The Unites States of America was founded upon Christian principles, not just any religious principles. While this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t respect the right of anyone to practice their own religious beliefs in a reasonable way, history tells us that once the continent was discovered by Europeans, many others came over to worship God as Christians in the way they understood his will. Nearly all, if not all of the early documents related to the establishment of this nation refer to God or his providence. Consequently, the pledge of allegiance to our flag describes us a “one nation under God.” Additionally, our money reflects what had been our unofficial national faith stating, “IN GOD WE TRUST.” (While I don’t advocate the formation of an official national faith, I do believe it’s in our national best interest for each individual American to trust in God – Psalm 33: 12.)
We should trust in God because his trustworthiness is proven through all the promises he’s kept at the right time because he is righteous (Joshua 23: 14; Nehemiah 9: 7, 8). Because God is trustworthy, his teachings and commands are trustworthy and good (Psalm 19: 7-11; 111:7-10; 119: 137-144). Hence, we should trust him as the individuals that make up this great country because he’ll treat us righteously now and for eternity (1 Peter 2: 6; Romans 15: 13; 1 Timothy 1: 12; John 14: 1-4).
Trustworthiness is a two-way street, though. While we can trust in God no matter what because he’s proven that he’s true to his word, we also must be found trustworthy, and will be only if we’re true to his word as well (Proverbs 16: 20; 28: 25, 26; John 12: 35, 36).
God wants to bless us as a country (Jeremiah 29: 11). As Americans, God has entrusted us with this great land and its abundant natural resources. Those resources are here for us to use, but we can be blessed and prosperous as a nation only if we use them wisely as he has told us (Proverbs 14: 34; Deuteronomy 15: 5, 6; 28: 1-14, 15-45; Titus 3: 3-8).
As Christians we’ve been entrusted God’s message of love to the world (1 Corinthians 4: 1, 2). That may seem to be a small thing to do, but it’s in faithfulness with small things, like our daily behavior, that we’ll be blessed with bigger things, like eternal life (1 Peter 2: 12-17; 3: 15, 16; Matthew 10: 32, 33; Luke 19: 12-26: 16: 10-12). We’ll only be found trustworthy and become approved in God’s sight by being diligent in handling his word correctly (2 Timothy 2: 15). Diligence (doing one’s best) indicates frequency and persistence in accepting the word as truth and obeying it (Acts 17: 11; 1 Peter 1: 22-25; John 14: 15; 15: 9, 10).
Do you handle the word of truth aright frequently so you can trust God more and be found trustworthy yourself?
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at: email@example.com