a prayer for our country.

I really don’t know how to start this post, other than by saying that the recent events in our country have really broken my heart. America, God has been so good to us. I really don’t want that to change.

Our country; our state (I live in California) is in such disarray politically that it sometimes seems impossible to come back from where we are. But God is good, & He can (& has) done incredible things.

Our current state (pun  definitely intended) reminds me of when the people of Israel were rebelling against God (one of the many times, but who am I to judge?), & based on the peoples’ hearts towards Him, they would get a king reflecting their wickedness, or their righteousness. Well, more often than not, the people got a wicked king. A depraved king to mirror their depraved hearts.

Sometimes God’s way to deal with His peoples’ sin doesn’t seem loving. Just like getting punished by our parents as kids doesn’t seem loving. However, even though we cannot comprehend it, they do it because they love us, & letting us go undisciplined is not loving. (“The rod & rebuke bestow wisdom, but an undisciplined child brings shame to his mother.” Proverbs 29:15) God loves us in that He sent His Son to deal with our sin. . .not allow it.

So, depending on the condition of the peoples’ hearts (whether speaking of ancient Israel, or America), the leader we get reflects that condition. & depending on the person in power, the morals “change”. If we get our moral code from an ever-changing authority (whether it be the leaders themselves, or just their opinions), the morals will change depending on who’s in power; which is why the line of truth is as blurred as it is.

The universally accepted truth in our modern time is that there are no absolutes.
What’s true for you might not be true for someone else. So, to one person, your belief in God is just “your thing”. They might believe in Allah, or Buddha, or nothing at all – but no one is wrong. Everyone’s truth is different.
The statement that “truth is relative” goes against the very definition of truth! Truth is what’s right and unwavering in all times for all people. It doesn’t diminish or disappear, it doesn’t retire or resign, & it sure doesn’t change with the times (truth is not “old-fashioned”). How ironic that that which is true is being blurred just like the definition of the word itself. Ironic, & sad.

Unlike what we as temporal beings can imagine in our tangibly-oriented minds, we can’t change what’s true like we can change almost everything else. What makes me sad is that people think that they can change what’s true just as easily as they change their shoes.
In reality, it’s more like trying to change the law of gravity. No matter what you do or what you believe, you cannot change the fact that if you jump off a cliff, you’re going to fall.
One might say, “That’s not what I believe! If I jump off this cliff, nothing’s going to happen. Gravity is just something that’s true for you.”
How silly does that sound? Well, that’s what people who try to deny the truth of the existence of Christ are essentially saying.
We cannot deny or change God’s absolute truth of the need for a Savior even as much as today’s leadership is attempting to.

America, God has had His hand of grace on us ever since this country was founded. It makes me sad that those Christian truths that were the foundation of our homeland are fading away so easily. Our lack of wisdom as a people individually and collectively has blurred our vision of what’s right & good – & even if we can clearly see the truth, we don’t always fight for it. We have forsaken our God as a country; as a people, & the consequences will grow increasingly painful if we turn our backs to Him instead of our faces, like the Israelites (Jeremiah 32:30-34).

This is what needs to change, & if we need despotic, deceiving dictators of leaders to change that, then so be it. Sometimes just what we need is a little tough love to get us to see that we are so wrong; but the only way to see the truth is to seek the One who determines it.

Now, this may have been just a bunch of jumbled thoughts I tried to make sense of & completely failed, but I hope that someone reads this & sees what I see – a country with the potential to become great again (and NOT by electing a certain candidate, mind you). Great again by the power of a great God. It’s not too late.
Pray. Pray to Christ who opened the eyes of the blind & unstopped the ears of the deaf to do the same to those in leadership positions of our country. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, & thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings & all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful & quiet life, godly & dignified in every way.” 2 Timothy 2:1-2


an excerpt from the weight of glory by c.s. lewis.

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“If you asked twenty good men today what they thought was the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness.
But if you had asked almost any of the great Christians of old, he would have replied, Love.
You see what has happened? A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philological importance.
The negative idea of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the most important point.
I do not think this is the Christian virtue of Love.
The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about self-denial as an end in itself.”

– C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory