Fireworks and family barbecues are likely on the agenda for most of us as we enter into this Fourth of July weekend. Before we celebrate with dear family and friends, let us take a time of solitude to thank God for the bountiful blessings He’s given each one of us. The one thing about blessings is that they never get old, so thanking our ever-merciful God should not grow old either. Chances are, if you’ve got a hot dog on your plate and good friends and family around you this July 4th, there is definitely something to be thankful
As Christians, we’ve seen quite a number of political, social, and cultural tremors that have put us on our heels. Understandably, we react to the willful rejection of Christian virtue and deportation from sound thinking with noticeable disgust. You might even speak about the state of America this Monday, rolling your eyes and shaking your head vigorously. I’ll agree, times aren’t exactly charming for those of us in the Church, but there is something left to contend for in this nation: your faith, the faith of your family and friends, and the ripped fabric of the nation’s godly garments.
These three areas of our lives take up a lot of space in blogs, books, podcasts, sermons, and the news. Yet the question of the hour is, do we as everyday Christians fill our available space pursuing godly principles in said areas or do we content ourselves through just reading or discussing them? The godly redemption of your corner of America just might depend on it. Here are some thoughts to chew on.
None of Us are too Good for America
When I say “too good,” what I’m conveying is that some of us have become so super-spiritual, we’ve decided that America isn’t worth the fight for redemption. A section of the church has sneered at any sliver of pride in American exceptionalism and labeled it as uncouth nationalism. It’s profound that along with the lost belief in American exceptionalism—the work ethic and godly virtue that was once part of the American framework—the Church has also stopped believing it was exceptional as well. As a result, much of the church has begun to bow before cultural shifts rather than seek to redeem it.
A concerning response I get when talking about fighting for the godly heartbeat of America is, “Our kingdom is not of this world.” There’s no doubt our kingdom resides in Christ, who is seated in the heavenly realms, yet our precious Savior has placed us citizens in this patch of ground for a distinct reason. Therefore, throwing out one-liners such as the one above doesn’t excuse any of us from fulfilling the Great Commission in the good ‘ole US of A.
The point here is that the Church is exceptional when it is rooted in Christ and so is America when it follows suit. See the correlation? So don’t get too big for your britches toward your own backyard. By all means, take the Gospel across the globe, but if you haven’t been called to missions, there’s plenty of evangelism needed on your hometown’s main street.
Your Corner of the Country Needs to Know Who You Are in Christ
Each of us has gifts given to us by God through the Holy Spirit. Whether you’re a craftsman or an intellectual, God can use it for His glory. It’s now your job to discover how to implement God’s glory in your realm. If we are as angry as we are about the state of America, then no place or person is off-limits for a conversation that includes a godly undergirding.
As a church, we cannot run from who we are in Christ, so I petition us to seek in God a dedicated manner in terms of creative ideas for spreading His glory throughout your everyday interactions. A portion of the reason why the average American has no concept of God’s holiness is because the average churchgoer has believed the lie that God doesn’t belong in school, on the job, at the ball field, or anywhere in between. Our evangelism doesn’t have to be explicitly in your neighbor’s face; rather, it is the quiet conversations in unexpected circumstances that do the brunt of the work.
Regardless of your ethnicity or economic status, if you are a citizen of the United States and a believer as well, you have the responsibility to stand in the gap for America even when judgment seems inevitable. That doesn’t mean making excuses for America’s iniquities; instead, it’s making a shout to the Lord in your everyday obedience to the Great Commission. Have a blessed Fourth of July and thank God for America!
Kevin Cochrane is a nineteen year old writer with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with exposed ears to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. Want to read more? Check him out at themajestysmen.com/author/kevincochrane, a friendship and mentoring community for Christian males. For updates on his latest blog posts here at restandrefuge.wordpress.com, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email. To contact, email him at email@example.com.