Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes their deeds Psalm 33:12-15
The verse above gives us pause. Imagine, from God’s view. He sees all of the children of man. What that must be like! He observes our deeds. There is so much poverty, cruelty, and violence among and between all of the children of man. From one country to another, against one country and another. The original chosen people of God, His children, were the Israelites. But with the life and ministry of Jesus, the Apostle Paul, and other disciples, we know that all humanity can be in God’s kingdom. We all have this opportunity, if we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. With this in mind, the verse above speaks to us in our country. In our nation, God is our Lord. Although other religions are welcome, we are still a nation with one God.
Today, we celebrate the 4th of July. The birth of our country, our independence, our unique story. And what an idea. No other idea in the history of the world has ever intrigued so many. We have the freedom to choose to believe in our God. We have the freedom to work and live as we like as long as we bring no harm to others. No other country has been founded on such an idea.
We are our own governance. It is so precious a concept that it must be protected every single minute of every single day. Our country’s existence is coveted by people around the globe. To be able to make your own decisions and govern your own country? Amazing. But these wonderful blessings must be defended. Because our nation is one of such high value, others seek to destroy our way of life, our world power, and our glory for God.
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet Matthew 24:6
With these threats on our minds, we turn our thoughts to those who defend our freedom and our way of life. There are a few brave souls who take this mission on as their own purpose. Our military seek to do this for us all. Thanks to their bravery, we can be at home on the 4th of July. We can celebrate with family and friends. Back here at home, we will grill burgers while our service men and women will eat whatever is given to them. We will watch fireworks while our service men and women will risk being in fire fights. And tonight, we will sleep in our comfortable beds with sheets and covers and our service men and women will sleep wherever they can lay their weary heads. We do not have to fight evil. Our wonderful soldiers do that for us.
What should we do with this wonderful blessing called the United States of America? First, each and every day, we should give thanks to God for our country and for the brave people that defend us. Second, we should remember that we, as a country, believe in one God. We know the commandments given to us and we live by those. But we should not stop there. We should live as servants of God. Protect those who cannot protect themselves, serve others, tell others of our faith, live as examples of Christianity, and always, give the glory to God.
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God 1 Peter 2:16
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