May God Bless America

Posted: July 4, 2011 in Holidays, Thoughts, Uncategorized
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In God we trust is a statement that all Americans are very familiar with. The statement …And may God bless America is another statement we are well aware of. It is one that ends nearly every presidential address as well as many other speeches that politicians give.
While I long to be part of a country that acknowledges God in all that we do, I am not convinced that these statements truly reflect the heart of the nation I proudly belong to.
It is a true statement that God can bless whomever He chooses. However, when one studies the Scriptures, one will find that most of God’s blessings are contingent upon the faithfulness of His followers. Yet the inconsistency of what many politicians (and Christians) practice does not really line up with their calling on God for blessing.
There are many places in Scripture that follow the theme of Malachi 3.7 where the prophet Malachi writes on God’s behalf “From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes, and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you.”
A section of Scripture that I am drawn to as I consider the concept of returning to God in order that we might receive His blessing is found in Isaiah 1.18-20 where the prophet Isaiah wrote the words, “‘Come now, and let us reason together’, says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.’ Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
My belief is that we are not eating the best in the land. Yet many Christians have settled for what they believe to be “good enough”. As long as sin is allowed, blessing is withheld. If we desire to eat the best in the land then we must, as Isaiah wrote, consent and obey. It is my belief that God is waiting to bless those who will stand up and say “Yes I will be faithful”.
The restoration of a God honoring nation does not begin with government. It begins with God’s people choosing to be faithful. Choosing to stand out from the crowd and call sin, sin and do what is right in the eyes of God rather than of man.
The spiritual revival of our nation starts with you and me. It is time we as a nation stop using God’s name in vain when we say “God bless America”.
The Christians of America need to stand up and say what the writer of Hebrews said about Moses in Hebrews 11.25. They need to say, I choose to endure the ill-treatment with the people of God rather than enjoying the passing pleasures of sin because I have an eternal focus (vs. 26).

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