Israel was repeatedly instructed to keep their history alive. When children would ask about the Passover feast, their parents were specifically instructed to explain not only the historical significance, but the greater reality of God that stands behind it (Ex 12:26-27). Repeatedly the covenant people were reminded to not forget their heritage in the Lord (Dt 4:9, 23, 41; 6:12; 8:11, 14, 19; 9:7; etc.).

A very significant principle is demonstrated in this. God stands behind all history and all history will work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purposes (Rom 8:28).

We must not forget the history of our great nation. America was founded on the belief that ideas have consequences and that the most powerful, profound, and influential thoughts of mankind are inseparable from our religious beliefs. Religious faith was understood to be crucial to the support and existence of a free society. We must not forget this.

Today we celebrate the liberty that we enjoy in America and commemorate that decisive day in history wherein our independence was forged. The idea was great. The cost was great. The consequences are great. The responsibilities are even greater. We must not forget.

I thank God for America; my country that I love. Please pray for our nation this day, where so much of her history is forgotten. Where so many of the principles upon which she was founded have been reinterpreted and misrepresented. Where God is now so often mocked instead of “trusted.” We must not forget; we must keep the legacy of God’s spectacular work in this land alive.

Instead of asking for God to bless America, let us pray this day that America glorify God!