|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.” Psalm 33:12 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Our nation needs God, and we must help them see it.”
First and foremost, Psalm 33:12 is about the nation of Israel. But the state of blessedness which comes from an entire nation worshiping and obeying God is true for any nation. If the country blesses God, God will bless the country.
More and more these days our nation is turning away from God not towards Him. And the more we turn from Him, the more we ignore Him and the more we drift from His standards of morality and justice, the less we will experience His blessings.
It’s up to us, God’s people, to help the nation understand and appreciate how much we need God. We do that by being bold and unapologetic witnesses for Him, and we must do so in both word and deed. We have to advocate for Biblical truth in the public arena, and we must also demonstrate the love of Jesus through our actions. That demonstration of love will usually come via acts of kindness, mercy, and compassion. There’s an old adage that goes, “They don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.” There’s a lot of truth there.
The key to getting people to listen to us, and to accept our message, is kindness in both word and deed. Nobody is going to be persuaded to consider alternative views, and nobody is going to be won to Christ, by means of angry rhetoric or aloof disregard for pain and suffering. We get people’s attention by showing them that we care and by speaking to them in an intelligent and respectful manner.
On this 4th of July, the day we celebrate our independence and our rich history, I encourage you to pray about how you can be a positive influence for the cause of Christ in our nation. If enough Christians are engaged in the affairs of our nation, but are doing so with kindness, respect, and compassion, it will go a long way towards helping people to see that our country needs God.