Sharing My Perspective 


Jeaninne Stokes
people pledging

If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  II Chronicles 7:14, NLT
Driving down the highway one sunny afternoon, I passed a car with the following bumper sticker. "America, bless God!" And I thought: " What a thought-provoking statement". For so long, we have asked God as Americans to bless our country, but are we blessing God? Are we blessing God by the lives we live? Are we blessing God by the things we say?

After 911, I penned a poem called: Why should God bless America? I wrote it because a number of people were asking God to bless our country after the tragedy occurred. But in light of the decline in America's moral and Christian values that occurred before 911, I couldn't help but wonder if God was tired of blessing America, because we weren't blessing Him?

Think about it. Should God continue to bless a country where the killing of each other has become as common as the daily news? Should God continue to bless a country where professing faith in a higher being causes ridicule rather than praise? Should God continue to bless a country where homosexuality has become an acceptable lifestyle? Should God continue to bless a country where living ungodly is as routine as a drink of morning coffee?

Don't get me wrong. I want God to keep blessing America, because it is the land that I truly love. But in lieu of the moral and spiritual erosion that has occurred over the last twenty years, I believe there is a grain of truth wrapped up in the words of the bumper sticker I saw while driving down the highway, and that maybe it is time we stopped asking God to bless America, and for America to bless God.

Sharing my perspective,


Jeaninne Stokes is a Christian author, educator and Bible-teacher. She  writes to inspire and challenge readers as they seek to live a life of faith in every aspect of their lives. She is the author of Living by faith: A collection of inspirational poetry and Lessons from the Wilderness: A devotional for aspiring writers beginning the journey to write for publication. To learn more about her writing ministry, visit her at