A Tribute to God and Country
Freedom. Patriotism. Sacrifice. Devotion to country. These were the words that came to mind last Monday as I sat in our special chapel, brought to us by PCC's Spirit Singers and orchestra. As a student who has had the privilege to attend PCC for the past four years, I am thankful that they have always encouraged us to do our duty as Americans and vote, but Monday’s chapel was especially unique.
The Spirit Singers shared a musical mix of familiar songs that made us as a student body reflect on our nation's great godly heritage. They sang songs such as “God Bless the USA,” “Simple Gifts,” and many other iconic American songs which make us reflect on our history as a nation. (A recording of their music, In God We Trust, is available at RejoiceMusic.com and on iTunes.) In addition, President Shoemaker gave a word and encouraged us to get out, vote, and do our service to our country. In reflection on how our nation was founded upon God and Biblical principles, he stated, "'In God We Trust' is not just a saying on our currency: it's a concrete statement on which this country was founded."
My personal favorite moment of chapel was a compilation of photographs of different U.S. Presidents in prayer. We live in a day when prayer is under attack, and it was so good to see photographs of the different Presidents of old, heads bowed, calling out to God in prayer because it is so rare to see men in leadership positions today doing the same.
Abraham Lincoln said it this way,
“We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand, which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”
While he may have believed those words to be true of the United States of America that he knew back then, those words ring even truer today. Thankfully, at PCC we are encouraged (such as we were in chapel Monday) that America does not have to continue in the direction it is headed. We are encouraged that changing this nation begins with changing ourselves, our prayer lives and speaking up about the things that truly matter. The Spirit Singers spoke up about the things that truly mattered today through song, as they called out to God to bless this nation founded upon the Word of God.
Students across campus are making strides to save the life of the unborn. Others seek internships with politicians and our very own PCC alumnus Senator Mason (Maine-R) so that they can do their part in helping steer this nation toward the things of God. Whether you are ministering through song, through speaking up for the lives of the unborn, doing internships with political leaders, or if you are just a regular citizen who votes, may we never forget to pray for this nation, knowing that God is always in control.0