I had the opportunity on Sunday to go up and visit my grandmother before heading back south. When I got there, they were eating lunch so I had a seat in an empty wheelchair and chatted with my grandmother and the other lady that were sitting at her table. During a lull in the conversation, I looked around and realized that these part of the remnant of people who have been dubbed “The Greatest Generation”. I thought back on the historical moments that have witnessed and been apart of. These were the people who grew up in the Depression, Fought in World War II, witnessed both attacks on American soil at Pearl Harbor and the Twin Towers. They’ve lived through the Korean War, Vietnam War, the Cold War, and both Gulf Wars. They had front row seats to the assinations of JFK, RFK, and MLK. They were on the front lines of the racial riots and witnessed both segregation and then de-segragation. Now in the waning years of their lives, they have witnessed the first African-American to be elected to the highest position in the land…..President.
Then in the background, I heard popular music from the 30’s and 40’s and I flash forwarded about 50 years and I was sitting in a nursing home, eating dinner and listening to Guns N’ Roses and Def Leppard!
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!