This has been the craziest year with politics. Don’t you agree? Don’t worry, this isn’t a political post. No mention of any candidate. It is an American post. I just wanted to say that I do not understand so many people hurling insults and saying hurtful things. They say them about people they don’t even know and our country. What has happened to people and “Proud to be an American”? Would they really want to live somewhere else? Would you? Not me.
Recently I read an Amish proverb that went “You can’t sling mud at someone without getting your hands dirty, too.” Isn’t that right? Every time we sling mud at someone some of it comes right back at us. On us. We don’t look or act like Christians. Many of us. If we want America to be great, respected, honorable then it starts with us. First we must honor God. He teaches us to pray for our country and leaders. We need to love everyone. Jesus says to love as He loves, even our enemies. We need to respect the “office of president”. If you don’t respect the individual, you should at the very least respect the position. That is not a job, elected or given, that I would ever be equipped to do, nor would I want it.
Do your children have an opinion about our country? Are they proud Americans? Do they stand at attention, hand over heart to pledge their allegiance or do they even care? Children are impressionable. Often their opinions are those of their parents. What small child has an opinion on foreign policy or taxes? Do they really care who is Governor or President? Be careful what you teach them. Teach them to honor and respect those in office here, even if you disagree, teach them to love their enemies, teach them not to sling mud, and most of all teach them about Jesus.
This Lent let’s start mending our country. We can begin by cleaning up the mud that has been slung and is making our nation and our hands dirty. Turning to God is what we need. He is the only hope for our healing. Respect for elected officials and praying for them is essential. Teaching children respect is vital. We can be proud to live in a nation under God. We can show everyone how Christians behave.
We can do this. Join me. Let’s prove all of those naysayers wrong. America is a good country with good people. No, it’s a great country! Let us rally together, pray for her and her leaders, and show everyone. If God is with us, what do we have to fear? Remember, united we stand!
“if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 118:6