243 Years

Twelve days after the Battle of Gettysburg, July 15, 1863, Lincoln proclaimed a Day of Prayer: “It is meet and right to recognize and confess the presence of the Almighty Father and the power of His hand equally in these triumphs and in these sorrows. … I invite the people of the United States to … render the homage due to the Divine Majesty for the wonderful things He has done in the nation’s behalf and invoke the influence of His Holy Spirit to subdue the anger which has produced and so long sustained a needless and cruel rebellion.

Again we are seeing in this nation an underlying discontent that is being allowed to express itself in anger and violence that is indeed needless and cruel.  The right of the individual has become more important than the rightful sovereignty of the nation as a collection of free states, and the fragile balance between rule by free people and government control is lost.  The American Way of Life is becoming tarnished, the American Dream clouded with nightmarish evidence of the loss of our moral compass and the acceptance of damaging ethics and beliefs.

I contend we must be vigilant, informed, and willing to stand in the gap to protect Freedom and Faith.  As we celebrate this Fourth of July, we should be thankful for 243 years of freedom, remembering those who have served and sacrificed for this country, and honor them and their families for making this the Greatest Country in the World.

Most of all, give thanks to God for His Providential Care for our country up to now, and ask Him to forgive our sins as a nation and as individuals, because without His forgiveness and mercy we will not survive another decade, let alone another century.

Make America Great Again.

Make America GODLY Again.