Gather • Devotion #6: Witness
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
Ben Franklin said, “We need God to be our friend not our enemy. We need Him to be our ally not our adversary. We need to make sure we keep God’s concurring aid. If a sparrow cannot fall without God’s notice, how can our nation rise without His aid?” This is so powerful and right on track. We need God to be our friend. We do not want to fight with Him. I like how Franklin referenced Matthew 10:29-33 when he speaks of the sparrows, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Franklin referenced the Bible and acknowledged that God is always watching us and that He sees everything. The Bible was used for illustrations, but more importantly, it was used to help develop our country. The Sixth Amendment addresses the topic of having a fair trial with witnesses, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”
The concept of having witnesses and a fair trial is clearly seen in Deuteronomy 19:15, “One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” One person cannot frame another on his statement alone. There needs to be at least another witness. Matthew 18:16 also talks about having witnesses, “But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’” These verses remind us that the first course of action is not to go to court; it is to go to the person.
John Quincy Adams also expressed his sentiments about God’s Word when he said, “The first and almost only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible. I speak as a man of the world…and I say to you, ‘Search the Scriptures.’”
Our founding fathers were followers of God and strived to live by His Word. Our country was founded on godly principles. We are blessed because of it.