God Bless America
The Duty of Christian
Karen Pansler Lam, J.D.
Patriotism is our Christian duty.
The obligations of patriotism
are epitomized in a single word – service. Service to God, to neighbor, and
to country. The
Christian will serve his country best by serving God first because God is
the Author of liberty.
There has always been a
tendency to put religion and patriotism into fellowship. Samuel Francis
Smith acknowledged God as the Author of liberty in the beloved patriotic
song "America" (“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”).
Our fathers’ God, to Thee,
Author of liberty, To Thee we sing:
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!
Edwin H. Hughes explains how
patriotism is part of the service of God.
original Decalogue speaks of “the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”
It thus lifts patriotism up to the Highest. Unless our Declaration of
Independence was wrong, and unless hundreds of documents sent out by our
official representative have been wrong, the teachers of patriotism and good
citizenship need not hesitate to relate their lesson to the deepest and most
reverent faiths of the human heart. Under such a conception of duties
performed conscientiously toward the nation are a part of the service of the
The Teaching of Citizenship (1909)
Patriotism is serving God.
Patriotism is a love of our homeland. It is our Christian duty to love,
support, and defend “the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”
It is not a sin to pray, “God
PATRIOTISM AND RELIGION
Patriotism is obeying the
command to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Love of your homeland and fellow
citizens expands the affections by going beyond the threshold of your home:
mutual service, mutual dependence, and mutual love. The love of our country
and fellow citizens is more challenging and demanding than the love of
family or the love of self.
Noah Webster defines
Love of one’s country; the passion which
aims to serve one’s country, either in defending it from invasion, or
protecting its rights and maintaining its laws and institutions in vigor and
is the characteristic of a good citizen,
the noblest passion that animates a man in the character of a citizen.
If we truly love “the land
which the Lord thy God giveth thee,” then we will secure the safety and
welfare of America.
The true patriot is devoted to
the interests of his own nation – “America First.” Nationalism is necessary
to the spirit of America: fidelity, faith, and determination among the
citizen body which is the soul of a nation. Today, liberals promote
internationalism and devilishly work to destroy the soul of America.
The ultimate goal of the New
Church Order and the New World Order is the overthrow of true Christianity
and the overthrow of nationalism. Nationalism was ordained by God when He
scattered men during the building of the Tower of Babel because “the people
is one” and “now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have
imagined to do” (Gen.11:1-9).
The wicked confederates of the
New Order conspire to replace Christian patriotism with international
citizenship – a one-world religion and one-world government in defiance of
God’s will of national sovereignty. Nationalism is despised by globalists
who promote internationalism which is the subjection of America to the New
World Order of global communism and the New Church Order of polytheism, or
Beware of globalists perverting
nationalism and declaring godly nationalism – American patriotism – and the
National Socialist (Nazi) Party are the same!
Nationalism is not a sin.
Patriotism is not a sin.
The true patriot is unashamedly
devoted to the interests of his own nation – his homeland.
The true patriot is not ashamed
to proclaim “America First.”
Patriotism in the Old Testament
There were many patriots in the Bible – men and women – who loved their
country, and zealously supported and defended it and its interests.
For how can I endure to see the
evil that shall come unto my people?
or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?
Esther is an example of Old
Esther, a Jewess, was chosen as
the new queen for Ahasuerus, the king of Persia. Her uncle Mordecai had
incurred the hatred of Haman, the evil court favorite, and brought the
threat of death to the Jews. Esther, through her position, was able to avert
the tragedy and save her people.
Reverend J.R. Thomson explains
Esther and patriotism:
I. PATRIOTISM IMPLIES A SENTIMENT OF
SYMPATHY. Esther felt for her people, her kindred. Every lover of his
country will not only rejoice in its prosperity, cherish a glow of pride and
satisfaction in any great deeds of his countrymen, but will grieve over
national calamities and mourn over national sins; will “sigh and cry for the
abominations that are done in the land.”
II. PATRIOTISM DETERS MEN FROM DOING
ANYTHING THAT CAN INJURE THEIR COUNTRY. If personal advantage can be secured
by any harm to his country, the patriot will spurn the thought of so
profiting himself at the expense of the nation.
III. TRUE PATRIOTISM WILL LEAD MEN TO
SEEK NOT ONLY THE MATERIAL PROSPERITY, BUT *THE REAL AND MORAL GREATNESS OF
THEIR COMMON COUNTRY. They cannot contemplate uninterested, unmoved, a state
wealth accumulates, and men decay.”
The progress of knowledge, of virtue, of
true religion amongst their kindred will be sought with ardour and zeal.
IV. PATRIOTISM WILL LEAD TO PRACTICAL
EFFORT TO AVOID THREATENING DANGERS. The patriot is unwilling to
contemplate, to anticipate evil. But mere sentiment is insufficient, and he
will exert himself to avert the evil he dreads. Especially will he use any
influence he possesses with those who have the means, the power, the
opportunity of assisting to secure the safety and welfare of the country.
The examples of Ezra and Nehemiah, among the children of captivity, show us
what true patriotism will lead men to undertake and do and bear. But the
supreme example of patriotism and philanthropy is Jesus Christ, who wept
over Jerusalem as well as over the world, and who would fain have averted
ruin from the city he favored with his teaching and ministry, and in which
he shed his precious blood.
The Pulpit Commentary
Esther’s patriotism saved her
Micah is another example of Old Testament patriotism.
The patriot desires the
prevalence of piety in the nation, and to see the people bringing forth
fruits of righteousness.
Micah wailed, “Woe is me!”
bewailing the moral condition of his country. Micah made it clear that the
people of both Judah and Israel would be punished by the Lord for their sin
and rebellion: idolatry, oppression, covetousness, contempt of the Word of
God, and their rulers especially, both in church and state, with the abuse
of their power. But in the future, God would restore His people through a
remnant of those who would remain faithful to Him.
Micah was a true patriot who
lamented widespread depravity in his homeland.
New Testament: Jesus’ Patriotic Sorrow
Jesus expresses patriotic
sorrow for Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets,
and stonest them which are sent unto thee,
how often would I have gathered thy children together,
even as a hen doth gathereth her chickens under her wings,
and ye would not!
Rev. W.F. Adeney explains Jesus
was a patriot:
II. THE PITYING SAVIOUR. Jesus is grieved
and loth to think of the doom of the wicked city. 1.
It was his own city.
Not his native city, but the capital of his land, and the royal city, to
which he came as King (ch. xxi. 4,5). Jesus was a patriot.
The Pulpit Commentary
Another writer explains Jesus’
Jesus had an especial love in his heart
for Jerusalem. There was a patriotic grief in those tears of Christ, an
additional pang in his heart, as he thought that it was Jerusalem itself,
the city round which so many associations gathered, whose guilt and doom
stood in clear, sad vision before him. Jerusalem was Judea, was Israel
itself. It was the strength, the light, the glory, of the land.
The Lord had wept over
Jerusalem. Now again His sacred heart yearns with compassion for the city
which He loved so well. Jerusalem was as a brood of chickens in His sight.
He cared for them. He would have sheltered them all under His wings. But
they refused. He wished to gather them together; they did not wish to be
gathered together under the shelter of the Savior’s love.
Do you see the parallelism
between Judea and America?
Surely, Jesus weeps over
America. He gave us this land to found as a Christian nation, but we have
allowed atheists and other infidels to suppress Christianity in public
schools, wink at sexual perversion and other sin in the name of “tolerance,”
replace repentance with humanitarian good works, ridicule holiness, and
other ungodly behavior. We refuse to rightly divide the Word of God and
willingly follow after false prophets. We refuse to hear preachers who
preach the true Gospel. We do not wish to be gathered together under the
shelter of the Savior’s love.
How many Christians today show
a patriotic grief over America’s wickedness?
Jesus was a patriot and wept
And we should weep with
patriotic sorrow over America.
PATRIOTS AND PROSPERITY
The true patriot understands
the foundation of national prosperity is in the possession of the Divine
favor. God will grant His Divine blessing to those who seek Him. God “lovest
righteousness, and hatest wickedness” (Ps. 45:7), whether in the individual
or in the nation. The people that seeks to be a prosperous nation must seek
God’s face and act in accordance with His will. Then it
will enjoy His blessing.
The true patriot is interested
in the political, economic, and religious prosperity of his homeland.
Political Prosperity: A Deep and Practical Interest in its Political
It is desirable that our
national policy and law should in all points harmonize with those highest
teachings of morals which we find in the Word of God. The Ten Commandments
relate to communities as well as to individuals.
Our government leaders should
ask, What would God have us do? and should do it. On such questions as
murdering precious unborn babies, the demoralizing trade in booze,
legalizing marijuana, perverting the laws of marriage, and other social
issues, the State should adopt as its course that law which most accords
with the will of God, and most furthers the spiritual as well as temporal
benefit of man.
Religion and morality and law
are indivisible. We witness daily that when government is divorced from
religion, wicked lawmakers
pervert all that is true and
right. Hence, despite the semblance of outward prosperity, the ongoing decay
and debauchery of America will eventually end in the ruin of our nation.
Economic Prosperity: A
Practical Interest in its Material Well-being
The main problem of government
leaders is to secure a population, not only industrious and happy, but well
paid, and therefore well fed, well clothed, and well housed.
The true patriot is concerned
when his fellow Americans are displaced by illegal immigrants, and burdened
by those on public welfare who are too lazy to work. And he is concerned
when corporations pocket huge profits, but their employees can not live a
dignified and decent life. For example, Publix Super Markets denies many
employees full-time employment so they won't have to give them benefits.
Many part-time Publix employees are on public welfare, therefore denying
them dignity and a decent living. Yet, Publix boasts of its
generous philanthropy in the community! O ye hypocrite!
Religious Prosperity: A Profound Interest in its Moral and Spiritual
The true patriot understands
that if America achieves economic prosperity, but remains morally bankrupt,
it is not a truly great nation. Therefore, he is concerned with the moral
and spiritual condition of his nation.
Increased church membership is
not a sign of the increased piety of our nation. This is a fatal mistake of
modern thinking. Modern churches have become worldly social clubs and
socialist indoctrination centers. False preachers, like Rick Warren, preach
social justice, and, instead of promoting a holy church, offer a social
church where men and women and children are encouraged to wear casual
clothes – shorts, flip flops, and other play clothes – to the “program.” This
is part of their socialist agenda to usher in a classless communist society.
False preachers, like Warren and
Joel Osteen, preach a false gospel. True religion is the result of a change
of heart produced by the Spirit of God.
must be born again"
(John 3:7). Notice, Jesus says we
be born again, not we should be born again. It is a requirement, not a
suggestion. It is absolutely necessary if we are to be called one of His
own. So, what does it mean to be born again?
Read carefully and thoughtfully
Matthew Henry's comment on Jesus' words...
[1.] What it is that is
required: to be born
again; that is,
We must live a new
life. Birth is the
beginning of life; to be
is to begin anew, as those that have hitherto lived either much amiss or to
little purpose. We must not think to patch up the old building, but begin
from the foundation.
Secondly, We must
have a new nature,
new principles, new affections, new aims. We must be born
which signifies both
1. We must be born
anew; so the word is
and ab initio—from
By our first birth
we are corrupt, shapen in sin and iniquity; we must therefore undergo a
second birth; our souls must be
anew. 2. We must be born
so the word is used by the evangelist, ch. 3:31; 19:11, and I take this to
be especially intended here, not excluding the other; for to be born
supposes being born
again. But this new
birth has its rise
from heaven (ch.
1:13) and its tendency
to heaven: it is
to be born to a
life, a life of communion with God and the upper world, and, in order to
this, it is to
partake of a divine nature
and bear the image of the heavenly.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible
repeat, Jesus declares: "Ye must be born
again." When we are born again, we become new creatures in
Christ. And by the power of the Holy Spirit we are purified and sanctified
and perfected. We are being perfected to spend eternity in the presence of
the Lord God Almighty.
If you are not born again, you
are not a true Christian.
must be born again.
Sadly, many Americans profess to be Christians,
but they have never been born again. They go to church, attend Bible study,
and other outward acts, but their hearts have never been cleansed and
sanctified by the Holy Spirit. They ridicule holiness as being
self-righteous. They deny the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to make
us new creatures in Christ.
Indeed, true patriots desire to
see the spiritual transformation of America. But this cannot happen unless
preach the true Gospel and pray for God to send the Comforter to “reprove
the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment”
If a true
revival were to sweep across America, we would enjoy religious prosperity:
joy, contentment, and influence. We would be a blessed nation.
the nation whose God is the Lord.
To repeat, the true patriot
understands that if America achieves economic prosperity, but remains
morally bankrupt, it is not a truly great nation.
"THE LAND WHICH THE LORD THY GOD GIVEST THEE"
Christianity enters practically into all the relations and interests of
human life. Our forefathers wisely understood that Christian principles are
adapted to guide and govern the conduct of Christ’s people through all time,
including government. Government is ordained by God for the protection of
life and property, for the repression of crime, and for the rewarding and
encouraging of virtue (Romans 13:1-7).
Christian understands that God has given us this land to possess. Therefore,
we must defend it and work for the safety and welfare of our homeland.
The important obligations of
American patriotism are:
1. Worship God.
2. Serve our fellow men as best
3. Make of ourselves the best
men and women we are capable of becoming.
4. Obey the laws of the land
and support those who administer the laws.
5. Vote conscientiously and
intelligently at local and national elections, so good and competent
persons may be placed in public office.
6. Support the recognized and
time-honored institutions of a civilized community: true churches; educational institutions that educate (not indoctrinate students with
socialism/communism); agencies of law enforcement, such as police and
courts; local, state and government departments, chambers of commerce,
societies devoted to patriotic and other worthy motives; etc.
To explain further…
Obey the law.
We must obey the law. “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers...Whosever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of
God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation” (Rom. 13:1, 2).
This duty is binding whether we like a legislative act or whether we dislike
it. Law for the most part is designed to repress crime, to maintain peace
and tranquility, to afford protection to the honest, industrious,
law-abiding. Therefore, to commit wrong of any kind, whether theft, or
slander, or violence, is both evil in itself and is transgression of the
law. When men have been elected and laws are made, it is a citizen’s duty to
respect their authority. If we do not like them, we have the privilege of
trying to get them changed by peaceful means, but we have no right to refuse
outright to obey them. However, no man is under obligation to obey a civil
law which contradicts the express and unmistakable Law of God. Where the law
of a nation conflicts with the Law of God, then it is clearly the
Christian’s duty to obey God rather than men. For example, the Apostles
Peter and John declined to obey the Jewish council at Jerusalem when they
were commanded to speak no more in the Name of Jesus.
The good citizen, then,
respects the law. He sees in it the sovereign will of the people. He accepts
its provisions in the same way that a good sportsman accepts the rules of a
game. He honors all rightful authority.
Perform civic service.
Another duty of
citizenship is to render civic service, that is, to serve on juries, to hold
office, and to accept membership on public boards.
Sadly, many Christians today
refuse to take public office. The character of a government depends on the
character of its officials. If Christians are unwilling to serve the State,
those who are incapable or selfish or evil will manage its affairs. The
result will be harmful to all.
Those who run for public office
must remember government is an ordinance of God, and officials are the
ministers of God. The Apostle Paul explains those in authority over us are
ministers of God (Rom. 13:1-7). Just as God ordained ministers in the
Church, God ordained ministers in the government. In other words, a minister
is an ambassador of Christ in any office, sacred or secular. A minister is
an agent appointed to transact or manage business under the authority of
Christ. Public officials act as God’s agents and have God-given authority to
administer justice. It is their God-given duty to protect life and property,
repress crime, determine quarrels, right the wrongs, punish offenders,
preserve national peace and order, and so forth.
Voting is a
privilege, but it is also a vital obligation. Since
government is an ordinance of
God, and officials are the ministers of God, we must do all we can to elect
government leaders who will be true ministers of God. We must unite to
secure Christian representatives for our nation that was founded as a
Christian nation. We will vote for those
candidates who most uphold Biblical principles, and refuse to vote for
evildoers who demand the right to murder precious unborn babies (Jer. 1:5;
32:35), rebel against the Biblical marriage of a man and a woman (Eph.
5:22-33), applaud homosexuality (Rom. 1:26, 27), and other wickedness.
I have hated the
congregation of evildoers;
and will not sit with the wicked.
We must not love the
congregation of evildoers.
We must not sit with the
Political warfare is spiritual
warfare. It is a battle between good and evil. And true patriots will not
sit with the wicked. True patriots will sit with the righteous.
In 1788, Rev. Samuel Langdon
preached about our civic duty in his sermon “The Republic of the Israelites
an Example to the American States.”
On the people, therefore, of these United
States it depends whether wise men, or fools, good or bad men, shall govern
them; whether they shall have righteous laws, a faithful administration of
government, and permanent good order, peace, and liberty; or, on the
contrary, feel insupportable burdens, and see all their affairs run to
confusion and ruin.
Every professing Christian will
be held accountable to God for each vote he casts. Those who cast a vote for
righteous laws will be rewarded. Those who cast a vote for wicked laws will
Avoid evil associations – even
Keep well informed on
Closely related to
the duty of taking part in government is the obligation of citizens to be
well informed on civic questions. It is not enough for a citizen to act; his
duty is to act well, for otherwise he may do harm rather than good. A
citizen is under obligation, therefore, to study public questions. How can he act wisely on matters that he does not understand?
There is no sense in giving a
man or woman the ballot who does not know enough to have an intelligent
opinion about the questions with which the government has to deal. A nation
which believes in a republican government ought to have every citizen as
thoroughly educated as his own abilities will permit.
Every true patriot will put
more important things first. He will get off social media, turn off the
television, stop wasting valuable time, and educate himself on public
Love our country.
As citizens it is our duty, as well as our privilege, to love our country.
This means more than celebrating the Fourth of July, or saluting the flag,
or standing when we hear “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
There are many Americans who consider themselves patriotic because they fly
the American flag, stand for the national anthem, and so forth. But they rob
the taxpayers by living on welfare and disability, despise national
morality, and are too selfish to work for the best interests of their
nation. They are false patriots.
Love of country calls for
devotion, sacrifice, service.
The true patriot feels a deep
affection for his country. He cherishes its past, believes in its ideals,
has faith in its future. He shows his devotion by personal sacrifices for
the common welfare. He performs faithfully the ordinary, humdrum duties of
everyday life. He appreciates the virtues and merits of America, but is not
blind to its defects or shortcomings.
QUALITIES OF THE GOOD CITIZEN
The patriot who is a citizen in
spirit as well as in name has regard for the well-being of America at all
times and strives to learn and fulfill his duties. Irrefutably, God-fearing
people make the best citizens.
Briefly, here are a few
qualities of the good citizen.
Knowledgeable and wise.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy
getting get understanding” (Prov. 4:7). The good citizen is knowledgeable
and wise. He is knowledgeable, or well-informed. He knows the true history
of our Christian nation instead of the false history propagated by atheists
and other infidels. He seeks facts and Truth, not lies. And he is wise.
Having knowledge, he has the power of discerning and judging correctly, or
of discriminating between what is true and what is false; between what is
fit and proper, and what is improper.
A government can be no better
than the citizens that support it. The success of our republican government
is very dependent upon a knowledgeable and wise citizenry.
“Be thou strong and very courageous” (Josh. 1:7). The good citizen is
courageous: brave; bold; unshaken by fear; ready to face difficulties and
dangers. He stands up for what is right. He will stand up and
courageously declare that America was founded as a Christian nation. He will
not back down or compromise with liars and other evildoers. He will not
allow liberals to bully him into silence. He will boldly uphold
Truth, especially the Truth of the Gospel. Christ is his Commander, and he
is engaged in spiritual warfare. The anthem of the true patriot is “Onward,
“Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing
to live honestly” (Heb. 13:18). The good citizen is honest. He is fair in
dealing with others. He does not use trickery or fraud. He acts at
all times according to justice or correct moral principles.
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would
that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and
the prophets" (Mat.7:12).
The good citizen is unselfish. He is
considerate of other citizens. He places public welfare above the welfare of
self. He sacrifices his own interests, if need be, for the common good.
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men”
(Rom. 12:18). Christianity requires that honorable and peaceable conduct
should be distinctive in our relations to all men: mutual forbearance,
sympathy, and cooperation. The good citizen does not antagonize others
and is free from private feuds or quarrels. But Paul acknowledges it may not
always be possible to live peaceably with some men: "if it be possible."
“There is treasure
to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man
spendeth it up” (Prov. 21:20). The good citizen is industrious, saving,
and otherwise diligent in conserving his means. He earns money and forms the
habit of saving. Saving means to live below one’s income, no matter how
small the income may be. It means to put aside something regularly out of
one’s earnings, no matter how little the saving may be.
Let’s face it, many people are
always poor because they do not know how to handle money. When they get a
little extra money, they spend it, perhaps for some foolish extravagance or
unnecessary pleasure. Others make foolish ventures in business or permit
themselves to be defrauded in a get-rich-quick scam. And much poverty is due
to plain laziness.
America is a nation of
spenders. Billions of dollars are thrown away every year on trifles. And
billions more are wasted on gambling (including the lottery), booze,
cigarettes, drugs, and other harmful activities and substances.
Thrift is necessary both for
individual success and for good citizenship. It is only by thrift that the
individual may provide for the “rainy day” of sickness and old age. Thrift
means providing for the future. Thrift involves making a choice. It is a
choice between the satisfaction of present wants and the sacrifice of
present enjoyment for the sake of greater satisfaction and service in the
The good citizen is not
extravagant, but spends wisely and saves wisely.
“He becometh poor
that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich” (Prov.
10:4). Many blessings are the result of labor and thrift.
Occupation or work is necessary
to the development of character and the enjoyment of life. Those who are
industrious in their calling are blessed and are a blessing to their family,
community, and nation: the housewife who wholeheartedly makes a godly home;
the student who diligently studies to prepare to use his talents for God’s
glory; the hardworking man who untiringly supports his family.
The true patriot is not a
freeloader living off the fruit of the labor of others. He is a hard worker,
providing for his family with the work of his own hands. “But if any provide
not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied
the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (1 Tim. 5:8).
Reverend W.F. Adeney explains
the importance of labor and thrift:
It is the duty of everybody to see that
he is not dependent upon other people’s labors if he can help himself. The
man who squanders his money in prosperous times, and throws himself on
public charity directly he is ill or out of work, is guilty of gross
selfishness amounting to dishonesty.
One thing is certain: giving
aid to people who really do not need it may produce far more harm than good.
Public and church welfare takes away from the lazy the energy and enterprise
which all ought to have and imposes an unfair burden on those who try to
provide for their own needs. More important, it is condemned by the Bible:
“This we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat”
(2 Thess. 3:10). Idle men and women are a terrible waste to a nation. They
are useless citizens.
Money and time wasted on the
lazy could be better spent on education, playgrounds, and other benefits for
the productive members of the community.
God might have provided us with
manna or quail as He did in the Israelites in the wilderness. But instead of
putting food outside our doorstep, He gives us hands and abilities with which to
work for it.
The true patriot acts on the
till I come” (Luke
shalt love they neighbour as thyself”
(Mat. 22:39). “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor” (Rom. 13:10). A good
citizen is a good neighbor. One of the best ways to have a good neighborhood
is to be a good neighbor. Even though a person does not know his neighbors,
he should respect his neighbors’ rights.
Being a good neighbor includes being good stewards of our property. Run-down houses and unkept
yards bring down property values. Moreover, we are judged by our home’s
appearance. Neighbors will note whether or not the house is in good repair,
the condition of the grounds and fences, the presence or absence of flower
beds, shrubs, and trees. These things are signs of the interest taken by the
parents and children in their home. They are also signs of the character and
happiness of the family.
The true patriot will live
neighborly. He will not injure his neighbor and seeks the best interests of
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12). A good citizen is
thankful for the faith of our fathers that founded America as a Christian
nation. The true patriot cherishes our Christian heritage, such as the hymns
of faith. And he is thankful for ministers who preach the true Gospel,
Bible-believing churches, true Christian schools, and other individuals and
institutions that faithfully work to preserve and restore America’s
“What? know ye not
that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye
have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor.
6:19, 20). The good citizen lives a godly life by caring for the health of
his body and his mind. He does what tends to promote the health of his body;
and contributes to the health of his mind. He does not drink booze, smoke,
use drugs, or commit sexual sins because he understands that our body is the
temple of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew Henry explains:
V. The fifth argument against this
sin [fornication] is that the bodies of Christians are the temples of the Holy Ghost
which is in them, and which they have of God,
v. 19. He that is joined to Christ is one spirit. He is yielded up to
him, is consecrated thereby, and set apart for his use, and is hereupon
possessed, and occupied, and inhabited, by his Holy Spirit. This is the
proper notion of a temple—a place where God dwells, and sacred to his use,
by his own claim and his creature’s surrender. Such temples real Christians
are of the Holy Ghost. Must he not therefore be God? But the inference is
plain that hence we are not our own. We are yielded up to God, and possessed
by and for God; nay, and this is virtue of a purchase made of us: You are
bought with a price. In short, our bodies were made for God, they were
purchased for him. If we are Christians indeed they are yielded to him, and
he inhabits and occupies them by his Spirit: so that our bodies are not our
own, but his. And shall we desecrate his temple, defile it, prostitute it,
and offer it up to the use and service of a harlot? Horrid sacrilege! This
is robbing God in the worst sense. Note, The temple of the Holy Ghost must
be kept holy. Our bodies must be kept as his whose they are, and fit for his
use and residence.
The temple of the Holy Ghost must be kept holy.
Let us cleanse ourselves
from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,
perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1
Matthew Henry encourages us to glorify
God both with body and soul:
Sin is filthiness, and
there are defilements of body and mind. There are sins of the flesh, that
are committed with the body, and sins of the spirit, spiritual wickedness;
and we must cleanse ourselves from the filthiness of both, for God is to be
glorified both with body and soul.
We must strive for holiness.
Also, the good
citizen believes religious matters are of vital concern to every person as
well as to the nation. Therefore, he reads the Bible and prays for
understanding so he is not dependent upon others for its teachings;
regulates his life by Biblical rules of conduct;
uses his gifts and talents for
the glory of God; understands the important role of true churches in the
community and attends a Bible-believing church with reverent and holy
worship that truly glorifies God; reverently celebrates the holy days of
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter; and in other acts is conspicuously
Happy is the nation that dwells
in homes of purity, peace, love, piety!
The true patriot lives in
obedience to God’s commands.
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but
of God: the powers that be are ordained of God” (Rom. 13:1). The good
citizen cooperates with government officials in securing and promoting peace
and temperance, morality and honesty, truthfulness and justice. All these
virtues are necessary to national well-being.
True patriots will be the best
citizens of our country.
“Come, and let us
build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach...And they
said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this
good work” (Neh. 2:17, 18). The good citizen is faithful to God and the land He
has given us to possess. A people given to treasonable practices cannot be
either prosperous or happy. Sadly, many citizens today commit treason
against God and against America by adhering to our enemies, giving them aid
and comfort. Traitors demand that we allow our enemies to freely come into
America and rob us of our American and Christian heritage and culture; and
rob us of our safety and peace. Even many professing Christians have been
hoodwinked into feeling we should not enforce immigration laws or secure our borders by building a wall.
But the Bible does not condemn
defensive walls. Walls were a chief means of defense in the Biblical period.
David glorifies God for Jerusalem’s security: “He hath strengthened the bars
of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee” (Ps. 147:13). Jerusalem was surrounded by its protecting
wall, and its citizens could live in safety and rest in peace.
Matthew Henry explains:
Jerusalem and Zion must praise God,
I. For the prosperity and flourishing state of their civil interests,
v. 14. For their common safety. They had gates, and kept their gates
barred in times of danger; but that would not have been an effectual
security to them if God had not strengthened the bars of their gates
and fortified their fortifications. The most probable means we can devise
for our own preservation will not answer the end, unless God give his
blessing with them; we must therefore in the careful and diligent use of
those means, depend upon him for that blessing, and attribute the
undisturbed repose of our land more to the wall of fire than to the wall of
water round about us,
Zec. 2:5 .
The most famous “wall” chapters in the Bible are of Nehemiah’s great work of
rebuilding the broken defensive wall of Jerusalem. In Persia, Nehemiah
learned of the plight of the people who were left behind in Jerusalem when
the Babylonians ransacked the nation Judah many years before. Nehemiah prayed
for his homeland and pleaded with the Lord to forgive the sin and rebellion
of His people. Nehemiah was the cupbearer for King Artaxerxes of Persia. The
king gave Nehemiah permission to go to Jerusalem to help rebuild the
The opposition to Nehemiah
rebuilding the defensive wall by Sanballat
and other enemies combined ridicule, threat, and craft. Nehemiah
organized a defensive force and armed his workers so they could protect
themselves against an enemy attack. Many workers labored on the wall with
their construction tools in one hand and their weapons in the other.
Nehemiah appointed a trumpeter to
stand by him, and if he should see any danger, or hear any alarm, this
trumpeter could blow his trumpet. He also ordered all the people to continue in Jerusalem to
guard it by night, as well as to work by day. The wall was completed within
52 days. Then Ezra and the princes, priests, and Levites dedicated the
completed walls surrounding Jerusalem for their
defense against assaults from without and their unity and order as a people.
Even the holy city, the New
Jerusalem, is surrounded by a wall to secure the saints from all evils and
enemies (Rev. 21). Only the sanctified may enter the gate. Only those whose
names are written in the Lamb's book of life and have not been blotted out may live within the walls of that glorious city
(21:27; Ps. 69:28).
Anyone who believes borders and
defensive walls are unbiblical is ignorant. They are necessary so citizens
may live in security and peace.
The true patriot loves his
country, and zealously defends it and its interests. The true patriot bases
his beliefs and actions on Biblical principles concerning our national
safety and welfare.
These are just a few qualities
of the good citizen – the true patriot.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
Patriotism is not a sin.
is our Christian duty.
America is our homeland - “the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”
Patriotism is a love of our
nation. There were many patriots in the Bible – men and women – who loved
their nation, and zealously supported and defended it and its interests.
Jesus was a patriot.
The true patriot serves his country best by serving God first. He
understands that if America is to be blessed with political, economic, and
religious prosperity, then we must first seek God's face
and act in accordance with His will. Then we will enjoy His blessing.
the nation whose God is the Lord.
My dear fellow
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