In so many ways, our lives are built upon relationships. And whether it’s our relationship with God, family, friends, or even co-workers, every healthy relationship requires our time and attention if we want to see it flourish. It doesn’t just happen automatically.
Our relationship with America is no different. The blessings we enjoy today didn’t simply happen by accident. They are the result of the prayers, resolve, and actions of our forefathers—the ones who forged the way for this nation to succeed. I think we often take these blessings for granted because we don’t realize the great price they paid to get them.
It is our duty—and privilege—to pick up where they left off. We have to learn what our forefathers did to achieve this incredible freedom and liberty...then do those same things to keep it.
Sir Alexander Tytler perfectly sums up our need to take responsibility and play and active role. He observes that every great nation in history has progressed through the following sequence:
- From bondage to spiritual faith
- From spiritual faith to great courage
- From courage to liberty
- From liberty to abundance
- From abundance to selfishness
- From selfishness to complacency
- From complacency to apathy
- From apathy to dependency
- From dependency back to bondage
Take a moment to reflect. Where is America in this cycle today? Are we dealing with selfishness, complacency, apathy...dependency?
Our Founders said it would take “eternal vigilance” for this country to stay strong. We don’t often hear this term anymore, but it simply means we need to maintain constant responsibility. It’s more than just voting in one crucial election. Eternal vigilance isn’t a single event, it’s a way of life.
I believe most people want to do their part and take an active role in this nation. They may even know when something’s wrong, but they just don’t know how to fix it. And when people don’t know what to do, it leads to apathy, passivity, and even deception.
What is deception? Deception is a lie disguised as the truth. When we don’t know the truth about our history—when we’re not aware of the fullness of everything God has given and entrusted to us—we barely notice when these blessings and freedoms are taken away. We see bad things happen, yet think, Well, I guess it’s just the way it is.
You see, it’s possible for a nation to be spiritually strong, yet historically ignorant. When this happens, we suffer in three different ways—personally, practically, and politically.
Personally, we lose our identity. Our 28th President, Woodrow Wilson stated, “A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do.” Without a clear understanding of the past, a nation has no identity, direction or purpose. It has no clear destination and wanders aimlessly like a ship without a rudder.
Practically, we lose our rights. Because when we don’t know what to do, we become passive and, therefore, powerless.
And politically, we vote in a way that can be destructive. Are we supporting candidates who are leading us toward or away from the Biblical foundation that made this nation great?
The greatest way to begin building your relationship with America is to take the time to “get to know” our nation’s godly history. Learn how it all began. Find out what our Founding Fathers stood for and why. And discover the incredible role Almighty God played in establishing this country.
I can promise you this: As you educate yourself, it will ignite a passion in your heart to not only pray for America, but also to also fulfill your civic responsibilities and take godly action.
The truth is, it’s impossible for a Christian nation to have a passive Church—they cannot co-exist! This means that if we’re going to reverse the “cycle” and once again become a strong, godly nation, then it must begin with a strong, godly Church that rises up to take its responsibility.
I really want to help you get started. I have gathered some of my best articles, along with some of the greatest resources I have found on our country’s true Christian heritage, and have made them available at joycemeyer.org/america. Here, you can also find a list of your elected officials and how to contact them, critical information about special issues, and so much more. I personally invite you to take some time and visit our site today.
We live in a unique time in history, and it’s not an accident—God has prepared each one of us for such a time as this. He is asking us to stand up and take action, not only for ourselves, but also for the sake of future generations.
This is our country, and together we can do what it takes to protect the blessings and freedom God has given us.