My friend, may I ask you a question? When was the last time that you saw the “flames of righteousness” leaping from the pulpit of your church? In too many American churches today the flame has dulled to a flicker. Where is the zeal to be a good people in a good nation?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
When I was a little boy I wasn’t always good. Perhaps we’d broken something through our foolishness or hurt someone in our carelessness. That’s when the scolding would happen. “You need to be good. What’s wrong with you any way?” “You need to be good.” I heard that often in the course of my boyhood. The reason being I was often bad. Life was simple growing up. Each day was a careful balance of little boy’s good and bad behavior. And, there was no reluctance on the part of my Mom or Dad to say so. I don’t think they once thought of the possibility of wounding our little egos by calling us “bad.” They called them as they saw them–basing their judgment on their knowledge of right and wrong.
Unfortunately, times have changed as the America we live in today teeters on the brink of moral destruction.
It hasn’t always been that way, though. The French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America in 1831, said, “I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and bound- less forests–and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning–and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her match- less 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 America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!” (Alexis de Tocqueville.)
When was the last time that you saw the “flames of righteousness” leaping from the pulpit of your church? In too many American churches today the flame has dulled to a flicker. Where is the zeal to be a good people in a good nation? It was there in de Tocqueville’s time 170 years ago. But, there was something different then. Americans believed that good behavior was essential in a good society and bad behavior must not be tolerated. All too often the message today is one of tolerance despite the behavior. How can a nation remain good when it espouses what is bad? Sadly, unless our pulpits raise the alarm, what once was a consuming fire may soon become only a smoldering wick.
We pray. O Almighty and Everlasting God, our prayer request is for our nation–the United States of America. We pray that God will be with us, and that our nation will always prevail and prosper. We pray that this message will be proclaimed from pulpits around our nation without shame. We pray that all Americans put goodness first before themselves; that in God’s name they will be obedient to His laws, bring Him their praise, and never stop blessing one another with the Spirit’s touch of His grace. God bless us all and may we keep the flames of goodness alive so that all the world may know that God has truly blessed America. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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