Passionate Patriotism (1 Peter 4:12-16)Pastor Justin Pratt, July 24, 2016
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
It may not be Independence Day, or Memorial Day, but we shouldn't need a Patriotic holiday in order to celebrate America! Tonight Pastor Justin shows us what Passionate Patriotism is like. In a message that is part history lesson and part sermon, we take a look at the founding of our great county and the men who did so.
Spiritually speaking, America is in a dark place, and becoming darker by the day. There is soon coming a day where Christians may very well be a minority, persecuted for their beliefs. The vocal minority is becoming the majority. Christian morals and values are being trampled on more and more each day. As a country, we have spit in the face of God, shook our fists at Heaven, and turned our backs on the Father. It is very possible that parents today may have to teach their children to stand up for the Word of God and His values, risking persecution and imprisonment.
We have many reasons to love America. But Pastor Justin shows us three reasons why we can still love the USA.
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1 Peter 4:12-16
12Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. 16Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. (KJV)