Luke 12:46-47 – the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating.
The American Way of Life, which is based on Judeo-Christian values, thrived for 200 years. Deuteronomy 4:7 – For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? As a Nation, we are now turning away from those values and becoming a shell of our former self. Isaiah 60:12 – For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; those nations shall be utterly laid waste.
On this 235th Birthday of our great nation we stop to reflect on the founding of our country. We think of men like Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, George Washington and many more. Their vision set into motion the American Way of Life and a country that has grown into the symbol of freedom and democracy for the entire world.
The word Patriot is used to describe such men. Patriot – a person who vigorously supports his country and its way of life. While this definition certainly describes our founding fathers and the many men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, there was a time when it could also be used to describe the vast amount of our common population. Regrettably, the word Patriot is now looked upon by those who wish to turn away from the American Way of Life as a punch line or some political kook.
Of all the Judeo-Christian values that we are taught, Jesus held Servitude in the highest regard. Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The Patriots who fought and granted our country its literal independence did so without compensation. They served for the idea of a republic that saw all men as equal. They served for those who could not fight for themselves. They fought for a value system based on the Bible and the American way of life! Galatians 5:13 – For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
When we serve, we take the focus off of ourselves and direct it toward others. When we direct our actions toward the good of others and the general welfare, we are demonstrating our Patriotism. In his illustrious inauguration speech John F Kennedy uttered the historic phrase, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country“. It still stands today as an encouragement to give instead of take, to serve in lieu of being served, a testament to the American Way of Life. On that same day, Kennedy also spoke these words, “…let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own”. In retrospect I’ll take the latter over the former any day. If we simply live our lives as Kennedy expressed The American Way of Life will be preserved forever!
Psalms 28:9 – Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.