There is no question that today’s America is not the same America our Founding Fathers created. Since the very first day our Fore Fathers declared independence from Great Britain, the enemy has been working overtime to destroy a country built on freedom. Still, today the United States of America remains the freest nation in the world.
The United States is known for many good things, like spreading freedom, democracy, and the Gospel; however, we are also known for spreading various ills worldwide. We are not a perfect nation – after all, we are full of imperfect human beings. But, as we look to celebrate our country’s 246th anniversary, I encourage you to take some time to thank God for our great country. From sea to shining sea, mountains to deserts, plains to waterfalls! Our country is a vivid place of unprecedented and unparalleled adventure, excitement, and intrigue. It’s also a country that has been profoundly shaped by faith for many generations.
I realize that it’s hard at times to celebrate when our country has fallen into such disrepair. But remember: our God allowed our country to form under the most incredible adversity. Adversity builds character and draws us to our knees before His throne. Romans 5:3-5 says, “We also glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
I recommend that this Fourth of July, you reach out to your neighbors, friends, coworkers, and employees and invite them to your home to celebrate the great country that we do live in and to share the bounty that we all experience!
And for the areas you don’t feel so much like celebrating, pray. Pray for our country and that our leaders (and really all of us) would be drawn to our knees in thankfulness.
Happy Fourth of July, America!
Used with permission from Jim Brangenberg.