Patriotism and Spirituality

by Dr. Mike Zachary

I believe in a strong national defense, and I believe that dollars spent on improving our military are dollars well spent. I believe it is naïve to think that the world basically consists of friendly people who, with just a little more education, will get along in sweet harmony. Because of this, I think it is important to support every branch of our nation’s military.

At the same time, I recognize that no nation is safe without God’s protecting hand. Proverbs 21:30–31 states this clearly and elegantly:

There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord. The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.

It is important for us to remember that, while we have a duty to do our part, at the end of the day, our national safety rests in the hands of the Lord. So, while it is important for us to support the military, it is also important for us to spend time on our knees in prayer. And while it is important for us to encourage our politicians to support a strong military, it is also important for us to acknowledge the sovereign power of our God, to follow in His way, to walk in the paths of truth, and to love Him with all our hearts, souls, and minds.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, a small band of evil men showed us that great damage could be done, even by terrorists who did not possess powerful military equipment. These men had no nuclear weapons, nor did they have an army of thousands, yet they caused devastation, destruction, and great sorrow. Their evil deeds on that day demonstrate the truth of Solomon’s proverb: safety is of the Lord.

I am definitely a patriotic citizen, and I strongly support a strong military, and I completely oppose military cutbacks. But as a Christian, I cannot stress enough how important it is for us to walk in the fear of the Lord. Ultimately, if the moral fiber of a nation is weak, its defenses will crumble. And a nation cannot be strong morally without the help and guidance of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So when you remember the tragic loss of life on September 11, 2001, also remember how important it is for you to walk with God. And when you are reminded of the destruction of the Twin Towers, remember to honor God as you live out your daily lives.

Mike Zachary

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