The Most Important Factor

A minister was sitting with a fellow passenger at dinner on a train discussing current events… topics such275px-Statue of Liberty as famine, disease, crime, wars, judgment, dark days, etc.

The passenger said, “If somebody had written all these things in a book, no one would believe it.”

The minister replied, “That is just it: much of it has been written in a Book, and very few believe it.”1

R. T. Kendall said, “It is not every day one gets an interpretation of an event or Scripture that is absolutely and undoubtedly from God. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is not famine or earthquake, or even the awful problem of unemployment. The worst thing that can happen to any nation was forecast a long time ago by the prophet Amos, ‘Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord’” (Amos 8:11).2

When Thomas R. Marshall was Vice-president of the United States, he said, concerning the Statue of Liberty,

“If I were to have my way I would take the torch out of the hand of the Statue of Liberty and in its stead place an open Bible. The Bible is the true symbol of American liberty. Certainly it is the most important factor in making America what it is today. As long as that Book is the guiding beacon of our people we shall never tolerate any system, economic or political, that enslaves the bodies and minds of men.”3

“If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity” (Daniel Webster).4

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  1. Vance Havner, It Is Time, Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, NJ, Copyright MCMXLIII, p. 33
  2. R. T. Kendall, God Meant it for Good, Morning Star Publications, Charlotte, NC, Copyright 1986, p. 73
  3. Teacher’s Quarterly, October 1950 – December 1950, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, p. 67