Luke 1:26-38 is about foretold the birth of Christ. The passage explains that when the angel Gabriel appeared to the virgin Mary, she was deeply puzzled over how she would conceive a child. The angel Gabriel explained The Lord had highly favored her, and Mary agreed to carry the son of God. “I am the servant girl of the Lord. Let this happen to me as you say.” Mary, a young girl from Nazareth, said “yes” to God. Much like Mary, our own country has said “yes” to God numerous times.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Happy are the people He chose for His very own.” – Psalm 33:12

Though the United States is not a theocracy, much of our nation’s early days are rooted in Christianity. As early as 1620, this land has been a place for Christians and Catholics to be safe from religious persecution. The Declaration of Independence mentions God numerous times, it’s most famous mention being: We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Patrick Henry, a ratifier of the Constitution, once said “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” This means that the United States was not founded on religion or Christians, but on the gospel of Jesus. In 1777, the Continental Congress decided to spend $300,000 on Bibles that would be distributed throughout the thirteen colonies. In 1892, The U.S. Supreme Court stated, From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation … that this is a Christian nation.” Time and time again, our nation has said “yes” to God.

As of 2012, 75% of Americans were of the Christian religion. What this means is that in America, a nation where you are free to choose your religion, our citizens chose God by a vast majority. This is an amazing statistic, but it begs the question; as Christians, how often in our daily lives do we say “yes” to God? Our true hope is not in our leaders, not in our economy, and not in the current state of our nation today, or any other day. As one nation under God, we are reminded that Christ is where our true hope is. Resolve to find your hope in our Heavenly Father, and say “yes” to Him more often.

Michele D.
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Michele is a contributor from Los Angeles CA. When she is not doing homework or at school she is either kickboxing, watching NCIS:LA, or on FFL.

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