The past few years I’ve seen our demonstrated love of country surpass our demonstrated love of God. Elections, International sports competitions, politics in general…all seem to bring out the “love of country” in us.
Sunday, July 4, 2021
I’m the daughter of immigrants. Most of us are, if we go back far enough, and it’s only God’s grace that placed our parents here when we were born. We really are blessed.
But do we deserve to be blessed more than other nations? My heart breaks when I think of the borders within where the name “Jesus” is unknown. I want them to be blessed with knowledge of THE God who loves them so much that He gave His own Son for our sins. I want them to receive true freedom…yes maybe some political and personal freedom, but mostly eternal, spiritual freedom.
When we put our hearts into selfish endeavors, we become enslaved to those things... not free to live as God desires us to. Whatever we put into our hands becomes our idol. I’ve seen some people spend more on their fireworks and 4th of July celebrations than what they would give to God annually. They are celebrating the wrong thing.
Let's celebrate our freedom in Christ, no matter where we are geographically, politically, or economically... Our hearts are not limited to these things if Jesus holds it! Celebrate Jesus!
And let’s pray for the other countries. Let’s remember the people living in harsher circumstances, surviving atrocities we can not imagine. These countries don’t have to all be like “the United States of America.” God dwells in these places as much as He dwells here. He loves their citizens as much as us…Jesus died for them too.