Last updated: July 03. 2014 1:04PM - 136 Views
By Becky Spell Vann Contributing columnist

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Do we, as Americans, have respect for God? Today, we celebrate the freedom of our nation with fireworks parades, hot dogs, apple pie, and all the trimmings. As families, friends, and strangers gather to enjoy the day in style, does our respect or rejection of God’s Word and ways show from sea to shining sea? The song says, this land was made for you and me, but have we forgotten to honor the Maker and honor Thee?

Have American leaders - the people who voted them into office, even the people they serve - forgotten to respect God…our cornerstone? This story is not written in a spirit of satire but one of concern that Christians are being silenced and are not responding in active faith by lifting our voices to be heard and heeded, ‘for such a time as this’. Saul ruled with credentials that spelled success, but He went wrong when pride and desire to have his way consumed his life. Saul made poor choices and God had no real place in his life.

Words from 1 Samuel 13:14 angered Saul “But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”

While pointing fingers is easy, all Americans should be on our knees praying for leaders and for those they lead to give respect and honor to God. Do we respect God as a people? Do we respect Him at work or try to do things our way? If we have constant run-ins with authority, maybe we need to look at our attitudes too. Ways of the world can sway and make us become like Saul, who wanted it all his way.

Wise leadership on any level is essential for healthy, happy people to thrive. Leaders who give God’s opinion no credence can get caught up in their own ideas and may become self-centered and opinionated. A leader who always has to be right, cannot forgive, or has a low level of morality spells trouble for a home, company, organization, or nation. Each of us are leaders in our own way. The leader of the home should lead justly with a fear of God. Leaders in organizations, churches, schools, government, or any leadership role should follow King David’s words, to his son, Solomon, recorded by the prophet Samuel.

2 Samuel 23:3 alludes to leadership as intended by God. “The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.’”

God blesses people in authority when they honor Him, rule with justice, and make right choices.. David realized the importance of servant leadership and reaped the blessings throughout his lifetime, David’s strong faith and leadership skills were recognized when he stood up to the giant when other leaders cowered in fear. God gave him the victory because he was willing to exercise his faith when it looked absolutely hopeless. He was promised leadership as king but never overstepped his authority to make it happen out of God’s timing. David was a fierce leader with a tender touch, a man that was truly after God’s own heart. He made poor choices; he sinned in ways that would go viral on twitter and complete channel coverage on television today. However, David’s love for the Lord reigned in his heart. He repented openly and earnestly and prayed to God for forgiveness. David ruled justly and in fear of God. Ruling in the fear of God means wielding authority to one who is accountable to Him. Those who follow His rules, rule well.

God has blessed America to be a land flowing with milk and honey. For 338 years, we have celebrated Independence Day with freedoms many countries have never known. Great leaders have led us through perilous and precious times. Leaders who have held the highest office of the land: President of the United States have never lived up to the expectations of people who elected them to office. Judging their effectiveness is publicized by polls showing what the people think. Some Presidents have been popular with the people, others have not. It’s all according to which side of the political fence people choose to sit. Some people choose to be like lukewarm Christians, sitting in the middle of the fence, neither hot or cold for what they believe. Strong, Christian leadership is important, ‘for such a time as this’! Every sign in the Bible has been fulfilled for the return of Jesus. We see Biblical history unfolding before our eyes on nightly news. Lack of Respect for God is a global catastrophe, evident in the way people lead and live. Celebrating Independence Day is a holiday Americans thought would never be endangered. Could our nation face the same fate as those we read about in the Bible or see happening in countries of the world today.

The’ rise and fall’ of nations has happened throughout time. Surely, not in America, we say! America was founded by our forefathers as a nation under God with liberty and justice for all, God as our cornerstone, a land where people flock for freedom and benefits not found in many countries, a place where people worship as they please, a homeland for immigrants, a thriving country with opportunities for all her people, a land of abundant blessings with beauty from sea to shining sea.

Prayer changes things. As concerned citizens of the land we love — the country we call home sweet home — the United States of America, let us rise up in Christian love and leadership by respectfully putting God first in our hearts and homes. Prayer is our direct communication. God is watching and waiting for us to turn back to Him. Pray, pray, pray as often and fervently as we play, play, play and we will get God’s attention. He wants us to be free and happy in a land He has blessed beyond measure, but He expects His children to honor and respect their Creator and Father of all nations.

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