Let us rant.
Every day, all day long, I read on social media that “America’s only hope is to repent”… or “America’s only hope is to turn back to God”.
Let’s try this one more time.
America isn’t Old Testament Israel.
It isn’t a theocracy.
America cannot and will not “repent”.
It is not a sentient creature with a soul.
It is a political entity.
It cannot “turn back” to a God it never knew and cannot know outside of the philosophical beliefs of it’s founders.
If your solution to our problems as members of a political entity is some massive spiritual “awakening” where the mass of the country decides you have the correct beliefs about God, then we are (pardon the expression) utterly screwed.
That’s not going to happen.
If you think that’s our “only hope”, you’re part of the problem and I sincerely wish you’d shut the hell up.
Our only hope is to believe that there’s always hope if we choose to put in the hard work of identifying and solving our problems together.
Christians can play a part in this… basically by acting like Christians.
The Bible tells us over and over again, “do not fear”.
Yet, we spend all day telling others and ourselves all the things and people to be afraid of.
The Bible tells us to love our enemies.
Yet, we hate our “enemies” with a “holy” passion and even the enemy of our enemies is called a friend.
The Bible says that our warfare is spiritual, so pray.
We say we believe in prayer, but only when we’ve exhausted every other option.
We don’t really believe it accomplishes much of anything, but it does sound pious.
Prayer does change things, but it’s hard work and it’s impious to post real prayers on Facebook.
Do it anyway.
Finally, lets make sure our lives reflect these attitudes;
““Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you”
Granted, these do not bring the joy of crushing the enemy under your feet while daydreaming about Jesus coming back and barbecuing them when you’re done.
They are, however, what it looks like when people turn back to God…maybe we should go first…
Make your own application…