Exalted Nation

by Stan Mitchell
What makes a nation great? What factors led the United States to become, unquestionably, the greatest nation in history?
Was it our superior architecture or powerful armies with their smart weapons? Was God’s blessing of this nation automatic? Was it a manifest destiny?
I do not believe that our nation’s glory was an accident. We did not rise to power, we were raised. We did not become powerful, we were given power.
But that power is conditional.
The wise man of Proverbs reminds us that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34, ESV).
This nation grew strong by means of its high moral character, hard work and respect for God. We were blessed as a consequence.
If our nation falls into decline, you can count on it, the causes will be the same. We will fail because we were immoral, became lazy and despised God.
And God will abandon us.
By this definition, is America “exalted” today or a disgrace? You decide!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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  1. It should terrify everyone concerning your statement..”and God will abandon us” I sadly feel by definition America is in disgrace today..starting with the government on down..I can only hope that more of us will pray for His forgiveness, each and every day.

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