Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In just over a month’s time frame, we will be celebrating three patriotic holidays in our nation: Memorial Day on May 31, Flag Day on June 14, and Independence Day on July 4. Saying that June is a good month to think about the gift of a free nation that God has given us. It is a gift that we should never take for granted, because it can be easily taken away.

In Psalm 33:12, the psalmist writes, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom He has chosen as His heritage!” While we like to hear these words and would like to think that this applies to our nation, we had better be careful in thinking that. This nation is slowly but surely creeping away from God and His Word. I have spoken recently about the results of a recent Gallup poll that shows that only 46% of our nation’s population is a member of a church. And while the margin for error is always plus or minus 5%, that still is a very slim margin. We cannot say with any confidence that this nation has the Lord as its God, when potentially half of its people are unbelievers. The conscience and morality of the nation have drifted from God and His Word and are choosing actions and lifestyles that mock God instead of serving Him.

God warns us in Jeremiah 12:17, “But if any nation will not listen, then I will utterly pluck it up and destroy it, declares the LORD.” This is not an idle threat. God doesn’t make those. So what should this mean for us? It means that we need to pray like we have never prayed before for our nation, for its leaders, and for its people to listen to the Lord. Pray that they will turn from sinful and immoral choices and turn back to the Lord. Pray that serving God and His will become more important than serving themselves and their own will.

On Memorial Day, we will remember all of those who fought and sacrificed life and limb to protect this nation and its freedoms. But let us not forget the greater sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave His life for the whole world, past, present, and future, to spare them from eternal torment, and grant them eternal life instead. This is a gift for all people, and a gift that needs to be proclaimed. It is possible that the church in this nation can grow again!

With the Holy Spirit’s work through our witness and service, our nation and its people can be eternally free! Pray Thy will be done and Thy kingdom come!

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Paul Pett
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