As our nation’s Founders designed their plan for a more perfect union, they understood that the success of a modern republic would require more than a political docum
ent like the Constitution. From their study of history, the Founders had learned of the pitfalls of republics before this one. They concluded that even the Constitution alone could not curb individual selfishness. They believed that virtues were necessary for sustaining the American experiment. Their fervent prayers were an integral part of the birth of our nation.
In God is our trust!
May 15: Armed Forces Day
by Adam Colwell
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
As we commemorate Armed Forces Day and the sacrifices our servicemen and women make daily to protect and defend our nation and its interests, it is appropriate to look back at an amazing battle – one that took place right here, on American soil – and the God-focused response it inspired that still ignites our patriotic passions today.
During the War of 1812, the British captured the city of Washington, setting fire to the Capitol building and the White House. Amidst the flames and smoke, a lawyer living in Georgetown could still see an American flag waving over Fort McHenry. When the bombing suddenly stopped during that night, he had no way of knowing if the American stronghold had fallen to the British…or if the flag was still there. But at dawn, the American flag became visible over the fort.
Francis Scott Key was then compelled to write a poem that his brother-in-law later made copies of and circulated around the city. That poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was adopted as our national anthem over 120 years later.
|Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!Oh, thus be it ever when freeman shall stand,
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land,
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
“God loves America,” said Dr. James Kennedy in the book God Bless America. “When you consider what He went through to bring our forebearers to this magnificent land, and when you realize what He accomplished in bringing forth a new nation on this continent – a government founded on Christian principles and dedicated to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – you have to realize that He had a dramatic vision and purpose for this nation.”
Dr. Kennedy continued: “My great passion for America is twofold: first, that every believer would be absolutely faithful to the Great Commission; and then, that every believer would take seriously the challenge to reclaim this nation for Christ,” he said. “If we become engaged and if we carry out the cultural mandate of the church, then there is no reason that we cannot reclaim our heritage of faith and freedom and see this nation renewed.”
“My prayer,” Dr. Kennedy concluded, “is that God will grant each one of us today a new beginning. With all my heart, I pray that every single one of us will determine, right now, in this hour, that we will stand firm, that we will join the mighty army of the Lord, outfitted with spiritual armor, fully prepared to engage in the battle for the soul of America. And to overcome the world for Christ.”