I love how Merriam-Webster defines patriot:
requirement to being a patriot: a person only needs
a strong sense of love for one’s country.
A few weeks ago our pastor had the courage to tread on "hallow ground" when he preached a sermon on politics. Wow! That was a new one for me. He had the boldness to exhort us, "In Christ, we have more in common than all our differences."
The big idea I walked away with is that, like the body of Christ, our strength as a nation is determined by our commitment to seek common ground. It is our sense of unity that can bind us together, no matter what.
Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal;
you never get voted out of office.
God always does what he says,
and is gracious in everything he does.
Psalm 145: 13 MSG
In this year of records, passions, and elections, we have a unique opportunity to seek blessings of and for our nation. Perhaps we can begin by echoing millions of others who have sung "God Bless America" for a century as a prayer of thanksgiving and supplication.