Why Is America So Divided?
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Why Is America So Divided?

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In so many areas of American life, we witness strife, conflict, and division. The real reason for this unprecedented upheaval is the violation of the Owner’s Manual. Every manufacturer produces an owner’s manual to ensure that the purchaser understands how to properly operate his purchase––and the owner’s manual for a Chevy will not work for a Toyota.

Many fail to realize that God also has an Owner’s Manual known as the Bible. Frequently, few consider that it takes laws to hold the smallest particles (the micro world) together as it does the largest planets (the macro world). But, God also has laws for the moral world, or the world of human beings. From the smallest to the biggest and everything in between, it all only operates well when they function according to the Owner’s Manual. This fact is reflected in the following paraphrase: “Warranty voided if not used according to the manufacturers recommendations.” Many do not enjoy the blessing of the Lord because they void God’s warranty by not following the Manufacturer’s Manual.

America Refuses the Word of God

At the beginning of twenty-first century America, secularism continues it relentless assault against Christianity, denying America’s Christian heritage. Like the kingdom of Judah in the Older Testament, America has allowed secularists to reject the very instrument with which God has determined to bless his people––His Word. Though the kingdom of Judah was less pagan than its sister to the north, Israel, it also was often consumed by immoral pagan practices which God condemned. But, in the midst of great spiritual darkness, King Jehoshaphat came to the throne of Judah. Unlike many of his predecessors, King Jehoshaphat returned to the Lord and resolved to spread God’s Word to his people. The Book of Second Chronicles (17:7-12) records the obedience of Jehoshaphat and the subsequent blessing of the Lord:

In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach in the towns of Judah. With them were certain Levites––Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tob-adonijah––and the priests Elishama and Jehoram. They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the LORD; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.

The fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not make war with Jehoshaphat. Some Philistines brought Jehoshaphat gifts and silver as tribute, and the Arabs brought him flocks: seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred goats.

Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful; he built forts and store cities in Judah and had large supplies in the towns of Judah. He also kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem.[1]

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Bible Scholar, Adam Clarke

One outstanding Bible scholar was deeply impressed with this biblical summary of the obedience of Jehoshaphat and blessing of the Lord and made the following observations:

In these verses, we find a remarkable account of an itinerant ministry established by Jehoshaphat; and in this work he employed three classes of men: 1. the princes; 2. the Levites; and 3. the priests. We may presume that the princes instructed the people in the nature of the civil law and constitution of the kingdom; the Levites instructed them in every thing that appertained to the temple service, and ritual law; and the priests instructed them in the nature and design of the religion they professed. Thus, the nation became thoroughly instructed in their duty to God, to the king, and to each other. They became, therefore, as one man; and against a people thus united, on such principles, no enemy could be successful.[2]

England Used the Word of God

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Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet)

Throughout the eighteenth century, France was subjected to the irreligious sentiments of Rousseau, Voltaire, the Encyclopedists and others who strongly opposed the Gospel. In 1789, the godlessness of these “free thinkers” resulted in the atrocities of the French Revolution––which is always the result of humanistic and secular governments. Contrary to this, the British Isles enjoyed peace and tranquility during this time of upheaval in godless France. Why? Because John and Charles Wesley, the Methodists, and other evangelicals were able to spare the British Isles from similar fate having begun an itinerant preaching ministry in the late 1730s. Though nineteenth-century French scholar Élie Halévy[3] is remembered for having argued that the Methodists and other evangelicals had saved the British Isles from a French-style revolution, biblical scholar Adam Clarke recognized this fact nearly a century earlier:

Such an itinerant ministry established [like that of King Jehoshaphat’s] in these British Isles for upwards of fourscore years, teaching the pure, unadulterated doctrines of the Gospel, with the propriety and necessity of obedience to the laws has been the principal means, in the hand of God, of preserving these lands from those convulsions and revolutions that have ruined and nearly dissolved the European continent. The itinerant ministry, to which this refers is that which was established in these lands by the late truly reverend, highly learned and cultivated, deeply pious and loyal John Wesley, A. M., formerly a teaching fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, whose followers are known by the name of Methodists, people who are an honor to their country and a blessing to the government under which they live.[4]


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Conclusion

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John Wesley

In America today, the family, church, and nation are greatly divided and without the blessing of peace and true godly prosperity. Jehoshaphat, the Wesley brothers, and evangelical Christians of the eighteen century demonstrate that God heals the land when a nation and its people truly determine to follow the will of God as revealed in His Word. However, the warranty is voided if not used according to the Manufacturers recommendations. Personal lives, families, businesses, institution, the nation, etc.—all will realize the blessing of God when the will of God is followed.

Regardless of how far you may have turned from the truth of the Manufacturer, there is a way back for you and for all who truly call upon the name of the Lord!

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[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version, (East Brunswick, NJ: International Bible Society, 1984)

[2] Adam Clarke, The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments: The Text Carefully Printed From the Most Correct Copies of the Present Authorized Translation, Including the Marginal Readings and Parallel Texts With a Commentary and Critical Notes Designed as a Help to a Better Understanding of the Sacred Writings, (Nashville: Abingdon, n.d.) , 1:665.

[3] Élie Halévy, Histoire Du Peuple Anglais Au Xixe Siècle, (Paris: Hachette et cie, 1913) . This work remains a standard in the discussion of the influence of Wesley and the Methodists upon the British Isles, saving them from a French-style revolution.

[4] Clarke, Old and New Testament Commentary , 1:665.

Written by Dr. Stephen FlickNumber of posts: 218
Stephen Flick heads Christian Heritage Fellowship, a national organization dedicated to reclaiming America’s Christian Heritage and celebrating the life-changing influence of the Gospel around the world. Concerned with the cultural decay of America, Dr. Flick has sought to provide answers to fellow Christians (and unbelievers) concerning the questions and objections to Christianity often posed by secularists and the irreligious. Dr. Flick is a writer and speaker and has authored numerous articles and books on America’s Christian heritage. He earned his Ph.D. from Drew University in history and Christian theology and has taught at the graduate level as full professor. He has been a licensed minster for nearly forty years and resides in East Tennessee with his wife, Beth. They have two grown, married children and five grandchildren.

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