I have had this song stuck in my head all week thanks to Darla and her post on Tuesday. I finally have a few minutes to just sit and write all the thoughts that have been rolling around in my head this week. This post may be a bit discombobulated but bear with me.
I am disturbed that suddenly some people are proud to be Americans and others are not. Does the person sitting in the White House determine our patriotism. Are we that shallow, selfish, and spoiled that we can be so easily swayed? Regardless of who is President, we are still (in my opinion) the greatest nation in the world. Sure, we are a long way sometimes from the Christian foundation that our forefathers set, but the fact is, we still have freedom and we still have a voice to vote. Will that all change with this new administration? I honestly don’t know. Only time will tell.
I think it is time that Christians get off their butts, quit whining about who is President and be the church that God has called us to be. I think we have had it too easy. Most of us have no idea what it is like to have to stand up for what we believe in. Most of us have never really had our beliefs challenged. I think at this time, it is important for us to get in the Word and know what we believe. People all over the world are killed and persecuted for their faith, but we Americans love to sit and whine about what is wrong with our country but don’t want to get our fat butts off our padded pews and change it.
My brother and I had a conversation this weekend about how radical Jesus was when He was on earth. He came to earth during one of the most corrupt political and religious systems. What stands out to me was that He was harder on the corrupt religious system than He was on the corrupt political system. Say what you want, but the Roman Empire was corrupt! He instructed His disciples to render unto Caesar what is Caesar and render to God what is Gods. I think that His instructions are clear. We are to obey the government that we are under. It doesn’t matter whether we agree with them or not. Paul was also very clear about this in Romans……again written during the Roman Empire. If Jesus came to earth today, I strongly feel that He would not be in most of our churches. He would probably go in and turn over the Starbucks tables. He would be on the streets where most of us never venture to go. He would be with the homeless, the prostitutes, the drug addicts, the alcoholics, and so on. You think He would upset the religious establishment of today? Heck yeah!! It is time we get out of our four walls and go to the highways and hedges and compel them to come.
On a positive note, America still has some values and morals. I think a victory was won in California with the defeat of the gay marriage ban. Unfortunately, I think it will eventually pass, but for now we can still hold onto our traditional values.
On election day in the middle of all the politics an article jumped out at me. It seems that the tv execs at ABC have decided to stop writing story lines for homosexual characters. They have done this on several of their big programs like Ugly Betty and Grey’s Anatomy. Again, their is still some life left in traditional values.
Finally,( I sound like a preacher wrapping up his sermon!) I am not disturbed at all about what is going on in the world. I know that my God is greater than any religious or political system. He is the one who sets up kings and brings them down. If God chose to do His greatest miracle of sending His son to the earth to be the payment of our sin during one of the most corrupt empires, imagine what He can do in our world today!
Seven years ago today, the world as we knew it change forever. For only the second time in American History after the Civil War of course, was there an attack on American soil. And like the good, patriotic Americans that we are, we were royally ticked off that someone would dare attack us. The events of that day are forever etched into my memory. I will never forget where I was and what I was doing. I was at work that day, trying to get my group of girls to school. I walked into the supervisor’s office just in time to see the second plane hit the twin towers.I remember that we were glued to the television the rest of the day. It all seemed so unrealistic. It was like I was watching a movie, but it wasn’t over in two hours with some hero coming in to save the day. The reality was, the heroes were everyday people who stepped up when it counted the most. While they say that time heals all wounds, the wounds of 9/11 seem distant at times but it is important that we never forget what happened that day and we never forget the people who gave their lives for freedom. Here is a tribute video with a song by Alan Jackson..
Do you remember where you were on 9/11?