This is the essence of Moses’ final warning to Israel after he had led them out of captivity, delivered them to God at Mount Sinai and given them the laws of God. He said, “And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. (Deuteronomy 8:19).”
Though America is not Israel, our nation was founded upon the same principles that were delivered to our forefathers by the God of Moses. We are becoming a nation that has forgotten God; and like Israel of old, without knowledge of God and faith in His promises, we will surely perish. Certainly God would have us heed Moses’ warning today.
How have we forgotten God? I invite you to step outside next Sunday morning and listen. You will not likely hear the stillness of God’s prescribed “day of rest,” but the roar of lawn mowers and other machinery used by an increasing number of neighbors who view God as a mental or emotional crutch for the weak at heart. Take a look around at the businesses that are open for “business as usual” on the Lord’s Day. People flock to the retail stores dressed in their daily duds to celebrate the first day of a new week without God.
Even those who call themselves Christians are obviously becoming more contented with less of God. Churches have become the meeting places of people with itching ears, desiring only a pep talk to pacify their spiritual hunger and entertain their flesh. As God predicted, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2Timothy 4:3-4).”
We contend with those who would alter our pledge, “One nation under God.” But contrary to our criticisms, our lifestyles argue for the words “One nation without God.”