Modern Myths: We Can Have Morality Without Religion


WE HAVE RULED OUT GOD AND
PRAYER AND THE BIBLE AND THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
FROM OUR SCHOOLS, BUT WE STILL EXPECT THAT
WE’RE GOING TO TURN OUT A MORAL AND ETHICAL
YOUNG PEOPLE. I DECLARE THAT IT IS A
MYTH; YOU CANNOT HAVE MORALITY WITHOUT RELIGION. GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO
CAN CREATE A MORAL CODE, AND GOD IS THE ONLY ONE
WHO CAN FORGIVE THOSE WHO VIOLATE IT. FROM CORAL RIDGE
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN FORT LAUDERDALE
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US TODAY THROUGH HIS HOLY WORD MAY HIS NAME
EVER BE PRAISED. WE CAN HAVE MORALITY
WITHOUT RELIGION. THIS MYTH THAT HAS BECOME
SO INGRAINED IN THE MODERN AMERICAN MIND THAT, I
THINK, THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE TODAY BELIEVE
IT; IN FACT, VIRTUALLY OUR WHOLE EDUCATIONAL AND
LEGAL SYSTEM ARE BUILT UPON IT. WE HAVE RULED OUT GOD AND
PRAYER AND THE BIBLE AND THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FROM
OUR SCHOOLS, BUT WE STILL EXPECT THAT WE’RE GOING
TO TURN OUT MORAL AND ETHICAL YOUNG PEOPLE. BUT, I DECLARE
THAT IT IS A MYTH. AND THAT YOU CANNOT HAVE
MORALITY WITHOUT RELIGION. THOSE WORDS WOULD SEEM TO
BE VIRTUALLY ALIEN ­TO THE AMERICAN WAY BY
MANY PEOPLE TODAY. WHAT, YOU CANNOT HAVE
MORALITY WITHOUT RELIGION? “ABSURD!” SOME WOULD SAY WELL AMONG
THOSE WHO WOULD SAY THAT THAT IS ABSURD WOULD NOT
BE FOUND THE FOUNDER OF THIS NATION,
GEORGE WASHINGTON. WHO SAID IN THOSE VERY
INSIGHTFUL WORDS THAT HE LEFT AS A DISINTERESTED
FRIEND; HIS FAREWELL ADDRESS. AMONG THOSE, ARE FOUND
THESE WORDS: OF ALL THE DISPOSITIONS AND HABITS
“WHICH LEAD TO POLITICAL PROSPERITY RELIGION AND
MORALITY ARE INDISPENSABLE SUPPORTS. IN VAIN WOULD THAT MAN
CLAIM THE TRIBUTE OF PATRIOTISM WHO SHOULD
LABOR TO SUBVERT THESE GREAT PILLARS OF HUMAN
HAPPINESS, AND LET US WITH CAUTION INDULGE THE
SUPPOSITION THAT MORALITY CAN BE MAINTAINED WITHOUT
RELIGION.” YES, THE FATHER OF OUR NATION
WARNED US AT THE VERY BEGINNING TO AVOID THIS
MYTH THAT MORALITY CAN BE MAINTAINED
WITHOUT RELIGION. DOSTOYEVSKY, NOT A
STATESMAN, BUT AN AUTHOR, REMINDED US IN THE LAST
CENTURY: “IF THERE IS NO GOD, EVERYTHING
IS PERMISSIBLE. AND IF EVERYTHING IS
PERMISSIBLE, A MORAL CODE WOULD INCLUDE EVERYTHING
BECAUSE NOTHING IS IMPERMISSIBLE.” THE EXISTENTIALIST WRITER,
JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, SAW VERY CLEARLY WHAT WOULD
HAPPEN WHEN YOU GOT RID OF GOD, AS HE HAD DONE. AND HE SAID, “WITHOUT
GOD, LISTEN CAREFULLY, MY FRIENDS, “WITHOUT
RELIGION, WITHOUT GOD, ALL ACTIVITIES
ARE EQUIVALENT! THUS IT AMOUNTS TO THE
SAME THING, WHETHER ONE GETS DRUNK BY HIMSELF,
OR IS THE LEADER OF A NATION. IT DOESN’T MATTER
IF YOU SEE AN OLD WOMAN TRYING TO CROSS THE
STREET, WHETHER YOU STOP YOUR CAR AND HELP HER
ACROSS, OR WHETHER YOU SIMPLY RUN OVER HER. IT DOESN’T MATTER
WHETHER YOU ARE FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE OR AL CAPONE;
ALL ACTIVITIES ARE EQUIVALENT, WITHOUT GOD.”
WOULD THAT SOME OF OUR MODERN THINKERS WOULD
REALIZE THIS TRUTH. ONE OF THEM CERTAINLY HAS. ONE OF THE FOUNDERS AND
LEADERS OF THE MODERN ANALYTICAL PHILOSOPHY. LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN SAID
THIS: HE SAID THAT, “IF THERE ARE TO BE ANY
ETHICAL ABSOLUTES, THEY WOULD HAVE TO COME TO MAN
FROM OUTSIDE THE HUMAN SITUATION.” HE WRITES,
“IF A MAN COULD WRITE A BOOK ON ETHICS WHICH
REALLY WAS A BOOK ON ETHICS, THIS BOOK WOULD
WITH AN EXPLOSION DESTROY ALL OTHER BOOKS IN THE
WORLD.” NOW WITTGENSTEIN DID NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE
WAS SUCH A BOOK BECAUSE, LIKE SARTRE, HE HAD
REJECTED GOD AND HIS WORD. BUT THESE PEOPLE, UNLIKE
MANY TODAY, KNEW WHAT THE RESULT WOULD BE. AND FOR THE LAST 25
YEARS THIS COUNTRY HAS ENDEAVORED TO
DO JUST THAT. WE HAVE BANISHED GOD FROM
THE PUBLIC SPHERE, AS MUCH AS WE POSSIBLY COULD. AND WHAT HAVE
BEEN THE RESULTS? HAVE WE MAINTAINED
MORALITY IN THE ABSENCE OF RELIGION? AS WASHINGTON SAID, WE
SHOULD BE VERY CAREFUL TO CONSIDER DOING. WELL, GEORGE GALLUP,
WHO HAS APPRAISED THE SITUATION BETTER THAN MOST
SAYS, “THE US IS FACING A MORAL AND ETHICAL CRISIS
OF THE FIRST DIMENSION, AND NEEDS TO FIND
SPIRITUAL ANSWERS TO DEAL WITH THE SITUATION.” AT
LEAST HE KNOWS WHERE THE SOLUTION IS TO BE FOUND. AFTER 25 YEARS IN SCHOOLS
OF TEACHING CHILDREN THAT THERE ARE NO MORAL
ABSOLUTES; THERE IS NO ONE THAT CAN TELL
THEM WHAT TO DO. THEY ARE SIMPLY TO CHOOSE
THEIR OWN VALUES, THEIR OWN ETHICS. AS IN THE LAST VERSE OF
THE BOOK OF JUDGES, “EVERY MAN DID THAT WHICH WAS
RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES.” THAT’S EXACTLY
WHAT WE HAVE TODAY. JAMES DRISCOLL SAYS,
“AT THE CORE,” AND HE’S TALKING ABOUT OUR
YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS KIND
OF TRAINING IN RECENT DECADES, “AT THE CORE,
THERE IS NOTHING. AT THE MORAL CENTER OF
MANY YOUNG AMERICANS AGED 18 TO 30, THERE IS A
VACUUM AND IT IS NEARLY PERFECT. IT CONTAINS NONE OF THE
BEDROCK ETHICAL VALUES LONG CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL
TO LIVING A DECENT LIFE. HONESTY, PERSONAL
RESPONSIBILITY, RESPECT FOR OTHERS, CIVIC DUTY. INSTEAD, THIS
SELF-INDULGENT GENERATION BELIEVES PASSIONATELY ONLY
IN THIS, IT IS ENTITLED.” THE RESULTS ARE
OVERWHELMING. A COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE
AND HOUSE, STUDYING THE SITUATION, THE MORAL
SITUATION IN AMERICA, CAME UP WITH THIS APPALLING
RESULT: SUICIDE IS NOW THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF
DEATH AMONG ADOLESCENTS, INCREASING 300
PERCENT SINCE 1950. TEEN PREGNANCY, WELL, YOU
SAY, “THAT COULD BE WORSE, COULDN’T IT? WHY SUICIDE COULD BE
THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH.” NO, IT
COULDN’T BE WORSE. THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE
OF DEATH, IS HOMICIDE. TEEN PREGNANCY HAS RISEN
621 PERCENT SINCE 1940. MORE THAN A MILLION
TEENAGE GIRLS GET PREGNANT EACH YEAR. AND 85 PERCENT OF THE
YOUNG MEN WHO IMPREGNATE THESE GIRLS ABANDON THEM. SO, YOUNG LADY, WHEN THEY
TELL YOU IT’S LOVE, YOU OUGHT TO LAUGH
RIGHT IN THEIR FACE. SUBSTANCE ABUSE, THE
AVERAGE AGE FOR FIRST-TIME DRUG ABUSE, THE AVERAGE
AGE FOR FIRST-TIME DRUG ABUSE IN AMERICA IS
NOW 13 YEARS OLD. THIS SAYS WHAT THE RESULTS
HAVE BEEN, BUT WHY IS IT THAT YOU CAN’T HAVE
MORALITY WITHOUT RELIGION? WELL, LET’S MAKE A
COUPLE OF THINGS CLEAR. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO
ARE IRRELIGIOUS, WHO LIVE REASONABLY DECENT SORT OF
LIVES, BUT AS SOON AS THEY DO SO, THEY’RE
PIGGYBACKING UPON CHRISTIAN ETHICS. THE FIRST REASON THAT YOU
CAN’T, IS THAT THOUGH YOU MAY DRAW UP A MORAL CODE,
THOUGH EACH OF US, IF I GAVE YOU 15 MINUTES, COULD
WRITE DOWN SIX, OR EIGHT, OR TEN RULES FOR LIVING,
YOU COULD CREATE YOUR OWN, THE PROBLEM IS YOU CAN’T
GET PEOPLE TO FOLLOW THEM. AND THIS IS WHAT THE
HUMANISTS SEEM TO FORGET TODAY. WILL DURANT, ONE OF OUR
LEADING HISTORIANS OF THE 20TH CENTURY SAID:
“MOREOVER, WE SHALL FIND IT NO EASY TASK TO MOLD
A NATURAL ETHIC STRONG ENOUGH TO MAINTAIN MORAL
RESTRAINT AND SOCIAL ORDER WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF
SUPERNATURAL CONSOLATIONS, HOPES, AND FEARS. THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT
EXAMPLE IN HISTORY, BEFORE OUR TIME, OF A SOCIETY
SUCCESSFULLY MAINTAINING MORALITY WITHOUT THE
AID OF GOD.” NAPOLEON SAID THAT HE
SAW MEN WITHOUT GOD. HE SAW THEM IN THE
FRENCH REVOLUTION. HE SAID, “YOU DO NOT RULE
OVER SUCH MEN, YOU SHOOT THEM. BECAUSE THEY HAVE
DESCENDED TO THE LEVEL OF THE BEAST.” YES, THERE IS
NO SIGNIFICANT EXAMPLE IN ALL OF HISTORY OF ANY
PEOPLE EVER MAINTAINING MORALITY. WITHOUT RELIGION. THEREFORE, OUR MODERN
SECULARISTS AND HUMANISTS WHO MAINTAIN THAT WE CAN
HAVE MORALITY WITHOUT RELIGION ARE EITHER
TOTALLY CUT OFF FROM ANY HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE, OR
THEY’RE TRYING TO PULL THE WOOL OVER YOUR EYES. SO, THE FIRST REASON THAT
YOU CAN’T HAVE MORALITY WITHOUT RELIGION IS NOT
THAT YOU CAN’T DRAWN UP SOME LIST OR CODE OF
ETHICS, IT’S SIMPLY THAT YOU CAN’T GET
PEOPLE TO FOLLOW IT. NOW, I WILL GRANT THAT
THE HUMANISTS HAVE DONE JUST THAT, AND THEY HAVE
GOTTEN SOME PEOPLE TO FOLLOW IT. THEY HAVE DRAWN UP A SET
OF ETHICS IN THE HUMANIST MANIFESTO BUT WHAT PEOPLE
DON’T REALIZE IS THE ONLY THING THEY’VE DONE IS
TURN CHRISTIAN ETHICS UPSIDE DOWN, AND TAKEN
EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN CONSIDERED IMMORAL FOR
CENTURIES AND DECLARED THAT THIS IS MORAL. AND SO, THEIR SET OF
“ETHICS” CONDONES GAMBLING, DIVORCE,
SUICIDE, FREE LOVE, FORNICATION, ADULTERY,
INCEST, EUTHANASIA AND A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS ALL
OF WHICH FOR CENTURIES HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED
IMMORAL ACTS. NOW, IF YOU JUST WANT TO
TAKE A LIST OF IMMORALITY AND CALL THAT MORALITY,
YOU, NO DOUBT, CAN GET MANY PEOPLE TO
FOLLOW THAT. IT HAS NEVER BEEN
DIFFICULT TO GET PEOPLE TO GO DOWN THE PATH
OF IMMORALITY. THE SECOND REASON, WHY YOU
CAN’T MAINTAIN MORALITY WITHOUT RELIGION, IS
BECAUSE YOU CANNOT IMPOSE YOUR MORALITY ON OTHERS. NOW, IT’S INTERESTING THAT
YOU WOULD HEAR ME SAY THAT, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT
THE HUMANISTS ARE ALWAYS SAYING. AND YET, THEY SUPPOSE THAT
SOMEHOW THEY ARE GOING TO COME UP WITH A SET OF
MORALITY AND THEY ARE GOING TO IMPOSE
THAT UPON OTHERS. YET THEY’RE ALWAYS CRYING,
“YOU CAN’T IMPOSE YOUR MORALITY ON OTHERS.” AND I
TOTALLY AGREE WITH THAT. AND I HAVE NEVER IN MY
LIFE ATTEMPTED TO DO SO, BECAUSE, YOU SEE, I HAVE
NO MORALITY OF MY OWN WHICH I HAVE CREATED,
UNLIKE THE HUMANISTS AND THE ATHEISTS. THEY’VE ALL COME UP WITH
THEIR SET OF ETHICS AND MORALS AND THEY’RE TRYING
TO IMPOSE THAT, BY LAW, AND HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY
SUCCESSFUL; IN IMPOSING IT, BY LAW, ON
OTHER PEOPLE. ­AND BY THE WAY, THE ONLY
WAY THAT THEY SUCCEED AT ALL IN DOING THIS IS
BY LEGAL ENFORCEMENT. SO WHAT HAPPENS IS,
FINALLY, YOU GET A TYRANNY WHERE YOU HAVE A DESPOT
ENFORCING LAWS ON A PEOPLE WHO, OTHERWISE, HAVE
DESCENDED INTO ANARCHY, COMPLETELY. ONLY GOD CAN IMPOSE HIS
MORALITY ON OTHERS. THE THIRD REASON THAT
YOU CANNOT GET MORALITY WITHOUT GOD, WITHOUT
RELIGION IS BECAUSE AS SOON AS YOU GET RID OF
GOD, YOU’VE GOT NOTHING LEFT BUT LOOKING AROUND
AND SEEING THE EXPERIENCE OF PEOPLE. AND THE HUMANIST MANIFESTO
SAYS THAT HUMAN ETHICS ARE EXPERIENTIAL; THEY’RE
BASED UPON HUMAN EXPERIENCE. WHAT THEY DON’T REALIZE
IS SOMETHING WHICH EVERY INTELLIGENT, ETHICAL
TEACHER KNOWS: AND THAT IS, YOU CANNOT GET AN
“OUGHT” FROM AN “IS.” MAY I SAY THAT AGAIN, YOU
CANNOT GET AN “OUGHT” FROM AN “IS.”GEORGE GALLUP
MAY SURVEY THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF AMERICA AND
DECIDE THAT 99.9 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE ARE
DOING SUCH AND SUCH. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THE
PEOPLE OUGHT TO DO IT. YOU COULD SURVEY THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE AND YOU COULD DETERMINE THAT
100 PERCENT OF THEM ARE SINNING. THAT DOESN’T MEAN
WE OUGHT TO SIN. WE SAW THAT 91 PERCENT
CONFESSED TO LYING. THAT DOESN’T MEAN
WE OUGHT TO LIE. YOU CAN NEVER OBTAIN AN
“OUGHT” FROM AN “IS.” SO ONCE YOU GET RID OF THE
DIVINE REVELATION OF GOD AND RELIGION, THERE IS NO
WAY THAT YOU CAN EVER COME DOWN TO WHAT PEOPLE OUGHT
TO DO SIMPLY BY SOME RATIONAL MEANS. PROFESSOR BLOOM, WHO WROTE
THE BLOCKBUSTER BOOK, “THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN
MIND,” SAID, “REASON CANNOT ESTABLISH VALUES.”
NOW LET’S KEEP IN MIND THAT IN ALL OF OUR
SCHOOLS, TEACHERS ARE TEACHING SCHOOLCHILDREN
THAT THEY SHOULD SIMPLY SIT DOWN AND RATIONALLY,
REASONABLY DECIDE WHAT THEY VALUE; AND THEN THOSE
BECOME THEIR VALUES. AND THEREFORE THOSE
BECOME THEIR MORALS. BUT HE SAYS, “REASON
CANNOT ESTABLISH VALUES, “AND BELIEF THAT IT CAN
IS THE STUPIDEST AND MOST PERNICIOUS ILLUSION.” OUR
CHILDREN ARE BEING TAUGHT THE HEIGHT OF STUPIDITY,
BECAUSE IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW MUCH YOU LOOK AROUND
ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE DO, YOU CAN’T EVEN SAY, “WELL, THE
END IS WHAT WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT.” AND WE’RE
GOING TO DECIDE THAT IF SOMETHING PRODUCES A GOOD
END, THAT THAT MEANS THAT THAT IS RIGHT;
THAT WON’T WORK. WHY, EVERYONE KNOWS THERE
ARE TIMES WHEN TELLING A LIE WILL PRODUCE A MORE
BENEFICIAL RESULT, AT LEAST IMMEDIATELY. THEREFORE, WE COULD
CONCLUDE THAT LYING WOULD BE RIGHT. ON THAT BASIS, BUT YOU
CAN’T DO IT; IT IS A PERNICIOUS ILLUSION. YOU CANNOT GET AN “OUGHT”
FROM AN “IS.” MATERIALISM, MAN WITHOUT GOD,
WITHOUT REVELATION. MATERIALISM CANNOT EVEN
SUPPORT, REASON MUCH LESS MORALITY. WITHOUT GOD, YOU
CAN’T EVEN ESTABLISH RATIONALITY, REASON. DARWIN KNEW THIS. HE SAID THAT IT WAS A
HORRID THOUGHT TO REALIZE THAT ALL OF HIS SPEECH MAY
HAVE NO MORE SIGNIFICANCE OR MEANING THAN THE
BABBLING OF A MONKEY. “AND WHO WOULD PUT MUCH
STOCK,” HE SAID, “IN THE CONVICTION IN THE MIND OF
A MONKEY, IF INDEED, SUCH A MIND HAS ANY CONVICTIONS
AT ALL.” MATERIALISTS AND EVOLUTIONISTS BELIEVE
THAT MATTER CAN THINK. BUT DON’T BE TOO ASTOUNDED
AT THAT, BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT SURE THAT THOSE
THOUGHTS HAVE ANY MORE SIGNIFICANCE THAN THE
BABBLING OF A MONKEY. AND, “WHAT WE CALL MIND,”
SAID DR. LUTZER, “IS JUST THE PRODUCT OF PHYSICAL
AND CHEMICAL CHANGES IN THE BRAIN.” SO THEREFORE,
WHAT YOU THINK DEPENDS SIMPLY UPON THE CALCIUM
PHOSPHATE, AND SUGARS THAT ARE CURRENTLY OPERATING
IN YOUR BRAIN. NO, THERE IS NO ONE, BUT
GOD WHO IS JUST ENOUGH, WHO IS POWERFUL ENOUGH,
AND WHO IS WISE AND LOVING ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO
CREATE A MORAL CODE BY WHICH MAN MUST LIVE, AND
BY WHICH THEY WOULD, INDEED, BE FAR BETTER
OFF IF THEY DID LIVE. BUT WONDER OF WONDERS, GOD
HAS NOT ONLY CREATED SUCH A CODE AS THIS, BUT
EVEN, HE HAS GRACIOUSLY CONDESCENDED TO THOSE WHO
HAVE BROKEN IT, EVEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE FLAGRANTLY
DESPISED IT AND REJECTED IT. HE HAS CONDESCENDED TO
SEND HIS OWN SON INTO THE WORLD, TO BE THE ONLY ONE
THAT HAS EVER PERFECTLY LIVED BY IT. AND THEN TO SEND
HIM TO THE CROSS. AND THERE UPON THE CROSS,
ALL OF OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, ALL OF OUR SINS, ALL OF
OUR INIQUITIES, ALL OF OUR VIOLATIONS OF HIS CODE
WERE HEAPED UPON CHRIST. AND CHRIST ENDURED IN BODY
AND SOUL THE INFINITE WRATH OF GOD ALMIGHTY,
PAYING THE PENALTY FOR OUR SINS. THAT THAT PERSON THAT
WOULD TRUST IN HIM WOULD FIND HIS SINS FORGIVEN;
WOULD HEAR THE DECLARATION, “PARDONED
FROM ALL OF YOUR SINS.” WOULD BE CLOTHED IN THE
PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS OF JESUS CHRIST, FAULTLESS TO
STAND BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD. GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO
CAN CREATE A MORAL CODE, AND GOD IS THE ONLY ONE
WHO CAN FORGIVE THOSE WHO VIOLATE IT. MY FRIENDS, EVERYONE
IN THIS SANCTUARY HAS VIOLATED THE
MORAL CODE OF GOD. THERE IS NO EXCEPTION,
WE ARE ALL GUILTY. THE ENTIRE WORLD HAS
BECOME GUILTY BEFORE GOD. “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS,
NO, NOT ONE.” BUT HOW MARVELOUS IS HIS GRACE? HIS UNMERITED FAVOR, THAT
HE INVITES US TO COME, TO COME TO THE CROSS OF
CHRIST AND THERE FIND FORGIVENESS AND MERCY
IN TIME OF OUR NEED. AND SO, IN HIS NAME, I
INVITE YOU TO COME TO HIM, TO PLACE YOUR TRUST IN
CHRIST, TO CONFESS YOUR SIN, TO REPENT OF IT, AND
TO INVITE HIM TO CLEANSE YOU AND FORGIVE YOU. AND THOSE THAT COME TO
HIM, HE WILL GLADLY RECEIVE. IF WE SHALL EVER TRULY
SEEK HIM, WE SHALL EVER SURELY FIND HIM. COME AND FIND THE
FORGIVENESS THAT ONLY GOD, THE GIVER OF THE ONLY
MORAL CODE CAN PROVIDE. ­ MAY WE PRAY. FATHER, I PRAY THAT IF
THERE ARE ANY HERE TODAY WHO DO NOT KNOW THAT
THEY HAVE RECEIVED THAT FORGIVENESS, WHO DO NOT
KNOW THAT THEY HAVE BEEN PARDONED, THAT THEY HAVE
BEEN ADOPTED INTO YOUR FAMILY, CLOTHED WITH THE
RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST, THAT THEY WILL, EVEN NOW,
SAY TO CHRIST FROM THE SILENT SANCTUARY OF THEIR
OWN HEART: “LORD JESUS CHRIST I COME TO THEE. I CONFESS MY SINS, O GOD,
THEY ARE EVER BEFORE MY FACE. AND I PRAY THAT THOU WILT
FORGIVE ME AND WASH ME AND MAKE ME WHITER THAN SNOW. WASH ME WITH THAT FOUNTAIN
THAT FLOWED AT CALVARY. CLOTHE ME WITH YOUR
RIGHTEOUSNESS, O CHRIST. RECEIVE ME INTO YOUR
FAMILY AS YOUR CHILD. GRANT UNTO ME A NEW HEART
AND A NEW POWER TO LIVE FOR YOU. I PRAY IT IN THY
MOST BLESSED NAME. AMEN ♪ HELLO, I’M ROB PACIENZA,
SENIOR PASTOR OF CORAL RIDGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
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AND STUDY THE BIBLE, WHICH IS ESSENTIAL TO EVERY
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ATTENTION, ESPECIALLY ATTORNEY GENERAL,
JOHN ASHCROFT. HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH HAS
BEEN DISCUSSED AND DEBATED ALL OVER THE MEDIA. IN 1996, THEN SENATOR
ASHCROFT WAS THE FIRST RECIPIENT OF OUR
DISTINGUISHED CHRISTIAN STATESMAN AWARD. THE ADDRESS HE GAVE IN
RESPONSE TO THAT AWARD TAKES ON AN EXCITING
NEW IMPORTANCE TODAY. (APPLAUSE) THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
THANK YOU, DR. KENNEDY. PLEASE, THANK YOU. I’M GONNA SPEAK ANYHOW. THANK YOU, DR. KENNEDY,
I AM GRATEFUL TO YOU. I AM GRATEFUL TO YOU
BECAUSE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT JESUS SAID WHEN HE
SAID, “YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, A CITY THAT
IS SET ON A HILL CANNOT BE HID, NEITHER DO MEN LIGHT
A CANDLE AND PUT IT UNDER A BUSHEL, BUT ON A
CANDLESTICK SO THAT IT GIVES LIGHT TO EVERYONE
THAT’S IN THE HOUSE.” AND YOU HAVE COMMITTED
YOURSELVES TO PROMOTING ­THE LIGHTING OF THE
CANDLES THAT ARE NECESSARY SO THAT ALL THAT ARE IN
THE HOUSE MIGHT UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE OF
FORGIVENESS, THE SPIRIT OF RECONCILIATION, THE
OPPORTUNITY FOR SALVATION. AND I AM GRATEFUL TO YOU. THE BIBLE SAYS, “LET YOUR
LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR
GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN
HEAVEN.” I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR
SUPPORT OF THE CONCEPT AND UNDERSTANDING THAT WE
SERVE MORE THAN OUR FELLOW MAN WHEN WE SERVE
IN GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT IS, INDEED,
ORDAINED OF GOD. AND JESUS CAME THAT PEOPLE
MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY AND
GOOD GOVERNMENT HAS A SIMILAR PURPOSE THAT WE
MIGHT BUILD A CONSTRUCT OR AN ENVIRONMENT, AND I
DON’T MEAN THAT IN THE NECESSARY JUST THE NARROW
SENSE OF THE GREENNESS OF THE TREES, BUT HAVE AN
ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH PEOPLE FLOURISH, IN WHICH
PEOPLE REACH THE MAXIMUM OF THE POTENTIAL THAT
GOD PLACED WITHIN THEM. WHEN WE THREATEN THAT, WE
ENDANGER OURSELVES AND OUR FUTURE. I WANT TO TALK TO YOU FOR
JUST A FEW MINUTES, AND I WANT TO TELL YOU A COUPLE
OF STORIES, QUICKLY. I WANT TO START
WITH A BIBLE STORY. IT’S ABOUT A GREAT
POLITICAL LEADER, 2533 YEARS AGO. YOU’RE SAYING, “ASHCROFT,
HOW COULD YOU BE SO ACCURATE? 2533.” IT REMINDS ME OF THE
KID WHO WAS GOING THROUGH THE MUSEUM OF
NATURAL HISTORY DOWN HERE. HE WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD AND
HE POINTS TO HIS BUDDY AND SAYS, “HEY, SEE THAT
DINOSAUR OVER THERE? THAT DINOSAUR IS 3
MILLION, 3 YEARS, AND 3 MONTHS OLD.” THE GUIDE AT
THE MUSEUM SAYS, “OH, WAIT A SECOND SON, HOW CAN YOU
BE SO ACCURATE ABOUT THE AGE OF THE DINOSAUR?” HE SAYS, “IT’S EASY, THREE
YEARS AGO AND THREE MONTHS AGO, I WAS HERE AND YOU
TOLD ME THAT WAS A THREE MILLION-YEAR-OLD
DINOSAUR.” (LAUGHTER) TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS,
2530 YEARS AGO OR SO, THERE WAS A GREAT
POLITICAL LEADER, RULER OF PERHAPS, THE GREATEST CITY
OF THE ANCIENT WORLD, BABYLON. HIS NAME WAS BELSHAZZAR. AT A TREMENDOUS FEAST, NOW
FEASTS WERE NOT UNCOMMON. THEY WERE A
MATTER-OF-FACT, COMMONPLACE EVENTS. BUT AT THIS FEAST,
SOMETHING STRANGE HAPPENED AND I BELIEVE
IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE WAY
THE FEAST WAS CONDUCTED. BELSHAZZAR, HAVING BEEN
THROUGH MANY FEASTS BEFORE, AND FEASTS
WITH HIS FATHER AND GRANDFATHER,
NEBUCHADNEZZAR, HAD ORDERED THAT THE SACRED
IMPLEMENTS CONFISCATED IN A RAID ON JERUSALEM IN
HISTORY WOULD BE BROUGHT FORWARD TO THE FEAST SO
THAT THE REVERIE OF THE FEAST, THE CELEBRATION
WHICH, INCIDENTALLY, WAS TO PAGAN GODS, THAT THE
INTOXICANTS COULD BE SERVED IN THE GOBLETS, THE
CHALICES THAT HAD BEEN RESERVED AND CONSECRATED
AND DEDICATED TO WORSHIPING GOD. MOST OF YOU THAT SPENT
SOME TIME IN SUNDAY SCHOOL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED
AT THAT FEAST. ­AS BELSHAZZAR WAS
DRINKING FROM THE GOBLETS, A HAND SPONSORED BY THE
ALMIGHTY WROTE UPON THE WALL OF THE BANQUET HALL
A TREMENDOUS INDICTMENT, “MENE, MENE, TEKEL,
UPHARSON.” “YOU HAVE BEEN WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES
AND FOUND WANTING.” CAN YOU IMAGINE THE TERROR
THAT SANK INTO THE HEART OF THE RULER OF THE MOST
BEAUTIFUL GRAND CITY IN THE KNOWN WORLD, BABYLON,
WHO, WHEN HE LEARNED THE INTERPRETATION; YOU HAVE
BEEN WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES AND FOUND
WANTING, FACED ALMIGHTY GOD THAT EVENING
AS HE DIED. SOMETIMES, AS I GO THROUGH
AMERICA, ESPECIALLY WHEN I GO TO OUR CITIES, I SEE
THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL; AND THE HANDWRITING
ON THE WALL WE REFER TO AS GRAFFITI. BUT I THINK IT MAY HAVE
THE SAME MESSAGE, IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT IT WASN’T
SPONSORED BY ALMIGHTY GOD, AND PERHAPS, NOT INSPIRED,
BUT WE SHOULD DECIPHER AND LEARN SOMETHING OF THE
SAME, THAT WE HAVE BEEN WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES,
AND FOUND WANTING. YES, WE ARE A CHRISTIAN
NATION, BUT WE ARE FOUND WANTING. THAT HANDWRITING CAME WHEN
BELSHAZZAR TOOK THE SACRED AND DEVOTED IT
TO THE SECULAR. WHEN HE TOOK THAT WHICH
WAS GODLY, AND HE CONVERTED IT TO THAT
WHICH WAS COMMONPLACE. HE TOOK THAT WHICH WAS
DEDICATED TO WORSHIP AND HE DEMEANED IT AND
DESECRATED IT. I BELIEVE THAT AMERICA
SEES THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL AS A RESULT OF AN
IMPROPER DEDICATION OF ITS FAITH RESOURCE. WE HAVE LAID OUR SACRIFICE
OF FAITH AT THE ALTAR OF GOVERNMENT, AND FOR THE
LAST 30 OR SO YEARS, WE HAVE EMBRACED WHAT I WOULD
CALL GOVERNMENTALISM. WE HAVE THOUGHT THAT IF WE
BROUGHT ENOUGH SACRIFICE, IF WE DEVOTED ENOUGH
RESOURCE, IF WE EMBRACED SOMETHING THAT COULD
CONTROL US, AND SERVE US, PERHAPS, WITH ALL THAT WE
ARE, SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE MADE SECULAR, IF WE
WOULD JUST GIVE IT OUR ALL, WE WOULD SUCCEED. THE CONSEQUENCE OF
GOVERNMENTALISM HAS BEEN A DISASTER. AND LET ME SPEAK
VERY QUICKLY. I’D JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HAD AN INORDINATE FAITH IN
GOVERNMENT AND RELIANCE ON GOVERNMENT TO BE THEIR
SUPPLIER, OR TO DO THEIR GETTING FOR THEM, IT
HAS BEEN A DISASTER. 600 PERCENT INCREASE IN
ILLEGITIMACY RATES IN THE COUNTRY, CRIME RATES
THAT HAVE SKYROCKETED, ESPECIALLY AMONG
JUVENILES, AND NOT ONLY A RATE GOING UP, BUT THE
NATURE OF CRIME BEING MORE AGGRESSIVE, MORE VIOLENT,
LESS PREDICTABLE. INCREASING AND
SKYROCKETING RATES OF DEPENDENCY, PLUMMETING
RATES OF PERSONAL SECURITY. THE TOLL UPON A COUNTRY
THAT HAS PLACED ITS FAITH IN GOVERNMENT ON THE
PART OF THE NEEDY AND RESOURCELESS HAS
BEEN INCREDIBLE. IT HAS BEEN DESTRUCTIVE. THE AVERAGE TENURE ON
WELFARE HAS BEEN ELONGATED NOW, IT’S 12.8 YEARS, THE
AVERAGE STAY ON WELFARE AS A RESULT OF OUR
FAITH IN GOVERNMENT. YOU SEE, WHEN GOVERNMENT
UNDERTAKES THAT RESPONSIBILITY, IT DOESN’T
SHORTEN THE TIME PEOPLE ARE IN NEED, ­IT ELONGATES
THE TIME PEOPLE ARE IN NEED. AND IT MIGHT BE HARD TO
IMAGINE THAT THERE COULD BE A TRAGEDY THAT
TRANSCENDED OR SUPERSEDED THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCE OF
THE NEEDY WHO HAVE PLACED THEIR FAITH IN GOVERNMENT;
THAT GOVERNMENTALISM HAS BEEN EXTREMELY
DESTRUCTIVE. BUT I SUBMIT THAT IT IS
ARGUABLE THAT PERHAPS AN EVEN GREATER TRAGEDY IS
NOT THE TRAGEDY OF THE NEEDY WHO HAVE RELIED ON
GOVERNMENT TO DO THEIR GETTING FOR THEM, BUT THE
GREATER TRAGEDY HAS BEEN TO THE CULTURE, GENERALLY,
THAT HAS RELIED ON GOVERNMENT TO DO ITS
GIVING FOR THEM. IF I WERE ASKED TO
DESCRIBE GOD, AND TO SHARE WITH YOU MY BELIEF IN WHAT
GOD IS, I THINK THE NATURE OF GOD IS GIVING; THE
NATURE OF GOD IS SHARING. GOD HAS ACTUALLY SHARED
HIMSELF WITH US. THAT’S THE STORY OF
CHRIST, THAT’S WHAT THE REDEMPTIVE, ­FORGIVING,
HEALING MISSION OF CHRIST IS, THAT HE WOULD SHARE
WITH US HIS NATURE. AND WHEN WE TURN THE
NATURE OF GOD, WHICH IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO
RESPOND TO NEED, OVER TO GOVERNMENT, AND WE SAY WE
PUT THAT BEHIND US, AND WE CONTAIN IT IN A SECULAR
VESSEL, AND WE EXPECT GOVERNMENT TO DO IT, THE
GIVING ISN’T THE SAME. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT IF YOU
GIVE A CUP OF COLD WATER IN MY NAME, IT MAKES
AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE. WATER ISN’T JUST WATER; IT
NEEDS THE VALUE WITH IT. IT NEEDS THE
SPIRIT WITH IT. WE ARE MORE THAN BRAIN AND
BRAWN, AS HUMAN BEINGS; WE ARE SPIRIT, AND WE NEED
THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN US. AND WHEN WE EXPECT
GOVERNMENT TO DO ALL THAT CAN OR OUGHT TO BE DONE,
WE HAVE TAKEN THAT WHICH IS SACRED, THE
RESPONSIBILITY AND CAPACITY FOR GIVING AND
SHARING, AND WE HAVE CONVERTED IT
TO THE SECULAR. THE HANDWRITING ON THE
WALL FOR BELSHAZZAR SAID, “THOU ART FOUND WEIGHED IN
THE BALANCES, AND FOUND WANTING.” AND I THINK THE
WRITING WE SEE ON THE WALLS OF AMERICA TELLS US
THE SAME, AND I THINK IT’S LARGELY BECAUSE WE HAVE
TAKEN THOSE THINGS WHICH WE HAVE A SACRED
RESPONSIBILITY TO DO, AND WE HAVE BEEN TOO WILLING
TO LET GOVERNMENT HAVE THAT ARENA, AND OCCUPY IT. AND I DON’T THINK AMERICA
WILL REALLY, ULTIMATELY, BE REFORMED IF GOVERNMENT
JUST WITHDRAWS FROM WHAT IT DOESN’T DO WELL. WE KNOW THAT GOVERNMENT
HASN’T DONE WELL. THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE IN
POVERTY NOW THAN WHEN WE STARTED THE
WAR ON POVERTY. WE KNOW THAT GOVERNMENT
DOESN’T DO IT WELL. THERE ARE THE P.O.WS OF
THE WAR ON POVERTY ARE THE CHILDREN OF AMERICA. BUT IT’LL TAKE MORE THAN
THE DISENGAGEMENT OF GOVERNMENT FROM DOING THAT
WHICH IT DOES POORLY, AND DOES ANEMICALLY BECAUSE
IT GIVES ONLY HALF A GIFT WHEN IT DOESN’T GIVE THE
SPIRIT OF CHRIST, IT DOESN’T GIVE THE SPIRIT OF
GOD, IT DOESN’T GIVE THE SPIRIT OF FORGIVENESS,
IT DOESN’T GIVE THE REGENERATION OF
HEALING WITH ITS GIFT. SO I THINK THE CHALLENGE
FOR THOSE OF US WHO EMBRACE THE SPIRIT OF
CHRIST AND WANT TO LIVE THAT WAY, I THANK THOSE
WHO ARE HERE TONIGHT, AND THOSE WHO HELP ME
EVERY DAY WHEN WE GO TO START THE DAY, THOSE
WHO WANT TO COME AT 7:45 IN THE OFFICE, WE COME AND
WE INVITE THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST IN WHAT WE DO;
WE INVITE THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST. BUT, YOU KNOW, WE’LL NEVER
BE ABLE TO PROJECT THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST THROUGH
GOVERNMENT IN THE WAY THAT YOU CAN PROJECT IT, AND
THE WAY THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY OF FAITH NEEDS
TO PROJECT IT; BUT WE NEED FOR GOVERNMENT NOT
TO BE HOSTILE IN THE ENVIRONMENT. WE NEED FOR GOVERNMENT NOT
TO BE INTERFERING IN THE ENVIRONMENT. WE NEED FOR GOVERNMENT
NOT TO BUILD A SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MAKES
IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO OPERATE. THAT’S WHY IT’S SO
IMPORTANT TO LIBERATE CHURCHES TO DO WHAT THEY
CAN AND OUGHT TO DO. AND THAT’S WHY WE WORK SO
HARD IN THE WELFARE REFORM MEASURE THIS LAST YEAR TO
MAKE SURE THAT CHURCHES WOULD BE ABLE TO MEET
NEEDS WITHOUT SACRIFICING THEIR DOCTRINE, WITHOUT
REMOVING THE SYMBOLS OF THEIR FAITH, WITHOUT
CHANGING THEIR BELIEFS, WITHOUT SACRIFICING WHO
THEY ARE, BY ADJUSTING THEIR HIRING PRACTICES. WE NEED TO HAVE THE
INFUSION OF THE COMMUNITY OF FAITH DOING WHAT IT
DOES WELL, AS WELL AS THE WITHDRAWAL OF GOVERNMENT
FROM DOING WHAT IT DOES POORLY. WHAT A TREMENDOUS THING IT
IS TO THINK THAT WE CAN AVOID; IF WE READ THE
HANDWRITING ON THE WALL AT AN EARLY ENOUGH TIME IN
THIS COUNTRY, WE DON’T HAVE TO MEET OUR DOOM
ON THE NIGHT THAT THE HANDWRITING IS
INTERPRETED, BUT WE CAN MAKE THE KINDS OF
REDIRECTIONS, COURSE CORRECTIONS, THAT
ARE NECESSARY. AND I BELIEVE THAT’S THE
REAL RESPONSIBILITY ­FOR CHRISTIAN STATESMEN. NOT ONLY TO HELP DEFINE
AND CONFINE GOVERNMENT, SO THAT IT DOESN’T SMOTHER
AND OTHERWISE DISPLACE AND DISLOCATE THE COMPONENTS
OF OUR CULTURE THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO REMEDIATE
THE PROBLEMS, THE COMPASSION OF CHRIST THAT
HAS THE ABILITY TO ADDRESS HURTS, AND PROVIDE
FOR HEALING. YES, WE’VE GOT TO DO THAT
TO CONFINE GOVERNMENT TO ITS APPROPRIATE LEVEL. BUT WE NEED TO PROVIDE A
BASIS FOR UNLEASHING THE COMMUNITY OF FAITH TO DO
WHAT IT DOES WELL; TO SHARE AND MANIFEST THE
LOVE OF CHRIST IN ALL THAT WE DO AND SAY. I JUST WANT TO CLOSE
WITH ONE MORE STORY. I CAME TO WASHINGTON
WITH A SET OF VALUES. THEY CAME FROM MY PARENTS. I AM TORN AT THE VERY
INNERMOST PARTS OF MY BEING WHEN I THINK THAT
THERE ARE CHILDREN WITHOUT PARENTS. I MET CHILDREN WHEN I WAS
CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON AMERICA’S
URBAN FAMILIES, WHO NOT ONLY DIDN’T HAVE A FATHER,
THEY DIDN’T KNOW ANOTHER CHILD WITH A FATHER, 80
PERCENT, IN SOME OF OUR URBAN AREAS, OF THE
CHILDREN, THAT’S JUST NOT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD,
THAT’S IN THE ENTIRE URBAN AREA. IN SOME NEIGHBORHOODS,
A FATHER IS AN UNKNOWN THING. AND I’M SO GLAD THAT MY
FATHER AND MY MOTHER WERE VERY FOCUSED IN TERMS
OF THE VALUES THAT THEY SHARED WITH ME. AND MY FATHER, AS YOU WELL
KNOW, I HOPE, MAYBE YOU DON’T KNOW, BUT MY FATHER
DIED THE DAY, AFTER I WAS SWORN IN TO THE SENATE. IT WAS THE LAST FULL DAY
OF HIS LIFE, AND HE HUNG ON, AS HE EXPRESSED THAT,
“I’M HANGING ON BY A THIN THREAD, BUT I’M GOING TO
SEE JOHN INAUGURATED.” AND THE DAY BEFORE MY FATHER
SPENT HIS LAST FULL DAY OF HIS LIFE WHEN I WAS
INAUGURATED, HE CAME TO WASHINGTON DC AND, ON THE
NIGHT BEFORE I WAS TO BE SWORN IN, WE HAD A
LITTLE TIME TOGETHER. AND I REMEMBER, OF COURSE,
HIS ADMONITION TO ME ABOUT BEING A PERSON OF SPIRIT
AND PUTTING ON THE MANTLE OF CHRIST. HE MADE THAT A VERY CLEAR
AND DIRECT ADMONITION. BUT AT A LITTLE DINNER, I
SHOW YOU A PICTURE OF MY FATHER AND I TOGETHER. I WAS PLAYING THE PIANO
AND MY FATHER WAS SINGING. MY DAD LIKED TO DO THAT;
HE LIKED MUSIC, AND HE WOULD ALWAYS ASK ME TO
PLAY AND SING, AND HE KNEW THAT I WOULD SAY, “I’LL
PLAY, IF YOU’LL SING.” THIS IS AT THE
CAPITAL HILL CLUB. IF ANYBODY EVER THINKS I’M
NOT AN ENTERTAINER, TELL THEM I PLAYED THE
CAPITAL HILL CLUB ONCE. (LAUGHTER) I REMEMBER THE SONG, I
REMEMBER THE NIGHT, SINCE IT WAS THE LAST TIME THAT
I PLAYED AND SANG WITH MY DAD, A DAY OR SO BEFORE
HE WENT TO HIS ETERNAL REWARD. MY DAD HAD A FAVORITE
SONG HE LIKED. AND IT WAS A SONG ABOUT
THE BIBLE STORY OF MOSES WHO HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD
SPEAKING TO HIM OUT OF THE BURNING BUSH. YOU REMEMBER THE STORY. AS MOSES APPROACHED THE
BUSH, THE VOICE OF GOD SPOKE TO HIM AND SAID,
“TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES, YOU’RE STANDING ON HOLY
GROUND.” MY DAD WANTED ME TO PLAY THE SONG, “WE ARE
STANDING ON HOLY GROUND.” I DID, AND HE SANG IT. AND THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE
HERE TONIGHT WHO WERE IN THAT ROOM WHEN HE SANG IT. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO THINK
OF WASHINGTON AND HAVE A HARD TIME IN THINKING THAT
WASHINGTON MIGHT BE A PLACE THAT YOU COULD
CALL HOLY GROUND. SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT THE
ONLY HOLY GROUND MUST BE ­WHEREVER THAT DESERT WAS
IN THE SINAI, OR EGYPT, OR ISRAEL, OR WHEREVER IT
WAS THAT MOSES WAS AT THE TIME, THAT MUST BE
THE HOLY GROUND. BUT MY FATHER HAD
EXPLAINED TO ME ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION THAT
HOLY GROUND IS NOT A MATTER OF LOCATION, IT’S
A MATTER OF VOCATION. VOCATION IS WHAT
YOU’RE CALLED TO DO. AND WHEREVER GOD CALLS
YOU, THAT’S HOLY GROUND; WHEREVER GOD SPEAKS TO
YOU, THAT’S HOLY GROUND. WHEREVER YOU DEDICATE
YOURSELF TO RESPOND TO THE MISSION OF CHRIST, TO THE
CALL OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE, THAT’S HOLY GROUND. AND I AM THANKFUL TO YOU,
DR. KENNEDY, THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT WASHINGTON
DC CAN BE HOLY GROUND, AND THAT YOUR INTENTION IS TO
HAVE A MINISTRY HERE THAT LIFTS UP A STANDARD WHICH
IS THE CALL OF CHRIST. AND WHERE GOD CALLS US,
THAT’S HOLY GROUND. IT LIFTS UP A MESSAGE
WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD WHICH SPEAKS TO US. AND WHERE GOD SPEAKS TO
US, THAT’S HOLY GROUND. AND IT ENCOURAGES US TO
MAKE A DEDICATION OF OUR LIVES TO PURSUE WITH SUCH
INTENSITY AND WHOLENESS THE SUMMONS OF CHRIST THAT
WE REACH THE MAXIMUM OF OUR GOD-GIVEN POTENTIAL BY
DEDICATING OURSELVES TO HIS PURPOSES. AND WHEREVER WE DEDICATE
OURSELVES TO THE PURPOSE AND WILL OF GOD,
THAT’S HOLY GROUND. MY DAD WOULD LOVED TO HAVE
SHARED IN THIS EVENING AND YET, I THINK IT’S
INAPPROPRIATE SPEECH TO SUGGEST THAT HE DOESN’T,
BECAUSE HE SIMPLY EXPLAINED WHAT I COULDN’T
EXPLAIN NEARLY AS WELL, THAT WE, INDEED, ARE
STANDING ON HOLY GROUND, AND WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
TO SHARE IN THE MOST NOBLE OF ALL ENTERPRISES, FOR
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING MY FATHER EVER TAUGHT ME
WAS THAT THERE WERE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS THAN ME. AND THE SINGLE MOST
IMPORTANT THING IS THE REDEMPTIVE MISSION OF
HEALING AND FORGIVENESS OF JESUS CHRIST, THAT LASTS
NOT FOR TIME, BUT FOR ETERNITY. THANK YOU, AND
GOD BLESS YOU. (APPLAUSE) GOD HAS BLESSED AMERICA. THE NEW BOOK, MIRACLES IN
AMERICAN HISTORY- VOLUME 2: AMAZING FAITH THAT
SHAPED THE NATION SHOWS HOW GOD’S HAND HAS BEEN ON
AMERICA FROM THE START. THE BOOK MIRACLES IN
AMERICAN HISTORY VOLUME 2 IS THE FAITH THAT SHAPED
THE NATION, BEGINS WITH THE FIRST GREAT AWAKENING
AND HOW IT UNITED THE COLONIES. YOU’LL DISCOVER INSPIRING
STORIES FROM WILLIAM PENN TO THE APOLLO
SPACE MISSIONS. BUZZ ALDRIN, BEFORE HE
STEPPED OUT OF THE MODULE, REQUESTS RADIO SILENCE AND
HE HAD COMMUNION, SO THE FIRST FOOD CONSUMED ON
THE MOON WAS COMMUNION. CONTACT US TODAY TO
RECEIVE YOUR COPY OF MIRACLES IN AMERICAN
HISTORY- VOLUME 2: AMAZING FAITH THAT SHAPED
THE NATION. IT’S A FASCINATING BOOK
AND I THINK IT’LL INSPIRE PEOPLE AT A TIME WHEN OUR
COUNTRY IS REDISCOVERING THE FAITH THAT
MADE US GREAT. THIS HAS BEEN A
PRODUCTION OF D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES

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