14 Sunday OTA – 4th of July

ZECHARIAH 9: 9-10          ROMANS 8: 9        MATTHEW 11: 25-30

A national Radio Talk Show Host and a call-in listener were talking about Christianity in America. As the conversation continued, the host said, “Why do Christians think they had anything special to do with the founding of this country… Anybody who reads history books knows that Christianity was no more involved in America’s founding than any other religion.”

Unfortunately and inaccurately that seems to be the prevalent thought of many Americans today. But the truth of the matter is we are a nation that has been shaped by the Judeo-Christian ethic found throughout the Bible. We are a Biblical nation from our very roots.

But are we a Christian nation? To answer that question we must define the meaning of the question itself. If being a “Christian nation” means that everyone is a Christian, then we are not a Christian nation. But if it means that Christianity was the religion of the overwhelming majority of our nation’s Founding Fathers and if its influence is undeniably seen in our nation’s Founding Documents, and that Christian ethics and moral codes were accepted as the rule for our social order, then yes, we are a Christian nation!

Certainly those throughout America’s history were not timid about this fact. The Legislature of New York declared in 1838: “This is a Christian nation. Ninety-nine hundredths, if not a larger proportion, of our whole population, believe in the general doctrines of the Christian religion.” Our nation’s twenty-eight president, Woodrow Wilson in his famous address, “The Bible and Progress,” stated the following, “America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture.” (Refer to APB pg. 1278)

It is safe to say that the Christian faith was involved in practically every aspect of our nation’s beginnings. Christopher Columbus in 1504 wrote his reason for setting forth to discover a new land to be: “I was led of the Holy Spirit to carry the message of the Gospel to undiscovered lands.”

Of course there is much that is good about America; she is still the greatest nation on earth. But even so we have much to be concerned about.  Such as legalizing Abortion, Gay Marriage, not giving priority for faith and value based education to our children, etc affects our society very much today.

Good sense would tell us that if we were once great as a nation then it would be prudent wise thing for to us to return to that which made us great in the beginning. But what are we to do? Can we really make any difference? Indeed we can, if we all can follow these action plans: 1. We must Pray 2. We must work within the Process. 3. We must Participate. 4. We must Persevere.

If you think it is a heavy burden for you, have partnership with Jesus. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

The yoke of Christ can be seen as the sum of our Christian responsibilities and duties. To take the yoke of Christ is to put ourselves in a relationship with Christ as his servants and subjects, and to conduct ourselves accordingly. The yoke of Christ is not just a yoke from Christ but also a yoke with him. A yoke is fashioned for a pair — for a team working together. So we are not yoked alone to pull the plow by our own unaided power but are yoked together with Christ to work with Him using His strength. By saying that his “yoke is light” (11:30), Jesus means that whatever God sends us is made to fit our needs and our abilities exactly.

On this Independence Day let us join our hands with Jesus and uphold the Christian values on which this great nation was founded.