America: Founded on Faith
Happy independence day, amen to each and every one of you. And when you sit here and you look at those flags back there, I want you to understand what those two flags represent. There are only two places in the United States of America, where you can find a declaration of independence. One July the fourth of 1776, the United States of America, not 16, 19, and the other marched the second of 1836, the Republic of Texas.
[00:00:29] And when I look at that incredible juxtaposition there, I see that the lone star of which you live in illuminates, there were 49 other stars on that flag. So you have an incredible responsibility being here in the state of Texas as a Texan being here in the United States of America as an American to stand.
[00:00:56] For the principles and values upon which this nation was founded. [00:01:00] Amen. And so I want to talk to you about this little clip and to put it into context. This comes from the movie, the patron, I hope and pray that you all will take the time either today or tomorrow to sit down with your family and watch this movie.
[00:01:15] There’s no nudity. There’s no cursing. There’s a little bit of violence, but it is all about how our nation got started. because I would guarantee you that many of our children and grandchildren aren’t getting that story in our schools today. But the thing is that what you just saw the South Carolina militia was called up because what had happened was Lord general corn Wallace had left New York and New Jersey and had come down and invaded into South Carolina landing at what we call Charleston today.
[00:01:49] Because what the British intended to do was to squash all resistance in the south and March north and pinch the revolutionary army. [00:02:00] But this story, the Patriot, and of course, Mel Gibson’s character, Benjamin Martin is loosely based upon the person that we know as the swamp Fox. And if you never read about the swamp Fox that’s Francis Marion and Francis Marion was the original gorilla fighter.
[00:02:17] What Francis Marion did with that South Carolina militia going out and recruiting people from towns and villages from churches was he kept general corn Wallace tied up down south long enough for George Washington to build up the strength in the army up north. And as eventually when corn Wallace did get the opportunity to break and go up to Yorktown, Virginia, it was too late because the marquee de Lafayette.
[00:02:45] Had come to the rescue, the United States of America and corn Wallace was trapped there. Even though we had a declaration of independence in 1776, the revolutionary war was not over until 1781. And so what I [00:03:00] wanna focus on is the words that you saw the young lady and say today, will you stop at mere words?
[00:03:07] Because I think that’s a message. For the body of Christ today, will you just stop at mere words? Yeah. And when I think about how that relates to us, and then the Bible, I turn over to James chapter two, started at verse 14. If you have your Bibles, please pull that out. James chapter two, verse 14.
[00:03:32] And it says, what use is it? My brethren, if someone says he has. But has no works. Can that faith save him skip down to verse 17. It says even so faith, if it has no works is dead being by itself. Verse 18, where it says, but someone may well say you have faith [00:04:00] and I have works. Show me your faith without the works.
[00:04:04] And I will show you my faith by my works. In verse 20, it says, but are you willing to recognize you foolish fellow that faith without works is useless. Verse 21 was not Abraham. Our father justified by works. When he offered up Isaac, his son on the altar verse 22, you see that faith was working with his works.
[00:04:32] And as a result of the works, faith was perfected verse 24. Through 26, that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone in the same way was not rehab. The Harlett received also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out. By another way, y’all remember that from Jericho for just as the body, without the spirit is [00:05:00] dead.
[00:05:00] So also faith without works is. See, the founding followers could have come out there and written this incredible document that we have today called the declaration of independence and said, see, we got some really good words out here, but what did they have to do to make sure that those words came through fruition, they had to go out and take action.
[00:05:25] They had to go out and do works to prove those words. And that’s what we have to do. Here’s the body of. Because when you look at what we’re confronting, when you look at what we’re facing, just think about the Supreme court decision that came out this past week. The coach Kennedy case up in Bremerton, Washington, where a person had to go before the highest court in United States of America, the Supreme court to get there.
[00:05:51] Okay. To say that by himself, he could kneel on an athletic. [00:06:00] Just solemnly pray, not coerce. Anyone else to join him, not ask for the high school to give him a megaphone or anything. Just him by himself. Praying. How far have we come away from understanding you’re inalienable rights. How far have we come from understanding and then the constitution, your very first Liberty is the freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof.
[00:06:28] How far have we come that we are now being told that separation of church and state means separating ourselves from our Juda Christian faith heritage. Now is the time when you can sit up. And as we used to say in the military, you can talk to talk, but are you gonna walk the walk? That’s what this country, that’s what the body of Christ has to step up for.
[00:06:52] Because when you think about the faith of the founding fathers, they were taking on the greatest [00:07:00] military power that the world knew at that time. Yeah. England had just finished whipping up on the other great military power in the world, and that was France. And now a little rag tag, bunch of 13 colon.
[00:07:17] Was gonna stand up and say, we wanna be free. We believe that our Unna rights don’t come from you, king George. We believe that our Unna rights come from the creator of God. And even in setting forth those words, they knew every single one of them that stood up and signed their names to that document.
[00:07:36] Pastor Cruz, that was death warrant. That was treason. . That’s why at the beginning of this clip. When he Shila Heath Ledger’s character was riding in those men were hung because they were standing up against the monarchy and the power of king. George. I gotta ask you something, men and women sitting here today and soldier during church.
[00:07:58] If someone were to walk into [00:08:00] these doors right now and say that we need you to go out on this battlefield, we need you to stand up right now and go and fight for our rights, our freedoms and our Liber. Would you stand or would you just stop at me words, but let me ask you something, tell you something.
[00:08:22] Someone’s walking through that door right now and it’s our Lord and savior of Jesus Christ. Yeah. Someone’s walking through that door right now and that’s our heavenly father and he is challenging us to say it is okay for you to come here and the beautiful music of this family there was song and the.
[00:08:39] That we gave, but will you go out from these doors and stand and fight, or you just come in here and look pretty and profess all of your faith, but when it comes to fruition, when it comes to being challenged, will you step up to that challenge? I gotta [00:09:00] tell you, when I think about Christians and other places in the world, the Coptic Christians in Egypt the Christians in Pakistan.
[00:09:06] Can you imagine someone walking in and. Are you a Christian, if you are a Christian, we’re gonna kill you. How many of you would step up and say, yeah, I’m a Christian. How many of you would step up and understand that? It says in Philippians, I believe one in 21 to live is Christ to die is gain. Amen. And you’ll be willing to make that sacrifice.
[00:09:28] There are people making that sacrifice. That’s how you are here today. 246 years later in the greatest. That the world has ever known. Put up a quote for me, Alexander Frazier, Tyler. Y’all got it. I’m gonna make you do pushups. y’all said you had, there we go. Alexander Frazier, Tyler, a Scottish political philosopher in the 18th century.
[00:09:57] Read these words and I’ll read along with you. A [00:10:00] democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover. That they can vote themselves large as their own money from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the Canada’s promising the most benefits from the public treasury.
[00:10:14] With the result that the democracy always collapses over lose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civil legislations has been 200 years. How old will America be? Tomorrow? 246, 246. These nations have progressed through this sequence bondage to spiritual faith from spiritual faith to great courage from courage to Liberty, from Liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to apathy, from apathy to dependence from dependence back in the bondage.
[00:10:50] Where do you think we are in this cycle in the United States, America? This was written in the 18th century, but what was [00:11:00] the pivotal change in all of. Spiritual faith. The spiritual faith that these men showed is the reason why you’re sitting here today. Because without that, there is no United States of America, the faith to stand up to that great power.
[00:11:16] But then the ability to say, we can go out, what did y’all just sing? He won’t. I can just see all of those men as they came up and signed the declaration of independence, they saying he won’t fail us. That’s good. He’s never failed us. That’s. And if you saw at the beginning of the service, we put up all of those quotations and clips from the founding follows, they believed in the Judeo of Christian faith heritage, the foundation of the United States of America.
[00:11:42] Come on, man. That’s good. If we don’t stand up right now in this moment for our spiritual faith, but if we don’t show the courage to take it to the next level, then we will lose. The greatest nation that the world has ever known. We seen God bless America. We don’t see in government with that little G I’ve heard me say that [00:12:00] God’s got the big G.
[00:12:00] Sure. But if we don’t step out and show our works combined with our faith, then the world won’t see that. What does it say in second Corinthians three and 17, it says that the Lord is the spirit and where the spirit of the Lord is. There is freedom. That’s your responsibility. You are a soldier on this battlefield.
[00:12:26] That’s good. Onward. Christian soldiers marching as to war with the cross of Jesus going on before Christ the world master leads against the foe forward in the battle. See his banner go onward. Christian soldiers marching as to war with the cross of Jesus going on before you’ve got that faith.
[00:12:41] Now, are you gonna show the works to go out there and do it put up this incredible image?
[00:12:51] That portrait was in my house, prominently displayed, cuz that was a valley forge. [00:13:00] The continental Congress had been chased outta Philadelphia. Revolutionary army was in a ragtag bunch and they were forced to this place called valley forge. Most of the deaths in valley forest did not come from confrontations with the enemy.
[00:13:14] They came from disease, they came from freezing thereof. And of course, you know what happened when they came outta valley forest and they crossed the Delaware river and they attacked the hesians at Trenton, New Jersey. But what you don’t know is that many of those men marched through the snow with no shoes.
[00:13:28] You could follow the army by following the blood trails in the snow. That’s what faith, what works will. And from this portrait, I wanna read to you the Christian Patriots, prayer Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, and son of Mary. We call upon you at this most critical time in our nation’s history. As the sons and daughters of the Republic, we recognize that [00:14:00] we have a duty to you, our God, to our family, and also to our country.
[00:14:05] Help us to courageously fulfill these duties. And as we do so honor and glorify you, we know that it was your guiding hand that gave birth to this nation. And that Christianity must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people. We wish to go above and beyond the call of duty.
[00:14:29] And if when a person receives the me of. They receive the medal of honor for going above and beyond the call of duty. God wants to give you a medal of honor. Give us the courage to speak out for you in a way that will win others over for your kingdom. And for the restoration of our nation, provide us what we need to teach and defend the truth and put on the armor of God that we may be able to stand against the wilds [00:15:00] of sat.
[00:15:01] Amen. This is at my desk and I glance down at it every day. Cuz I have to go out there and be on this battlefield. Are you ready to combine your faith that you display in here with the courage to go out and show your works that your father has commanded you? America has seen many trying times, but the thing that has always taken America through the trying times is the faith of its people.
[00:15:39] You go and read the book democracy in America, by Alexis de TOFL a Frenchman who came here to the United States of America to try to understand what made America so unique, what made America so great. What was it about these people? The TOEFL deduced one single thing is their. [00:16:00] It’s their religion. It’s their belief in God that makes them believe that they can accomplish and do anything.
[00:16:10] I want to take the time as I did last year to do what I hope you all will do with your families either today or tomorrow. On top of watching the movie with the Patriot, we’re gonna read the declaration of independence. Cause I think a lot of. Have forgotten these words. When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands, which have connected them with another.
[00:16:38] And to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature’s God entitle them a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes, which IEL them to the separation. We hold these truth. To be self-evident that [00:17:00] all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the govern that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it.
[00:17:25] And to, I. A new government laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness prudence. Indeed. Will dictate the government’s long establi should not be changed for light and transient causes. And accordingly all experience has shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to write themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
[00:17:58] When a long train of [00:18:00] abuses and use their patients pursuing invariably the same object advances, a design to reduce them under absolute despot. It is their right. It is their duty to throw off such government and to provide new guards for their future security, such as been the page of sufferance of these colonies and such as now the necessity, which constrains them to alter their former systems of government.
[00:18:26] The history of the present king of great Britney is a history of repeated injuries and use of patients all having in direct object, the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid. He has refused his asset to laws the most wholesome and necessary for the public.
[00:18:47] Good. He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance unless suspended in their operation until his assent should be obtained. And when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to [00:19:00] attend to them. He has refused to pass other laws. For the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish their right of representation in the legislature, a right, and esteemable to them and formidable to tyrants only he’s called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
[00:19:29] He has dissolved representative houses repeated. For opposing with manly firmness, his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time after such disillusions to cause others to be elected whereby the legislative powers and capable of annihilation have returned to the people at large for their exercise, the state remaining in the meantime, exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without and convulsions within.[00:20:00]
[00:20:00] He is endeavored to prevent the population of these states. For that purpose, obstructing the laws of naturalization of foreigners, refusing to pass others, to encourage their migrations hitter and raising the conditions of new appropriations of land. He has obstructed the administration of justice by refusing his ascent to laws for establishing judicial powers.
[00:20:22] He has made judges dependent on his will. For the tenure of their offices and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of new offices and sent Heather swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. He has kept among us in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislatures.
[00:20:44] He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil. He is combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, unacknowledged by our laws, giving a cent to their acts of [00:21:00] pretended legislation for quartering large bodies of armed troops among us for protecting them by mock trial from punishment.
[00:21:07] For any murders, which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states for cutting off our trade with other parts of the world, for imposing taxes on us, without our consent for depriving us in many cases of the benefits of trial by jury for transporting us beyond seizes, to be tried for pretended offenses for abolishing the free system of English.
[00:21:30] In neighboring province, establishing Darin, an arbitrary government and enlarging its boundaries. So as to render it all at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies for taking away our charters abolishing our most valuable laws and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments for suspending our own legislatures and declaring themselves invested with.
[00:21:56] To legislate for us in all cases [00:22:00] whatsoever. He is abdicated government here by declaring us out of his protection and raging war against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny already begun with circumstances of cruelty and per.
[00:22:25] Scarcely parallel in the most barbers ages and totally unworthy of the head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to follow themselves by their hands.
[00:22:43] He has exited domestic incited, domestic insurrection against us and has endeavored to bring. On the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes [00:23:00] and conditions. In every stage of these oppressions, we are petitioned for redress in the most humble terms, our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.
[00:23:10] A prince whose character is thus marked by every act, which we may define at Tarrant is unfit to be the ruler of a free. Nor have we been wanting and attentions to our British brethren? We have warned them from time to time of attempts by the legislature to extend an unwarranted jurisdiction overs. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our immigration and settlement here.
[00:23:35] We have appealed to their native justice and ity, and we have conjured them to, by the tides of our common kindred to disavow these of patients, which would inevit. Interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been death to the voice of justice and GUI. We must therefore acquiesce in necessity, which NICES our separation [00:24:00] and hold them as we hold the rest of mankind enemies in war, in peace friends, we therefore the representatives of the United States of America in general, Congress assemble appealing to the Supreme judge of the world.
[00:24:16] For the rectitude of our intentions do and the name and by authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare that these United colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown. And they’re all political connection between them and the state of great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved and that as free and independent, They are full power to levy war conclude peace contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.
[00:24:55] And for the support of this declaration with a [00:25:00] firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred. Signed by 56 men that we remember and celebrate tomorrow.