“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”(Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)

The group tour was over. We were late. The tour was of the famous St. John Church in Richmond, Virginia. But all was not lost! Due to our late arrival, I was given a rare privilege to ascend the steps of the sacred podium and have a photo taken, standing under the “sounding board”(Their “Microphone” in the day)! Here on this very spot Patrick Henry made his famous speech, calling this new Nation to freedom. It rang out from this Church building eventually to all the first 13 Colonies.   From the oppression and abuses experienced at the hands of the then Britain Empire came the internal cry of the American people…“Enough!” From that internal cry came some of the most famous words from Patrick Henry, ”Give me liberty, or give me death!”


The underpinnings of any healthy society are not the bulwark of its economy, or its mighty edifices. Neither can it be determined to stand or endure by the size of its military might.   Nor can it remain secure from the ebb and flow of cultural change by its accomplishments or previous investments thereto. It can only long endure if she values her rare and tender privileges of faith, family and freedom. The Founding Fathers understood this.


Faith must always be the foundation for freedom. The psalmist declared, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God”(Psalm 20:7 NKJV). Again while the prophet, Habakkuk, was being faithful, standing upon his posted watch, he was eyewitness to the downfall of his Nation. While being overrun by the Chaldeans, he hears Words from God to stabilize his heart and intended to bring hope in the midst of the confusion and devastation around him. “But the just (or righteous) will live by his faith”(Habakkuk 2:4b).

What makes for humanity or being human is the capacity to choose who or what we will worship. What we worship will determine not merely who we are but what we are becoming. Choices have consequences.   This is why when we worship what God warns us NOT to worship; we become ensnared (and in the end enslaved) by its enchanting power. “The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the works of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear; nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them”(Psalm 135:15-18 NKJV).


Faith is essential to being human. But what is faith? And why is faith important to being human? From The American Heritage College Dictionary (3rd edition), Faith is: ”Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, an idea, or a thing”…Further, the synonym Faithful means “Loyal, true, constant, fast, steadfast, staunch.”   Equally important we must understand that those who have no faith in anything or anyone are not just “to be pitied” but feared. A person without faith is dangerous to themselves and others. Indeed in time of a moral crisis or emergency they will not act out of “stability or loyalty” nor can they be counted on to act out of true values where there are none.   Why? Because they have no “True North Star”, stable values, as a compass with which to guide them.   The one thing you want to really know if you are waging a war against an enemy, bent on your destruction, is “Whose in the foxhole with me fighting this battle?”


Our concerns (Even fears) for where our Country is headed are rightly founded. The drift of our society from the things that were laid by the Founding Fathers in the bedrock of the American Constitution is alarming! The tragedy is that we have little (or none) historic knowledge of what was given and therefore have no sense of what has made us a great and a free republic.   It starts with Faith of Our Founding Fathers (Not perfect men but courageous men).  

I believe history will judge this generation by what it does with this moment calling us back to true faith.   A.W. Tozer’s definition of faith is a good one to ponder….“Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God”.


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