The America I Do Not Know
This post is a difficult one to write for two reasons:
- I lack understanding of politics.
- I fear it may come off as a scare tactic.
I remember during Barak Obama’s first presidential campaign that he spoke about wanting to bring fundamental change to America. The word, fundamental, was a red flag for many who heard him speak. At its root, fundamental speaks of the foundation upon which something is built. In the case of America, the foundation is the Constitution. The law that has governed the land of the free is in danger of being viewed as antiquated, as something in need of a replacement. The more we citizens relinquish our demand for the Constitution to be upheld, the more we watch our beloved freedoms slip through our fingers, like water through a sieve.
Let us not be ignorant- currently our freedom to assemble, to travel, to dine in a public place, is under attack. Islamic terrorists are here, and they are on a mission. Kill the Jew, kill the American, and kill the infidel are mandates that even the youngest of terrorists learn. What began with shots riddled with praise to Allah in Ft. Hood, San Bernadino, and Orlando is just the beginning. There is more to come.
Do not succumb to fear; that is not the purpose of my posting today. We the People are still a force to be reckoned with – we are America. We are wise because we know our rights, and we have children and grandchildren for whom we will protect freedom. We still have the freedom of speech, and I will not miss the opportunity to declare “foul play” on our national leaders. They appear to be more concerned with the comfort of those who have no desire to assimilate to American culture than with the protection of citizens.
While I live in the America I do not know, I am fully comforted by the fact that I know Jesus Christ, and He knows me. I belong to God the Father. Though my freedoms are under attack, my eternal freedom in Christ is secure. Whether I die of old age, or I am caught up with the Lord in the sky at His time of coming for His church, I know where I will go. Heaven is my home, and the knowledge of such floods my soul with peace.
If you are reading this and you cannot say that you know peace concerning what will happen to you after you die, I want to share truth with you. You can know peace- His name is Jesus- the Prince of Peace. The best decision I ever made was to confess my sins to God and receive the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. I prayed a simple prayer and experienced a new birth that opened the door to my ongoing walk in newness of life. You can pray this prayer too:
Father in heaven, I have rebelled against You, and my sins are many. I believe upon the blood of Jesus to cleanse me of all my sins. I believe that You, Jesus, died on the cross and came to life again on the third day. Come into my life and make me new. I will finish my days living for You, for You are my Lord and Savior. Amen.