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Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2010 07:09:53 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: REALITY CHECK

Exalted Nation
 by Stan Mitchell

What makes a nation great? What factors led the United
States to become, unquestionably, the greatest nation
in history?

Was it our superior architecture or powerful armies
with their smart weapons? Was God's blessing of this
nation automatic? Was it a manifest destiny?

I do not believe that our nation's glory was an
accident. We did not rise to power, we were raised. We
did not become powerful, we were given power.

But that power is conditional.

The wise man of Proverbs reminds us that "Righteousness
exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people"
(Proverbs 14:34, ESV).

This nation grew strong by means of its high moral
character, hard work and respect for God. We were
blessed as a consequence.

If our nation falls into decline, you can count on it,
the causes will be the same. We will fail because we
were immoral, became lazy and despised God.

And God will abandon us.

By this definition, is America "exalted" today or a
disgrace? You decide! 

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