|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Fully Alive”
Our Bible verse for today: “For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve on another through love.” Galatians 5:13 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Celebrate freedom”
I believe in “American Exceptionalism”. American exceptionalism is the understanding that the United States is inherently different from and better than other nations. The concept of American exceptionalism originated at the time of the American Revolution when our Founders intentionally set out to establish a nation that was different and better than any nation that had ever existed. Our credo would be “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as being unalienable rights granted to us by God, and the undergirding principles which would guide the governance of our nation would be those found in the Bible.
Our founding as a nation was unique, and it has resulted in a nation that has indeed proven to be the greatest nation in the world. We have also proven to be a great blessing to the rest of the world. Americans as individuals and as a nation are brave, strong, generous, and willing to use the strength and prosperity of our own nation for the benefit of others.
As I write this, we are preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July here in the USA. And, since the Fourth falls on a Sunday this year, I am also preparing to preach a special Fourth of July sermon at our church (Oak Hill Baptist), which will be about what has come to be known as “The Judeo-Christian Ethic”. The Judeo-Christian Ethic has guided our nation for 245 years. It is largely responsible for the freedom and prosperity we enjoy and which the rest of the world would like to have. Historically as a nation we have honored God, and in return God has blessed us. As Christians it is our responsibility to help our nation remain aware of, and be faithful to, our Judeo-Christian Ethic. Otherwise, we will lose God’s blessing.
There’s much that needs to be said about our Christian heritage and the role that the Judeo-Christian ethic has played in our national life. I invite you to join us at Oak Hill Baptist Church tomorrow. Join us in-person if you can, or online at 10:00 for a Facebook live-stream. The entire service will also be available for your viewing afterwards at www.oakhillbaptist.net and on the Oak Hill Baptist Church Facebook page.
Join us tomorrow as we celebrate this great country that God has blessed us with.
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