This coming Tuesday our nation will again make history. We will either choose to go down a path that will continue to forever change who we, as a nation, were birthed to be, or we will choose to attempt finding our way back to who our founding fathers birthed us to be. There would be little disagreement regarding our nation being divided concerning these two paths, & that we are at a great crossroads. There is also an alarmingly pertinent question looming before us: what happens to a house when the foundation weakens, cracks or begins to crumble?

I was prompted to look up the history of two phrases/mottos in that foundation: “one nation under God,” & “in God we trust.” “According to the United States Flag Code, the Pledge of Allegiance reads:[2]

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The ‘Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an expression of loyalty to the federal flag and the republic of the United States of America, originally composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942.[1] The Pledge has been modified four times since its composition, with the most recent change adding the words “under God” in 1954. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance)

In God we trust” was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956 as an alternative or replacement to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum, adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782.[1][2]

“In God we trust” has appeared on U.S. coins since 1864[3] and on paper currency since 1957. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_God_We_Trust)”

“One nation under God” & “In God we trust” are clearly the path this nation has been on since its birth. However, both of them have fallen into the foray of the great divide. Some may choose to dispute the words of Christ, but anyone truly reflecting will understand the truth contained in Matthew 12:25, “And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.”

These words were also quotes by Abraham Lincoln during another critical hour in our nation: ‘On June 16, 1858, more than 1,000 Republican delegates met in the Springfield, Illinois, statehouse for the Republican State Convention. At 5:00 p.m. they chose Abraham Lincoln as their candidate for the U.S. Senate, running against Democrat Stephen A. Douglas. At 8:00 p.m. Lincoln delivered this address to his Republican colleagues in the Hall of Representatives. The title reflects part of the speech’s introduction, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” a concept familiar to Lincoln’s audience as a statement by Jesus recorded in all three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke). Even Lincoln’s friends believed the speech was too radical for the occasion. His law partner, William H. Herndon, believed Lincoln was morally courageous but politically incorrect. Lincoln read the speech to him before delivering it, referring to the “house divided” language this way: “The proposition is indisputably true … and I will deliver it as written. I want to use some universally known figure, expressed in simple language as universally known, that it may strike home to the minds of men in order to rouse them to the peril of the times.”

Reflecting on it several years later, Herndon said, “Through logic inductively seen, Lincoln as a statesman, and political philosopher, announced an eternal truth — not only as broad as America, but covers the world.”

Another lawyer, Leonard Swett, said the speech defeated Lincoln in the Senate campaign. In 1866 he wrote to Herndon complaining, “Nothing could have been more unfortunate or inappropriate; it was saying first the wrong thing, yet he saw it was an abstract truth, but standing by the speech would ultimately find him in the right place.”.’ (http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/house.htm)

We are again facing the peril of the times. We cannot continue down a path of division & expect to stand. Who are we to think, that in the name of progress, we should redefine the foundations of this great nation, whose independance & freedoms were fought long & hard for, & cost many their lives; a blessed & great nation whose borders have been the dream & desire of multitudes having not been born here; a nation whose citizenship & opportunities are the dream & desire of masses?

Regardless of progress, political correctness & all of the other words that have contributed to the division of our nation, a vote for righteousness will never divide. There are various definitions for the word, ‘righteousness,’ however, the following is superior:

“The Hebrew word for righteousness is tseh’-dek, tzedek, Gesenius‘s Strong’s Concordance:6664—righteous, integrity, equity, justice, straightness. The root of tseh’-dek is tsaw-dak’, Gesenius’s Strong:6663—upright, just, straight, innocent, true, sincere. It is best understood as the product of upright, moral action in accordance with some form of divine plan.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Righteousness)

If we all vote according to the words included in this definition (righteous, integrity, equity, justice, straightness, upright, just, straight, innocent, true, sincere), it is doubtful we would be such a divided nation. It’s our individual thinking, our human reasoning, regarding the definitions of these words that have contributed to/resulted in our division. If we would listen intently to the voice of Truth (as opposed to media, education, family/generational/cultural influence, religion, political party, etc), there would be no confusion, as candidates are clearly on one path or the other, & it’s time to choose the path our founding fathers established as the course of this nation; the path that has clearly brought our nation abundance & blessing, up to the point where it was necessary to expose this division, i.e. the cracks/mindsets trying to weaken our foundation, through its very blessings becoming vulnerable & easily shaken.

How did we get so far down a path that justifies a God-given right to define when the life of a human being begins (we protect plants & animals from ‘conception,’ but not human beings?), or assume a God-given choice/right to decide whether a child lives or dies? Something that man set in place with the intent to ‘protect’ the life of the mother or of crime victim has been turned into something far exceeding those parameters: inconvenience, gender selection, birth defects such as Downs Syndrome, etc., & it has cost this nation the lives of its nearly 55 million innocent children. How did we get so far down a path that justifies a God-given right to redefine the procreation of humanity since the beginning of time? How could a nation & its people be so divided on these two issues in the name of ‘love’?

When we cast a vote for a candidate in this election, we are accountable to know where the candidate stands on these issues. These issues are life impacting, as they will continue to impact all future generations, & they will impact whether the foundation of our nation stands or crumbles.

When we go to the polls to vote this Tuesday three things should significantly influence/impact our vote: 1) Is our vote protecting life, i.e. that of unborn children, who are the future of any & all nations. 2) Is our vote protecting life, i.e. procreation as defined since the beginning of mankind & is the future of any & all nations. 3) Is our vote protecting life, i.e. the nation of Israel & the life of that nation’s future? (Gen. 12:3, And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Is our vote in this upcoming election leading to life; is it a vote for life in our nation? Without life, there is no foundation. Without a foundation, there is no nation.