 2017 ), the somber question becomes – what is the

outlook for America during this 21st Century and beyond?

This question leads to the first parameter of the sermon
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which is – highlights of the glorious years of America.

From its beginning as a single colony in 1607 until the end

of World War II in 1946, America enjoyed the status of a

blessed nation. Its ideals and beliefs were largely consistent

with the teaching of Ps. 33:12 -“Blessed is nation whose God

is the Lord.” However, there were some blemishes during

those centuries, a few of which included: religious bigotry,

slavery, exploitation of the Indians ( including the trail of

tears ) and the anti Hispanic practices.

Notwithstanding those referenced blemishes, America

has been abundantly blessed from its infancy to the 1950’s.

That decade was marked by bumps in the nation’s success,

tranquility, and prestige. It was the time when prayer was

removed from the public school, legalization of abortion,

massive resistant to the Civil Rights movement and
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entrance into the Korean War and withdrawal without a

victory. Sadly, those dysfunctions are continuing to be

evident in contemporary American society. This fact leads

to the next focus of the sermon which is the question –

Is America beginning to experience a trend toward

apostasy? In responding to this question, it should be noted

that both the media and critical personal observations

point to disturbing signs in the nation’s stance. It has not

won a war since World War II although America has been

and continues to be engaged in warfare even today.

Politically, it has commenced a sinister attempt to promote

a “great” racial divide with the election of Obama as

President of the United States. This endeavor has become

more aggressive under the leadership of Trump, an

unpredictable, massive tweeting, alternative facts, fake
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media and power abusive person. This assessment of Trump

is validated by an article in Friday’s edition of the Albany

Herald by Eugene Robinson entitled “Trump again shines

a light on his ego”.

Beloved, social scientists, the media, and critical

observers of social reality have labeled this trend as

sensate ( materially focused ) secular ( worldly focused )

while theologians see it as a trend toward apostasy.

But let us Bible believing individuals not shutter and grow

sick at heart because these events were divinely foreknown,

written about in the Bible, experienced in Ancient Greece

and Rome, and – in the same book – was included the remedy

to ‘cure’ apostasy. It is recorded in the 2nd Chron. 7:14.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble

themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their
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wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive

their sin, and will heal their land.”

In closing, America’s destiny – while under the canopy

of God – is largely under the control of politicians, jurists,

the media, and lastly voters. But let us never forget that

in time and in a divine manner The will of God will be done

in earth, as it is in heaven. May God bless and keep you this

day and the rest of your life.! Amen.

 

 

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