We are coming up on the 4th of July (Independence Day), the day we officially celebrate our independence from British rule.
Technically, July 4, 1776 was the day the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was approved. The bill itself was signed by Congress in Sept. 1776. But, July 4th is the date that actually appears on the Declaration of Independence, so we use this as our celebratory date.
Regardless, July 4th is the day that people across this country dust off their American flags, fire up the grill, and light up the sky with fireworks. It’s a day of great joy, unwavering patriotism, and a day when most reflect on what it truly means to be an American.
The resounding cry you hear from the lips of every American around this time is, “God Bless America!”
At sporting events, you often see people waving American flags in support of their favorite team, and during the singing of the National Anthem.
Patriotism is at an all-time high when news reaches the people about any kind of success, victories, accolades, and accommodations for America.
When the news first broke about the killing of Osama Bin Laden by Special Operations Forces, the response was massive. You turned on the T.V. to see people surrounding the White House in a moment of spontaneous celebration, raising their fists in victory, screaming, jumping up and down, and waving American flags. People were jubilant that a tyrant was taken down by the United States of America.
Our rallying war cry, expressions of patriotism, and shouts of victory are often solidified by shouts of: “God Bless America!”
God In or Out of America?
It’s kind of funny to me that this would be the cry that seems to unite us as a nation, given the fact that there is so much talk now about removing all discussions, or signs, of God from public life.
In the early 1960’s, the Supreme Court made it unlawful to conduct state-sponsored prayer in public schools, in addition to the corporate reading of the Bible and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in public schools.
This decision not only removed prayer, and all state-sponsored religious activities from our schools, but it also removed God from the fabric and consciousness of an American Institution — the public school, which educates and helps shape the futures of our young people.
There is still debate today about the legality of prayer in public meetings, such as government meetings, graduations, etc.
The forces of darkness will stop at nothing until they have successfully erased all traces of God from ALL public forums.
God In or Out of our Marriages?
For years and years there has been push-back regarding the Biblical Institution of Marriage. Is marriage something strictly reserved for one man and one woman? Or should anyone who professes their love for another be allowed to marry?
Polygamists feel they should be able to marry as many “wives” as their hearts desire.
Gays and Lesbians say, “hey, what about us?” “We also want the right to marry (and divorce) like everyone else.” More and more states are slowly beginning to legalize these marriages. The ever-increasing message being spread, in support of their position is, if two people love each other, how can a person or government deny them this right.
I’m almost afraid of what we might see next, in regards to “non-traditional” marriages in this country. What other group, at this very moment, is planning to assert their rights to have a legal marriage? Where will man’s sinful nature take us next? Only time will tell.
I was startled a few years ago when I came across an article online about a man in India who married a dog. (What in the world?!) As I began to read the article, it talked about this man who, when he was a teenager, killed two other dogs.
Subsequent to murdering these two dogs, this man became paralyzed in his legs, hands, and lost hearing in one ear. Being highly superstitious, he began to feel that his physical challenges were as a result of a “dog curse” for killing these two animals when he was a youngster.
On the advise of an astrologer, to atone for the deaths, and to try and receive relief from his physical pain, he married a stray dog. There was a traditional Indian ceremony, attended by friends and families, and complete with a smorgasbord of Indian food for the occasion.
I’m not sure what ever became of this man, or the dog, but I do know that this man is not the only man to marry an animal. Deeply superstitious, people in rural India sometimes organize weddings to dogs and other animals believing they can ward off certain curses.
Such is the nature of an ungodly, sinful people. Without God in our lives, there is no limit to what humankind can think up, and carryout. Man can sometimes do the unimaginable to satisfy the flesh.
The Last Days
The Bible speaks about the last days in 2 Timothy 3:1-5:
1But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
These things are clearly going on today, here in America, and around the world.
We want all of God’s blessings, but we don’t want to obey any of His commandments. We want Him to bless our lives, but we don’t want Him interfering in our lives.
We want Him to Bless America, but America refuses to serve Him, obey Him, and has continuously rejected Him by its actions.
We don’t want public prayers to be offered up to God, but I can’t help but notice the silence of the proponents when a major catastrophe or terrorist attack hits this country. They have absolutely no objections to public prayers then. It’s as if they are saying, “yes, go ahead and pray to God for protection, and perhaps He will protect me and my family too!”
These people are noticeably silent during these difficult times. I think it’s because they have nothing to offer themselves. No hope. No prayer. Nothing. So they raise no objections to prayer during times of crises.
America needs to recognize the God that blesses, protects, and provides.
We can’t keep rejecting God. Pushing Him away with one hand, while holding out the other hand asking Him for a blessing.
As was true with Israel, and is true for us today, if we want God to bless us, we must repent, turn from our wicked ways, humble ourselves, and pray and seek His face. Only then will He hear us and answer our prayers (2 Chronicles 7:14).
But until then, don’t expect any blessings or protection from God.