Although it may not seem like it now, our country was built on a cornerstone of faith. Our declaration of independence references God 5 times. George Washington said:
“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”
Thomas Jefferson said:
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?”
Where is our cornerstone now? It is sometimes hard to see it among the mass shootings, abortions, sexual promiscuity and anti-Christian rhetoric that floods our country and our media.
God has laid the cornerstone for each of us. It is up to us whether we allow ourselves to be built upon it:
Rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, insincerity, envy, and all slander; like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milk so that through it you may grow into salvation, for you have tasted that the Lord is good. Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it says in scripture:
“Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame.”
1 Peter 2:1-6
God has laid a cornerstone. And he has chosen each of us to lay our stones upon His foundation, to be built into a spiritual house. He asks us to rid ourselves of all malice and all deceit, insincerity, envy, and all slander. Why would we want to hold on to any of this? Believe in Him and come to Him. That is all He asks. Believe in Him and Come to Him. Make Him the cornerstone of your life. Don’t we all need that? Don’t we all need to re-center on what is important. For even when we are rejected in this life, God calls us to Him. He chooses us.
You are my cornerstone. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for providing me with the opportunity of another day to create something beautiful upon your foundation. Guide me in your path. Forgive me for the times that I have allowed malice, deceit, insincerity , envy or slander to enter my heart. Fill my heart with your love.