Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
July 1, 2018 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Godly Nation
Description

THE GODLY NATION ?
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”. Ps. 33:12
The 4th of July will be observed to commemorate
the National Day set aside to celebrate the Declaration of
Independence. “IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776, the unanimous
Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
asserted independence from England. The legal
document started with the words, “When in the Course of
human events, it becomes necessary for one people …”. The
Revolutionary War with England had started one year earlier
and would end in 1783, but the document of justification and
intent of purpose were formalized on July 4, 1776. The
recently liberated colonies existed without a document of
governance until 1787 when a formal Constitution was
adopted thereby changing them from a collection of colonies
to the United States of America.

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Although this nation was initially jubilant, thankful,
prayerful, and Biblically committed to its freedom, it
seems to have made a shift during the 1950’s away from
the biblical teaching, “ blessed is the nation whose God
is the Lord”. The sermon for today, 2017, has been planned
to signal warnings to our nation of the need to reexamine
its priorities, actions, and religiosity. Hence, the sermon
has been entitled The Godly Nation ?, notice with a question
mark to highlight the disastrous fate that awaits apostasy.
It will be anchored by the following three parameters
which are; some highlights of the glorious years of
America, an increasing tilt toward national apostasy,
and the Biblical solution to survival.
Prior to examining these dimensions, it is deemed
appropriate to highlight two nation at vastly different

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chronological time periods and, yet, for a few centuries,
they both embodied the Scriptural assertion, “ Blessed
is the nation whose God is the Lord” ( Ps. 33:12 ). Those
nations are Ancient Israel and the United States of
America.
During their infancy and subsequent development, both
nations were theistically focused. Sadly, Israel embrace
a proclivity toward apostasy and, in accordance with the
will of God, the nation experienced a divided kingdom and
later Babylonian Captivity. This fact is documented in both
Biblical and secular histories.
Taking a quantum leap from then to the contemporary
times ( 2018 ), the somber question becomes – what is the
outlook for America during this 21st Century and beyond?
This question leads to the first parameter of the sermon

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which is – highlights of the glorious years of America.
From its beginning as a single colony in 1607 until the end
of World War II in 1946, America enjoyed the status of a
blessed nation. Its ideals and beliefs were largely consistent
with the teaching of Ps. 33:12 -“Blessed is nation whose God
is the Lord.” However, there were some blemishes during
those centuries, a few of which included: religious bigotry,
slavery, exploitation of the Indians ( including the trail of
tears ) and the anti Hispanic practices.
Notwithstanding those referenced blemishes, America
has been abundantly blessed from its infancy to the 1950’s.
That decade was marked by bumps in the nation’s success,
tranquility, and prestige. It was the time when prayer was
removed from the public school, legalization of abortion,
massive resistant to the Civil Rights movement,

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commencing a war mentality starting in Korea and
withdrawal without a victory, but, later, continuing in other
nations Sadly, those dysfunctions are continuing to be
evident in contemporary American society. Even today,
2018, there has been a summit that, allegedly, forged some
positive dialogue between North Korea and the USA.   This fact
leads to the next focus of the sermon which is the question –
Is America beginning to experience a trend toward
apostasy? In responding to this question, it should be noted
that both the media and critical personal observations
point to disturbing signs in the nation’s stance. It has not
won a war since World War II although America has been
and continues to be engaged in warfare even today.
Politically, it has commenced a sinister attempt to promote

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a “great” racial divide with the election of Obama as
President of the United States. This endeavor has become
more aggressive under the leadership of Trump, an
unpredictable, massive tweeting, alternative facts, fake
media and power abusive person. This President seems to
be driven by an incessant drive toward a “dictator” rather
than an administrator in a democratic nation. In the meantime,
let us who are Bible believing individuals take comfort in the
message conveyed in 2nd Chronicles 7:14 “If my people…” Beloved, social scientists, the media, and critical
observers of social reality have labeled this trend as
sensate ( materially focused ) secular ( worldly focused )
while theologians see it as a trend toward apostasy.
But let us Bible believing individuals not shutter and grow
sick at heart because these events were divinely foreknown,

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written about in the Bible, experienced in Ancient Greece
and Rome, and – in the same book – was included the remedy
to ‘cure’ apostasy.  It is recorded in the 2nd Chron. 7:14.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive
their sin, and will heal their land.”
In closing, America’s destiny – while under the canopy
of God – is largely under the control of politicians, jurists,
the media, and lastly voters. But let us never forget that
in time and in a divine manner The will of God will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven. May God bless and keep you this
day and the rest of your life.! Amen.
PS. In view of nationwide march yesterday and the political      disarray in America, the serious readers are directed to      the website listed herein.       apocalyptic thinking in the age of Trump I Outline

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