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Everywhere you look nowadays are signs, posters, and tee shirts bearing the same slogan: God Bless America. Of course we want God to bless, and He has blessed our nation all throughout our history. This dark time, when we are under such blatant and dastardly attack, may be the right time to ask, not "will God bless America," but rather, "why should He?"

Let us examine our behavior as a nation over the past four or five decades. We ban the use of the name of God except as a swear word. We debase marriage, forbid discipline for children, uphold profanity as free speech and pornography as entertainment. We give animals more rights than unborn children, we praise every religion, cult, and kookiness in the name of tolerance while attacking Christianity everywhere. And then we sing "God Bless America."

Our national behavior is certainly atrocious, but what about our individual behavior? Before we all jump and defend ourselves with the old "I'm a good person" line, let us be careful not to confuse "good" with "nice". Nice people have jobs and families, nice people stay out of jail, nice people are kind to their neighbors and helpful in the community. Good people obey God's Word. God has one standard, namely, holiness. "Be ye holy, for I am holy." He has not only Ten Commandments, but 66 books filled with instructions on how to live a life in obedience to Him. When you and I are truly following the Biblical standard, then we can claim the label of "goodness" on our lives. Until then, let's be honest for once and admit we're sinners falling far, far short of God's requirements.

But, you say, God's standard is too high. True holiness is unattainable, even for the best of human beings. Absolutely true. God knows it's impossible for us, any of us, to be holy. So He offers us His holines, free of charge. Jesus Christ, the perfect Son, lived a sinless life on this earth, then died for the sins of the world. He who knew no sin took the place of every man, woman, and child in death. We deserve that death on the cross, but He went in our place and died in our stead. Now, Christ waits to transfer His perfect holiness to your account.

How is this transaction accomplished? It's a free gift, and like any free gift, all you need to do is accept it. Humble yourself before God and admit that you are a sinner who deserves His judgement and wrath. Ask Him to give you the gift of salvation and receive Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior. Place all your faith completely in Him and Him alone, then trust that He will do what He says He will do--save you.

But, you say, this goes contrary to every religion on earth. That's true, every religion gives mankind a list of rules to follow and deeds to do in order to be saved. But that's not God's way according to the Bible. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us."

Will you stop working to earn something that can't be earned? Will you instead receive God's free gift and the blessings that go with it? For further help, click here or email us.

God Bless America!

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