July 4, 2015

A Blessed Nation

The rarely sung last stanza from Scott Francis Key's classic song of America:

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace,may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


God blessed the United States of America from the very beginning when brave Christian men and women sought freedom to practice their faith in a new land. It wasn't freedom from faith, as we are so prone to believe today. It was freedom to love God with all their hearts and live it out without the bounds of the government determining what it should look like- which was the norm in Europe when politicians and too many ministers worked hand in hand to control the actions of the people.

Now we find ourselves in a position where we as a nation are moving farther and farther away from God. It's mockery of God, which is a very foolish thing in which to engage. May God have mercy on us even as we prepare for His judgment. His judgment which comes out of His righteousness and love. He longs for us to return to Him. And so we should.

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