Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Are we a Christian Nation?

What I have on my heart is pretty sensitive and my intention is not to stir up trouble.  It is; however, to speak the truth in love, letting the chips fall where they may. 

This whole business about healthcare in the USA and what political ideology is ‘right’ is a manifestation of our more serious problem.  Take a look at "my version" of Matthew 16:1-4:

Matthew 16:1-4  1 Then the Republicans and Democrats came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites!  You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

Maybe we are like this scripture?  Maybe we don’t understand the face of spiritual matters because we are so locked into being ‘right’.  We have a god set as an idol above God.  The problem can't be addressed corporately because it is being adressed individually first.

repdemIn the first place, this country is not a Christian nation.  It may be founded along Christian truth; and by Christians, with Christian founding fathers and founding documents.  None of those things qualify us to claim we are a Christian nation.   A country can’t be Christian.  For someone to say a country could be a Christian country proves you think being a believer is about following rules and performance.  You are right that it’s about performance but it’s about God’s performance, when He performed perfectly through His Son.  God’s saves people, individually, not our man made organizations (even if they are God led when they were started).

Secondly, if you think your party or ideology is on God’s side, you have an idol as described just above.  There is no side in this world, on any topic that God is for or against.  God is desiring you to choose His side, and His side isn’t based in meteorological patterns and whether it’s going to rain or not. Those worshiping God must do so in Spirit and Truth.  Neither are based in this world.  Sounds foolish?  It’s supposed to sound foolish to your natural man.  That’s why the invitation is to step out in faith to trust Him.  Trust Him like Jesus did… when He was asleep in the bow of the boat, in the middle of a huge storm.

Reread the referenced scripture.  Let your spirit guide you and decide for yourself if you think it’s worth sacrificing your intimacy with God to be ‘right’. 

We all desire a nation we can safely raise our children, and without unreasonable intervention from our government into our personal lives.  Because we desire these things doesn’t give us permission from God to allow things of this world to effect us by making us anxious and worried.

Isn’t it just possible that God is allowing all our troubles to reveal our own lack of trust in God?  The anxiety is coming from worry, and things not working out like we wanted.  When a baby does it, it's called a tantrum.  Someday we'll leave childish ways and grow up in the Lord, but for now, let's just see if we can learn what God is teaching.  I am available if you need to talk.   

Now, if you can be honest with yourself and keep it before God, I think you should do whatever is in your heart.  But, if you think God is taking a side, you’re going to be surprised how this plays out (Joshua 5).
I Am,
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