Posted on | January 30, 2013 | 2 Comments
Unless you’re living in a hobbit-hole or go through life without a TV or computer (in which case you won’t be reading this), you’re probably aware of a few worrisome headlines around the country. To name a couple – the Boy Scouts of America are reported to be considering dropping the organization’s ban on gays, plus we now have the addition of women on the front lines of our military operations. To add to these cultural disappointments we have a presidential administration that has shown it is unafraid to stomp all over our religious liberties, as seen in the case of its battle with Hobby Lobby over healthcare, but also in a never-before-seen willingness to take on the most stable religious organization in the world – the Roman Catholic Church. I could also mention that our federal government wants to solve gun crimes by clamping down on all gun users, believes that we should spend ourselves into oblivion, and still supports killing our offspring if we so choose, but by now you’re probably getting depressed.
Suffice it to say – our country has seen better days.
What should our response to be?
For starters – we must remember. Remember the fall and decline of the empires before us. Remember Greece, Rome, England… after all, we are not the first superpower in history. Remember the lesson in Herodotus from Cyrus the Great: “soft lands tend to breed soft men.” How much softer can we get when we smile upon homosexuality and desires our women to fight alongside our men in war? Remember the history and legacy of our forefathers and founders. For what purpose did they seek independence from England? Certainly not in order to subject their descendants to the same type of oppression and government overreach that they experienced.
But most importantly, we must remember Psalm 2. Remember that even though the kings of the earth set themselves against the Lord, He sits in the heavens and laughs. God actually laughs at the efforts of mortal men who seek to lift themselves up. He will not be mocked; He will not be fooled. King David reminds us what God says in verses 7-9:
“I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
So we need to remember that Jesus is King of our country. We don’t need to wait for another hundred or thousand years for Him to be King – He’s King right now! This means that we have a duty and responsibility to stand up for plain, simple truths: as Christians, we can only do what Jesus has said is good, and we cannot do what He has condemned.
This means, and allow me to be abundantly clear, that if you are a Christian, you MUST NOT nor CANNOT smile upon the sins of homosexuality, adultery, or abortion. It means you CANNOT support an ideology that allows for women in combat. It means you CANNOT support candidates who aren’t actively working to pay off our country’s debt and decrease the size of government.
The fact of the matter is, if you’re a Christian, there’s almost no way you can be a Democrat. And it means that if you’re a Republican, you’d better start holding your party and candidates accountable. Yes, our country is in a bad way, and if we’re paying attention we’ll see our culture crumbling all around us. Our culture wants to believe there is no God, and that there is no Judgement Day when all of us will be held accountable. We seek god in our hearts as Disney taught us, or in our capitals as the “state” has taught. Without the proper perspective, it is certainly possible to believe the darkness is winning and the light of the Gospel will be blown out.
But there is only one Savior – and He bled on the cross for our country. In fact, He bled for the whole world. If we are to be wise, we must continue to remember the words of Psalm 2 – “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little.” Our savior is not found in the halls of Congress or in the White House – nor in Washington D.C. proper. He is found in the heavens, laughing at the imaginations and plots of the kings of the earth. Our Savior is Jesus, and Jesus wins.