What is the most patriotic thing you could possibly do on July 4th?
Attend a parade?
Watch a fireworks display?
Set off a few firecrackers and smoke bombs in your backyard (not in Lenexa—it’s a firecracker free zone)?
Enjoy a picnic with friends?
Dress in red, white and blue attire?
Sing The Star Spangled Banner (Not like Lady Gaga or Marvin Gaye—just sing it loud and long)?
Attend a ballgame?
Quote the Gettysburg Address?
Dress up like Uncle Sam and run a 5K race? (Not naming names, but I know a certain Sr. High youth pastor who wanted to do that and have his wife dress up like the Statue of Liberty. She said, “No!” I guess she’s not very patriotic.)
Eat some apple pie?
Write a soldier a letter?
Visit a war memorial?
Listen to a John Phillips Sousa song?
Wave a flag?
How about this: Humble oneself, pray, and turn from all wicked ways. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
While all of the above items are good in their own right (except for blowing up things in your backyard according to the Lenexa police and my friend “Lefty”), the most patriotic thing any of us can do is earnestly seek God and pray for His forgiveness and healing in our land.
I long for God to do something in America that is real and deep and pure. I pray for the day when God’s desires will be accomplished in the United States “as it is in heaven.”
This Independence Day, take some time out of your barbeque eating, fireworks watching, Sousa listening and pray for God to work in America in a new and fresh way.
Praying for the United States of America is the most patriotic thing you could do!