America is getting older. On Sunday, July 4, 2021 she celebrated her 245th birthday! Our Presidents often verbalize the three-word prayer, “God bless America.” We should all desire God’s blessing, but there is much more involved in Him doing that than simply saying, “God bless America.” Like, for instance, being willing to bless God through an obedient faith and righteous living as defined and declared in His word. More on that in a moment. There is much about America to feel good about, but clearly not everybody feels the same. Several years ago Jay Leno reminded us with a joke that some would rather blast America than bless her. He said, “A new book lists all the countries that hate the United States. It’s called ‘The World Atlas.’ ” He surely overstated the case, but his joke reminds us the word “America” does not mean the same thing to everyone, even many of her leaders and citizens themselves. There is a continuing
challenge in every generation for “we, the people, to form a more perfect union” (opening word from the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States).
Americans are more politically polarized and culturally and racially divided than at any point many of us over 45 years of age can ever remember. There is enough wrong with America to trouble thoughtful, God-fearing, Biblically informed people who desire to have God bless America. The Scriptural and historical fact is, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). That being true, there is abundant cause for alarm. Sexual immorality has been legitimized and fortified with legal protections. For 48 years the once unthinkable and illegal practice of abortion has been the law of the land. Divorce is not a modern American invention, (see Matthew 19:3ff), but our culture has to a great extent abandoned God’s original pattern for marriage and the home. Money, material things, and pleasure continue to be America’s idols of choice. Time and space won’t allow us to note all the injustices, immoralities, prejudices, perversions, incivilities and sins that are eating away at the political and public and moral life of our nation as well as the private lives of its citizens. So much has changed so quickly in ways that clearly are not good or godly, It causes even God-fearing people to cry out, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)
The good news is there is something the righteous can do! Something powerful, positive, helpful and holy and non-political. Read 1 Timothy 2:1-6 and you will hear God’s word say make prayer a priority (“first of all pray … for all in authority”), make godly living a reality (“lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence”), and make evangelism an urgency (for “God desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth”). The first and foremost duty of every child of God is not political in nature. Our permanent citizenship is n Heaven, not the USA (Philippians 3:20). God is not a Democrat or a Republican — nor is He American, or European, or African, or Asian, or Hispanic. He sees no borders when it comes to souls. Our first concern as Christians is to be for the purposes of God, not those of politics or politicians. His will is spelled out in the passage cited above — He desires all men to know the truth, obey it and be saved from sin. That’s why Jesus gave Himself a ransom for all — “red or yellow, black or white, they are precious in His sight.” I’m not saying politics and policies don’t matter. I’m saying the greatest thing we can do for God to bless our country is to live a true and faithful Christian life and share the gospel with every person we can. To the extent you do that, you will bless America. And God will bless you!