Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A better country

Today in the United States it is the Independence Day AKA the Fourth of July. This is a national holiday where we gather together and celebrate the birth of our nation and celebrate all that she stands for. We do this by assembling at community spots where we applaud parades, have family or community cookouts, wave flags, proclaim all that is good about our nation by speeches, declarations and songs, and we honor veterans dead and alive who fought to keep us free.

I love America. I thank God that He allowed me to be born here. My great-grandparents and my grandparents, all 4, were immigrants. They took advantage of the wonderful opportunities America affords to create a good and comfortable life. That life was passed to the next generations and is still ongoing with the little ones in my family coming up.

But if we are truthful we know that America, once great, is still great but not quite so shining from sea to sea as she once was. We're tattered, a bit downtrodden, faltering. We are not a juggernaut any more. This is because we are under the Wrath of Divine Abandonment. We forsook God and He is forsaking us. He gives individuals over to their sin and He gives over nations, too. (Romans 1).

I'm so glad that I was born in 1960. I remember the moon landings, the thrill of all the new inventions the latter half of the Twentieth Century offered (internet, CDs, VHS, cancer advances, satellites). I stood amazed at the pace that inventions were popping out that made our lives easier. I loved seeing America's military might police the world. You know that the world does need a policeman, right? Just as communities do. And without one, there would be global anarchy. Well, we stepped up. I was proud.

But I am also grateful because I am now seeing the vivid and unmistakable decline. The Lord is stripping away my clinginess to earthly things, including patriotism, and He is gently turning my head to the heavens, where there is a better country.

"These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city." (Hebrews 11:13-16).

Christians are already residents of a better country, and we have prepared for us a place in a heavenly city!
If you are reading this and you're in America, let's celebrate our God-blessed heritage, our veterans, and our communities today. We have so much to be thankful for and proud of. But let's temper that with celebration and honor of and to our God who has in reserve for us a better country, one where we are truly free- in JESUS.

4 comments:

  1. I feel exactly the same, Elizabeth! Amen.

    Kim

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  2. Amen! Very nicely stated!

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  3. Sorry but America has not been great for all. White people need to wake up from this fantasy of America the great nation. Many other ethnicities would disagree.

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    1. Habakuktwofour, I'm so sorry that you do not share in the positive thoughts about what makes (made) America great. No America has not been great for all and it has not been bad for all- no matter what a person's ethnicity. But that is not the point of this essay.

      It is not a fantasy to say America is a great country, I'm only sorry that something has made it so you are on the outside of that positivity and can't say it for yourself.

      You, as your web imprint states, you're a 'random black chick' and you use the bible's verse Habakkuk 2:4 as your handle: "Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith." The LORD justifies all ethnicities, we are all family. I hope you can appeal to God to reduce your bitterness and pain, and remember the point of the essay was that we are all citizens of a better country. Whatever pain you feel or anger you have toward other ethnicities, will be reduced to a vapor in a flash when we see Jesus.

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