United States President John Adams once said, "Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for a government of any other." In other words, basic Judeo - Christian values were assumed in the proper functioning of the Constitution. There are many who would say that organized religion does not have the influence that it once had in this nation. I would agree with that. However, there are others who would go on to say that religion no longer has a role to play in society, that it is no longer relevant, and that it is not necessary for creating and keeping a good world. There is no objective truth and no value to religion for our daily lives. Are they right?
Dennis Prager, a well known Jewish social critic, scholar, and talk show host likes to address this concern with a story:
"Say you are walking down an alleyway at 11:00 PM in NYC or LA. The dim streetlights illumine your car about 300 yards away. Suddenly you see ten young men headed down the alley toward you. Would you feel more comfortable if you knew that those young men had just come out of a Bible Study?"
Almost every time Mr. Prager has asked that question, the answer has been yes. On the most practical level, people still acknowledge religion's positive influence on our world. Our society needs Christianity. The U.S. Constitution is not effective without people of faith just as Christianity is not effective without the message of the cross. The blessings of our nation depend upon people of the Word, who abide by the law and serve others not just because of restraints of the law, but because of thankful hearts and a desire to please God.
If you are not traveling this weekend, I hope you will be able to join us for Sunday worship at 9:30 AM as we give thanks for the blessings of our nation and those who fought for those freedoms. But even more importantly, we give thanks to the Truth who sets us truly free for daily living and life in the kingdom forever, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Please pray for those who will be traveling in the days ahead and for the mission of St. Andrew's in these summer months and throughout the year. See you in church!