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Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
Small IslandsPosted Sunday, August 15, 2010, at 10:27 PM
We should not be surprised that schools are struggling and under producing. Public schools made it clear that God was not welcome. You reap what you sow.
Neither should we be surprised that a Federal government, growing more and more hostile to the things of God, in real time, right before our very eyes, struggles under the weight of its own arrogance.
Perhaps Barack Obama was correct when he proclaimed to the world that the United States was not a Christian nation. I don't see how a Christian nation would allow the deaths of millions of our babies, or the various perversions of science for tax money.
Nor would a Christian nation abandon its own God inspired Constitution in favor of a Socialist agenda, or allow its institutions of higher learning to spread the gospel of collectivism, without due challenges.
We are but mere men, and at times we appear very wise, in our own eyes. Without the Wisdom of the Creator, our nation tarries at the brink of economic peril.
What do we do as Christians?
I am a lay person, just a blue collar guy. Allow me a few minutes to have some others speak to address this question.
David Rambo, President of the Christian and Missionary Alliance says, "God expects us to be salt in the world but let's do it in the context of God's redeeming love for all men and women."
Author John Seale writes, "A politicized faith not only blurs our priorities but weakens our loyalties. Our primary citizenship is not on Earth but in Heaven. Though few evangelicals would deny this truth in theory, the language of our spiritual citizenship frequently gets wrapped in the red, white and blue. Rather than acting as resident aliens of a Heavenly Kingdom, too often we sound and act like resident apologists for a Christian America. Unless we reject the false reliance on the illusion of Christian America, evangelicalism will continue to distort the Gospel and thwart a genuine biblical identity."
I reckon I was one of those, working to restore a "Christian nation" rather than proclaiming God's love.
Does this mean we do nothing? Are we to merely wring our hands and shake our heads, and keep our mouths shut?
Rather, we need to be ready to do a kind thing, to stand in prayer for a person in need...and we need to be generous.
Paul the Apostle had a basic message. Christians would do well by showing the world what a saved person looked like. Upon some honest reflection, I was doing a lousy job of that. I had become angry, like somehow God needed my righteous anger to save America. We are never too old to learn, and I apologize.
I hope I do a better job from now on. I will try.
I can see that we need small islands of truth in a confusing world, not raging volcanoes.
Our individual futures are not in the hands of any President, or any ruling class unless we choose to let others control our destiny. God has your good destiny in His Heart. He offers Peace when most are troubled. He offers Truth when so many lie.
John MacArthur sums this up nicely, "...the Church does not need now to become more like the world, it needs to become utterly and distinctively the Church so that there is such an obvious difference that the world can see it clearly. For us here we have a mandate, we can't fix everything but we can be what God wants us to be here. And God will, in His Grace, use us to bring many to righteousness."
Have a blessed week.
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