We lament the changes that have been occurring in our country over the past few decades, and they are lamentable. When I read about the persecution going on in other places, I am reminded of what we have compared to most of the world. Here our politicians still find it advantageous to lay claim to Christianity whether or not they have any real faith. In many countries, particularly those controlled by communist and Islamic governments, one fears for his livelihood and often his life if he professes Jesus as Lord.
The poorest among us still enjoy the modern conveniences of our society. Homeless people carry cell phones and post to Facebook. Just across our boarder you will find people who can’t even get clean water. We read passages about the rich and think they apply to someone richer than us, but we are all rich.
God has given this to us, and He can take it away. We, like Israel of old are turning from Him in our prosperity. We have forgotten the source of our wealth. We have forgotten the reason that He provides it. And I, even as I sit here and ponder these things, only want to go so far in doing anything about them.
It is reasonable to ask what can be done. The problems even within our own nation seem too big to solve, and we have it really good. The only thing I know for sure is that nothing will have long term benefit that does not come from Yahweh. In this the United States is no different than the rest of the world. We must turn to Him if we really want to see change.
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? (Rom 10:14 NASU)
We are not doing enough, and we are not saying enough. Fat, complacent, and lacking compassion, we watch the world burn and throw a few pennies at those who are trying to save them to soothe our consciences. Money won’t solve the problem, though it can help. Love can, for those willing to receive it. Love will drive us to share His saving message. Love will compel us to give of all that we have and all that we are where it is needed.
Lord, forgive us and show us how to love.