It’s Memorial Day weekend. We remember the soldiers who’ve given life and limb that we might live in peace as a nation. We sing America the Beautiful:
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
Alas, any “good” that God might “crown” is rapidly evaporating from our midst as we seek instead selfishness, pleasure, and vanities.
- We kill our infants while they’re still in their mothers’ wombs.
- We make sexual deviancy the law of the land…and coerce all citizens to honor it as if it were decent behavior.
- We forbid honorable references to the Lord in the public square…while we allow blasphemy of Him in the name of free speech.
- We encourage people to believe that they can change the gender God made them.
We cannot sing the joy of America the Beautiful. We must rather moan the dirge of “America the Sinful.” The good news is that in our lament we may find hope:
If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
– 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
We must not allow American soldiers to have died for a decadent nation. We must repent to righteousness so as to be a nation worthy of their sacrifices.
Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
– Proverbs 14:34
Be not joyful for America. Be sorrowful…until her repentance brings forth the mercies of the Lord to wash our land of the flagrant and filthy sins that have so utterly disgraced us.