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?
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.
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!