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In today’s media-saturated America, everyone has an opinion. From Bill O’Reilly to Chris Matthews, Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow – there is no shortage of viewpoints. But how many of those perspectives bring you back to a place of passionate, persistent prayer for the nation?

“Viewpoint” allows the expression on the political, social and moral issues of the day. At times, you may not agree. But in the end, you will be energized to pray for America, with the prism of Scripture and a decidedly Godly direction as your guide. Plus, you can blog your comments to every article, have your say.

Read – then pray with an enlightened, more informed viewpoint for your nation and its leaders. 

National Loyalty Day

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Should Christians celebrate this patriotic day?

By Bill Noles Jr.

National Loyalty Day is a special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom. Communities across America celebrate this patriotic day with parades, special events and ceremonies honoring American veterans.

In this era of anti-Christian sentiment, it’s refreshing to have a president who acknowledges America as “one Nation, under God.” Donald Trump is that president.

Loyalty Day is not unique to President Trump. Every year on May 1, the President of the United States issues a proclamation as part of celebratory activities of National Loyalty Day. Proclamations have been vastly different, reflecting each president’s own definition of loyalty what should be emphasized, and reflecting the nation’s challenges at that time.

“First observed in 1921 as ‘Americanization Day,’ this holiday was intended to counterbalance the Communist celebration of Labor Day on May Day,” according to National Day Calendar. “On July 18, 1958, it was made an official holiday by the U.S. Congress (Public Law 85-529). President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1959, the first official observance of Loyalty Day. This day has been recognized with an official proclamation every year, by every president, since its inception as a legal holiday in 1958.”

In his first Loyalty Day proclamation, President Dwight Eisenhower referred to an “unswerving devotion to the liberties embodied in our Constitution.”

“Whereas it is fitting that a special day be set aside for solemn re-evaluation of those priceless gifts of freedom which are our heritage, to the end that we may stimulate and renew that high sense of patriotism which has signalized our glorious history as a Nation.”

In proclaiming May 1 as Loyalty Day, President Trump described it as a day meant “to express our country’s loyalty to individual liberties, to limited government, and to the inherent dignity of every human being.”

“On Loyalty Day, we recognize and reaffirm our allegiance to the principles upon which our Nation is built. We pledge our dedication to the United States of America and honor its unique heritage, reminding ourselves that we are one Nation, under God, made possible by those who have sacrificed to defend our liberty. We honor our Republic and acknowledge the great responsibility that self-governance demands of each of us,” the proclamation stated.

The president used the occasion of the proclamation to note that the country “will always stand strong” against “terrorism and lawlessness” and to “humbly thank our brave service members and veterans who have worn our Nation’s uniform—from the American Revolution to the present day.”

Should Christians celebrate National Loyalty Day?

In the Judeo-Christian religion, the order of loyalty may be summed up as “God, Family, and Country,” putting loyalty to God first, then family, and finally, country.

“Loyalty is essential to every relationship we have in life that matters—friendship, family, community, country, faith,” according to Virtue First Foundation. “The loyal person acts for and stays with and remains committed even when loyalty can be personally disadvantageous or costly for the loyal person to do so.”

“There is a sphere beyond the political sphere, in the Christian view, and where loyalty to authority conflicts with loyalty to God, the latter takes precedence,” the foundation said.

“Loyalty is often directly equated to patriotism,” the foundation continued. “Loyalty can, however, be given to persons or causes that are unworthy. Moreover, loyalty can lead patriots to support policies that are immoral and inhumane. Patriotic loyalty can sometimes rather be a vice than a virtue, when its consequences exceed the boundaries of what is otherwise morally desirable. Such loyalties are erroneously unlimited in their scopes, and fail to acknowledge boundaries of morality.”

“In Luke 19, there’s a peculiar story about Jesus. In the midst of the pomp and glory of the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Jesus begins to weep,” said Ryan Hamm of Christianity Today. “Jesus, it seems, loved his people, his city, his nation—so much so that he cried over it. He didn’t despise his country or wish ill upon it—instead, he wanted nothing but the best for it, and it grieved him to see how his people had rejected his teachings.”

Much like American ambassadors are representatives of America, Christians are ambassadors of Christ and representatives of Him. An ambassador’s loyalty is to their country of citizenship first and secondly to their adopted country. An ambassador’s sole purpose is to build an amenable relationship between the two countries.

Therefore, a Christian ambassador must be loyal to Christ first and to their adopted country (America) second and must encourage a loving relationship between the two.

Ultimately, you can be loyal to the president and to America—just like you can be loyal to a friend or spouse—as long as you don’t put them above loyalty to Jesus Christ.

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations – Deuteronomy 7:9

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Bill Noles Jr. is a former Christian newspaper publisher, an entrepreneur, author and writer. He and his wife Diann live in Albany, OR.

Member Comments

The following expressions and comments are from our members and do not necessarily represent or reflect the biblical, world views or opinions of the Presidential Prayer Team
  1. Jaime Rice says:

    I pray for “Godly” wisdom. There are many “gods” that are really no gods at all.1 Corinthians 8:5&6

  2. Here’s my thoughts about National Loyalty Day: “Love it or leave it.” My heart bleeds 3 colors: Red, White, and Blue! Lastly, let me tell you hoe I really feel…”I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

    God Bless America!

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