Throughout His-Story there have been many warnings, warnings we haven’t taken serious enough. George Washington warned how fake news-style media would praise the traitors and malign (speak evil of) the real patriots.
British statesman Lord Acton wrote in 1887 to Bishop Creighton “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
“There’s a lure in power – like gambling and a lust for money” Harry Truman wrote in 1950.
President Ford mentioned “A government big enough to GIVE you everything you want, is a government big enough to TAKE everything you have.”
Ed Vitagliano (AFA 4/20) wrote in his book The Progressive Threat to the American Republic: “True socialism is rooted in atheism. It demands the end of private property, and wars against the Judeo-Christian principles. The true solution to our economic afflictions will come only from a true Christian worldview – it’s the way God created it! The fight against socialism is no more an intellectual exercise; it is a war against a poisonous doctrine that will end this Republic.”
Jesus tells us in His Sermon on the Mount “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7).
With that word, the Lord inspired John Winthrop in the 1600s to write his vision for a unique civilization to which all the nations of the world would look, while he was sailing away from the persecution in England to America on a ship called the Arbella.
Soon after landing, he was made governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, laying the foundation for what would become America.
He wrote: “For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.”
There was another civilization called to give light to the world: Israel. And so Winthrop’s vision overflowed with references to the scriptures and to ancient Israel, after which America would be founded and patterned.
Israel had entered into a covenant with God, becoming a covenant-nation. So at the founding of America, Winthrop would write: “Thus stands the cause between God and us. We are entered into covenant with Him for this work.
“The Lord will be our God, and delight to dwell among us, as His own people, and will command a blessing upon us in all our ways, so that we shall see much more of His wisdom, power, goodness and truth.”
Long ago, Moses received those same words, just before Israel entered the Promised Land … but Winthrop’s message ended with a prophetic warning in it: “Yet if we shall deal falsely with our God, if our hearts shall turn away, so that we will not obey – but shall be seduced, and worship other gods and serve them (pleasures, profits), so that we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world. We shall surely perish.”
To this civilization that was founded, blessed and fallen after the pattern of Israel, will come judgment after the pattern of judgment that came to ancient Israel.
But as those called to be the lights of God, we are never to fear darkness! Let’s be the Light we were born – and born again – to be, for such a time as this.
“For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth” (Acts 13:47).