The Challenge to the United States of America!


This weekend we will all be celebrating the Independence of our Nation. There will be all types of parties and outings. Pastors will be preaching on Freedom and Churches will be having Home-made Ice Cream fellowships. Flags will be waving and people will be wearing their Red, White and Blue. Fireworks will light up our skies as part of the celebrations in small groups and large cities.

We are a blessed Nation – but we must beware.

Without question our history is rich with story after story of how the Founders of our land, were dedicated and ambitious. Without question we have had many committed men and women serve in the different branches of our Military – through the years – defending our Freedom and assisting others in having that same Freedom in life. Today, there are many fine young people continuing to stand as part of a great Military Force throughout this world on our behalf. Without question there are countless Police, Firemen and Emergency Support people ready to assist each of us in our pursuit of happiness.

We are a blessed Nation – but we must beware.

As we reach back and reflect on the Word of God – one very important verse of Scripture must be remembered and should be heeded carefully. Proverbs 14:34 states, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” When we look back at the Nation of Israel in the Old Testament times one thing stands out clearly. When the people of Israel followed and obeyed the guidelines of God – they were blessed – but when they strayed from His ways and His will, they found themselves faced with two possible choices – repent or suffer. Often the people of Israel chose not to listen to God or His Spokesperson, and they suffered. Often they ended up in bondage, poverty, sickness and/or hopelessness, with no where to turn – but to back to God.

The United States of America has slipped more and more into a lifestyle that is pleasing to man and unpleasing to God. We as a Nation have become more acceptable of the “worldly” and rejected the “Godly.” We are not above God, nor are we beyond the reaches of His judgement. We need to not only remember our heritage but we need to remember our God and walk in His ways and follow His will.

We are a blessed Nation – but we must beware – for “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.”

Take time to reflect on your personal walk with God – this Holiday – because a Nation is built by individuals just like you and me and no blame should be blamed on others – if we are guilty ourselves.

Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256

Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256

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