The pot is being stirred again. Not by those who love this country, but by those who would love to see her fail and be overtaken by our enemies. In the last several years we’ve experienced a malady much more powerful than COVID. We play the “blame game”, because we don’t want to be the cause of anything that might result from our reckless behavior. People who used to be known for their radiant smiles, now have down turned lips and sad eyes. The wearing of masks has taken care of that. Who wants to look at a sad face anyway?
The blame game is played by all of us when we don’t take responsibility for our own actions. When we choose to think that our ideas are the only valid ones – when we can’t look beyond our own guilt – when lemons aren’t turned into lemonade, but handed to us raw so we can taste the bitterness – we have no one else to blame, but ourselves. Those of us who truly love America and want to see it the way it used to be are frankly getting tired of all the bullying and negative thinking that’s invaded our nation. This insidious tool is making us a nation of mad people. “I’m mad – you’re mad – we’re all mad here.” We all need to share in the blame and actually mean it.
There is so much anger festering right now. I’m sure the Israelites experience much the same when they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. We, however, aren’t used to being patient. We want things done instantly. Two years is a lifetime to us. The road rage that’s occurring, the ability to smile through adversity, the power of positive reinforcement, the lifting up of our fellow man, have all been lost because we’ve been inconvenience.
When a leader takes responsibility for a botched up event, he needs to be respected, but when he’s saying the words and not acting on them, how can we respect? When a friend says something unkind about you and your beliefs and you sit back and take it, you’re showing kindness, but you’re opinion of that person has changed. When our children are being indoctrinated about historical events – when patriotism is a myth and an antique of a misguided nation – when blood is shed to protect our freedoms – when tolerance leads to the ridiculous – when we can’t even be civil to one another – when we are bullied into getting a shot to protect everyone else – when we shame someone into believing they are the problem – that’s the time for all of us to wake up and stop blaming each other for all the bad that’s going on in the world.
Satan was defeated when Jesus suffered on a cross, died and rose from death. Yet God in His mercy has allowed him to prowl the earth creating more death and destruction. He knows his time is running out so he’s pushing hard right now. We must remember that God still controls Satan. He still loves us beyond measure. He wants us to love Him back and serve him while we’re here on earth. He is giving us this time of grace to let others know that hope is not lost. He is using you and me for this purpose. He will deliver us from evil, but we must return to Him and ask Him to.
A war within is beginning to stir. The thought of another Civil War is even whispered about. We have so many differences that divide us, I wonder if we really are a United States of America. Yet God is consistent in all that He does. He never changes. His Word is truth and we can count on His help when we simply get down on our knees and pray.
Psalm 24:1-10 1The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. 3Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? 4The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. 5They will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God their Savior. 6Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob. 7Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. 9Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty- he is the King of glory.