Has America ever asked you to pray for “her”? Me neither. So why do we hear the phrase “pray for America”? Like it’s a sick person coughing and sneezing in need of healing. Does America breathe air and bleed blood like the rest of us? This doesn’t make sense to me as a Christian.
I’ve heard people say that America is a land built on a Christian foundation. They believe the forefathers were faithful Christians who wanted to have a Christian nation. And now, those same people worry that America is on a road path to destruction. That if Christians don’t turn this country around by bringing the culture back to God, His hand will strike against this nation for its sins.
If you’re one of my non-American readers, I know you’re probably feeling lost right now. Don’t worry; we’ll be all meeting back up at scripture soon.
I have to be honest. I don’t bow my head in prayer for America. If America is an empire destined to fall like Rome someday, so be it. My only loyalty is to God. If anything, we shouldn’t be saying “Pray for America”. What we should really be saying is “Pray for Christians”. “Pray for the unsaved souls”. It’s people who need our prayers in these trying times. Not America.
The US is the only country I know of that has citizens who tie faith and patriotism together. But we need to look back at the scripture to what matters. Oh look! My non-American readers have met up with us again (waves). Glad to have you guys back with us.
All things for the Gospel
1 Corinthians 9:23-25 “I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. 24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”
All things for the sake of the Gospel. Not for the sake of our country, not for the sake of our politics, not for the sake of our race or gender, but all things for the sake of the Gospel. We run this race to reach an imperishable prize. Let us all make that prize the focus of our sight. With hands raised in prayer for the hopes of many souls to receive. As far as I know, America has no soul.
Peace to all those who are in Christ.