Two Nations Under God–Let’s Celebrate!

Jon & Jesse Gross holding Veteran father’s flag ~~ Photo by Effie-Alean

On July 4th Americans will celebrate the birth of our nation, the United States. As a Christian, the birth of another nation, an ancient nation comes to mind. On May 14, 1948, after a lengthy battle with Arab nations and also under British rule, Israel gained her independence. I suggest that we celebrate these unique nations under God…Independence Day times two!

Granted, Israelis and Americans celebrate differently, with either falafel or brats, wine or beer,  yarmulkes or baseball caps, a white and blue flag with one Star of David or a red, white, and blue flag with 50 stars, dancing at the Western Wall or swimming at the lake, tambourines or fireworks. But what’s all the fuss?

Freedom.

Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence unanimously for the American colonies to absolve from any allegiance to Great Britain. As James Madison is considered the Father of the Constitution, Chaim Weizman is the Zionist leader who worked for the establishment of a Jewish homeland. Shortly after WWII, displaced Jewish people throughout Europe had no home. Finally, President Harry S. Truman supported the Jews by avoiding the former Palestine mandate. Israel re-gained her sovereignty as a nation…America helped. We are allies. May these two countries always remain friends–in good times and in bad times.

Temple Mount–Jerusalem ~~Photo by Effie-Alean

After all, a correlation exists between God-centered government and blessings. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has promised to “heal our land” according to the conditions of 2 Chronicles 7:14-16. From the biblical Abraham, down to President Abraham Lincoln, both were men of faith, bowing their knees in reverence to the Almighty God.

We offer our prayers, too, on the Fourth of July. We thank God that the hot dogs didn’t burn on the grill and it isn’t raining on our parade. We tell our children that America is “one nation under God,” and Israel was the very first nation chosen by God.

Contrary to popular belief, neither of the two nations, Israel nor America,  is independent. We are endowed by our Creator “with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” to quote the Declaration of Independence. But  wise nations recognize their dependence upon God.

Now, I declare…a celebration!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

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8 Responses to Two Nations Under God–Let’s Celebrate!

  1. Very nicely done with an International flavor, Effie. Thank you for sharing the photo and your words. Both are inspiring.

    • The ideas came to me during an early morning devotional. I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for reading and replying to my posts. You’re a great “follower” of me and our Lord.

  2. Floyd says:

    “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” I struggle to grasp how the lost world can’t look back at history and see exactly the fate that awaits a nation that turns their back on God?

    While I don’t have historical proof, I think it’s an easy assumption that Lincoln was aware of the history of Israel and knew that the division of Israel and Judah was the beginning of the end for the Tribes of Israel. His quote of Jesus, “A house divided cannot stand.” (paraphrase) Keeping the States United is part of the key, the other is the commitment and dependence on God.

    Happy Fourth of July. May we confess our sins and may He heal our nation…

    • Your thoughts took my post a little deeper. I totally agree with you. Today, at SBC, a man sang, “God Bless America” in a very soulful rendition. I do pray that America will return to God. Yes, only He can heal our land. Thanks, Floyd.

  3. Floyd says:

    What a great picture honoring their father and their Father…

  4. Audra Krell says:

    Wise nations and especially wise individuals recognize their dependence on God. One person can change a church and one church can change a city. May we all realize and celebrate the deep blessing of dependence!

    • Audra, Isn’t it wonderful that God gives wisdom to those who ask for it? I pray that Americans will seek Him. That’s right; it only takes one to generate change. Without God, we are nothing. With Him we are able to do all things. Amazing, huh?

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