Summary: A Memorial Day Sermon

What Makes a Nation Great?

Deuteronomy 4:5-9

I believe America is the greatest nation on Earth. I think any person should feel that way about their nation. I believe that God has indeed shed His grace on us. I think we would all agree that we are a blessed nation. However, we are blasted with minute by minute news that we have forgotten how great our nation is.

Memorial Day is a day to honor the men and women who fought for this Great Nation. Many have paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom. We can think of the wars that many of our people here today have fought in and even our war today. We need to remember 9/11 and the many lives that were lost.

We have many critics of our Nation today and even our own fellow Americans are quick to point out what’s wrong with America. They like to point out our weaknesses and the things we are doing wrong as a Country but what about the positive things about our Country?

Many today would remember the patriotism of Americans. I hear today even Michael Jackson is being patriotic. But if you think about our Great Nation and Michael Jackson where else but America could a poor black boy grow up to be a rich white woman.

Well he needs Jesus. Someone said this about America today, “The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years!”

I believe throughout time here on Earth there have only been 2 Great Nations Israel and America. We are The Last Great Nation and here in our text is the Nation of Israel being commanded by Moses to get ready to go into the Promised Land.

Moses is saying what Nation is there like us that has Jehovah god the one true God near us like He is. Americans let me ask the same question, what Nation is as blessed as we are to have God so near.

So let’s look today at what god says makes us great and keeps us great as a nation.

I. Discerns God’s Presence (v.7a)

Moses reminds the children of Israel that they are great because the Lord is nigh unto them. He discerned, and acknowledged the presence of God in their greatness as a nation. I believe that one of the reasons for the blessings of God upon America has been in her past acknowledgment and commitment to God. If we are to be a great people we must acknowledge God. Those who first settled at Plymouth Rock in 1620 came here so that they might be able to worship God freely without government interference. They wanted to be able to live according to the scripture. Those first settlers were people who acknowledged, and sought the presence and blessing of God.

Patrick Henry, a Christian patriot, golden tongued orator of the Revolutionary period, and the only U.S. Governor to be elected and reelected five times said in a celebrated speech before the Revolutionary War, "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Henry also said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospels of Jesus Christ." This country was fought for, and founded by people who acknowledged, discerned, and sought the presence and blessing of God upon America. One of the great slogans of the American Revolution was "No King but King Jesus!"

As we fight against the Satan and his forces we must see that God’s presence knowing that Jesus is with us is the only thing that sustains us through the fight. Those times in our own lives when tragedy strikes and troubles come knowing Jesus is with us takes us through the fire.

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