Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 23, 2010
Michael Youssef, founder and president of Leading The Way, is calling on Americans to remember the roots of America’s founding and to return to those principles. Holding a doctorate in social anthropology, Dr. Youssef has studied cultural changes and warns of the potential devastating impact if the nation stays on its current course.
“What happens to a tree when its root system is destroyed?” asked Michael Youssef, Ph.D. “The tree can no longer access the nutrients it needs, and it begins to weaken. The leaves wilt, the branches droop, the fruit ceases to grow. Eventually, the tree dies. America was formed and developed from biblical roots, but today our leaders chop away at our foundation. They deny the core of our purpose. They allow invasive roots to choke out the Truth.”
“The secular thinkers of this country would like us to think our country was founded on humanistic values and ideals,” added Dr. Youssef. “They view our country’s birth as a philosophical and political event. However, the original words from the colony charters, the Declaration of Independence, and early political speeches all point directly to our country’s foundation upon the Christian faith and biblical Truth. Our Founding Fathers believed that this is a nation with its roots in the Bible.”
The Mayflower Compact specifies that the colonies were established “for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith.” The Virginia Charter instructs the colonists to help “in the propagation of the Christian religion to such people as yet live in ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God.” The Delaware Charter defines one of the purposes for its settlements as the “further propagation of the Holy Gospel.” The charter of Rhode Island commits to “the true Christian faith and worship of God.” The Charter of Maryland explained a “pious Zeal for extending the Christian Religion.”
In the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers acknowledged God as our country’s Divine Protector. In an 1844 U.S. Supreme Court case, the Court said, “Why may not the Bible and especially the New Testament be read and taught as a divine revelation in the [school]” … Where else can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?”
The 1777 Congressional Thanksgiving proclamation called for the nation to offer “solemn thanksgiving and praise … and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; and that together with their sincere acknowledgments and offerings, penitent confession of their manifold sins … and their humble and earnest supplication that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ. …”
“The reason for our country’s decay our economic turmoil, our social ills, the church’s coldness and apostasy from the Truth, pastors in the pulpit without a backbone, citizens living in fear, the decline of our culture is because we have departed from the one true God,” added Dr. Youssef. “As a nation, we have rejected the God of our Founding Fathers. We need to pray that God will restore us to Himself, just as Jeremiah did. We need to pray that America, starting with ourselves, will turn back to God.”
About Michael Youssef
Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef. His weekly television programs and daily radio programs are broadcast in 20 languages and available in more than 200 countries – airing 3,800 times per week. He recently launched MichaelYoussef.com, a new personal blog, that offers readers a unique perspective on cultural, political and religious issues and the consequences that result from decisions being made around the world (http://www.michaelyoussef.com)
Dr. Youssef was born in Egypt, lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States. In 1984, he fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and from Fuller in California. In 1984, he earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. He has authored more than 20 books, including the most recent – You Want Me To Do What? He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children, three grandchildren.
Dr. Youssef is calling Bible-believing Americans to pray for the nation each day between now and November 2. Sign up today at http://www.GodSaveOurCountry.com