Our Exceptional Nation

The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence text on worn paper, used by permission.

I desire to be positive about our country, love our fellow man, put Americans first. Will you join me? It is time to rise up and be good citizens, and treat everyone equally. It is time to vote, for or against, the things we are passionate about. It is time to be Americans.

For my Christian brothers and sisters, let’s realize that every word coming from someone’s mouth is not a prophetic word of doom for our nation. We are to live by every word that comes from the mouth of God, not man. 

Is God through with America? Who is presumptuous enough to make that statement? False prophets were stoned in Old Testament times. Perhaps God will tarry for another 1,000 years? Perhaps God has plans for us still? Perhaps God is waiting for you to share His good news with someone who will help change the world? Perhaps God loves America and will use the great and free people of this country to shower His love upon the world? Perhaps He wants to use our freedom to show the world everlasting freedom that comes through Him? After all, didn’t Jesus say that He came that we might have life more abundantly?

God is able to do far more abundantly than we ask or think.

Perhaps God is just waiting…for you, and me?

It is time to live up to this self-evident truth…that all men and women are created equal and are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Let’s celebrate the blessing of living in our exceptional country. Pull back your shoulders, stand up tall, put a smile on your face, reach out your hand and help your fellow man, as one created in God’s image, to be all he or she can be.

Who can you help today? How can you be a citizen who contributes to the good of your fellow man? Are you ready to put on love?

Cheer up, (I repeat) put a smile on your face. It’s a great country. The best in the world. Let’s do it.

Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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