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Is America Great? – July 4, 2020

Is America Great? – July 4, 2020

You are being bombarded on every side.

  • America is racist.
  • America is oppressive.
  • America is divided.
  • America is great.
  • America is the greatest nation ever.
  • America is the land of opportunity.
  • America is the problem.
     

So which is it?

We Americans live in a nation that at one point participated in the kidnapping, sale, and enslavement of our fellow human beings.

We Americans live in a nation that continued to oppress those people even after ending that slavery by means of a bloody and horrific civil war.

We Americans live in a nation that on more than one occasion violated the rights of the native people who were here before it existed.

We Americans live in a nation that is the only nation that has ever killed human beings with nuclear weapons.

We Americans live in a nation that is currently leading the way in a global holocaust – the murder of the unborn in the womb.

We Americans also live in the nation that has probably done more than any other nation in history to promote liberty in the world.

We Americans live in a nation that has been the dominant world power in an era of unprecedented human prosperity and improvement (although far from perfect).

We Americans live in a nation that God has used mightily in the advancement of the Gospel in the earth.

And, hey, only Americans have walked on the moon!

We have been a City On A Hill to the Glory of God.

We have been a source of mourning to His Heart – He grieves at every oppression!

I could go on.

So which is it?

Is America Great?

Is America Evil?

The world we live in doesn’t really have a good answer to that. You have to pick your side.

But Christianity does have answers!

These answers comes from the very nature and state of humanity.

    • Human beings are made in God’s image to manage and improve the earth.

      So God created humankind in his image,
      in the image of God he created them;
      male and female he created them.
      ~ Genesis 1:27 NRSV

      God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
      ~ Genesis 1:28 NRSV

    • Human beings are in a fallen state – capable of and engaging in great evil. (See Genesis 3)

As a nation made up of fallen human beings made in the image of God (both past and present) it is possible for “America is Great” and “America has done great evil” to be both true at the same time!

One thing I have noticed about the Bible is that when God created a great nation (ancient Israel) and wrote their story in a book He did not hide their sin.

When the heroes of Christianity, the first Apostles, wrote down the story of the early Christians they did not hide even their own sinfulness and silliness!

They actually highlighted it.

The leaders of the greatest movement in the history of our planet did not hesitate to show themselves for what they really were: fallen made-in-the-image-of-God humans in the process of redemption.

America is made up of the same kind of human beings.

There has been an amazing presence of Christianity and an amazing neglect of it’s principles – both at the same time.

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”
~ Matthew 13:33 NRSV

The Kingdom of God has come into this world.

It has been growing since Jesus was here physically.

It will continue to grow.

It is like “leaven.”

It affects all of the dough.

It is spreading. It is making the world better and better.

But the full manifestation of this Kingdom is not complete.

This is the story of each of us as individuals (have you ever noticed that there is much God has redeemed about you while you still have the propensity to sin – and sometimes go there?)

I submit that the same is true of whole peoples that have been influenced by God.

God has brought some beautiful things into the world through the American Story.

Humans have tainted that story with sin – sometimes very great sin.

I used to refer to “America’s Christian History” or “America’s Christian Heritage.”

And I have no problem with those phrases today.

But I prefer “America’s Providential History” and “Heritage” because it is about God and what He has done and is doing.

We don’t need to hide the sins from the history of our nation.

We don’t need to pretend current sins do not exist.

Nor do we need to stop delighting in the great things God has done in the world through our nation.

Our nation’s story is a human story and a Divine story.

Our nations story is one of Redemption and Revival and of Sin and Mourning.

Is America Great or is America Infected With Sin?

Yes.

Celebrate America Today – delight in the victories and triumphs.

Mourn and grieve and repent over sins past and present while crying out to God for real revival and reformation.

Let the Kingdom Come in the USA – and the World!

Is America Great? – July 4, 2020
Don’t Give Up! – (Guest Post)

Don’t Give Up! – (Guest Post)

Never Give Up!–Guest Post By Ben Gilmore

I am truly optimistic about our society.  Everything around us is SHOUTING for us to focus on the corruption, graft, lies … (evil!) around us.  Though not living in denial of reality, I am choosing to focus upon those things that are true, honest, just, pure, and lovely.

American citizens are in a war for the soul of their nation and her founding principles.  In war, battles are often won by those who refuse to give up!  I believe God is not asking, “How many times were you knocked down?”   I believe He is asking, “Did you get up the last time?”

Remember – Various media attempt to picture you in a society that is unlike much of the rest of the nation.  We should respond by highlighting America’s exceptionalism and her virtues.  Use the positive as a foundation for sudden and relentless reform!!!

I agree – It appears unlikely that our ship-of-state stays afloat, much less gets repaired and restored WITHOUT an outpouring of the Holy Spirit across America.

BUT

Let us not be caught with our eyes focused upon the situation exclusive of God’s hand in human events.

  • Are there indeed Americans humbly admitting to God that we deserve justice over mercy – Yes, I believe there are.
  • Are there American individuals and groups in prayer for our nation? — Yes, I believe there are.
  • Are there Americans honestly seeking the Lord’s specific direction for their actions? – Yes, I believe there are.
  • Are there Americans turning from their individual besetting sins in an effort to see God’s hand at work?  – Yes, I believe there are.

Does 2nd Chronicles 7:14 (above) apply today?  —

  • Yes, I believe our corporate prayers will be heard.
  • Yes, I believe our individual and corporate sins will be forgiven.
  • Yes, I believe the gracious Lord will indeed heal our land!!!

Why do I believe so unlikely (appearing) future?  I respond, “How big is your God?”

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Moses, in the wilderness, interceded for his people, “Lord, If you wipe is out in the wilderness, It will make you look like an intolerant god, to the watching Egyptians (the world).”  And God repented.  Proving that He prefers mercy over justice when there is proper prayer.  The Bible book of Judges offers many similar examples.

America is the first civil government in all of human history to have been purposely founded upon sound Biblical principles.  If the failure of her citizens to honor those principles is, allowed to cause our national failure – The world will assume that Biblical principles of Christian Self-Government are not sufficient to sustain civil government.  All that the Hand of God has invested in America, as an illustration to the world, will be lost!!!

“Forbid it Almighty God.  I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

Ben Gilmore

Obamanomics

Obamanomics

Are Obama’s plans to help the economy working?

Run Away“Obamanomics, also known as the New Deal, also known as Keynesian economics, is once again shown to be a failure. You can accept the theory floated by the apologists of John Maynard Keynes, that we just didn’t spend enough money, or you can accept that taking money out of an economy so you can stimulate it by putting it back in is as effective as making a lake larger by pulling water out of one side and pouring it in the other.”