Perhaps Karen Carpenter was onto something after all. Agape love has been called “the God-kind of love”, and I honestly don’t think there’s not a person on earth that wouldn’t take it, if they truly knew what it was. But how are we as His children doing on showing that love? The state of the nation is a case in point.
We now have someone running for office who loses emails. We have someone in a position of tremendous power who can’t find their birth certificate and tells me they are a Christian while running for office, then when they become head of the nation now tells me this is a Muslim nation. Well, Goliath, I say this is a nation founded on God, and I really don’t care what you think, I’m praying people into power who will use their influence for good, not for evil.
Where are we as a nation when the stats tell me one in two, yes, two, Christians views porn in some form? No wonder we’re killing our unborn and trying to kill the elderly.
Mother Teresa once said, “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” I couldn’t agree more.
She also said, “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
(written on Mother Teresa’s wall in Calcutta)
How would the nation fare, if we as individuals would put these few ideas into practice? I have to think we could change the dynamic in a very fundamental way. If righteousness really does exalt a nation, but sin really is a reproach to any people, according to Proverbs 14,34, then I’d say we’re doing a pretty lousy job of living out the gospel, doncha think? But I for one, choose to be an Ezekiel 22.30, so when God looks for a man to stand in the gap He’ll find one. Well, a woman. I’m with Keith Butler. Not on my watch. I refuse to stand before my Maker and be accountable for prayerlessness. My bible says prayer changes things. Wanna start a revolution?
Kari, the unashamed-of-the-gospel
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