December 7 should be a day of the year that would continue to live on in the lives of Americans, to help us grow in a greater dependence and a stronger love for our Creator.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the necessity of our warfare in a speech to Congress on Dec. 8, 1941: “A date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan … Always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.”

We do not celebrate this event, nor any of the others that call us into battle. The value of war in the past is to keep us in the vigilance of our lives to realize how quickly fighting seeks to occur again and again in every nation, with questionable truths.

Jesus Christ is not the author of confusion. We see in the Bible how often He urges: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13). Sin is in every square foot of territory if we allow it. Satan promotes it every second in everyone he can and will never cease.

Peter writes in 1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” That started to be shown into the lives of the very first two people on earth and has grown into every life since. Peter writes in verse nine: “Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” We read in verse ten that God has called every person “unto his eternal glory by Christ
Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while (without Him), make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” Sin is so abundant in the hearts and lives of us all that we must raise our hearts and hands up to the heights and yield all to God in order to be forgiven.

It is so important for aspects of life, eternally, that we “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1). Paul develops more in verse 13 of this new liberty we receive from Christ: “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (verse 13). He brings us to realize what we are to do.

Accountability in the Christian life is extremely important! It is the responsibility that turns around to guard and protect the accountant. This is the wonderful aspect of life that encourages us to seek it more! Paul writes in Galatians 5:16: “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye
cannot do the things that ye would” (verse 17). This accountability to great privileges keeps us lifted up and protected in God-seeking lives.

Good stewardship becomes very motivating in the life of a Bible believer. As we hear the preaching and then read, study and memorize the Bible, we are taken to new heights and insights we never realized before. Our willingness to be accountable climbs higher and stronger in protecting us now and in preparing us for Heaven one day.

This world seems to be quickly growing further from knowing God and loving His Son Jesus Christ. Humanism seems to have become America’s religion, in hopes that it opens our minds and lives far away from any accountability to honor and obey God. Christianity has always been a great negative to people in their day-after-day progression into Hell. Faith in Christ as personal Savior is almost outlawed throughout American society.

Immorality is growing larger every year to be the normal idea of how we are to think and act. Sexual perversion seems to be more promoted in the courts of our land. That and pornography are even championed in colleges and in employment places of younger folks. Living life for sex without marriage – even same-sex “marriage” – is promoted hour by hour by the media. We have lived with the abortion threat of death for babies since “authorized” in 1973. It seems to be past the day when God should call His children of any age up to be with Him in Heaven forever. But we must keep moving forward for God!

“Yield Not to Temptation” by Horatio R. Palmer is a song to consider today:

“Yield not to temptation, For yielding is sin,
Each victory will help you — Some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, Dark passions subdue,
Look ever to Jesus, He will carry you through.
“Shun evil companions, Bad language disdain,
God’s name hold in rev’rence, Nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest, Kindhearted and true,
Look ever to Jesus, He will carry you through.
“To him that o’ercometh — God giveth a crown,
Thro’ faith we shall conquer, Though often cast down;
He who is our Savior, our strength will renew
Look ever to Jesus, He will carry you through.”

The chorus is:

“Ask the Savior to help you, Comfort, strengthen, and keep you,
He is willing to aid you — He will carry you through.”

We honor those who gave so much in World War II to preserve America. We need to now pray that God would observe the remnant of God-fearing and Christ-accepting servants in His Army. Seek Him each hour to bless America as we yield our lives in thankful hearts, growing deeper in righteous determination. May our commitment increase as we live and abide more fully in Jesus Christ this special season!

R.D. “Bob” Hottle is a retired schoolteacher, farmer and pastor of the Anchor Baptist Church.