FROM THE PULPIT: Family values shape the nation’s future

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 04:39 PM.

During this patriotic season, there is much fanfare and excitement among Americans.

However, it is after these festivities that we discover this nation’s heart and soul.

The Pharisees' question in the Gospel of Mark, "Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar?" forced a wedge between God and nation. Then Jesus tied them together when he said, "Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

During our nation’s 237th birthday celebration, let’s ponder our core values.

The family has been the center of every nation that has attained greatness. Hitler saw this when he tried to form his master race. In our homes, we help build our nation’s integrity, justice, peace and honesty.

The ballot box is our last resort. We do not elect public officials to establish policies; they merely ratify what we were taught and teach in our homes. Jesus emphasized the home’s primary nature when He said, "Honor your father and your mother."

A nation strengthens with its people’s courage. When young service members go to war, there are no artificial, Hollywood-style Rambos among them, no superficial John Waynes. Everyday folks quietly, but valiantly, line up at recruiting offices and sign up for battle.

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