What is our country's real problem?

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Watering the Tulips

8-12-2015

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!” – Psalms 33:12

The verse before us today primarily speaks of the nation of Israel as “the people whom he has chosen as his heritage”. However, one can certainly make application of the general truth as stated in the first part of the verse – “Blessed is the nation who God is the Lord”. It is this portion which we wish to consider today.

Presidential primary time is upon us. Jesus clearly told Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world” (John 18:36). We, as followers of Christ, are to be fighting for a kingdom which is not of this world. Without a doubt, far too many believers are more interested in who the next Republican or Democratic candidate is than they are about the salvation of their neighbor. This is a great tragedy of our day. The salvation of one soul ought to be enormously more important to us than whether we have national healthcare or lower taxes. There isn’t one reader of this article that wouldn’t give up any number of freedoms for the eternal salvation of their child. In reality, it shouldn’t matter whether it’s a child or not. The making of disciples is the marching order of the Lord’s New Testament churches. Sadly, little energy is being spent on this today. Even more sadly, it seems a political “gospel” has replaced the true one.

None of this implies that our vote doesn’t matter. It certainly does. It matters for you and it certainly matters to God. Paul told the saints at Corinth, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). This mattered in the subject that he was discussing at the time (i.e. eating and drinking). However, it also mattered in “whatever you do”. Christian people are to “do all to the glory of God”. This includes voting. The main thing to consider when you vote for a candidate is whether your vote glorifies God or not. Some may argue that the candidate which most glorifies God doesn’t have a chance to win. To that, we say it’s irrelevant. And honestly, that may be why “good candidates” are generally unelectable. Christian people are refusing to vote for the candidate which most glorifies God and are voting for the candidate which is most supported by their worldly cohorts. Since our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20), this ought not to be the case.

Sadly, one thing seems to be lacking from all of our politicians today no matter the persuasion. Few, if any, have identified our real problem – we are a nation whose god is humanism. Our nation as a whole has no regard for the God of the Bible and His standards. We murder an average of 4000 babies daily in our nation. This is done legally and even funded by tax money. The largest government supported group has even been selling body parts of these murdered children to the highest bidder. These actions reveal the real problem in America today. We have a heart problem. Our god is ourselves.

Child of God, seek out a candidate that will seek to change the heart of this nation. The truth is, “The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God” (Psalms 9:17). If our nation doesn’t realize this, we are doomed. The worst part is, it appears most Christian people haven’t realized this either.

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