Here are some Biblical Principles to Remember At Times of Patriotic Focus.
1. Give Thanks to God: Give thanks to God for our country and the freedoms we enjoy. There is much in our national history that we value and cherish. All gifts and blessings have been given by the gracious hand of God. The Lord has richly provided us with many earthly blessings, but we recognize them as temporal. Whether He gives or takes away, we will bless His name. All praise, honor, glory, and thanksgiving belong to God (1 Th 5:16-18; 1 Tim 6:17; Jms 1:17).
2. Give Honor to Whom Honor is Due: Give honor/tribute to military, veterans, firefighters, police officers, and all those who risk and even lay down their lives for the safety of others (Rom 13:7).
3. Pray for Leaders & Live Godly Lives: Pray for our leaders/authority and live holy lives as a witness and godly influence on earth (1 Tim 2:1-4; 1 Pt 2:11-12).
4. Repent of Sin: Repent in brokenness over individual, corporate, and national sins. All have sinned and have fallen short of God’s glory. Because of sin, every person, community, and nation deserves God’s wrath and judgment. The Lord hears and answers the prayers of the righteous. He will forgive and heal those who repent of sin and turn to Him (Jms 4:7-9; Acts 3:19; 2 Chr 7:14; Jms 5:16).
5. Cultivate Humility: Continue to walk in humility for God opposes the proud. We look to God at all times for guidance and hope. In God do we trust (Pr 15:33; Jms 4:6,10).
6. Main Loyalties are to God, the Scriptures, and the Local Church: Our love and loyalties are foremost given to God, Scripture, and the Church. We submit to the local church, as long as it is Biblically faithful. We submit to earthly human authority, as long as we are not asked to sin or violate our Biblical conscience. Our loyalties to human authority and even this country fall under proper submission God, His Word, and the Church (1 Pt 2:13-17; Dan 3:16-18; Acts 5:29).
7. Unity of Christians as One Nation: The New Testament unites Christian believers as one by calling them one nation, a chosen people, a people belonging to God that they might declare His praise (1 Pt 2:9; Col 3:11-12; Eph 2:19-22; Rom 1:5-7; Gal 6:10; Rev 5:9-10; 21:3; 22:21; Heb 11:13-16; Acts 17:26-31).
8. Longing for Heaven, Our Country to Come: As aliens, strangers, sojourners, and pilgrims on earth, we long for a better/heavenly country. No country has ever been perfect or fully Christian. All nations are corrupt. No nation will last. As citizens of heaven, this world is not to be seen as our home. We must seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Heb 11:13-16; Mt 6:33).
9. Prayerful Heart and Passionate Love for All Nations: Prayerful heart for all nations and a passionate love to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth. We desire that every people group might hear the gospel, believe, obey, and worship the Lord with joy (Rom 16:26; Ps 67:3-4; Mt 28:19-20; Mk 11:17; Is 56:7).
10. Make Much of Jesus Christ: We gather as a church to worship the Triune God, making much of our Savior, Jesus. His name is to be held in highest honor. We gather to worship the Lord of the nations, Jesus Christ (Acts 19:17; Heb 12:1-3).
I highly recommend the works of Francis A. Schaeffer and also Bob Kauflin’s article, “Should July 4th Affect Sunday Planning?” (May 25, 2007). Go to: www.worshipmatters.com.