Isn’t it great how patriotic we become as we reflect on the recent Boston bombing incident? The singing of our national anthem takes on added meaning. The stories of bravery and compassion are only now becoming known. The resolve to not retreat or allow this to diminish our freedom to go about our normal activities is a great response.
Boston should be proud of the positive outpouring of love demonstrated. And yes, we should strengthen our resolve to never let this happen again.
Considering the increasing number of calamities we as a nation have experienced in the recent years — whether natural disasters or man caused — is there a larger observation to be made? Are all of these events painting a larger picture? I believe God has extended His hand of blessings to us for more than 200 years in response to our Christian heritage.
In recent years we have chosen to ignore the biblical underpinnings of our nation. We no longer allow prayer in school; we have killed some 53 million unborn children; seen the demise of the nuclear family; the pandemic growth of pornography; out of control drug use and resulting crime; and the negative light in which the Christian faith is shown.
We have become tolerant of everything except God and His ways. It is as if the Bill of Rights says freedom from religion instead of freedom of religion. It is more and more evident that we are becoming spiritually blind and morally bankrupt as a nation.
Should we not be surprised if God is beginning to withdraw His hand of blessing from us? Are all these events evidence of His trying to gain our attention? Do we not need to return to what made us strong and revive the foundational principles that made us great?
“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.