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June 30, 2002
Let me guess: Iím not the only one here who heard about the Federal Circuit in California declaring the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because of the phrase, ďone nation under God.Ē
Let me also guess that Iím not the only one, who hearing that, thought, ďThese judges arenít exactly the sharpest tools in the shed,Ē you know what I mean?
Independence Day gives us the perfect opportunity to look at just how this nation depends on and recognizes not just a god, but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Ė the God of the Bible.
And in getting us to start making the connections between God and country, I would like us to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and then the Apostlesí Creed. This can be found in the back of the hymnals, number 513.
Pledge of Allegiance
Where do God and country meet? How can we be good patriots and yet good Christians? Can we be both, or do we have to be one or the other? Do we have to sacrifice love of God for love of country?
Well, I think we can be both a good patriot and a good Christian, and I want to show you how that can happen.
Iím convinced that itís not only possible, but that Christians have a holy obligation to be the best citizens we can possibly be.
Letís take a look at just how we can be people whose love for God helps us be people who love their country.
To be the best possible Christian citizen we need to first of allÖ
I. Seek Godís continued grace on us as a nation.
Do you understand that if it werenít for Godís grace and mercy we wouldnít be the greatest country in the world?
Maybe Iím biased, but thatís what I think. Nothing against other countries in particular, but I think that if you were to put our country next to any others, especially in terms of freedom and opportunity in just about any area of life, no other comes close, amen?
We are the only real superpower left, since the Soviet Union crumbled, and we are the ones the world looks to when they are in trouble.
But we are only in that position because of Godís grace.
And I think that grace was given to us during the formation of our country, as men sought the face of God in forming a republic that afforded people these freedoms and opportunities.
Even some of our founding fathers, while not Bible-believing Christians, looked to the God of the Bible for divine guidance and providence.
This is similar to the nation of Israel, particularly, when the temple was being dedicated. Solomon declared publicly Israelís need for God to not just watch, but to act on behalf of Israel. Thatís what we need to do.
Let me read Isaiah 40:15 for you real quickly here:
Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
Why do I read that? Simply to remind us that if God chose to, He could blow us away like dust if He were so inclined.
We are familiar with 2 Chronicles 7:14, but I want to read it again, because I want to use it to show us just how it relates to being a good citizen.
if my people, who are called by my name, will 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.
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