Restoration of America: America’s Nemesis

???????????????????????????????At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?– Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.[1]

Abraham Lincoln spoke these words to a nation whose revolutionary generation had left the realm of living history to forever become history retold rather than history remembered. The experiences were now lost with those who had passed away leaving a responsibility to the generations that follow to learn from what they hoped to never need to experience. The greatest threat to America, Lincoln so eloquently proclaimed, would be internal not external. Our nemesis is ourselves, more so than our foreign adversaries. In so doing, Lincoln placed the responsibility of America’s destruction, should it ever be, on Americans both as its harbinger and its finisher.

In contrast, it is a common conservative practice to blame foreign infiltrators and the current Administration almost exclusively for the weakening of America, but this did not happen in one or two Presidential terms. Slowly America has slipped from her biblical moorings. We have lost the cohesive values that enabled citizens to be as responsible as those who serve in public office for the state of our nation. The enemy of America is America.

We must stop pointing fingers and start restoring our nation brick by brick. If we do not take responsibility, who will? If Islam is our undoing, it is because we were already undone by our own corruption. If America is shaking, it is because we have forsaken our solid foundation and have built upon the sand. The bastion of Christianity retreated behind the walls of the Church giving way to the secular public square. Secularism created a weakened infrastructure unable to curtail new pillars from a foreign belief system. Secularism is a homegrown philosophy, a Christian heresy. It is a Western phenomenon as it is the remnants of a former Christian culture. In a sense, it is Christianity’s illegitimate offspring and thus our responsibility.

For as long as we utilize eschatology as a junk drawer for that which we do not wish to be responsible to steward, we cannot see the path that restores a nation. Anytime we place the problem out of our control, or the solution beyond our reach, our only recourse is to prepare for the inevitable or await a sovereign move of God. We left the job of building a nation to the secular world. Then we responded in anger to the state of our union laying the blame upon them. But it is we, the believers of this nation, who have abdicated our responsibility to steward the Kingdom in a manner in which builds our nation.

We may have lost ground in the process, but we cannot lose hope. We have been given a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. If we want to restore America, we must disciple America according to the ways of the Kingdom.

Let’s not confuse discipling America via the Kingdom with creating a theocracy or a Christian government. If we are not careful with our rhetoric we will create fear in the populace that Christians mean to subvert the government and reinstitute a state Church. The Founding generation established a Republic. Restoring America restores the Republic.

Discipling America is a matter of rebuilding families, stabilizing businesses, and revitalizing our churches to standards of high integrity and civic responsibility. It is about Christians being known by our love, rather than by what we stand against. It is a matter of working in the arts and entertainment. It is a matter of restoring health care and education to their God given mandates. If we want to remove the corruption of Washington, we must disciple leaders of great character who can serve this nation without concern for job security.

We have forgotten that our battle is not against flesh and blood. We war with people instead of the spiritual atmospheric conditions that control those people. Or we solely battle in prayer and have removed ourselves from practical civic responsibility. We get involved in skirmishes and never win the war. Better yet, we fail to live from the place of the war being won. We fight from the place of the victim instead of living in the peace of victory.

Whatever we build that is not built in the peace of the Kingdom will be shaken. We cannot fight out of reaction to the enemy. If we want to be an anchor in the storm we have to stop shaking like those who have no hope. The path to standing up for America is that of laying down our lives for neighbors, co-workers, and those God gives to us to serve. It’s time to replace rhetoric with practical love.

When we are shaking we think the unshaken are either ignorant or apathetic to the problems of America. There are those who are oblivious or complacent, but others are sleeping in the boat awaiting the appointed moment where they release their peace and calm a storm. Still others are working steadily from a place of peace.

Lincoln advocated that maintaining American liberty is a matter of renewing the spirit of seventy-six—that revolutionary spirit that prevailed through the war to the establishment of the Republic. The difference is that the foundation of freedom has already been laid by those patriots of 1776. As Lincoln feared, time has eroded their memory from the world. Their spirit of patriotism lay dormant, but it is not dead. Modern debris has corrupted their memory and life’s work. It is our job to dig through the debris and find the sinews of our founding history. Pulling them free from the tomb of time to reeducate a people in the ways of liberty. Then we can follow Lincoln’s advice:

[L]et every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor . . .  Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap–let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs;–let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the [joyful], of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.[2]

Freedom cannot be taken for granted, that it will continue apart from studying the philosophy of freedom Lincoln calls the “political religion of the nation.” Freedom requires work to sustain it. It is not entombed in the ink and parchment of the Constitution. It must be cultivated in the hearts and minds of the people. A Constitutional Republic requires the Constitution and the Public to sustain its vitality.

When such a sacrificial commitment is established for freedom, greater is the sustainability of that freedom. Or as Lincoln declared,“While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.”[3]

[1]  Lincoln, Abraham. The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838

[2] Lincoln, Abraham. The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838

[3]  Lincoln, Abraham. The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838

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