Our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., is home to many monuments and memorials that help us honor and remember those brave Americans throughout our history who fought for the freedoms we now enjoy in these United States.
If you have visited the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York City, you know this is also an important place. This memorial includes the names of those who died during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. On this day, when our freedom was under attack in America, there were those who gave up their life in order to save the lives of others.
As we look to celebrate America’s Independence Day in about two weeks, I hope you are reminded to pray for the citizens of this great country that has been so blessed by God. I love this land and I believe we live in a great nation. I am proud of the American spirit and the way our citizens rush to care for people in need. However, I need to ask how burdened you are about the spiritual condition present in our land today? I fear we are destined for moral ruin and spiritual destruction apart from a supernatural intervention by God, an intervention that can alter our present course. How can we expect God to bless this nation if we continue on our present course where sin is rampant, the Bible is ignored and the existence of the only true God is denied by so many?
The Bible admonishes us to pray for those in authority so we must pray for our governmental leadership. Pray that these leaders will make decisions pleasing to God. We should pray for our teachers, who are in key leadership roles as they equip and influence our country’s future leaders. Pray for the salvation of many who serve in our armed forces and pray that God would provide them with wisdom, courage and protection.
Systems of government can change and government leaders can change. Yet, Christ’s rule and reign will never change. The leadership and authority of our Savior is the only thing in this world that is constant and that will never fail.
Do you recognize that a spiritual revival must occur within the church of Jesus Christ before we can hope to see a great harvest of the lost? Pray that our pastors will be passionate in their preaching about real freedom in Christ. Pray that North Carolina Baptists will be bold in our witness for Christ, and that our lives will be radiant examples of what it means to know and love God.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, let us be grateful to God for all the blessings He so freely gives, but let us also celebrate the ultimate freedom and deliverance we know in Christ. Let that freedom ring so that others may hear and many will come to know Him.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” Psalm 33:12