Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psalms 33:12
Today is the Fourth of July & everyone will be celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a document through which leaders of the colonies in the New World broke free from the King of England.
The declaration begins: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
While revisionist historians are working hard to remove any trace of Christian ideals from the foundations of America, The 4th of July celebration is founded on a document which appeals to the authority of a Divine Creator. One whom most of the founding fathers fully believed to be the one and only God, and who was the guarantor of certain “inalienable rights”. So the Fourth of July is more than just a celebration of America’s independence, but it ought to also be a day which recognizes we take time to acknowledge God’s participation in the nation’s birth.
Over the past several years I’ve heard all kinds of people on TV talk about how America ought to be transformed, while a simple recognition of God’s covenant to our nation goes ignored. The words found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 could be claimed and applied to any nation, but particularly one whose foundational documents and institutions have drawn their inspiration substantially from Biblical monotheism. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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 will heal their land.”
IF we truly want to see healing brought to our nation, then this conditional covenant is for us and the restoration of our land will require our part in the covenant: humility, prayer and repentance, so that God can forgive our sin and heal our land. That would be worth celebrating!
True restoration and healing only comes through true repentance and God’s grace. With so much work to be done, may restoration begin with us this Fourth of July!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!