God Mend America, God Mend Me

God Mend America, God Mend Me

This past Independence Day was somewhat somber for me, and I know I’m not alone in that.

Huge changes have been taking place in our country, and for the first time in my life, I can really identify with older generations who pine for “the good ol’ days” and who, though lifelong citizens, feel a bit like strangers in their homeland.

It’s disconcerting, to say the least.

Most of you know that I am the wife of a Southern Baptist pastor, one who fundamentally holds to every letter of the Word of God, and so you probably don’t have to think too long and hard to figure out where I stand on many of the controversies that are boiling up in our nation today.

My beliefs are firm, they are rooted in an ancient text, and they’re not, by the grace of the God who caused me to love His precepts in the first place, going to be changing.

I’m still “crazy” enough to believe in absolute truth, and I believe with all of my heart that God has absolutely spoken truth about these issues, long before we ever began to face them.

There is pleasure in this realization, that, even if the entire world changes their mind on a subject, God will hold me fast and keep my feet and my beliefs from slipping, but, if I’m being honest, there is also a goodly amount of fear.

Christianity has always been so comfortable in the America I grew up in, and it didn’t ask too very much of me aside from going to church on Sunday and being nice to the folks who waited on me at the restaurant afterward.

And so, no, I don’t really WANT to be the odd man out.

I don’t want for people to dislike me, or think I am heartless or cruel.

I don’t want to be labeled a backwoods bigot for simply believing the same things that I have always believed, beliefs that most people were okay with until, like, yesterday.

I don’t want to be misrepresented by the world’s more-negative-by-the-minute idea of what Christianity is.

I like people, you see, and even better, I like it when people like me.

Still yet, even though I’m afraid, I sincerely don’t believe that Christians should stay separated from the state of affairs in the country of which they are citizens. In this beautiful democracy, we have a voice and we have a vote, and I want to always use both to stand up for what is true, not just for the good of my own family, but for my fellow man.

Because — and this is important — it’s not as if I’m just regurgitating what some talking religious head told me to say.

I really believe in the guidelines of the Bible, I believe they are the VERY WORDS of the God who made me, I believe they are true and right and helpful and that, if obeyed, will result in the only sort of joyful and fulfilling life that there is to live.

I believe this on faith, yes, but I also believe it because I have experienced it, firsthand. I have tested this life and, I kid you not, it is LEGIT, through and through.

Therefore, as one bearing testimony concerning the validity of God’s Word, it would be the epitome of “unloving” for me to leave my fellow citizens to fall down what I believe is a path of utter destruction.

How could I just shut my eyes and my ears to my culture when I have something so beautiful to offer them?

It would be a sick and cruel thing to do, and I would be the worst and most lowdown sort of human if I claimed the benefits of my religion without spreading the good news of it to others.

Thus, I pray that God will give me the extra courage to speak up and to speak the right words at the right time, and I’m praying the same for all who call him Master and King.

Which is exactly what led me to this blog post today.

We Christians have been doing a lot of talking, for a long time.

Some of this talking has been truly good and great. I am beyond grateful for the intelligent and wise and Spirit-led men and women of God who are representing us all on the frontlines of the culture wars. I’m praying for them and saying “Bravo!” every single step of the way.

But then some of our talking, sometimes, has great big holes in it, and it troubles me deeply.

The Church, more than ever before, is publicly calling on America to “REPENT”, quoting Scripture verses or the words of prominent Christians, and warning our country of God’s looming judgment.

It’s not as if I disagree with these statements, nor would I even be surprised to find that these recent cultural events ARE God’s judgment, allowing those in our nation to go the way they are stubbornly wanting to go. The first chapter of the book of Romans explicitly describes this sort of rebellion, to the letter, which I personally find kind of amazing.

But something’s missing, I think, in our bugle call, and it is simply this: I have been in church my entire life, and I think we have got to be kidding ourselves if we ever assume that all of the problems in America can be attributed to someone else.

Many of us are asking “America” to repent, and OH how I hope she does, but…

er, what about the Church in America?

Can we really say with 100% certainty God has been okay with the way we’ve been doing things?

Do we think He is proud of us?

Have we been representing Him well?

Has He been okay with the fact that we have gone soft on divorce for decades, sweeping it under the rug and allowing it into our midst?

Is He proud of the way we’ve allowed church members to treat one another, with envy and murmuring and speculation and strife?

Is He proud of the fact that many of us who claim to adore Him can only bear to sit in a church that has music that we like and a sermon that is twenty or less minutes long?

Is He proud that we manage to ingest hours and hours and hours of cultural entertainment but can hardly bear to crack open a Bible and read it?

Is He proud of the way we MAYBE give 10% of our income back to Him – and that’s from the most devout among us! – and spend the rest on our closets and our houses and our cars and our kids and our fun and our games and our future comfort and security while the majority of the world lives in indescribable suffering? Is He proud that we are basically pumping 90+% of our income into the culture that we say has turned its back on God?

Is He proud that we take our kids to church on Sunday but raise them as American-dreaming ladder-climbers the rest of the week?

Is He proud of the way we have bullied His pastors, blackmailing them with their paychecks and treating them more like butlers than shepherds?

Is He proud of our church splits and fights and factions, in maybe every single town in the nation?

Is He proud that we play the part of a devout believer but house secret sins in our private life that we never confess to anyone or get help with?

Is He proud that the only time we can really be counted on to pray is when we’re sitting down to a meal?

Is He proud that we are so ashamed of who He really is that we have dressed Him up and softened His words to make Him more palatable to our culture, and really, to ourselves?

Is He proud of the entertainment that we have allowed in our homes and the filth we have endorsed with our viewership?

In other words, do we REALLY and TRULY think that America would be a godly nation if we could only manage to get rid of so-called same-sex marriage and put prayer back in school?!

I don’t have all the answers – oh, my, not even close! – but sometime I just wonder if perhaps WE are the ones who need to repent, first, before we call on America to do so.

Perhaps we, the Church, should be humbling ourselves and seeking God’s face and turning from OUR wicked ways.

Perhaps, before we point out the specks in the eyes of unbelievers across America, we need to remove the logs from our own eyes.

Perhaps, before we post one more public call to America to “turn back to God” on Facebook, we need to write a public status update that apologizes for the thousands of ways we have failed our God, our families, our churches, our communities, our states, our country, our world.

Perhaps, if the people of God would get radically SERIOUS about being the people of God, He would bring a revival to our land like we’ve never seen!

I’m not a prophet or a woman preacher or even a Sunday School teacher, and I’m not trying to talk down to anyone or sound puffed-up or pretentious — and if I sound frustrated, believe me when I say that my frustration largely centers around my own apathy!!! — but I’m pretty sure that America is not going to be impacted by our spiritualized pins on social media.

It will be impacted when we start living like we want everybody else to live – in direct submission to God in all things – and we are never going to do that if we do not humble ourselves, repent of our sins, find out exactly how He wants to live in His Holy Word, and then…

DO IT.

Our real care for America won’t be seen by our Facebook version of a bumper sticker, but will be seen in the way we live at home when we’re stressed, in our churches when we’re sick of people, in our jobs when we have a chance to step on someone to make more money, in our neighborhood when we just want to ignore the people who live next to us, in our marriages when our spouse is just not doing it for us any more, in our parenting when our kids are challenging us on every front, and in the nitty gritty of our everyday, normal, sinful-but-redeemed lives.

Again, I am in no way saying that it is wrong for us to speak up and to share our convictions on social media.

As my husband reminded our church body this week, now is actually a GOOD time to do that. Our nation is being spoon-fed a distorted picture of reality, and we have a good chance to temper that by gently educating our friends and family in the ways of God.

But perhaps our movement needs to start from the ground up.

Let’s purify the bride of Christ, first, starting with ourselves.

Then?

Let’s direct our attention outward and shine our FACES off.

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Dear friends, I will be spending this week asking God to reveal to me where I have failed Him, my family, my church, my former pastors, my past friends, my unbelieving friends, and my community, and I’m going to seek forgiveness first from Him, and then from those I have wronged.

I PRAY that you’ll join me in a movement of humility and repentance, for the glory of our great God and for the good of our beloved America.

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“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected.

By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”

1 John 1:5 – 2:6

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16 thoughts on “God Mend America, God Mend Me

  1. You have expressed what has been on my heart. I am often saddened by the things of the world that seem to have captured the first love of Christians. Love that rightfully belongs to Jesus. The Church is so busy taking down crosses and saying, “Let me entertain you” that she is not about the business of proclaiming the Gospel…the very Gospel for which Christ died. The Church is definitely the one who needs to repent!

  2. Yes. This. Nearly every word. We, the Church, need to look inward and repent. Oh man do we ever! Thank you for putting it into words that convey the point clearly.

    The one thing I do not agree with you on is our speaking out on social media. We, those who say we follow Christ, have bashed and hammered people enough on all forms of media. I believe after we have taken a good, long, look into our own hearts, the conversation should be had in our living rooms, front porches, coffee shops, and the like. So much can be lost when it is just said in black and white words, without the flesh and bones in front of us. Relationship. The clearest way to show love. Get. To. Know. People.

    Keep encouraging us, the Church. You are speaking words of Life and it is so needed!! ❤

    • Hi Marcey! I’m so glad you pointed this out, because I completely agree with you. My husband has always encouraged me to spend more time doing what you said, talking face-to-face with people, than I do talking AT them from behind a computer screen, which is so easy to do these days, especially for an introvert like myself. Therefore, I should have clarified that point of this article in the way that he did with our church, and I’ll try to do that now for anyone else who reads this. Many of us had questions on Sunday about how we should interact with our friends on FB in the wake of this controversy, where very clear lines are being drawn in the sand. For instance, there are friends on FB that I regularly communicate with who I rarely get to see in person, usually because they live too far away. These friends are being shown daily on the internet that the world is okay with sin and that they should accept sin and that they should APPLAUD sin, and some of them don’t have many (if any) voices speaking truth to them. The type of “speaking out”, then, that he was mentioning was not the bashing and hammering type that we see so much of on social media, but genuine, private, Spirit-led conversations with people we actually know, or the sharing of good, biblical articles on our public wall that would help to explain what we believe and why we believe it. This takes a lot of wisdom and discretion, and should always and only be done in love. Other than those exceptions, yes, exactly what you said, we should be getting to know people and investing in them in person and not taking the easy route of slapping our opinions all over social media. I so appreciate your thoughts, here, and the opportunity to further explain!

  3. You are so right our christian faith has split in so many different ways that we have so many different churches with different doctrines and churches have split because of this. If we want true revival we must be like those in Acts they were all one mind and one accord and until we as christians come to repentance and fall on our knees and repent and seek God ‘s forgiveness and are in one accord and one mind in Christ Jesus then our nation want be healed. And God has winked at our sin for a long while and I am sure He wants us to to be cleansed and come forth as pure gold a nation that loves God and not afraid to stand for the truth. His desire is that all come to repentance and be saved. Jesus was and is different and we as christians need to be different. We don’t work for salvation or work to keep it, Jesus has did this already, we need to work to show salvation to those who need it and to those who are hurting and in need. I feel the same way as you and desire that God reveals to me all that I need to repent of, and to help me to change it in my life .I love you in the Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour.

  4. Thank you for speaking out! I follow a few “Christian” blogs that have not said a word about it, I think for fear of losing people, money, etc. God is bigger than money and we owe Him everything for all He’s given us, including His precious Word that speaks very clearly about this subject. We are called to be salt and light. We can’t do that by remaining silent. Romans ch. 1 is amazing….and scary and sobering. The fate that awaits those who have been turned over to a reprobate mind, those lost forever…..heart wrenching.

  5. This is what our pastor spoke about last night – how the church (we believers) need to stand up and speak the Word. You said it well and opened my heart as to what I need to do. Thank you for speaking the Truth!

  6. Wow! Very convicting. I am so thankful that God has given you a gift and for your willingness to use it. Amen sister!!!

  7. Spoken perfectly! Thank you for being bold enough to say what truly needs to be said! So convicting and encouraging! Thank you!

  8. This is all very good. I agree we need to look in the mirror. We Christians have been complacent, and silent, too long. I read a post this week that said America was always an experiment, and it should not be a shock if the country falls over time. We are also living in a fallen world, where the laws of man will never coincide with God’s because our heart is so easily corrupted. The good news is that God is still in charge..SCOTUS cannot surprise Him, even though its decisions may upset us. But, my heart aches with you. Fallen man does not know what he’s doing. As an aside, I’ve followed your blog for a while – I love finding other believers in the blogosphere – and I’ve written an ebook about a holiday project for families. It’s a project we’ve done for 20 years and brings the real meaning of Christmas to children in a creative and fun way. If you’re interested, here is the link to learn more about the book and myself. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/558530
    Thank you for being a voice of truth! Marianne

  9. What a blessing you are to the world. MAY God enfold you in His arms with His love and your precious family. Your gifts from God are beautiful. Your aces with your little one was wonderful. Brought back sweet memories of my four babies. How time passes so fast. About Facebook, I think God allows all things to be used for good, if we His children don’t spread the good news, I have met some wonderful Christians on it. Have just started on it, so I am new on it. Feel free to check mine nd my precious nephew’s out. We are spreading His Word. Rose Marlett and Jim Smith. Rosey 🌹

  10. Thank you for this. Thank you, thank you. I have been feeling the same conviction and I feel very challenged and encouraged to hear it so well spoken. Thank you for both your courage and your humility.

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