My friend, may I ask you a question? If you get riled up by the behavior of those who don’t care any more about the character and goodness of America, perhaps it would be good to remember–talk is cheap and God is holding out the challenge to you and me to get in the fight?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Years ago heavy rains caused our basement to flood. After nearly 10 inches of rain in a short period of time the sump pump just couldn’t keep up. Consequently, the carpeting was saturated. Holly and I stood in the middle of the mess and wondered just what to do. We could make a claim on our homeowners insurance, but the deductible was such that it just wouldn’t pay to do it. Knowing that we had to do something quickly, we decided to pull the carpet up and remove it outside and try to dry it out. Holly and Dan and I lugged the water-soaked pieces up through Holly’s kitchen and out the patio door. We hung the pieces wherever we could and then waited for the sun to do its work and dry things up. After a day or so we checked each one and found them completely dry. But, when we put our noses into the carpets we were greeted with an ugly odor. The carpets were musty. There was no way we were going to put those back in our basement. We did some research on the Internet and decided to mix up a bleach solution and saturate the carpets, disinfecting and deodorizing all at the same time. It worked; the odor disappeared. As it turned out, the sun alone was not enough; to do the job right we needed both the drying effect of the sun and deodorizing properties of bleach.
Similarly, when it comes to loving our country, is patriotism enough? Or, is something else needed as well?
Here’s a story: When allied soldiers were traced to her house in Brussels, Emma Frieberg was immediately arrested by German authorities and after a court-martial was sentenced to face a firing-squad. Although she had shown kindness to the German wounded as well, that was forgotten. Her captors considered her a spy and treated her accordingly. Just prior to her execution she made this statement. “I am glad,” she said, “to die for my country. But as I stand here I realize as never before that patriotism is not enough.” Then she went on to give a clear, definite testimony to her personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and her assurance of salvation, not through laying down her life for others, but because He laid down His life for her. (H.A. Ironside, Illustrations of Bible Truth)
Patriotism alone is hollow unless it is firmly rooted in Jesus. Certainly God wants us to love our country. But He also wants us to remember that patriotism is not enough. Patriotism alone can’t remove the odor of sin from our lives. It’s noble, but it isn’t an analgesic for sin. We need to remember that while we have a country here, there is an even better country waiting for us in heaven. A Christian patriot is one who IS willing to lay down his life for his country because Christ has laid down His for us. To die for any other reason will never bleach away the natural, foul odor of death.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we give You the praise and honor Your deserve for having granted us the freedom and liberty to be Americans. Sometimes, Father, we forget that when we give honor to our country we ought to give that honor back to You. How seldom do we ask the question if we would be willing to die for You as we are for our country? Are we not the better patriots when we stand up for You first before we stand up for anyone or anything else? Restore us as a nation and protect us from the greatest threat that has ever faced us as a nation: ourselves. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.
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