This week we have been looking at the concept of “Christian Americanism”. I must say that the ideas I have put forth are things that I have only in the last few years begun to understand. It took me some time to wrap my mind around some of them because for a while I felt that I would be unpatriotic if I did so. The fact is, I love my country. As several comments have mentioned, we have a rich and blessed heritage in this nation.
I would like to conclude this series with a post on how are we to show the balance of which I have spoken. Should we totally abandon any patriotic emotions that we have? Should we not sing patriotic songs in church? Should we adopt the attitude that just because we are citizens of heaven that we should not have any feelings for our country? The answer to all of these questions is “NO!”
When a Christian American is made aware through the study of history of just how God has had His hand upon the course of this nation’s affairs, one cannot help but love America. I do not think that it is inappropriate incorporate patriotic displays into worship services. And if anything, because I am a citizen of Heaven, I have a great burden for America to know the God of the Bible.
Let me share where I feel the imbalance comes from and where the balance should be. As I said, America is a blessed nation in both liberty and prosperity. In my last post I outlined the conflict that sometimes arises between our rights as Americans and our responsibilities as Christians. When it comes to prosperity, could it be that we (even many of God’s people) worship the blessings of God more than the God of the blessings? Just like the church of Laodicea, we are rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing (materially), but we are blind and naked spiritually.
The balance should come from realizing that the blessings of God are a trust, and that we are to use them as resources for the advancement of His kingdom. I believe with all my heart that God has raised up America for the reason of being a lighthouse of the Gospel. That light is quickly being dimmed under the bushel of materialistic apathy.
As God’s people, let us be burdened, not with the temporal wealth of this world, but with the spiritual nakedness of those countrymen of ours who are on their way to Hell. Let us realize that our patriotism does not make us great Christians, but that our faith should make us to be great Americans.
This is what made America great in the beginning. Could it not be so again?