"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34
American the beautiful - God shed His grace on thee!
Indeed, He did!
What nation in the history of nations has ever been so blessed by God! In just two and a third centuries the USA has become the wealthiest, mightiest, most generous, and most advanced people ever to populate the planet.
The world is a better place because America showed up! Our nation became great because it was founded on eternal principles of grace and truth! It is hard to study the founding documents and not see the grace, goodness and inspiration of Almighty God! Just a cursory study of the Founding Fathers writings and quotes reveal their understanding of the role the Bible and Divine Providence played in the establishment of this nation.
With freedom comes opportunity - opportunity for good and opportunity for greed. Both happen is a free nation. Fortunately, over the first two centuries there has been much more good than there has been greed. For the most part America has been guided by the moral compass built into it by the Founders and as a result, God has graced it with His blessings.
But, as our people have drifted away from founding principles and from the God of the Fathers, it has been more difficult for God to bless us. When the sins of a nation exceed the goodness of that nation, grace turns to dis-grace and the wise words of Solomon become true - "sin is a disgrace to any people."
When a nation removes the Bible and Biblical principles from its educational system, that is a disgrace!
When a nation opposes prayer in public school and public places, that is a disgrace!
When a nation assaults the Ten Commandments to discredit their authority, that is a disgrace!
When a nation twists the Constitution to make it support the murder of unborn children, that is a disgrace!
When a nation tries to undermind the family and the sacred institution of marriage, that is a disgrace!
Sin in every form is a disgrace because it "disses" grace! Sin is a disgrace because it separates us from the grace of God!
What can you do?
A nation is made up of people. You are a person - free person! You have an opportunity to grace your nation with the goodness of God and His truth. With opportunity comes responsibility. Responsible use of freedom allows God to shed His grace on that people.
Grace or DIS-grace? It is up to you!