“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."
— Proverbs 14:34
Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political thinker and historian wrote a book entitled Democracy in America. This book was published after his extensive travels in our country when it was still young.
There’s a quote about America’s greatness that is often attributed to Tocqueville. It bears remembering:
"I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers—and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests—and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce—and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
That's right, our greatness has come from our goodness—from our belief in God's Word, which gives us the moral compass we need, so we can know right from wrong and good from evil.
In the classic song, "America the Beautiful," we sing the words, "America, America, God shed His grace on thee." And that is so true. God has been gracious to our country, and I pray that we will turn back to Him like never before. I pray it does not take a national crisis to get our attention.
How we need God in America today. And let's also not forget the Word of God that says, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34).
So this month, as you enjoy the fireworks and barbeques, remember the Lord who has blessed this nation in an extraordinary way. And remember to give Him thanks!
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
—2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJVHome!
“We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.” —Philippians 3:20 NLTSaints and Sinners
“And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” —1 Thessalonians 3:13 NKJV
It may seem that hope is in short supply in our times of crisis. But Pastor Greg Laurie says, “Hope grows in the garden of adversity.” Tune in for A NEW BEGINNING Friday as Pastor Greg helps us find strength and direction, from the Lord Himself. It’s a reassuring edition of A NEW BEGINNING!All Sermons by Greg Laurie