I’m in a patriotic mood with July 4th, Independence Day, being today in the US. So it’s got me thinking about the nation we live in, the other nations around the world, the nation of Israel and nations of Jesus’ day, and about the nation that is yet to come when we get to Heaven/when Christ comes back. With the exception of the nation yet to come, within every nation there are times of unrest and change. I don’t know about you but I’ve been following the news about the UK vote to leave the EU last month and you can’t help but hear about the presidential election we’re gearing up for in November here in the US. Both are of interest to me because they indicate that people have a desire for something different, that they’re telling the world with their votes that they aren’t happy with how things currently are. Maybe the changes that follow won’t be great or what people are really expecting, but not only is it important for us to stand up to what we think is wrong, if we can do something about improving our lives and the lives of others, we should!
What does Independence Day mean to you? Does it remind you of the history lessons you heard years ago about the founding of the nation? Does it make you say prayers of thanksgiving for the brave people who chose to leave their homes and travel by boat to this new land? Does it make you think about what the nation could become? Does it make you think about and pray for the leaders that are in charge? Are you flying a flag at your house, putting a poppy in your car or otherwise visibly displaying your patriotism? We have this holiday for a reason: to remind us of where we’ve come from and to motivate us to make a better future.
What does Independence Day mean to us as people of faith? It’s also a call to remember the spiritual leaders who have come before us and have made an impact on our lives. Throughout the Bible God reminds us to celebrate Him, the good things He does for us, the great world He created for us, and each other and the good things we do. He didn’t create us to be alone, nor to ignore each other. Instead we’re to work together, live together, partner together and celebrate together. What will you celebrate today?
“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.” 1 Chronicles 16:8