An American Memorial. By Dr. Charles Pedersen, Pastor

Micah 3:1-12 : (NIV 1984)          Page 1443

1Then I said, “listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Should you not know justice, 2you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones; 3who eat my people’s flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot?”

4Then they will cry out to the Lord, but he will not answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done.

5This is what the Lord says:

“As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them they proclaim ‘peace’; if he does not, they prepare to wage war against him. 6Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets and the day will go dark for them. 7The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God.” 8But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression to Israel his sin. 9Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rules of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; 10who build Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with wickedness. 11Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priest teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us.” 12Thefore because of you Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.


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  1. Mayflower Compact “Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia”
  2. John Adams (2nd President): “The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity”
  3. Alexander Hamilton (1st Sec of the Treasury): “the two things which Hamilton said made America great:
    • Christianity
    • a Constitution formed under Christianity.
  4. Patrick Henry: ““It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
  5. George Washington: “ It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”
  6. “What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.”
  7. Thomas Jefferson: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

Six requirements that God recommends for government leaders from Proverbs

Righteousness (Proverbs 29:2)
Wisdom (Proverbs 8:12-16)
Absolute Honesty (Proverbs 17:7)
Separation From Bad Influences( Proverbs 25:4-5)
Personal Purity (Proverbs 31:3)
Protection Of The Weak And Defenseless (Proverbs 31:8-90