by Jeff Schreve

The Rise and Fall of a Nation
Jeff Schreve
Proverbs 14:34-35

It was the French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, who made a journey from France to the United States in the first half of the 1800s. And he was on a quest to determine and to find out what is the source of America's greatness. And the great quote attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville was this: He said, ''I went, and I looked, and I looked.'' And he said, ''The greatest of America couldn't be found in her harbors or her fields or her industry or her factories.'' He said, ''I couldn't find the greatness of America until I went into her churches.'' And he said this: ''America is great because America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.''

God says in Proverbs chapter 14 and verse 34, ''Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a disgrace to any people.'' Righteousness is the thing that lifts up a nation. Righteousness is the thing that makes a nation strong. Righteousness is the thing that God blesses. But sin is a disgrace and sin brings a nation down. I believe that America is going down. We're not great like we used to be. And the reason, I believe, that we're not great like we used to be is because we're turning our back on God, and we're walking away from the Righteous One, and we've replaced moral absolutes with the whim and the political correctness of the day and we find ourselves in bad shape. Hey, America was built on courage. It was built on bravery. It was built on a fear of God. It was built on the Word of God. It was built on a strong work ethic. It was built on sacrifice. But all that is being reversed. Now we don't have a fear of God. ''Transgression,'' the Scripture says, ''speaks to the ungodly within his heart. There is no fear of God before his eyes.'' There is no respect for authority in America. There is no, desire to forego gratification, to say, ''I'm going to work now so that I have things for later.'' No! Everybody wants it now. W ...

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