40 Years in America
America And Godís Will
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
Excerpts from the United States Bicentennial Speech, Washington, D.C., September 18, 1976
Honorable Citizens of the United States and world delegates: I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you for "Meeting us at the Monument." Tonight we are celebrating Americaís Bicentennial in the Name of God. For you and me, this is an historical moment.
Tonight I would like to speak on the subject "America and Godís Will." God is eternal, unchanging, unique and absolute. If those are the qualities of God, His purpose of creation must also be eternal, unchanging and absolute. In the beginning, Godís ideal was to create one world of unity and harmony. Today, however, our world has no unity or harmony. Instead there is much division, disharmony, confusion and chaos. Individually, our minds are separated from our bodies, and our families, races, nations and our world are torn apart. This reality is in total contradiction to Godís original intention. Clearly something is fundamentally wrong.
Victory over Evil
Religion has an explanation. It says that this worldwide division is the result of our first ancestorsí rebellion against God, the Fall of Man. In order to save fallen man, God sent the Messiah. His purpose was to restore man to his original state before the Fall. Therefore, Salvation is the same as Restoration.
The Fall of Man brought about this fallen world. Disobeying Godís Word, man rebelled against Him. This put him in the position to be overpowered by Satanís lies. And so, finally man united with Satan, receiving Satanís personality and love instead of Godís personality and love.
To be restored as an original man, we must reverse the process of the Fall. This time we must separate ourselves from Satan, reach out to God whom we have lost, and obey His Word. In this way we can receive Godís personality and His love.
Selfishness Is Unhappiness
God is supremely selfless and supremely public minded, whereas Satan is absolutely self-centered and only out for himself.
Godís formula to restore man is for us to become God-like. This means that we must become completely selfless and public minded. Each of us must become a person who is able to sacrifice himself for the sake of others.
Such a selfless and public-minded person will prosper because he is the image of God. The selfish, self-centered person will decline because he is the opposite of God. This is Godís rule.
Human history has been a history of struggle, a history of war. It has been almost like a tug-of-war between God and Satan with man as the prize. Good and Evil have been struggling to win man to their respective sides.
Because human history started with the Fall, Evil got a head start.
Therefore, in history the evil side has always taken the aggressive and offensive position. Good has been passive and defensive; yet, God is on the side of Good. In the end, the good side always wins the victory. The good side is always the underdog; yet, it comes out victorious and expands.
For example, during World War I and World War II, the evil sides attacked first, yet they were the ones to be defeated. Today, there is much talk about World War III. This time Evil, represented by the Communist nations, is challenging the free world, provoking conflicts and war everywhere. But again, based on Godís formula, the ultimate victory will surely be on the side of God.
America: Godís New Nation
Today, America and Christianity together must take up the sacred task of world restoration. America must unite the cultures of the West and the East, as well as the Middle East, and create one great unified culture, ultimately fulfilling the mission of establishing the Kingdom of God on Earth. Judaism was Godís first central religion, and Christianity was the second.
The Unification Church is the third, coming with the new revelation that will fulfill the final chapter of Godís Providence. These central religions must unite in America and reach out to unite religions of the world.
Judaism, centered upon the Old Testament, was the first work of God and is in an elder brotherís position. Christianity, centered upon the New Testament, is in the position of the second brother. The Unification Church, through which God has given a new revelation, the Completed Testament, is in the position of the youngest brother.
These three religions are indeed three brothers in the Providence of God. Then Israel, the United States and Korea, the nations where these three religions are based, must also be brothers. Because these three nations have a common destiny representing Godís side, the Communist bloc as Satanís representative is trying to isolate and destroy them at the U.N.
Therefore, these three brother nations must join hands in a unified effort to restore the United Nations to its original purpose and function. They must contribute internally to the unification of world religions and externally to the unification of the world itself.
Have You Heard about "Godism"?
"One World Under God" is the unchanging, eternal and absolute desire of God. This goal will be realized; yet, in order to accomplish this goal, the unity of religions is the first and essential task. When all men worship one God as Father, accept one Messiah and uphold one Godism, an absolutely God-centered way of life, then the dwelling of God will be with men. It will be only a matter of time to see the Kingdom of God here on earth.
The United States of America, transcending race and nationality, is already a model of the unified world. She must realize that the abundant blessings which God has been pouring upon this land are not just for America, but are for the children of God throughout the world. Upon the foundation of world Christianity, America must exercise her responsibility as a world leader and the chosen nation of God.
Israel did not meet the expectation of God, nor did Rome, nor did Great Britain. Now what about America?
To inspire America to avoid the same mistakes, to inspire America to sacrifice herself for the sake of the world, to inspire America to work towards "One World Under God," God summoned Reverend Moon to this country to proclaim Godís new revelation. And in particular, God called me to lead the young people of America, the leaders of tomorrow, back to God.
Today, America is plagued with problems: racism, juvenile delinquency and immorality. Christianity is declining. Communism is rising. The menace of Communism is everywhere. Of all these problems, atheistic Communism is the worst. It is not just Americaís problem; it is the problem of religious people, it is the problem of God Himself.
"I love America"
Ladies and gentlemen, at this crossroads of human history, we must listen to the calling of God. God prepared America for 200 years. This is the time for awakening. America must accept her global responsibility. Armed with Godism, she must free the Communist world, and at last, build the Kingdom of God here on earth. God has chosen America as the flag bearer. America must rise up. Today. Tomorrow may be too late.
I not only respect America but truly love this nation. I respect and love her as a great nation, as a godly nation, and as the central nation in Godís Providence. She is now at the threshold of her third century. She must not disappoint God. Today let us pledge to God Almighty that we shall do His will. We shall never let Him down. Never!
Today in this holy place, let us together lay the cornerstone of the Kingdom of God on earth. Let us all join together as the co-workers of God. Let us be the pioneers of His Kingdom.
My dear brethren who long for unity, this is the place of commitment, the moment of decision. If you are willing to give your sweat, your blood and your very lives to the call of God, then in this sacred moment before heaven and earth and before all mankind, let us shout it out. We know we can build the Kingdom of God here on earth, in His power, and with our own hands. May God bless you and your families, and forever more, God bless America.
Thank you very much.
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