In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… Hosea 6-9… we see a listing of some of the crimes Israel had committed against God.

The people were guilty of swearing, deception, murder, stealing, adultery, violence, idolatry, pride, and breaking their covenant with God.  But, through the prophet Hosea, God urged His wayward people to return to Him.

As you look at this list of crimes against God, there is not a nation – NONE – that would not be guilty, as well… America included.  But, Israel was held to a higher standard… they were God’s people.

On this Independence Day… a celebration of America’s birthday, I would like to think we are also held to a higher standard.  No nation has been as blessed as we have been; God truly has blessed America.  And, from blessing, we are called to be a blessing.

Are we still upholding a moral standard for the world?  Are we still a blessing to the world spiritually, as well as financially?

If not… and I fear not, there is hope!  God urges wayward people to return to Him.

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