Hot dogs, burger patties, chicken on the grill, parades, picnics and bright flags of red, white and blue—all celebrating the pride felt in America. But as fireworks light up the sky, is God up in heaven, waving the stars and stripes along with us?
We are, after all, the nation that stamps “God bless America” on signs and bumper stickers. Hasn’t this country indeed been blessed with all its freedoms? Haven’t we found favor with God?
Yes, of course God loves America, but not just America.
In fact, His love is so unique that He can love us all the same. He created us and doesn’t pick favorites. He’s not an American patriot, but loves all nations. More than that, He loves the people of those nations.
God wants every single person to know Him and His love, from those who have His name engraved on their coins to those who live in impoverished villages. As Psalm 33:12 tells us, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
This Almighty God doesn’t divide people by geographic location or government, but sees each person as a special creation formed by His own hands.
He showed us the abundance of His love when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to enable us—sinful, imperfect people—to have a relationship with a perfect, holy God—the Creator of the universe.
God doesn’t have a high political position or a fancy throne here on earth, but is King over the entire world—and cares about each detail of our lives. The Bible tells us that “kingship belongs to the Lord, and He rules over the nations” (Psalm 22:28).
As King, God could force us to love Him back, but instead, He has given us a choice: to return His love or reject Him.
How will you respond to God’s love?
Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10).
But here’s the problem:
We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23).
The good news?
Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever.
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives!
“Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).
We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:
“Dear Lord Jesus,
I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.”