America has its problems. Unfortunately, that may be the only thing we can all agree on in this current political climate.
I struggled with writing this week’s column, which surprised me. Because when I first told my husband, Bert, that I wanted to write an upbeat article about why I love America, I couldn’t wait to begin. In fact, I sang “This Is My Country” during the next several days. And though I was a bit off key, I sang it with prideful gusto.
However, it seemed with every line I wrote, I imagined the push back I would receive. Even among Christ followers, differences on how we see issues viciously abound.
Yet I boldly declare (“bold” is in my name, after all) that I am a proud American. With all her faults, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I accept that my country is not perfect. I also accept that she never will be.
How can America be perfect when everyone who lives within her borders, including every leader (political and spiritual), is imperfect and fallible? Imperfect, fallible people who need God. And that is why we need to constantly pray for our leaders and each other, as Paul instructs us to do in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV):
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
Interceding for our country has nothing to do with our emotions or our convictions. Rather, it has everything to do with obeying God – and being wise citizens. Simply put, everyone benefits when we go to God asking Him to grant wisdom to our leaders, to show all of us reasons we can be thankful for one another, and to give each of us a desire to always honor Him.
When I considered Paul’s words, I began to realize that my message didn’t need to be about how much I love America as much as it needed to be about how we could live more peaceably together.
But even if every single one of us commits to praying for each other, many will still strongly disagree on different issues. However, it is my hope that while we intercede for America, we will become more united. Especially after celebrating another American holiday.
What about you?
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- Do you think praying for each other could unite us as a nation?
- If so, would you consider beginning doing just that today?
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