Love of Our Great Country America
By Doug Harrell
I have always looked at February as a kinda love month, Valentines Day was, and is still, important to me in that it is a day that we place special importance on letting those we love and care for know that we feel that way. Today I want to take it a little further than just the people around us, I want to talk about the communities and neighbors, neighborhoods and towns, I want to talk about the love of our great country, America.
I wrote a devotion this morning that I posted on FaceBook and I want to share that here this morning for the readers of this column to see as well.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, And the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12 KJV
I do not doubt that America has been a nation that has been blessed by God, and that has risen to be the greatest nation the world has ever known because the nation as a whole worshiped God. Now I am not foolish enough to think that everyone in times of old were devout Christians. I remember as a child numerous people that were on the wrong path, but the majority of the population were professed Christians, honored God, and regularly attended worship services in some church.
Our governmental meeting was started with prayer And the Lord’s name and Jesus’ name were used freely. Our halls displayed the Ten Commandments in many, if not most, of our courtrooms and city buildings. Our Christmas was proudly called Christmas with Merry Christmas not happy holidays and our Easter was called Easter not Spring break. Different denominations might have some little difference in theology but the main tenants or teachings of the Bible held to the primary teachings of Christ. Right was right and wrong was wrong, marriage was between a man and a woman, when a child was born the doctor pronounced them either a boy or a girl. When you went to a women’s sporting event you knew that the participants would be all women, not a group that would have some men that had just decided they wanted to be a woman for a while.
Today I watch the news headlines and I see entirely different things taking place, we murder our unborn which is no different than the barbaric practice of child sacrifice, we allow lawlessness to take place and shrug our shoulders, we promote coming out as queer as a great event and I could go on and on.
I truly feel that the Lord is taking His hand of blessing away as He did in the times of old when He removed His hand from the nation of Israel when they hardened their hearts.
I have written on this subject many times over the past five years but it seems the urgency is greater today than ever, it seems as if we are approaching warp speed in moving toward a godless nation without morals or even common sense. Pray that our courts, our leaders, and our nation will have a great revival and once again become the beacon of light and hope for the world, a nation that strives to follow the will of God, not ridicule moral laws and institutions.
I am again going to use one of my favorite verses today:
“if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV
We must pray for revival for the nation but start with ourselves individually, will you do that today?
I watch this take a knee crap, this defunds the police stupidity, this transgender promotion as normal and same-sex marriage mess, this destroying our national monuments and defacing our sacred history and I wonder how this happened. Folks if we the people don’t wake up our country as we have known it is going to become another Venezuela. We are dealing with what I think is a concerted effort to totally change the fundamental fiber of this nation to one that the freedoms of the individual are taken away, that capitalism is a dirty word, that individual achievement is replaced by so-called equality, shared wealth, and everyone gets the prize or the trophy. In the name of equality, we will just be participants, there will be no winners or losers.
In reality, one of the great freedoms of America is that we as a people have had the opportunity to excel, to work harder, and accomplish more if we were willing to do that. You had the opportunity to train harder and win the game or win the race, and yes some won and some lost! Today capitalism is becoming a dirty word, all achievement is to be left up to the government, we should all get the trophy so no one’s feelings get hurt.
This month, the love month of February, get a renewed love for your mate, your friends, your neighbors, and also your country. If we do not let our voices be heard loud and clear, quickly, our country will no longer be the bastion of freedom and opportunity that has made it the country that everyone wants to come to. Our light of freedom is quickly being extinguished.
Decide today to come out of the closet as a proponent of freedom of speech that allows conservative ideas to be heard, let our universities and halls of learning have the opportunity to have speakers from different viewpoints speak up and not be shut out. Demand that our education system is teaching true history, not history as some would have it be, that our greatness along with our failures is pointed out. Let patriotism and pride in our country, our flag, and our anthem be taught and expected in our events and our halls, schools, and classrooms around the nation. Let us truly be one nation under God, so help us, Lord!
Doug Harrell is a life-long resident of Mitchell County, Owner of Harrell Hill Farms, a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church, and former publisher of Blue Ridge Christian News. You can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/doug.harrell.77
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