Thousand Hills Baptist Association
Monday, June 26, 2017

Monthly Message from the Director of Missions

The newsletter is being written just prior to Memorial Day and some of you will receive it pretty quickly (by e-mail) and the copies mailed will be received in early June.  These are months where we observe patriotic holidays.

Flag Day will be observed June 14th (perhaps) in your area with a special showing of the US flag, but certainly on July 4th all the towns will be decked out in red, white and blue for Independence Day.  Our churches generally observe these civic holidays with patriotic music and sermons. Many communities will involved prayers in their community observances of these holidays.  We thank the Lord for our country and for the men and women in the military who protect and serve our nation.  Our police, firefighters and EMS personnel are also recognized in parades and observances. There will be fireworks.  

Patriotism is regarded as a positive quality when we evaluate each other.  I hope you hold your hand over your heart and stand when you hear the National Anthem. Last fall a pro football player named Colin Kaepernick, with the San Francisco 49ers, gained notoriety for taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem at several pro games.  His career is now on the rocks and no team seems to want him.  We live in a country that is free because men and women fought and died to keep it free. Our flag, our anthem, our national symbols…they all deserve respect and attention.

So don’t overlook the patriotic holidays in your church observances.  Pray for your nation, your President, your elected officials and decorate the church with red, white and blue.  Of course our patriotic nationalism does not eclipse our allegiance to our Lord Jesus Christ, but we do thank the Lord for our country and the freedoms we all enjoy.