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The Question Facing Us

On the bicentennial celebration of the signing of the Constitution, Halverson hopes the U.S. will recognize God as the source of our liberties.

"We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution of the United States of America."

I'm not going to ask you to raise your hands, but how many have read the preamble to the Constitution in the last year? The preamble just read, to me, is one of the most remarkable paragraphs ever conceived by the human mind. It is my hope this bicentennial of the Constitution will draw us in the United States back not only to our legal and political roots, but back to our moral and spiritual roots as well, perhaps even more than the bicentennial in '76 did.

What happens when we cut ourselves off from our roots?

Rarely in the 43 years that Doris and I have been married have I purchased for her an orchid corsage. The corsage is always handled the same way. It's worn on the occasion for which it was purchased. When we get home she places it in the cotton batting in the box, sprinkles a little water on it, and puts it in the refrigerator. She wants to preserve the fragrance and the beauty of that orchid and wear it as often as possible. But both of us know sooner or later that orchid is going to have to be consigned to the trash can because it is dead. It has been cut from its roots.

In the thirty years I have lived in Washington, D.C., a conviction has been growing and deepeningand come to a kind of explosive climax in my heart in the last five years since I've been the chaplain of the Senatethat this is precisely where we are in national life today. We are seeing a futile effort ...

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I. What happens when we cut ourselves off from our roots?

II. To the extent that our government becomes godless, human rights go out the window

III. If we disconnect from our roots, then our destruction is absolutely certain

IV. Jesus said, "No one can serve two masters."

V. Four quotations emphasize our country's dire need for God