Independence Day – 2007

american-flag.jpgLet’s think about it…

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

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16 Responses to Independence Day – 2007

  1. Nice color scheme. Thanks for the holiday wishes. Hope your day is all you wish it to be.

    You said:
    “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”

    I would agree.

  2. Laymond says:

    Brother Bill, this post has my approval and blessing, not that it needs it but it has it.

  3. Royce says:

    Excellent! Thanks for the post.

    Grace to you,
    Royce Ogle

  4. preacherman says:

    Bill,
    I hope you have a great 4th of July.

  5. Trey Morgan says:

    Thanks for the reminder of my spiritual independance and who paid the price.

  6. Kathy says:

    Yes, it’s true we are blessed to be citizens of this earthly country we call the United States of America. However, if that is where our pride in citizenship lies, we’re in trouble – our pride has led us into idolatry and away from the heart of the true God. And if sillier is if we are duped into thinking these USofA is the new Jerusalem. It just isn’t and we see that truth when we travel to other countries and see their fervor and love for the Savior.

    I’ve held citizenship in two countries in my lifetime, [twice in one of them and one time in the other] and believe me, it is only a matter of legal convenience. But citizenship in the Kingdom of the Most High is a matter of life….or a matter of death if we reject God’s offered citizenship.

    It really shouldn’t matter where our citizenship lies here. Some are more comfortable than others, but all are temporary. The only one I’m interested in and pray to always dwell within its walls is that of the Kingdom of God.

    Don’t get me wrong. I love these United States of America, but should the LORD decide I need to be somewhere else, I go with no reservations and no looking back because no matter where He sets me down, it’s only temporary until He lets me slip out of here, into His presence. Praise His Holy Name.

  7. jel says:

    Hay Bill,
    hope you and your had a good 4th!

    blessings

  8. cwinwc says:

    We tell our teens the following whenever we stop for food on a trip or let them loose at some facility, “Remember who you belong to – Jesus.”

  9. Greg England says:

    Good words, my friend! Have you recovered yet from the Ohio Valley trip? Isn’t it nice to be back in a place where you have indoor plumbing?? 🙂

  10. Mark says:

    Excellent point! While most people are self centered and would tend to see themselves, their family or their nation as “chosen” I would say this was a particular problem with the US. Though I am sure, given the historical facts, that God did and does have a plan for our country, as He does for every country, to think some believe we are “chosen above others” is a scary!

  11. ann says:

    Such great Independance day post!

  12. Matthew says:

    Personally, be thinking about doing a work camp too. The congregation I am at is wanting to do a youth rally, but I do not really see the sense of building up the rest of the church’s kids and sending them home. We are far from a large congregation, not that building up the teens is not a good work, but I think we should do the best work. Doing a work camp rally that reaching out to the community is best. You know being missional.

    http://www.matthewsblog.waynesborochurchofchrist.org

  13. Donna says:

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

  14. Bill,

    As always, an informative post. I pray that you and yours had a wonderful 4th!

    Jim Richardson

  15. Niki Nowell says:

    Oh YES! AMEN! I agree. Loved Kathy’s comment. Good stuff. Boy I’ve missed reading here! How are you Bill?

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