Isn't it wonderful to live in a country where millions of school children declare that we are "one nation under God"? Now we can debate whether we're "one nation" or "under God", but there is no debate when it comes to the fact that we are very blessed. However, we must keep in mind that we aren't the only nation God cares about. He cares about nations all around the world.
Jesus told us that the gospel must be preached to the whole world as a testimony to all nations, then the end will come (Matthew 24:14). This "end" refers to Satan's influence over the world, which in turn will be the beginning of Christ's reign.
Jesus gave His disciples a great responsibility that all of His followers are supposed to be involved with today. He told them (us) to "go to all nations...teaching them to observe things that I have commanded you."
We take this seriously at Calvary. Even though we are small in numbers, we are dedicated to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations. Currently, about 40% of the funds we receive go back out to ministries that are helping us get the message out to the nations. Praise God that He allows us to be a conduit to support points of light in places like Brazil, Mexico, East Asia, Portuguese speaking countries, and the Miami Valley.
What exactly is a nation you ask? In the Greek language the word was ethnos. Doesn't it look like the word "ethnic"? According to the Oxford dictionary, a nation is a group of people that have a common descent, history, culture, or language.
In the Americas we are a melting pot. The vast majority of people have African or European roots. But let's face it, we are all related to a common ancestor - Noah the ship builder. When we look at the genealogies in Genesis 5 and Luke 3, we observe that the line of Adam to Noah belongs to every person on earth. So what happened that made us seem different?
God purposely "confused" the languages and spread people over the earth (Genesis 11:9). Since that time, languages, just like customs and cultures, have evolved.
We are told that God so loved the world (Kosmos) that He gave His only begotten Son". This Kosmos refers to the people on planet earth. He gave us Jesus to save all nations from our lost condition - being separated from Him because of our sin.
There is a future event that will involve all nations. In Revelation 7:9-10 we are told that there will be "a great multitude which no one can count, from every nation, and peoples, and tongues (languages) standing before the throne and before the Lamb (Jesus)," We should be grateful that Jesus has taken care of our reservations.