Read Matthew 28:18-20
“My kingdom is not of this world.” – Jesus (John 18:36 ESV)
When we come to Independence Day celebrations, we usually reflect on the Judeo-Christian heritage of our country. We sing resounding renditions of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” and celebrate that we are residents of a land where there is religious freedom. It is a great time of thankfulness towards those who served our country in the military and thankfulness to God who has blessed us with freedom. Yet in the midst of all this celebration, it is possible for the flag to get in the way of the cross.
Praising God for the blessings that He has given us is a biblical response, yet we do not need to forget the fact that God’s heart is not for any particular country or nation. When it comes to politics and countries, God does not have a favorite and has not had a favorite since He elected Israel to be His vehicle of divine grace in the Old Testament. Even when God elected Israel to be His chosen people, He had the nations in mind. In His call to Abraham, the father of Israel, God called Abraham to be a blessing to “all the families of the earth” (Genesis 12:3 ESV). God’s heart has always been not just for one people but for all people.
In the midst of our Independence Day celebration, we must not lose sight of God’s global mission. God sent Jesus to die for all nations. His heart is for the whole world, which Jesus commanded us to go and disciple. The message of the cross is that Jesus’ love is not just for one people group or nation but for the world.
Many people are asking “Will God bless America again?” In light of Abraham’s call and the Great Commission, I think that the better question should be: “Will God choose to use the Christians in America as a blessing to the nations who have never heard Jesus’ name?”
Lord Jesus, You have blessed us greatly by giving us religious freedom. May we not forget the blessing that freedom is nor the peoples of the world who have never heard Your name. Use us to be a blessing to the nations and a light for your gospel to those around us who do not know You. Amen.
Thought for the Day
With blessing comes responsibility, let us use our blessings to be a blessing to others.