Back in Texas again, which is not bad considering I love this state. I’d be more than happy to call it home. I was talking to a friend earlier and mentioned where I was. He said the Lone Star State should start calling itself the Lone Moral State! I’m not sure I’d go that far, but sometimes it sure seems heading that direction. Given the tug of war between those who wish to redefine our nation and those who see greatness in our culture and values it’s very hard to say where it will all lead. I do know that the latter are not going to surrender, and for that I am very glad.
I’ve thought a lot today about that “redefining” and I can not figure it out. Sure they can turn heroes into villains in our public schools, and rewrite history in an attempt to void out the reality, but it doesn’t take much to see that we were a better people, a blessed and powerful people, when we held to our Christian values. And yes, contrary to the effort to erase that heritage, it remains in the pages, documents, and momentos of the past.
Barrack Hussain Obama declared that we are NOT a Christian nation. Of course many before him recognized that we are Christian nation, that those values were essential to our identity as a people. It is those values that made us great, that shaped our views and pushed us forward through the hard times, ever pressing toward an ideal that we knew was unobtainable, but desirable all the same. In those ideals, we were a better people, and we were a nation blessed abundantly by God. We didn’t have a state church, not all Americans were Christians, but it was (and dare I say is) the foundation upon which our constitutional republic was built.
I wish that world view was far more common today.
For example, equality in the United States was born not out of the concept that all are entitled to riches, but rather born out of a more humble place. It was born out of the fact that we are all imperfect, we are all sinners, and salvation is gained not by our glory, but in Christ. It by grace through faith. There is no pride, there is no boasting. Out of that humility it is easy to forgive the shortcomings of others, and to see others as your brothers and sisters, others created in the image and likeness of the creator.
Humility is lost because we fail to recognize our true state. Pride only serves to further divide. It is pride that demands churches conform to their world view, that is offended by truth. It is pride that seeks to elevate self above all else, and set self up on a throne that belongs to God. It is pride that seeks to silence the very faith that is our foundation, a faith that is distorted and attacked by those who declare good is evil. It is that same pride that seeks the politicians will over the masses and demands conformity to a false ideal.
There is more, so much more to all of this. It is true we have not acted perfectly. It is true some very horrible things were done by the United States. Our President is busy telling everyone how sorry we are too. Yet, it remains that our greatness is defined in our Christian heritage, and in the values that have more than proven their worth. Our hope is in a return to an understanding of truth, not based upon vanity that seeks to esteem self over all else, but truth based on an understanding of who we are, in God, with humility and reverence.
Just my random thought of the day! Y’all take care and God bless!!!