A Nation Blessed
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance."1
While this Scripture passage was addressed to the nation of Israel, the principle, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord," without doubt applies to every nation whose God is the Lord.
This is certainly applicable to the founding of the U.S.A., the foundation of which was solidly based on Judeo-Christian principles, and whose God was the Lord. Sadly, more and more, as a nation, we are increasingly moving away from this spiritual foundation.
Going back more than half a century we were given a grave warning by Charles Augustus Lindbergh of aviation fame, who, in the early days of flying, at the age of 25 was the first pilot to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. This was on May 20-21, 1927.
At the time of World War II Lindberg, at first, was opposed to the U.S. voluntarily entering the war, but later changed his mind. He had said: "I saw the aircraft I love destroying the civilization I expected it to save. Now I understand that spiritual truth is more essential to a nation than the mortar in its cities' walls. For when the actions of a people are undergirded by spiritual truths, there is safety. When spiritual truths are rejected, it is only a matter of time before civilization will collapse."2
It is significant that Lindberg's foresight into the importance of spiritual truth for the enduring safety of civilization was seen at a time when the United States was becoming one of the most powerful nations in the world. But today, however, it appears that the need for this spiritual foundation is not only being totally ignored, but also being eroded, by so many of today's leaders and citizens, who are much more concerned with being "politically correct" than they are about the nation being "undergirded by spiritual truths."
Tragically, Charles Lindberg's prophetic statement is indeed being played out in the U.S.A. of today. May God have mercy on us.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for your Word that assures us that 'blessed is that nation whose God is the Lord.' Tragically, we have as a nation, by and large, progressively turned from you and in so doing have sinned grievously. Please grant a great spiritual awakening so as a nation we will confess our sins and turn back to you and once again, as did most of our founding fathers, make you our Lord. And please start your work in me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Psalm 33:12 (NKJV).
2. Lee, Paul Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations, p. 1529.