As our nation celebrates "independence,” it is right to thank Almighty God for His divine protection, guidance, and grace that He has showered upon the United States of America.

When you stop to consider our present blessings, we must conclude that the song lyrics are right: "God shed His grace on thee."

In spite of our sin, God has allowed America to remain one of the most prosperous nations on the face of the planet. Although we turn our faces away from honoring and revering the Lord, He has continued to shower this nation with His divine grace. Although we turn away from His holy commands, He has continued to bear with this nation and to call us to repentance.

For those who think my words are harsh, consider a few everyday realities.

When we pick up a newspaper, watch the evening news, or listen to a talk radio program, we are bombarded with the ills and evils of American society. The words are not coming from some prophet of doom or hellfire preacher, but from news anchors, columnists and commentators from all walks of life.

Some of them, I am certain, have some measure of faith. Many others are not speaking from a spiritual foundation, but are concerned about the downward spiral our country seems to be experiencing. It is apparent there is something fundamentally wrong going on in the United States of America.

Somehow, we have forgotten our foundation, the principles upon which our founding fathers built the framework for the greatest nation in the world.

Folks often roll their eyes as if to say, "There they go again," whenever a Christian leader raises his or her voice about the decline of morals and strong families. Today, a different scenario is confronting us, because alongside Christians, there is a chorus of voices from every walk of life who are concerned with greed, abuse of power, gangs, senseless killings, crumbling families, etc.

In 2 Chronicles 7:11-22, God laid down the conditions for Israel’s continued growth and prosperity. The people shrugged, and ended up losing their land.

If history is any teacher, it is time for us to repent of our nation’s sins and begin to rebuild upon the foundation God set forth.

Is there hope for America, or have we gone too far? I think, if we will repent as a nation, if God's people will humble themselves before the Lord, then He will restore our hearts, our homes, our cities and our nation.

I haven't come up with this on my own. God's dealings with the nation of Israel has set a precedent for all of God's people around the world, and here in the United States. America, it’s time to rebuild!

Pastor Tim Wilson serves at Park Rapids Assembly of God.