A few years ago, I had the privilege of visiting the Capitol Building in Washington DC, where David Barton was doing a presentation that was absolutely remarkable. He showed us, with great details, how America was founded on Christian principles. David Barton is the Founder and President of Wall Builders, a national, pro-family organization, that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage.
Coming from and having traveled to other countries, I have not yet seen a country that was founded on such strong biblical principles. It is very obvious that the blessings and favor that Americans have enjoyed, was due to the fact that America was covered with prayer and the Word of God. Yet today, Americans are pushing God out of every facet of life and then wondering why things are going the way they are, pointing fingers in every direction, except inwards.
As a young kid growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo (a.k.a Zaire), I remember the time when things got difficult. The economy was collapsing, politically, things were not looking good either, there was high inflation, and a shortage of almost everything – food, medical supplies, fuel, etc. Those were not easy times. Some people I knew, could afford only one meal a day, if that. As a family of 13 siblings including cousins, I cannot even imagine what my parents were going through, trying to feed this mass population! What kept my family going was a farm- a great source of provision, but more importantly, it was the faith in a loving, omnipotent God. The Democratic Republic of Congo was not founded upon Christian principles, but my parents were committed followers of Christ. This heritage that I received from them has helped me throughout my adult life. It taught me not to focus on the bad situations that may appear to overwhelm us, but to keep my trust and my faith in God.
It is evident that things are not looking good here, in America. Gas prices are rising rapidly and basic necessities like food and shelter are costing more, while incomes are declining. Under these trying circumstances, it is normal for people to be stressed out. But all I can say is, that like most African people, having lived through worse situations, I see hope only in the American people returning to the God who had blessed them in the first place.
In December, 1860, James Buchanan, the then President of the United States of America, signed a proclamation which stated: “Numerous appeals have been made to me by pious and patriotic associations and citizens, in view of the present distracted and dangerous condition of our country, to recommend that a day be set apart for Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer throughout the Union. In compliance with their request and my own sense of duty, I designate Friday, the 4th of January 1861, for this purpose, and recommend that the People assemble on that day, according to their several forms of worship, to keep it as a solemn Fast.”
I believe we are re-living such times. In 1860, when things were not going well, the people turned to the leaders asking to them to return to God for answer and direction. Yet today, people are trying to figure it out on their own. I would, therefore, like to remind all Christians, to find encouragement in the knowledge that we serve a great God, and, instead of getting caught up in how bad things may appear, we should keep our eyes on God. I believe it is time for America to, once again, return to God and bless Him. I pray that the people of this great nation will make a commitment to returning to and keeping their Godly heritage.