Summary: What America did to become great. This sermon is to make you thirsty so you want the nation to be great again.

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As I look at this sermon today, I can go two ways. First, I

can talk about why God should punish America; or second, I

can talk about why God should bless America.

If I were to preach this sermon on why God should judge

America, I would describe our sins and disobedience. I

would try to make Americans feel guilty and convicted over her sins.

But I don’t want to do that. I want to rehearse in your ears

what America did to become great. This sermon is to make

you thirsty so you want the nation to be great again. “Why

should God bless America?” Because we have been a good

nation. We have tried to do the right thing, “Righteousness

exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people”

(Proverbs 14:34). Because we did right things, God exalted


1. God has blessed America because we are a giving


The United States has never been a selfish nation. From the

very beginning, our Christian foundation has mandated that

we love and help others. Jesus told us to “love your neighbor

as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Paul told us,” If thine enemy

hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink” (Romans


I ran across this editorial written a few years ago by Gordon

Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator. The following

text was printed in our nation’s Congressional Record:

This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for

the Americans as the most generous and

possibly the least appreciated people on all the


Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain

and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by

the Americans who poured in billions of dollars

and forgave other billions in debts. None of

these countries is today paying even the interest

on its remaining debts to the United States.

When France was in danger of collapsing in

1956, it was the Americans who propped it up,

and their reward was to be insulted and

swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I

saw it.

When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the

United States that hurries in to help. This

spring, 59 American communities were flattened

by tornadoes. Nobody helped.

The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy

pumped billions of dollars into discouraged

countries. Now newspapers in those countries

are writing about the decadent, warmongering


I’d like to see just one of those countries that is

gloating over the erosion of the United States

dollar build its own airplane. Does any other

country in the world have a plane to equal the

Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the

Douglas DC10? If so, why don’t they fly them?

Why do all the International lines except Russia

fly American Planes?

Why does no other land on earth even consider

putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk

about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios.

You talk about German technocracy, and you

get automobiles. You talk about

American technocracy, and you find men on the

moon not once, but several times and safely

home again.

You talk about scandals, and the Americans put

theirs right in the store window for everybody to

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