Today in these United States is Flag Day. At one time this may have been given more attention but you do not hear much about it now. On August 3,1949 then President Truman made June 14 the official Flag Day by official Congressional proclamation, although it originated in 1885 when a school teacher in Wisconsin selected the date because this was date 'Stars and Stripes' song was written.
Seems like people get patriotic in a national tragedy. The clearest example that comes to mind was the aftermath of 911. If you did not already own an American flag you could hardly buy one. Stores sold out their supplies. This made some angry but I would say all Americans should already own a flag. Flags flew from antennas of cars, flag ribbon magnets appeared, and you could hardly pass someone who did not have something patriotic on their vehicle.
Here we are 11 years later and have gotten back into complacency. Multiple flags are not waving in the breeze everywhere. Sure you see them at school and government buildings but why wait till a Federal holiday to get out 'old glory'.
We are extremely blessed with freedom here in the United States and evil forces will always be at work trying to chip away at those freedoms and put us under bondage. This is going on right now in America. Many fought and died in multiple wars to secure liberty and justice for all and the freedom to do as we please and that flag of ours represents freedom and sacrifice of many. Today there are people who do not even stand up when the national anthem is played and unlike when I was a small child, I understand that in some public schools, they no longer say the Pledge of Allegiance. This breaks my heart and I hope it breaks yours. Children are being reprogrammed to not love the country and to not want to keep it great. Parents have to instill this in their young ones.
The Bible says in Galatians 5:1 " It was for freedom that Christ set us free. Stand firm then and do not allow yourselves to be entangled by a yoke of bondage." Some read this blog from other nations and that thrills this writers heart. Know that we in America are blessed to be the land of opportunity but we are because we have not ignored God. Psalm 33:12 says "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for His inheritance." This nation was founded 'one nation under God'. Those colors on that flag should make you stop and think of the wonderful blessings we enjoy because this nation has put Him first in the past. Lately God's name means nothing to some politicians. Many flippantly placed their hand on the Holy Bible and promised to defend the country against enemies both foreign and domestic but lied and it meant nothing to them or so it seems. We can not ignore God in America and remain thriving.
2 Chronicles 7:14 reminds us " If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land." Churches naming the name of Jesus need to wake up and get serious about preaching God's word and not just trying to make people feel good.
Where are you today? Is it time for you to renew your commitment to Him? Do you love this country or do you take it for granted? All that we have can be taken from us. We need to wake up and be in prayer.
PRAYER: Father I love my country and I think of those who gave their life so we might enjoy the freedoms we do. Lord help me be more involved in keeping America free. It is not just someone else's job. Lead me and guide me to speak the truth in love. In Jesus name. Amen.
Click on link for a wonderful patriotic song .