Deuteronomy 10:12-16 (New Century Version)
12 Now, Israel, this is what the Lord your God wants you to do: Respect the Lord your God, and do what he has told you to do. Love him. Serve the Lord your God with your whole being,13 and obey the Lord's commands and laws that I am giving you today for your own good.
14 The Lord owns the world and everything in it—the heavens, even the highest heavens, are his.15 But the Lord cared for and loved your ancestors, and he chose you, their descendants, over all the other nations, just as it is today.16 Give yourselves completely to serving him, and do not be stubborn any longer.
In the 14th Century before the birth of Christ, Moses returned from the presence of God to the people of Israel, to present the law he had been given. The nation of Israel was at the threshold of entering the land given to them by God, and at the precipice of establishing a new nation. In his address to the people, Moses gave them the Lord's direction for what they were to do, and he codified their laws for living in the Ten Commandments.
Over many many centuries later, another man stood at the precipice of establishing a new nation, that declared its independence from an oppressive power, and were waged in a war that would determine the existance of the new nation. As he led his troops in battle and later as he led the new nation as its first President, George Washington often depended on his faith in Jesus Christ and his knowledge of the word of God. Inthe following statement, he too lays out directions for what they were to do:
"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
--The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343
As we stop to celebrate this 234th Birthday of our beloved Nation, let's reflect on our duties to the country and the people that we steward. Let's embrace the admonition of George Washington, and let's take to heart these words from Moses that are as true today as they were over 3000 years ago:
"...the Lord cared for and loved your ancestors, and he chose you, their descendants, over all the other nations, just as it is today. Give yourselves completely to serving him, and do not be stubborn any longer."