Americans celebrate Labor Day today, but what does it mean? According to the US Department of Labor:
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
It is difficult to dispute that America is a blessed nation, or that social and economic achievements recognized as among the world’s best. Indeed, we are a strong and prosperous nation…but only by God’s grace! We definitely owe Him our prayers of thanks and gratitude.
But, what made America great? There may be as many answers to that question as there are people to answer it! Personally, though, I believe we are remiss to think America achieved greatness on its own. In fact, our nation was founded on Biblical principles that, when carried out, propel us to greatness we could never achieve otherwise.
While attempts to revise our nation’s Christian heritage are rampant, one only needs to look objectively at hundreds of statements made by our founding fathers before, during and immediately following the foundation of the United States of America. (You will find many of those statements here, here and in many other sources.)
Yes, it was the sovereign goodness of God upon which America was founded and became the great nation we celebrate today. But where has God gone? We have driven Him out of schools and public places, and even some churches have replaced Biblical principles with false teaching. Yet we wonder why we strive to “make America great again!”
So, here is an idea for this Labor Day. While thanking God for the greatness He has bestowed upon America (despite how we have squandered it), let’s shift our focus to what matters for eternity. In the end, it is not about how great our country is. It is about knowing our Lord Jesus Christ. We live in a culture obsessed with pursuits of greatness, yet I wonder if we have missed the whole point.
Thank the Lord today, for He is indeed good. Then consider these words: