As the Fourth of July approaches, American flags appear everywhere, giving us a sense of freedom, gratitude, and pride. We live in a nation like no other, where we are free to live, free to explore opportunities, and free to worship the Lord — the very foundation of our country’s inception.
We live in a land where the Pledge of Allegiance declares “One Nation Under God” and where our money states “In God We Trust.” We live in a country where faith in God and the truth of his word are sacred and essential (even when we forget) and where it is not illegal to worship God, carry a Bible, or pray in a public restaurant.
At the same time, we live in a world where opposition to God, faith and spiritual freedom abounds. Some would like to reject the Lord’s influence in our country and omit the mention of God altogether, from every government institution, public school, and community square. But how can anyone think that our government, schools and communities can prosper apart from God? They can’t. Our families, homes, marriages, neighborhoods and churches need the hand of God as well. As the Lord said, “If a man remains in me and I in him he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Our country’s history has proven that when we put our faith and trust in the Lord God Almighty and revere his name above all, he pours down his blessing of prosperity and grace. We have tasted the fruit of God’s goodness and pleasure upon our land. As Americans, may we stand strong with the Lord and return our country to the faith and truth that made this nation thrive. The scripture proclaims, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Today, we, as believers, have the incredible opportunity to influence our country and institutions, with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1
In America, we still hold the freedom to follow and worship God, regardless of what others choose. We can invite God to bless and prosper our homes, churches, schools, businesses, government and country and use us to make a real difference in the lives of others.
No one can stop us from revering the name of the Lord or keep us from walking in the truth of God’s word. And because we live in one nation under God, we can continue to experience the blessings of the Lord in our lives and in our land. Let us stand strong in the faith and God bless America.