The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A nation in despair: Who is to blame?
When the presidential candidate from Illinois said he wanted to remake America, a slight majority of Americans thought it was a good idea. And they voted him into office. Since then, gasoline prices have doubled; the housing market has crashed; the automobile industry has sucked billions out of the taxpayer's treasury; the Middle East has been destabilized in favor of terrorism; our boys are being killed at record numbers in Afghanistan; we have entered a war in Libya in league with the very terrorists we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan; the national debt and deficit have soared to record levels; the US Dollar is being replaced as the world's reserve currency; food prices have risen over 35%; and much more.
This government is spending our money, our children's money and their children's money into oblivion. This government is drunk on social programs to the point that most are either employed by it or are receiving from it. This government is promoting abortion at the expense of life; homosexuality at the expense of marriage; fiscal disaster at the expense of fiscal responsibility. Some are angry at Congress; others at the White House. Some just throw up their hands and say they can do nothing about it. Some say its God's judgment. Some want revolution. Some say the Church should not participate in government. Some say Christians should not be involved in government. Some are just so frustrated, they don't know what to do.
So who is to blame? If Thomas Jefferson was right that the tree of Liberty needs to be refreshed from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots, whereto do you aim the instrument of revolution? Jesus said in Matthew 7:4, 5, "Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the log out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam from thine own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the log out of your brother's eye." Want someone to blame for the problems of this nation? We all have responsibility in this. In place of our own personal civic duty we put hirelings who seduced us with vain words and destroyed us with evil actions.
You might say: I write my congressman; I sign petitions; I make phone calls. You do well. But this is not about politics. This is about the spiritual condition of the hearts of our countrymen. As Christians, we are called to the Great Commission. If we as Christians were doing what we were commanded to do--rather than being inwardly focused on self indulgent doctrines of man--this nation would not have abortion, nor would it exalt homosexuality, nor would it covet our money and property because the majority would know Christ and be disciples in the truest of ways. Just as the Liberty of Christ requires personal responsibility, civic responsibility is required in a representative government. Our passion for Christ is a reflection of this nation.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!