“Blessed be the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance. »Psalm 33: 12

A few years ago I preached an Independence Day message about what’s wrong with America. It was difficult to limit it to half an hour because the news is daily filled with everything that is wrong in our country.

This year I’m going to be preaching a July 4th message about what’s right with America, and it will also be hard to keep it half an hour away because there is so much really good stuff in our country. You won’t hear it in the news and sadly it’s not taught in classrooms, but I live in the greatest nation on earth and in the history of the world. The United States of America is truly a blessed nation because it was founded on the hope of building a “city on a hill” that will proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world.

Christopher Columbus discovered America and wrote in his diary: “It was the Lord who made me think that it would be possible to sail from there to India. Everyone who heard about my project laughed at it and laughed at me. There is no doubt that the inspiration came from the Holy Spirit, for he comforted me with rays of wonderful illumination from the Holy Scriptures… ”His discovery led the Puritans to seek the New World and form a colony that was to be a “city on a hill” citing Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. The founders who signed the Declaration of Independence were all believers and the Constitution expressed their view, based on biblical truth, that man is inherently a sinner and if given too much power he will abuse it. Therefore, they designed a government that limited power and put it in the hands of state and local authorities. A government “of the people, by the people and for the people” has still not disappeared from the earth. The Bill of Rights gave us our 5 freedoms, the first of which is freedom of religion, which we still have today. We always have the right to come together and protest against the decisions of our government; the right to express our opinions and to publish them. Our economy is the best in the world, just like our health care, our education and our standard of living. People are not leaving the United States, but they are clamoring to enter. And, although we face the most serious threat to our freedoms in our 245-year history, we still have them.

It is easy to criticize our country, citing past sins, but we have turned away from many of them and hope that we will also turn away from our present sins. I have such hope not because America is inherently good, but because America is always filled with Christians who love the Lord and stand up for the truths the Bible speaks of. As long as we do this, we will be blessed.

Bruce MacInnes is the pastor of Goldston Baptist Church

Bruce MacInnes is the pastor of Goldston Baptist Church

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