I've been reading a book by Grant R. Jeffrey "The Signature of God, Astonishing Biblical Discoveries." About the author Jeffrey, "internationally recognized as a leading researcher and Bible Prophecy teacher: More than one and a half million readers have read his seven best selling books." This is the first time that I am reading anything by him.
Here is a quote from his book:
The widespread agnosticism and atheism in our modern government, media, universities, and seminaries has resulted in the moral collapse of our society. The philosopher Thomas Hobbes wisely described the inevitable effects on our society of the growing agnosticism and the gradual abandonment of the authority of Scriptures in the life of our nations. Hobbes described the terrible results that would follow the loss of a national religious faith in the Christ in these insightful words. "No arts, no letters, no society, and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short." Tragically, the results of our national apostasy were accurately predicted in his writings. In 1830 the government of France sent a well respected judge, Alexis de Tocqueville, to study the society, the beliefs, and the prisons of the United States of America to find out why there was so little crime and so few prisons. After several years of study he wrote a celebrated book called The Democracy of the United States in 1840. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about the reason for America's greatness as a nation and the real reason for her low crime rate at that time. "I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests - and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public schools system and in her institutions of higher learning - and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution - and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!"Wow. That was quite the paragraph and one I know is the TRUTH! What is any man apart from the greatness of God? Nothing but a pawn to be pushed and pulled here and there by the greatest deceiver of all, Satan. And to think this deceiver has convinced those that are in his unforgiving grip that they are FREE? That is one of the greatest deceptions of all.
Grant goes on to write:
A century and a half later, America has publicly abandoned the Bible as the moral anchor of our society and education. It should surprise no one that, after decades of teaching our children that there are no absolute rights and wrongs, we face an appalling breakdown in public morality and rising levels of crime. President Andrew Jackson shared the same opinion as Alexis de Tocqueville about the central position of the Scriptures to the life of his nation. As he lay on his deathbed President Jackson pointed to the Bible on the table by his bed and said to his companion, "That Book, Sir, is the rock on which our Republic rests."
I've often wondered what people like Jackson and Lincoln would have to say to those in high places here in the United States today.
It is interesting to me that Wikipedia has nothing of what Grant wrote taken from Tocqueville's book "Democracy in America" on the page about him.
"Religion in America takes no direct part in the government of society, but it must be regarded as the first of their political institutions; for if it does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of it. Indeed, it is in this same point of view that the inhabitants of the United States themselves look upon religious belief. I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion--for who can search the human heart?--but I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or to a party, but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society." Alexis de Tocqueville, exerpt from Democracy in America, Chapter XVII.
I better stop reading and go see my Mom!
Have a beautiful day keeping God and His Truth evident in your everyday lives. God blesses when mankind trusts in the Lord with all of our hearts and we don't lean to our own understanding, and in all our ways acknowledge Him, then He will direct our paths. His paths are truly free.