1. On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife, in part, these words: “It ought [July 2nd] to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotions to God Almighty” (America’s God and Country, p.9). While he thought of July 2nd, on this day we will regard July 4th as that day.
2. On this 4th of July, we want to take time to recognize our country’s two hundred and thirty-fourth birthday. It is a great country, but a country in turmoil.
a. The turmoil of this generation is different that the turmoil of the past generations.
b. At its birth, it was the revolution against Great Britain;
c. During the time of the 19th century, it was the war between the states and slavery;
d. At the turn of the 20th century and into the middle of that century, it was a turmoil of war against aggressive nations seeking dominance;
e. In our generation, we not only have a war against terrorism, we have a cultural war.
3. “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other” (John Adams, America’s God and country, pp. 10-11).
4. Where can we begin to change this? We can begin to change this by understanding and, perhaps, changing our approach to the Lord God in worship. Let us consider some of the ways that holy people approached the Lord.