Independence Day Reflections
July 3, 2007
We have a lot to celebrate as citizens of a democratic
In Sunday School this last week, I covered an introduction to Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. These books cover the bulk of
A downward spiral into disobedience, a spiral that gained speed over the years, led to the kingdom of Israel in the north receiving discipline at the hand of Assyria in 722-21 BCE and to the same treatment by the Babylonians for the southern kingdom of Judah in 586 BCE. The Bible tells us that these outside forces became instruments of God's punishment and discipline on sinful
One person in the Sunday school class asked me if I thought there were amazing parallels between the history of
Islam's rise and the agenda of the fundamentalist groups stand out. But the growth of
Let me suggest the best course: turning from our direction and embracing obedience to God's Word so that we do not receive God's negative attention. I cannot bring about the turning of the whole nation in repentance, but I can make sure I am living obediently and I am enjoining people in my spheres of life to do so also. If each of us does the same, we will make a difference in God's eyes.
Yesterday I learned that one of our second son's friends from the years of playing soccer died in
What if the same happened on our own turf, with children and older people especially vulnerable, all because we would not repent and return to faithfulness to God? It is unimaginable, but it has happened in history to other nations. The Israelites never thought it would happen to them either.
Start with me, Lord! May I be your faithful servant!
How about you? Reflect on it, and in the meanwhile, enjoy your July 4th!