Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. 2 Thessalonians 1:4 (NIV).
Because today is Independence Day, a few words about the United States.
We persevere through faith. Scratch the surface of the veneer that is our popular culture and you see that we, as the United States of America, persevere. We persevere because our nation was founded on the idea of human liberty that is a gift from God. That having faith in God is what makes us successful and able to persevere. Those who would tear down that notion and replace it with twisted ideologies like socialism miss the point. Our rights, our liberties, our blessing as a nation can’t be taken away by men. It was given to us by God. Knowing that, we persevere.
This isn’t to say that we are better than anyone else because we as a people aren’t. It’s true that our institutions, our history, and our dedication to freedom do indeed set us apart from every other nation in human history. Nobody else has done the things our nation has, and that makes America special. We are indeed a place set apart where you can be what you want to be. But let’s not get too big for our britches and say we’re better than other people because we just aren’t.
What makes us special, however, comes from the Almighty. On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to declare America’s independence from Great Britain. On July 4th, those same traitors signed the instrument of treason that made it official. The primary author of the Declaration of Independence acknowledged that man’s rights were given to mankind by “Nature’s God” (Thomas Jefferson’s words, not mine). Thus, the first nation in history conceived on the idea of liberty was conceived acknowledging that liberty originates with God. 242 years later, informed Americans still believe this is so.
The idea of God-given liberty isn’t in vogue today. Indeed, the protection of liberty must always be upheld by each new generation if it’s to endure. We have persevered to overcome the challenges of settling a continent, throwing off the evil of slavery, throwing off the slavery of economic calamity and governmental dependence, and the ongoing challenges posed by evil enemies who hate us because we’re free. Because we believe in God. There are nations in the world with deeper faith than the US, that express faith better than we do. Yet there is no place on earth that has been so uniquely blessed by God as the United States of America. We have always persevered because of God. As long as acknowledge that we are free only through our God, we can continue to do so no matter what persecutions and trials are ahead.
For further reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:5.
Lord, thank You for blessing my home, America. Help us to always see You as the only source of our liberty.