These are my sermon notes from July 1, 2017! Enjoy!
Make America Godly again
Text: Psalm 33:12-22 & Isaiah 6:1-10
This morning in your Bibles turn to Psalm 33, we are going to look at verses 12-22. We live in a great country. I believe that it is the greatest country that has ever existed. I believe our founders, had a Holy God in mind when the pillars of the republic were being hammered out. I also believe that we have deviated far from the initial charter that formed us as a Nation. I believe that it is time to Make America Godly again by standing up for what is right and putting God back into His rightful place.
You might find my writing a little offensive. I am ok with this. You might also find yourself not agreeing with the premise of the message. I am ok with this also. But please make no mistake, this is a word from a Holy God, to His people. The Bible teaches us that “All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.” We have to understand, Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, my sin has left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.
To make American Godly again, we are going to have to put God back into His rightful place in our lives. Many of you like myself have fought for this great country. I love this country, and I would consider myself a patriot. But there is something much bigger than my patriotism for this great nation at stake here, my love for Jesus immeasurably overshadows my love for country. My love for His word and the precepts of His teaching has to be the cornerstone of my belief. Our founders understood this. They wanted to protect the Church (body of Christ) from the Republic. The separation of Church and State was created to protect the Church from Government, not Government from Church. So these men, from different faiths, some with no faith at all, carefully crafted a document that has been baffling people for over two centuries. Our country started because of a need for people to be able to practice their faith freely. The Declaration of Independence was the promise; the Constitution was the fulfillment of the promise. In Psalm 33 we see that the writer under divine inspiration understood that national blessing did not come from wealth or power, but by a relationship with God! Look at Psalm 33 starting in verse 12.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.
13 The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men;
14 From His dwelling place He looks out
On all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 He who fashions the hearts of them all,
He who understands all their works.
16 The king is not saved by a mighty army;
A warrior is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
19 To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
22 Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in You.
If we are going to make American Godly again, we are going to have to put God back in His rightful place. He has to be the center of our lives, the object of our affection. He has to matter; He is God! If our nation is to be godly again, we have to do more than saying He is Lord; we have to make Him Lord. God Bless America, In God we trust are just slogans, unless we want Him to bless and we are willing to trust Him. Psalm 33:18 says “Behold the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness.” This fear is reverential awe! It means that God matters, that we frame our lives by our relationship with Him.
Adding slogans to documents like the pledge of allegiance or closing out a speech with “God bless America” means nothing unless God is in His proper place by the writer, hearer or speaker. As a matter of fact, Amendment 1 of the U. S. Constitution prohibits Congress from enacting laws to add these slogans.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
If we are going to make America Godly again, we are going to have to have a High and Holy view of God. Reverential awe is going to come from recognizing God for who He truly is. Isaiah understood this. Look at Isaiah 6 with me, as you are turning there let me tell you a little bit about Isaiah. God called him to minister to people who were not going to listen to him. Isaiah’s ministry was over seven decades; he went to great extremes to make sure that he communicated God’s crystal clear words to the chosen ones of Israel. His world had been rocked in Chapter six when he realized who God was. Look at the text with me!
Isaiah Chapter 6:1-10
6 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The [a]whole earth is full of His glory.”
4 And the [b]foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the [c]temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,
“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is [d]forgiven.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive;
Keep on looking, but do not understand.’
10 “Render the hearts of this people [e]insensitive,
Their ears [f]dull,
And their eyes [g]dim,
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
Understand with their hearts,
And return and be healed.”
If we are to make America Godly again, we are going to have to
1. See God as He Is (Verse 1-4)
Isaiah saw the Lord as He should be viewed, sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted. By seeing God in His proper place, Isaiah understood God’s worthiness. We have to understand who God is. He is the creator of the universe. God is perfect in every way; God is all powerful, all knowing and in control. Nothing happens that He does not know is already going to happen. Godly attitudes come from knowing God. We may not always agree on agenda’s but if we agree that God is who His Word teaches us that He is we will move forward at remaking America Godly.
Isaiah said, “The whole earth is filled with His Glory.” His understanding of the cosmos was limited, this book was written almost 30 centuries ago. Isaiah had no knowledge of the universe, only what He could see. He understood the whole earth, today we see the glory of God in the vastness of His creation. When we see God for who He is, everything changes. Because when we see and acknowledge God, it forces us to see ourselves as we are.
2. Realize who we are (Verse 5-7)
Who are we? This notion is a question that has baffled generations for centuries. Sometimes we think more highly of ourselves than we should. Sometimes we like to believe our press releases. Sometimes, we get to big for our spiritual britches and cause ourselves all kind of problems. We have to realize our need for God. Our need for God is more than lip service; we have to know how much we need Him.
3. Take Action (Verse 8-10)
Isaiah realized that he would never be the same. Seeing God up close and personal changes you. If you don’t change, you have not experienced God. When we see God, there is this Holy discontentment. Things that once mattered no longer have the appeal, A vision of God changes you…it humbles you. God places a high value on Humility. When you conform in the life of Jesus, you are different. Taking action is a natural step for one who sees’s God for who He is. Can I tell you, people, that I love, the “American Dream” is counterproductive to the gospel? The gospel is about giving away; the gospel is about reaching the people that God loves. God does love the USA because God loves the world…and we are part of this tiny ball that is spinning in space. We are here to love, so love has to be part of our action plan.
We are here to love! Love God, Love People, And Make Disciples, this is the plan. Because you have seen God as He is, your plan should be in place. So let me leave you with a question, what ministry do you own, what ministry are you involved in at your church?
I love you all!