Patriotism seems to be on the decline in the United States today.
Tearing down America has become something of a verbal sport, where the people who find clever and unique ways to insult our nation, its leaders and its people, are rewarded with attention and waves of agreement. The 24 hour news cycle seems to be a highlight reel of tragedy and the impending doom of our country. If we paid attention to these people, we would probably abandon all hope.
Even though we are still a great nation, we are not the shining light we once were. This isn’t because of the laws we’ve passed or the 20 trillion dollar debt we have. Things like this are just symptoms of the real problem. The root of the problem is the decreasing influence God has had in our nation over the years.
We were and are a great nation because God has greatly blessed us.
As members of the Body of Christ, we shouldn’t be influenced by the indifference and negativity we see around us. In the face of apparent hopelessness, we should be beacons of hope, living our lives to glorify God. We should be allowing His blessing to flow through us.
This truth should also apply to the way we live in our nation. Many people have said that America will never be what it once was, and that God cannot save us. Christians must passionately believe that God’s love and power can change the U.S.A. We should return to the godly principles that helped to make this nation great.
Paul had this kind of passion for the people of his heritage:
“I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,” Romans 9:1-3 (NASB)
His desire for his countrymen to know the love of his Heavenly Father was so great that Paul was willing to lose his own salvation. This is how we should love our nation: by having a deep desire for its people to know the love of God.
We don’t need to lament at legislation and movements with which we do not agree. Let’s recognize that evil and immoral things come from hearts that don’t know Jesus.
We live in a blessed nation. We should make it one of our goals to continually show people that this blessing comes from a loving God.
Our nation can return to and surpass its former greatness as we put our faith and hope in our Heavenly Father.