The Exceptional Nation

  I would like to publicly take exception with those who are saying that America is NOT an exceptional nation.  Nothing could be further from the truth; Just name another one that is like it—even close.  America, more than any other country, encourages its citizens to be whatever they aspire to be.  America, more than any other country, loves freedom and promotes it around the world.  America, more than any other country, has helped both friend and foe to nurse their wounds and restore order after war and natural catastrophe.  America, more than any other country, has welcomed people onto its shores from every walk of life, and called them part of the family.  And the list goes on, though space does not permit us to continue here.

 This land is home to teeming millions who have come from lands of abject poverty, moral bankruptcy, and political and spiritual bondage, to carve out a new and better life for themselves.  America, since its inception, has been the end of a long journey for countless souls who boasted an unquenchable yearning to be free—a part of a better realm.  America, “the city on a hill.”

  But there are some who, because of her exceptionalism, view America as an object of hate, would make merchandise of her free people and destroy the greatest ever habitat for civil humanity.  Why?  The answer is easy…

 America is great and exceptional, because her foundation was laid on the solid principles of the Word of God.  America is great because she has befriended the covenant people of God, the Jews.  America is great because the vast majority of her people, even those who don’t know Him personally, have accepted His ways as right.  Those who love darkness rather than light, don’t want to answer to the God of light.  They hate everything He stands for, and everyone who stands for Him.

  Jesus said, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; (Luke 11:17)”   America will cease to be great when enough of her people reject the One whose blessing has sustained her and made her great.

In Defense of Right

  Years ago, I spoke with a friend and his wife who had just lost a pretty substantial sum of money.  Their retirement investment had soured and several thousand dollars of their nest egg had vaporized with a little hiccup of the market.  At the same time, the malfeasance of the investment firm that had been handling their account was discovered, and it was apparent, some hundreds of dollars of their hard earned money had been embezzled.  As I listened to their story, my mind was captivated by the thousands lost in the market while the hundreds of embezzled dollars seemed to me to pale in comparison.  I was a little taken back when my friend explained, “We’re okay with the loss of our investment dollars; we understood and agreed to the risks when we invested.” “The real issue here is that people we had  trusted have stolen from us—that is a bitter pill to swallow.”  My friends were “victims” in the classical sense, suffering personal loss at the hand of someone who intended them harm.

  One might ask, “Why would anyone choose to harm or defraud another?”  The answer is simple, and biblical, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)”  This is not to say that mankind is incapable of doing anything right, but still, the nature of man is inherently selfish, greedy and often bold in its effort to satisfy itself.  Consequently, a nation, community, business, home, or even an individual is measured by its propensity to do good, or to do evil.  While you and I vacillate on the spectrum somewhere between doing right and doing wrong, we unwittingly judge others according to how they measure up to to our own standards.  Without some help, we are all hopelessly destined to end up in a downward spiral toward disarray and eventual destruction.

  My point is very simple; we were created to be subject to the Almighty, to live our lives according to His principles and precepts.  He alone is able to save us from ourselves.  Questions? …There are about 1,700 pages of answers in the Bible!

Merry Christmas!

  It seems apparent that contemporary minds are content to turn Christmas, and all of the holidays (holy-days), into feeding frenzies for the appetites of the flesh, or occasions to flatter themselves and their constituents with imaginative self-worth.  But it is not compulsory that you or I conform.  It is perfectly acceptable for us to maintain the perspective of those in whose minds these celebrations were established. 

  Both the word Christmas, and the season, begin with Christ.  Someone aptly stated, “He is the reason for the season.”  Consider how it all began in the mind of God, who, because of His great love, purposed to send His own Son to purchase a pardon for sinful men, at the cost of His own life’s blood.  Without the forgiveness that He offers, no one would ever be worthy to stand in the presence of Holy God—all would be destined to a devil’s hell.

  Just before that first Christmas, Jesus, the eternal Son of God, left the splendors of Heaven to inhabit the body of a babe and to be born of a Jewish virgin named Mary.  The seed of a man was supernaturally placed in her womb by the Spirit of God.  The birth of Jesus Christ, the “God Man,” is the sole reason for our celebration of Christmas.

  After 33 years of sinless perfection, Jesus was executed by Roman soldiers at the bidding of their governor, who played puppet to a group of self-serving hypocrites pretending to be instructed by God.  Nevertheless, He was the only sacrifice sufficient to pay the price of forgiveness. He was buried, and rose again on the third day, which assures us of His sufficiency, God’s acceptance of His sacrifice, and His power to forgive.

 Those who will place their trust in Jesus for forgiveness of sin will be placed in good standing before God and are assured an eternal home in His presence.  Jesus, and the forgiveness He offers, is God’s gift to you this Christmas season, but like any gift, you must be willing to receive it.  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12)”

I Love America

   At the risk of sounding political, perhaps certain things need to be voiced by every freedom loving American.  Let me begin by ascribing to a list of priorities in which God is first.  America has been a great nation, an exceptional nation, because it was founded upon exceptional principles that are rooted in the Bible, the Word of God.  We once fancied the motto, “In God We Trust.”  We pledged our allegiance as “One Nation Under God.”  We were a God minded people.  America has been great because it has embraced a Great God.  America is falling away, because it has relaxed its grip on goodness and godliness in order to satisfy the egocentric, godless appetites of baseless fools who constitute a very vocal minority.

  Is there yet hope for America?  God has purposed to bless a nation that will humbly acknowledge and walk before Him, a nation that will turn from the wicked ways of fallen flesh and realize its dependence upon Him. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14).”  We, who love America, must take it upon ourselves to honestly review our past, in order to learn from our mistakes. We must return to God’s moral absolutes and embrace that which God has chosen to bless.  We must once again acknowledge our dependence upon Him as a nation. We owe it to our forefathers whose blood nourished the seed of our nation just a few generations ago.  We owe it to our progeny who seem destined to experience life under the thumb of godless socialists and communists who, even now, vie for power in the midst of a swelling tide of turmoil.  We owe it to our faithful God who has abundantly blessed the feeble masses that attempted to walk in His light for the greater part of two centuries.

  God is not the God of a nation until He is the God of its people.  “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:17)”   Will you be part of the solution?