Americans love to prattle on about our precious Star Spangled Banner and Pledge of Allegiance, and how we are "one nation, under God." But the sad fact is that most of the noble, patriotic virtues we celebrate each Independence Day no longer exist, if they ever did at all.
As Christians, however, we can proclaim honestly that we are indeed one nation, under God: "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9).
Let us keep that in mind, not just today but every day. Political leaders rise and fall, and nations will come and go, but "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).