Did God have a special purpose for America, causing this nation to be blessed beyond that of any other nation in history? There can be no doubt.
The movement west from Europe that later became America was started by Christopher Columbus. His first name literally means "Christ-bearer." Columbus was a devout believer in Jesus Christ. And even though his voyages had commercial purposes, he felt a strong, God-given destiny to carry the light of Christ to undiscovered lands.
In his diary, Columbus wrote, "It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel his hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies . . . There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit . . ." Each place he stopped, Columbus planted a cross and dedicated the land to God.
The declared purpose of the Virginia Company in 1607 was: "The principal and main ends . . . were first to preach and baptize into the Christian religion . . ."
A few years later, in 1620, before the Plymouth settlers even came ashore in 1620, they made a covenant with themselves and God called the "Mayflower Compact." It began: "In the name of God . . . Having undertaken for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith . . . "
In 1643, the New England Confederation proclaimed: "We all came to these parts of America with the same end and aim, namely, to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Patrick Henry, American revolutionary leader, said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
The stated goals of our founders have come to astounding fruition, far beyond their wildest imaginations. The United States of America has become by far the greatest missionary sending nation in history. It has been estimated that today America supplies 85 percent of all resources spent in the world on evangelistic missions. U.S. missionaries have brought hospitals, schools and orphanages to areas of the world which would have never otherwise existed.
This has been an answer to George Washington's prayer, found in his personal prayer book: "Bless O Lord the whole race of mankind, and let the world be filled with the knowledge of thee and Thy Son, Jesus Christ."
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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