America And God’s Will

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on September 18, 1976 at Washington Monument Rally

Reverend Sun Myung Moon

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 America’s 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 God’s 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, God’s 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 God’s 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 ancestors’ 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 God’s Word, man rebelled against Him. This put him in the position to be overpowered by Satan’s lies. And so, finally man united with Satan, receiving Satan’s personality and love instead of God’s 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 God’s 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.

God’s 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 God’s 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 God’s formula, the ultimate victory will surely be on the side of God.

America: God’s 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 God’s 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 God’s 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 brother’s 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 God’s side, the Communist bloc as Satan’s 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 God’s 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 America’s 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 God’s 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.

真の父母経より:CBG-B6-2-5

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第五節 アメリカ建国二百周年の記念大会、全文はメンバーサイトに掲載されています。(メンバーログイン必要)

ニューヨークのヤンキー・スタジアム大会

真の父母様は、アメリカの建国二百周年記念行事を二度にわたって開催された。その一回が、一九七六年六月一日、ニューヨークのヤンキー・スタジアム大会である。五万人が参加する中で開かれたこの大会は、悪天候と反対勢力の蠢動の中で行われたが、真のお父様は「アメリカは神の希望」というテーマのもと、「私は病に蝕まれていくアメリカに、医者として、消防士として来た」と訴えられた。この講演は、アメリカの誰も成し得ない歴史的宣言であった。完成路程である第三次七年路程の決戦を、世界の中心であるアメリカ、それもアメリカの中心的都市であるニューヨークで行うことにより、世界史的な善悪の分岐点において、総蕩減的な基準を立てられたのである。六月十四日付の「ニューズ・ウィーク」誌は、表紙に真のお父様の写真を掲載し、「一九七六年の人物」として報道した。 Continue reading 真の父母経より:CBG-B6-2-5

アメリカと神のみ旨

1976年9月18日
「ゴッド・ブレス・アメリカ(ワシントン大会)」フェスティバルにおける講演より

分裂の中にある世界

尊敬すべきアメリカ市民並びに世界の代表の皆さま。

私は、皆さまがワシントン・モニュメントでの大会にお集り下さいましたことに対し、衷心から感謝申し上げます。今晩、私たちは神のみ名において、アメリカ建国二百年を祝っております。きょうは皆さまと私にとって、歴史的な瞬間であります。

今晩、私は「アメリカと神のみ旨」というテーマでお話したいと思います。 Continue reading アメリカと神のみ旨

アメリカに対する神の希望(アメリカは神の希望)

1976年6月1日

God’s Hope for America: 1976-06-01(English)

「ゴッド・ブレス・アメリカ」フェスティバルにおける講演より

無私の精神を貫いた歴史上の人物

 

アメリカの優れた市民および世界からの誉れ高い代表者の皆さま、私は今晩皆さまがたに「アメリカに対する神の希望」という題でお話ししたいと思います。その前に、私は今日このように記録的な盛況をなすまでに皆さまがたがおいで下さったことに心からの感謝を表したいと思います。

 

さて私達は、ここ大ヤンキー・スタジアムでアメリカ建国二百年を祝うために集ってまいりました。

 

今年の数多くの祝賀行事の中で、私達のヤンキー・スタジアムでのフェスティバルは次の二つの理由でユニークなものであります。それはまず第一に、私達が神の御名によって集まってきたということ。第二には私達はここで国際的なお祝いを行っているということです。

Continue reading アメリカに対する神の希望(アメリカは神の希望)