The words of our founding Fathers indicate America was birthed on biblical principles of Christianity and therefore was started in covenant with God. On June 28, 1813 in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, John Adams wrote,
‘The general principles, upon which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could Unite….And what were these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all these Sects were United: And the general Principles of English and American Liberty, in which all those young Men United, and which had United all Parties in America, in Majorities sufficient to Assert and maintain her Independence. Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System.’
America could be to the New Testament what Israel was to the Old was the hope of many founders. John Quincy Adams said, (on July 4, 1837, in a speech celebrating the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the inhabitants of the town of Newburyport):
‘Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day.
Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation?
Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact of the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth?
That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Saviour and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets 600 years before.’
Our founders dedicated America to God in the beginning. Based on this covenant truth, believing we could be to the New Testament what Israel was to the Old Testament for America, we can ask for covenantal intervention just like Hezekiah prayed for Israel. Samuel prayed for covenantal intervention and God responded. Let America’s prophetic Samuels cry out for God’s hand on today’s Philistines!
I believe Psalms 44:1-8 outlines our intercessory stance for 2011 where we are trusting and asking for God’s Hand to intervene in behalf of the church restoring godliness and the fear of the Lord! Verses 1-8 state, “We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago. With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish. It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes. I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.”
Let God arise and every enemy be scattered!