Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
Isaiah 60:12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; those nations shall be utterly laid waste.
Last night my family and I celebrated America’s birthday with extended family. I have blogged about them before – in The Brother He Doesn’t Have. We were fortunate enough to visit them – they live in the Nation’s capital. It was an amazing evening there, cool, crisp with no humidity. We were treated to a birds-eye view of the Washington Monument to watch the fireworks. It was inspiring.
While having dinner before the festivities we talked about shared heritage, the blessing of multiple generations of cousins and how the dreams of two Sicilian immigrants (my husband’s great grandparents) had translated into a legacy. (read more about them here and here) As I looked around the table, I realized with awe what is so wonderful about family and how God can take individual lives throughout history and weave them into a beautiful and rich familial tapestry. Everyone at that table was related by marriage and/or blood…and what an interesting bloodline it was…Sicilian, Italian (yes, there is a difference – check out the link), Irish, Russian,Polish, German, English, Scottish, Czech, Spanish….and here we were – celebrating the history of one of the most successful amalgamation of nationalities in history.
In my own extended family I can add more nationalities to that list… and to think that through shared genetics, we are all family. It is God’s intent that all of humanity is family. There is solid scientific evidence that genetically we are all related. We are all His creations, and those who call Jesus their Lord are part of God’s family too.
We easily sing God Bless America and we all know that He does. But as a Nation, I have noticed in the late 20th and early 21st century, we “the people” are more likely to concentrate on our differences rather than what makes us the same. The “melting pot” of the 17th-19th century America looks very different from today. Our new melting pot includes Peoples from all nationalities of the world – Africans, Asians, Arab Peoples, Indian – just to name a few. I am worried though.
As a nation, we are turning our backs on each other – and turning away from God. How can God bless America when collectively we are not blessing God or each other? While celebrating our “diversity” rather than our common bonds – we are seeing the fiber and structure of our Nation being torn away from its roots. We are a nation founded on Judeo – Christian principles. That is reality. No matter what revisionists would like to say. We have been given unalienable rights – we have free will, as endowed by Our Creator. We have choices – and government or politics or social correctness or religious preferences should not and cannot take that right away.
We can choose where we live, whom we love, our livelihoods, our politics, our faith or no faith. NO one should be forced into forsaking what they believe and think because another thinks you are wrong. But that cuts both ways. I believe that God and the Bible are the source of absolute truth. I truly think that our nation is heading in some wrong directions; but that does NOT keep me from accepting the differences of others and allowing for them. Unfortunately, I am not certain that Bible – believing, Christ-following people are as welcome in this nation as once was evident.
Like my family, our nation’s population is diverse, but the one thing we have in common is that we are here, in this moment, for such a time as this. We are created – we all want opportunity, goodness and justice for ourselves and our loved ones. The strength of America comes from the diversity of it. That said, as scripture warns, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The UNITED States of America is in danger of irreconcilable differences. We must concentrate on what we can agree on, rather than parse out what we cannot. We must remember E Pluribus Unum – out of many – ONE…
Because I do believe in Him- I will continue to pray, “Father God, turn our hearts toward each other and toward you. May you draw us all to repentance, and to the truth of your love and provision. After all, none of us is “right” – as you are the measure of knowledge, truth and mercy…and God, please – continue to Bless America and move your Spirit and blessings into the hearts of our nation and All Nations.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 …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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Amen and Amen.