This morning, we had “God Bless America Sunday” at church. Our pastor honored all of the men and women in our church ( and their families) who have served in the Armed Forces. It was such a beautiful service. I think I cried through most of it.
I love our country – anything that has to do with the red, white, and blue has always moved me like nothing else. (Except the Spirit, of course.) When I think of what our country was founded upon: the values, the men who sacrificed their lives so that we might be free, and the Biblical foundation upon which our nation was built – well, it’s enough to move me to tears. I am so thankful to the men and women who still stand for our nation, daily sacrificing themselves to keep us free. If you or someone you love is in the Service, please know how very grateful I am to you.
It makes me sad, though, to see what our nation has become. As Obama himself has said, “America is no longer a Christian nation.” That very sentence makes me sick to my stomach. How angry America must make God as we spit in His face every day.
Things that were sin just 20 years ago are no longer considered a sin. We have become tolerant and apathetic when it comes to the issues at hand. People are afraid to stand up for what is right. Maybe they’re afraid of what people will think. Maybe they just don’t care. Either way, it’s wrong. The things our Founding Fathers fought – and died – for mean nothing anymore.
Sure, we still have Freedom of Speech – and that allows me to post this. For that, I am grateful. I am also thankful that I live in a country where I can worship Christ however I choose. How much longer will America be that way, though? If we continue on the path we’re on, I fear that someday our children or our grandchildren might see preachers thrown in jail for proclaiming His Word.
In Tennessee, they’ve had to bring in “church marshalls” to guard their churches, much like the air marshalls that fly the planes. How sad that freedom to praise our Lord isn’t really free anymore. People are paying with their lives.
We should be thankful for America, and we should pray for America. Pray that God will change the hearts of the people and bring our nation back to what it started as…. One Nation, Under God.
I want to close with one of my absolute favorite songs. It was recorded by the Nelons quite a few years ago, yet it still speaks to me every time I hear it.
Let’s get America back to what it used to be. Let’s not be afraid to stand up for what is right. Are you willing to stand?