The home is the foundation of our society. As the home goes, so goes the nation. If moral, ethical, and spiritual values are well entrenched in the home, the nation exists on a sure foundation. A nation’s strength is not in its military might, its economic vitality, or its system of government, but in its practice of righteousness. Solomon declared by the inspiration of God, “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. ). Instruction in right and wrong conduct should clearly be taught in the home. The right should be upheld and the wrong should be opposed. Honesty, morality, proper treatment of others, justice, and integrity needs to be ingrained in children. Cruelty, lying, immorality, disrespect, and injustice should be opposed.
What are some things we need to do to strengthen our homes and make them a productive and happy environment? I know it may sound trite and “politically incorrect” to some people, but family devotions in which spouses, parents, and children read the Bible and pray together would go a long way toward stabilizing the home. A nation upon its knees in prayer and Bible study is the most awe-inspiring and powerful force in the world. The devil trembles when he sees this happening. A greater emphasis on the Bible in the home will improve husband-wife relationships and parent-child relationships, as well. It would develop a healthy respect for the law and enable us to have the wisdom to pass laws that would be just.
A four-fold platform for the health of any nation is related in 2 Chron. 7:14: humility, prayer, seeking God, and turning from its wicked ways. No mention is made of armament, financial power, intellectual prowess, or material prosperity. In the words of a Frenchman, “
is great because America is good; when she ceases to be good she will cease to be great.” America