10 Jul 2009
In his famous 1964 "A Time To Choose" speech, the speech that put him on the national political stage, Ronald Reagan said of America, "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.". However, Reagan went on to say that this destiny would be determined by a path-choice that Americans themselves would make. As he ended his speech, Reagan framed the choice by saying, "We can preserve for our children this the last best hope for man on earth, or we can sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness.".
Ronald Reagan's view that America's rendezvous with destiny involved a choice, never varied. In 1980, my wife and I sat on the capitol grass as we personally heard Ronald Reagan reaffirm this view during his first inaugural address. In this address he clearly declared, "I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.". Note the two choices.
Today, America is again at the crossroads of her rendezvous with destiny. The question is whether Americans understand that two paths lie before them, and whether Christian Americans will rise up to lead America in making the right decision. The hour is critical, and the hour is very, very late.
Woodrow Wilson said, "America was born a Christian nation.". Today's president is saying, "America is no longer a Christian nation.". Who is right, and which path we choose will not be determined by our history or by any president. The path that lies before us will be determined by the collective choice of the American people themselves. Not all will choose the right path, but make no mistake; a consensus will be reached. This and this alone will determine America's rendezvous with destiny.
If America is to survive, we as Christians must choose to contend for the soul of our nation. The challenge for American Christians is whether we will own up to this God-given responsibility. The question thus becomes: "Will Christians do their duty?".
The Bible is replete with verses that send forth God's call to us to act in his behalf. In fact, the Bible actually tells us why nations are destroyed. Jeremiah 12:11 says: "The whole land is made desolate because no man layeth it to heart.". According to Jeremiah, the reason nations perish is because no one is determined to make a difference. In other words, we simply choose not to contend. This is called the abdication of responsibility, and both God and our children will rise upto judge such complacency.
Is this not what God meant when he said, "I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."? (Ezekiel 22:30) While the hope of our nation lies in God alone, the choice remains ours alone. Christians must not sit idly by while the wicked take over our country. To do so would be a dereliction of duty!
Must I be carried to the skies,
On flowery beds of ease;
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?
No, I must fight if I should win,
Increase my courage Lord,
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
To my fellow pastors and Christians everywhere I say, "Rise up O men of God!" for,"Now is the time for all good men, to come to the aid of their country!"
I close as I began; with a solemn quote by President Ronald Reagan. In an address before the National Association of Evangelicals on March 8, 1983, he cautioned Americans with these words:
"There is sin and evil in the world, and we are enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might. I urge you to beware the temptation of pride, the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and thereby removing yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil."
Christian Americans need to heed this presidential warning. The truth is that only one destiny lies before us; but which destiny it will be, has been placed by God himself into America's own two hands! Yes, America still has a rendezvous with destiny. The real question is this... "Which destiny will it be?"
- Ed Moore , Prayer Force One for more information see: PrayerForceOne.com