March 2

Genesis 12:1-4a

“I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” vs. 2

Over the last few years large numbers of people have expressed a desire to see America become a great nation again. Although some would argue that America is already great, on the surface, there is certainly nothing wrong with aspiring to greatness. The question then becomes, “What is it that makes a nation great?” Is it total domination, territorial expansion, economic prosperity, or global respect? Opinions differ! The perspective of Genesis provides an interesting possibility. The nation that evolved from Abram’s seed would be called great if it became a blessing to all the families of the earth. So how does America measure up? There’s little doubt that we have been blessed, and there have indeed been periods when we have been a blessing to the whole world–but not always. At times we have been obsessed with military domination and economic self-interests. Often we’ve tried to isolate ourselves from the pain and suffering of the poor and the hungry. Instead of opening our arms to the tired masses, we’ve been closed and threatening. It would be wonderful if the vision of Genesis were a national priority and we could honestly say our nation is more concerned about the needs of others than our own. Perhaps then we could truly say we are a great nation!

Thought for the Day: What will make America great again?

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