Today, June 14, 2017 is yet another Flag Day commemorating the adoption of the banner over this nation. This flag has long represented the best intentions of our founders. Our original founders, having suffered many wrongs in their homeland, began a long process of dreaming the ideal government structure to the betterment of the common citizen, one where the leadership actually worked for the people.
On paper this worked pretty well, but in practice we have often been a poor example of “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Yes, America has had her problems, but by and large, men and women have held her in such high regard they have voluntarily defended her unto death. That reason standing alone is enough to say that America, warts and all, is still better than any other nation. Something in her is good enough to instill pride and patriotism among her citizens. Also, as bad as some citizen have been treated, for the most part, most of her varied people groups are still vital parts of the whole family that makes up America.
The early American ideal could only work as long as her people had God as their focus. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12). Out of the original 55 founding fathers that composed our Constitution, 52 were Christians, and they founded our country on Judeo-Christian morals. God has truly blessed America in incredible ways.
In recent decades, patriotism has waned as has America’s moral standards. Respect for the flag has plummeted to an all-time low. Former leaders have proclaimed that the American flag offends some immigrants and other nations. These same leaders have actually apologized to nations of the world for Americans. Resulting from these things and more are the public displays of hostilities toward our “Grand Ole Flag.” Sadly, “Old Glory” has been walked on and burned by angry uncaring citizens. Many schools and universities have basically banned the display of our precious “Stars and Stripes”.
The only thing the America is lacking is a return to faith and trust in the One true God. Oh to hear men and women and girls and boys saying the Flag Salute with great enthusiasm: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
America needs God. American churches need reviving. America needs a Spiritual Awakening on a grander scale than it has ever experienced in her history. Come on, Church, Pray On!