PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
(Official communication to the public)
THE DUTY OF NATIONS
I mentioned last week George Washington’s federal proclamation for prayer and thanksgiving. His proclamation was not just for individuals but nations. He said they have four duties.
First: “to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God.” We don’t use the word providence very often, but the Founding Father’s did because they could see the hand of God in establishing this great nation “under God.” Providence simply refers to God who provides divine care, direction and guidance over the affairs of this world.
Second: “to obey his will.” Nations are not to be an entity that can do as they will regardless of what it does to others. Nations established by God are to obey his will which is spelled out in the bible for the health and happiness of mankind. Acts 17:26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
Third: “to be grateful for his benefits.” What does it mean to be grateful? To show warm appreciation for kindness or benefits received. It’s not a nation gloating over itself for her accomplishments or achievements. It’s looking beyond itself to the one who is omnipotent, loving and mercyful, expressing thanks and praise for what he accomplishes for us and through us.
Fourth: “humbly to implore his protection and favor.” For any nation to enjoy liberty and live in peace with it’s neighbors there needs to be protection. Therefore, a nation has an army, navy, and airforce, etc., protecting it’s sovereignty. One would think that the nation with the most powerful and sophisticated military will be successful in preventing war on its homeland and provide military aid around the world. This is true only when God is acknowledged as the ultimate protector and defender. A nation must not rely soley on its fire power; but on the providence of Almighty God.
The United States has observed a national day of Thanksgiving for many decades and even before it was declared a national holiday. However, if we don’t make the time to acknowledge the many blessings our nation has received from our mercyful, gracious and loving LORD and live like it, then we will see the curtailment of those blessings. November is the month of giving thanks to God. May it continue everyday of every month.
Pr. Bob Snitzer
By the Way: Wednesday 13, 3:30. Confirmation class.
6:30PM Bible study: Early church. Everyone is welcome. You’re not behind.
Sunday 17, 9:00 Morning worship and Sunday school for all. Sermon: Spiritual Warfare – Armor.
November 27, 6:30 Thanksgiving Eve Service. Bring a non-perishable food item for the FC Food Bank.