How Do You Feel?
Several people in an office building were riding in an elevator when it malfunctioned and stopped between floors. All of the occupants of the elevator looked at each other with a bit of fear in their eyes. One lady saw a sign that listed two emergency phone numbers so she pulled out her cell phone and called the first number. She explained their predicament and asked for help. There was a long silence on the other end of the line and then the person said, “Ma’am, I don’t know what you expect me to do for you. I’m a psychologist.” The lady said, “A psychologist?! Your phone is listed here in the elevator as a number to call in case of an emergency. Can’t you help us somehow?” The psychologist said, “Well, how do you feel about being stuck in an elevator?”
How do you feel about being an American? Even more important, how do you feel about being a Christian? We should feel good about both. Thursday is Flag Day in America. Our national flag represents our way of life, freedoms, and opportunities that are so good that people around the world want to come to America. Is our nation perfect? No. We saw that again last week with the situation involving President Trump “disinviting” the Philadelphia Eagles to come to the White House for winning the Super Bowl. This situation is also wrapped up with the controversy over the past few years with some National Football League players kneeling during the national anthem at the start of each game. Some players do not like this president and his policies. He doesn’t like what he sees as disrespect to our flag and our nation. Everyone needs to remember that we are all supposed to be on the same side as Americans.
As Americans and as Christians, we need to do more than just feel good about it. Each of us has responsibilities. As Americans we have the responsibility to be good citizens, to obey the laws of the land, to be honest, to be a productive member of society, and to help our nation to be strong. As Christians we have the responsibility to obey the will of God, to strive to be faithful followers of Christ every day, and to help my church family to be strong in the Lord. We find this encouragement from God in Ephesians 2:19-22, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Always be grateful to be an American and especially to be a Christian!