P6 November 15, 2020

Our country’s National Anthem is also known as “The Star Spangled Banner.”  Most Americans would easily recognize the tune.  If they were given the first line they would more than likely be able to quote the rest of the first verse.  What most people probably don’t know is that there are four verses!  Each verse concludes with this line – “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

These verses recall the battles and the warriors who have fought to earn us this land, those who have fought to keep us in this land, and those who fight to keep foreign invaders out of this land.  To them we owe much gratitude!  Last Wednesday (November 11) was the official Veteran’s Day.  So please allow me to say, as a representative of Scotsdale Baptist Church, Thank You Veterans.  We are so grateful for your service.  And thank you veteran families.  Our soldiers have served by protecting, and you served in letting them go even as you prayed fervently that God would bring them home.

The last verse in our National Anthem contains this statement – “Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.  Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.”

Like many a flag that has flown on our poles through the years, the elements of pestilence, political polarization, a breakdown in true Christianity, and an increase in gross immorality has left this nation tattered and torn.  Flags can be replaced—our republic can’t!  We are down, but we are not out.   We must return to the Lord, lest our soldiers’ valiant efforts have been in vain.  I am indeed thankful for this nation, but I am saddened by the downward spiral we have taken.

At the conclusion of many patriotic speeches you will hear the speaker say, “God bless America.”  Right now I am more inclined to humbly pray, “God HELP America.”


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