We recently completed our Vacation Bible School summer program. The theme this year was "God's Word can be Trusted." In the days we live, this is not really the theme for most of America and the world. This nation trusts in the best military in the world, the best economy in the world and American exceptionalism. The "melting pot" of the world has been the place where everyone has wanted to come, and still do. In the 1980s, my friend from Bangladesh used to say, "Denny, you are so blessed to live in this great Christian nation. Everyone dreams of coming here.
This story appeared in an older Sunday school bulletin: Some Christians seem to look upon God as a kind of spare tire. A spare tire is forgotten for months at a time until suddenly we have a flat on the road. Then we want the spare tire to be in good condition, ready for use.
A strange spirit has come over America in the days in which we now live. All across America nativity scenes are being vandalized and in some places literally outlawed. As a young boy I do not remember this happening on such a large scale. Why are some folks so offended by a babe in a manger surrounded by stable animals, an adoring mother and father, shepherds from the field, and the angelic host of heaven? What is it that is so upsetting for them? Could it be that they know more of the story than they're willing to admit?
We are nearing once again our annual national celebration remembering the day in 1776 that independence was declared by a small fledging nation-to-be, one day to become the greatest nation on earth, a nation seen around the world and respected for one grand idea – freedom. This freedom was chartered upon great documents, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and with great care and wisdom amended through the years.