A concern: In my estimation, we Americans tend to inaccurately assume that the spiritual relationship between God and the chosen people in the Old Testament exclusively corresponds to that of God and the United States of America. While I am thoroughly convinced that God is interested in the life of our nation, as God is concerned about the affairs of all people and all nations, I do not believe this is an exclusive matter.
A principle: The spiritual kingdom of Christ corresponds to God’s holy nation of old. This is clearly stated by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Peter who wrote: “9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:9-10).
A point: God is concerned about our nation. Reading the prophets makes it clear that God often and dramatically involves Himself in the affairs of all nations. A proverb succinctly describes the universality of this point: “34Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
A question: Given the current trends in our nation, how can we make a difference?
How can we make a difference?
A thousand things could be said. Probably even a thousand things should be done. However, in my estimation, a few things matter most. I believe there are three things that will help the kingdom of Christ be the salt, light and leaven in our world today:
— Remember our roots.
— Remember the price paid for our freedom.
— Remember our place in God’s plan.
1) Remembering our spiritual roots…
— Ephesians 3:14-15, “14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
— Galatians 3:26-27, “26You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
— 1 Timothy 3:15, “…if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.”
2) Remembering the price paid for our freedom…
— 1 Peter 3:18a, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”
— Colossians 1:19-22, “19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”
3) Remembering our place in God’s plan…
2 Corinthians 4:5-7, “5For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
May God truly bless America through the lives of His children who…
— Remember our spiritual roots;
— Remember the price paid for our freedom;
— Remember our place in God’s plan.
© Bill Williams
July 4, 2007