James 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Peter Marshall, chaplain of the United States Senate shortly after World War II, prayed the following on July 3rd, 1947 (continued in the next post):
“God of our Fathers, whose Almighty hand hath made and preserved our Nation, grant that our people may understand what it is they celebrate tomorrow. May they remember how bitterly our freedom was won, the down payment that was made for it, the installments that have been made since this Republic was born, and the price that must be paid for our liberty. May freedom be seen not as the right to do as we please but as the opportunity to please to do what is right. May it be ever understood that our liberty is under God and can be found nowhere else. May our faith be something that is not merely stamped upon our coins, but expressed in our lives.”
Saying that we are a Christian nation is an expression of our historical relevance. Being a Christian nation would make us distinctly attractive today. Saying that we are a Christian nation is a gesture of previous faithfulness. Being a Christian nation would provide enduring meaning to the sacrifices of our forefathers. Saying that we are a Christian nation is an acknowledgment of our past. Being a Christian nation would provide a solid foundation for our future. Saying that we are a Christian nation deceives us into an attitude of complacency and inaction. Being a Christian nation would put our faith into practice through our politics and our policies.
PLEASE PRAY THAT WE WOULD ACTUALLY BE A CHRISTIAN NATION AND NOT JUST SAY THAT WE ARE A CHRISTIAN NATION. Saying that we are the former without being the latter causes us to deceive our own selves. Being a Christian nation would change us from our current path as it would be expressed in our lives.