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Topic: The USA (01/08/09)
TITLE: For Such a Time as This (i)
By Kathy Davidson
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The United States of America, land of the free, home of the brave. What a privilege to count myself as a citizen of the greatest country that has ever existed. We have just passed through an election campaign that has caused great patriotism, generated great concern, and ended in the monumental election of the first black president for the United States. In the midst of this election we had values questioned, ideology tested, and the second woman vice-presidential candidate come to the podium and accept the nomination from her party. For some of us our candidate won, for others it was a loss.
And still we are the United States of America, land of the free, home of the brave. On foreign soil soldiers, men and women contend for the freedom of the Iraqi people, and on home soil, men and women contend for the values that remain in line with the Founding Fathers, the Bill of Rights, our Constitution, the backbone of our nation.
It is fitting to refer to the leader of the Great Emancipation at times such as these as the country enters into this presidential term as divided as it was during the War Between the States; tempers were hot, ideologies were argued, and at stake the freedom of a people enslaved by a country founded on the freedom of the individual and written in its Constitution God’s declaration of the unique creation of God that is every man, woman, and child. Abraham Lincoln stated in his House-Divided speech given in Springfield Illinois June 16, 1858, "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other."
It should be every Christian’s prayer that no matter who you voted for, on whatever side of the aisle you stand Democrat or Republican, as Christians we have the duty to stand on God’s Word and seek God to direct this new administration. Paul admonishes us in I Timothy 2:1-2 “I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may live a quiet and peaceable life in all goodness and honesty.”
God reminds us in His Word that trials and tribulations, disappointments, and distress may come, but we have the promise that we grow, we mature, and we win when we put faith in the One who blessed us by planting our home and family in the United States.
“And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b
It is my time and yours. Let us as Christians take our opportunity and unite across this land. Pray for this kingdom, for the leaders standing underneath those fifty stars and thirteen stripes that wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave!
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