I was brought up to respect my elders. A “yes sir” or a “yes ma’am” was in order when replying to a question from someone older that you. You opened the door and held it for them if they were walking in somewhere.
You see, they had lived longer and experienced much more and were due our respect. Living longer means one thing for sure, you will make more mistakes and thus if one is wise, you will learn from them. So the wisdom of those who have lived much longer than we is not to be taken lightly. We should not allow the following words to pass us by, without paying close attention to what they say, for they were spoken by one of our elders.
“Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
President George Washington, [Farewell Address]
Reason and experience, this two master tutors in the school of wisdom, declare that we cannot expect that our great country can or will be a nation of morality if we do not adhere to religious principles. Just as the apple tree cannot grow and produce its fruit without deep healthy roots. America cannot produce and maintain a home for the free and of the brave and proud without having our roots deep in the sod of the Gospel of Christ Jesus.
The Bible tells us in Psalm 33:12:
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”
…and yet we have attempted to do what our elders have told us cannot be done and are paying the price of being foolish children. We cast God from our classrooms and from the courthouses that are in place to insure justice we have removed the Law of God that says “do not murder” and “do not steal” and yet we complain about the prisons being full and our youth being misguided, while we make every effort to take down Gods roadmap to peace and joy from public view.
If Gods word is true and “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”, then what of that nation, what of our nation that has cast him aside? What of our nation that has allowed a president to stand and declare that we are one of the largest Muslim nations in the world, and thus by doing so he is saying that America has denied the very son ship of Christ.
This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. This is an issue of how will we, as Americans; continue if we are not blessed by God.
So what do we do? Where do we start?
We start with Reason and Experience. We start with reason and experience in our homes, on our jobs and in the voting booth. We start with getting reason and experience back in our schools and courthouses. We start first and foremost by crying out for forgiveness on behalf of this nation. We ask for forgiveness for remaining silent when we should have spoken up.
God cries out to us and says, “Come, let us reason together, though your sins be as scarlet, they will be as white as snow”. He seeks to forgive and to restore.
Rev. Fr. Robby Entrekin