4th of July Reflection
July 14, 2015
As we celebrated the Fourth of July, I was mindful of what Jesus said in Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?” The chief service of salt is as a preservative to keep that which is useful from decaying.
Some say of America today; That America is like salt that has lost its flavor and pepper that has lost its pep. A Russian commentator said, “Russia is a country in the darkness looking for light; America is a country in the light, searching for the dark!” How do you perceive America’s greatness?
When the Pilgrims came to America, they came with the idea of religious freedom and a government that is committed to the ideals and virtues of God. Out of that conviction, our forefathers intended for us to have a constitution based on rights and responsibilities, and the dignity of man made in the image of God. Consequently, our constitution was written reflecting inalienable rights given by our Creator, so that people wouldn’t be treated like chattel. In that system of government, we were to elect officials according to their godly character. America aspired to be a people who esteemed the values of God. Understand, we have become a technologically advanced people, because we have a biblically based view of life — to harness nature.
America’s idea of progress comes from the idea that we can take bad and make it good, and we can take good and make it better, and take better and make it best! The Apostle Paul said it like this, “Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
That “Give it All You Got Attitude” came out of Christian Theology and America became the most advanced, educated, and healthy people that had ever lived. Are we still capable of greatness? The Christian view of life is that bad is bad, because Jesus Christ is good, and if He doesn’t say it’s good, it’s bad! We are to be light and salt and make things better. Are we doing that as a nation?
Romans 1:21 makes us mindful, “for although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
When you rid yourself of God, you rid yourself of law and concepts of right and wrong. Then, morality begins to take second place. Jeremiah told Israel, “..your sins have deprived you of good.”
Here’s the conclusion on the matter: Ecclesiastes 12:13 “… Fear God and keep His commandments for this is the whole [duty] of man.”
Brother Wayne Dudley
Smoky Hill Baptist Church