Independence Day is an exciting time for Christians and citizens of the USA. We focus on celebrating our national, individual, and spiritual freedoms. It is an honor to stand and address our glorious flag with the Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
I believe God raised the United States to be a beacon of religious freedom that takes the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. From the halls of seminaries, Bible schools, and church auditoriums, men and women have gone to the uttermost parts of the earth with the message of deliverance and freedom in Jesus.
The word nation or nations is mentioned in the King James Bible over 425 times. God is interested in nations! A nation can refer to a country or an ethnic group or tribe. Symbolically, it pertains to a multitude of people.
God’s hand rests on those who follow Him. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12 NKJV).
Throughout history, God has worked with nations. In the Bible, they rise and fall according to a pattern. When they remembered God, the nation rose. When they forgot God, it fell.
Kenneth W. Hagin When a nation accepts Christ and the Word, it becomes blessed!
Jeremiah 18:7–10 (NKJV)
7 The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it,
8 if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it.
9 And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it,
10 if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.
We have spiritual freedom because we declare ourselves to be a nation under God. When a nation accepts Christ and the Word, it becomes blessed! You can see the hand of God on the United States from its inception.
Let us gather under the banner of Christ and remember why our country exists—as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Words of U.S. Presidents
“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”
—George Washington, first president
Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 3, 1789
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?”
—Thomas Jefferson, third president
Panel Three, Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
“The fundamental basis of this Nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul.”
—Harry S. Truman, 33rd president
Attorney General’s Conference, February 15, 1950
“Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first—the most basic—expression of Americanism. Thus the Founding Fathers saw it, and thus, with God’s help, it will continue to be.”
—Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president
“Back to God” Program of the American Legion, February 20, 1955
“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we’ll be a nation gone under.”
—Ronald Reagan, 40th president
Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast, Dallas, TX, August 23, 1984
Kenneth W. Hagin
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