© by Joyce C. Lock
"God Bless America" is a well known phrase throughout the land. The Bible tells us how to receive His blessings, yet America is running in the opposite direction.
By their example, our forefathers taught how to make America great. Our nation was founded "Under God" for the purpose of freedom in worship (a privilege that brings God's blessings every time). Our coins are a reminder of their heart, "In God We Trust" (where God always looks first). The Ten Commandments were their moral guideline (the system set up by God for a better way of life). Men believed so strongly that they fought and died for the cause of America, and Pilgrims risked their lives to be a part of it.
Yet today we see a new breed of "would be" forefathers who; vote their wallet instead of their conscience, dictate what we should believe to justify their lifestyle, look the other way rather than stand for Godly values, wear as many faces as it takes to reach prominent positions, attend church only for special occasions and have no intentions of worship when there.
If our forefathers could see us now, they'd surely think they'd served and died in vain. The shame that has been brought upon America is heard and seen in the news, and is coming into our neighborhood and homes.
For every occasion we remain silent, indifferent, or divided due to religious differences ... we have nobody to blame but ourselves. It's a myth to expect God's continued blessings when our Christianity is a joke to Him. Instead of asking God to Bless America, maybe we should be asking why He would. If Christians don't care enough to stand, then why should He? Mt.12:25-30. I Sa. 12:16.
It makes no difference whether in our home, school, church, job, community, state, or country ... wherever God is excluded, Satan has free reign (I Ki.18:18b). In our land of the free, we have set Satan free.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.