But as for me and my house ...
Even after becoming a British colony in 1890, Uganda suffered with inter-tribal warfare for millennia. When Uganda gained independence in 1962, Russian-funded, Marxist guerrillas and Saudi-funded, Islamists moved in to derail the young nation and continue the slaughter of its people. If these things weren't enough to bear, in the 1970s, brutal President, Idi Amin Dada, persisted in murdering his own people (possibly 300,000+).
With this history, one wouldn't expect much to change in Uganda; but, the country has made great strides toward becoming a true republic, including elections and prescribed citizens rights.
Uganda celebrated 50 years of independence in 2012. Current President, Yoweri Museveni, stood before his people and formally dedicated the nation to God (only the third nation in history to do so); and, repented of his sins and the sins of the whole nation, as the kings of Israel did in ancient times.
Here is what President Museveni said:
"Father God in heaven, today we stand here as Ugandans, to thank you for Uganda. We are proud that we are Ugandans and Africans. We thank you for all your goodness to us. I stand here today to close the evil past and especially in the last 50 years … I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to repent. We ask for your forgiveness.
"We confess these sins, which have greatly hampered our national cohesion and delayed our political, social, and economic transformation. We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft, which are rampant in our land. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, sins of political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue, and betrayal. Forgive us of sins of pride, tribalism, and sectarianism; sins of laziness, indifference, and irresponsibility; sins of corruption and bribery that have eroded our national resources; sins of sexual immorality, drunkenness, and debauchery; sins of unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred and revenge.
“Lord forgive us and give us a new beginning. Give us a heart to love you, to fear you, and to seek you. Take away from us all the above sins.”
"We want to dedicate this nation to you so that you will be our God and guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God, and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfill what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own. I renounce all the evil foundations and covenants that were laid in idolatry and witchcraft. I renounce all the satanic influence on this nation. And I hereby covenant Uganda to you, to walk in your ways and experience all your blessings forever. I pray for all these in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen."
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Upon landing in the 'new world', British colonists enacted Compacts with God to govern their towns. It was the people's faith throughout American history, and not the popularly taught strivings of a few founders, that built this country to remain a nation dedicated to God as it was from its inception. (Over 80 of those Compacts were used to provide the content of the Declaration of Independence.)
Since this nation was founded upon a contract with God, breaking that contract by removing his laws and principles as our laws and principles has already begun to have devastating consequences. Our leaders must confess their sins and the sins of the nation in order to have a renewed relationship with God. But, I can see nothing that would lead me to believe that will ever happen.
When George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789, he stood on the balcony at Federal Hall in New York City with his hand on the Bible, and warned:
"No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States."
I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country can inspire: since there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people."
After the inauguration ceremony, the President, Vice-President, the Senate, and House of Representatives, proceeded to St. Paul’s Chapel, where a service was led by the chaplain of Congress. This nation was a nation of faith in the Almighty God and belief in his power to form and dissolve nations. As if to prove God's unhappiness with the direction the United States has chosen, when the towers fell on September 11, 2001, the foundation of Federal Hall was cracked yet, the Chapel was unharmed - protected by a sycamore.
This nation has much for which to answer to its Creator. If national repentance does not begin soon, it will be too late.
Wouldn't it be nice to have leaders in this country like President Museveni.
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