Jul. 3, 2019

America: Bless God

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” Proverbs 14:34

The common exchange, “How are you?” with the response, “I am fine,” seems to be an automatic opening for everyday conversations. I’ve often wondered how we would respond when we casually ask someone how they are doing, and they actually tell us. Do we want to hear their hearts or are we simply being nice?

“God bless America” seems to be running a race to beat out, “How are you?” “God bless America” seems to be the go-to comment when we want to feel spiritually aligned and patriotically superior. It is also the standard closing for politically driven speeches regardless of whether the speaker knows God or not. We may not be hearing their hearts. They are simply trying to be nice.

What’s sad to me is that God has blessed America. Greatly. I suspect we are too angry and too divided to see it. We seem to enjoy griping as we ignore our blessings. If we don’t think America is and always has been great, ask someone who wasn’t blessed by being born here. Ask the children in the drought-ridden areas of Africa. Ask the mothers in Colombia. Well, ask anyone besides most Americans. If we don’t think America is great, we have no grip on reality.

Our Founding Fathers, flawed as they were, promised equality. It just took a while for Americans to embrace the concept; most especially, the Founding Fathers. America was founded on free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press. In our efforts to make her great again, some of us deny each. We cry we want leaders to uphold the Constitution, but I fear most of us have absolutely no idea what the Constitution says; even some in leadership.

I hope we will replace “God bless America” as a flippant request and replace it with Micah 6:8 as a faith-filled requirement for a truly great America. “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

If we, as Christians, want America to “be great again,” we might try being great again ourselves.