My Hope for these “Divided States of America”
“And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:”
Matthew 12:25 (KJV)
As I ponder the plight of the American political system, the above-quoted verse came to my mind. Honestly, I know we are in deep trouble in this nation (and have been for some time). We are polarized. We are fighting and bickering over candidates with no moral bearings. Both are power hungry demagogues that are saying whatever they think the voters want to hear. Both have behaved deplorably in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Do you think either candidate can fix our situation? Sadly, I am not optimistic.
This post is not to provoke debate on which are the lesser of two evils but to share my heart. If you do not like what I am about to say; please understand I stand with you. Americans have left the God of the Bible and are now worshiping at the altar of patriotism. We have been blessed by God (despite ourselves). However, we have not utilized this blessing to glorify the one true God. Instead, we worship our military might and economic accomplishments. We have become slaves to a corrupted notion of freedom. A false freedom that says no one can give me orders. A false freedom that does not recognize the gravity of statements like, “Only God can judge me.”
Please do not misunderstand, I am an American. I love this nation, but I think our time is running out. I feel like one of the prophets of old as they witnessed the moral depravity in their time. (If you do not think our situation is severe; look at who millions are squabbling over in this election!) There was a time for repentance, but it was not heeded. There was a point of no return and judgment fell. Could we be at such a point? Sadly, I am not optimistic.
Please know that I hope my pessimism concerning the political turmoil is unfounded. This post is not to persuade anyone to join one campaign over the other. I have written this to share my heart. I have witnessed family fights and frayed friendships during this election season. Do you really think that we will not face these people again after November? Ironically, the United States are no longer united.
On the other hand, there is an optimism I possess. Although I was born in the land of the free and the home of the brave, my hope is not found in her borders. I belong to a kingdom that is not of this earth, which is not subject to the whims of mankind. This kingdom will never fail. This is the reason, even though, my hearts aches for my beloved homeland I look to the horizon with hope.
The discord in America has forced my eyes to the heavens. I cast my eyes to where my help comes from during these perilous times. Although elected officials may fail me, my Lord has a stellar track record of victory. Do you have this confidence? Are you a part of the unshakable kingdom of Christ? I believe this question is more important than whose name is on the ballot or even who wins the White House.
I remind you of this; one will win, but what then? Have you alienated everyone around you with political propaganda? Whoever wins will most definitely inherit a polarized nation with a great number of opponents. Will you pray for them? The only hope we have in this land is in unity. This saving unity is found in one nation under God (the God of the Bible). What will you do to make this possible?
In conclusion, America is doomed unless we turn from our idolatrous relationship with self. We cannot be the United States and divided at the same time. It will not work. Have we run our course in history? To be honest, I do not know the answer to my question. However, my prayer is for God’s mercy, and God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.