I saw this picture posted on Facebook today. At first blush, I felt awkward about it.
I am a believer in God. I would say that the following labels apply to me, for the most part: Evangelical. Conservative. Bible-believing. And there are many, many people in the United States that share these convictions. But sometimes the ways people communicate these convictions embarrasses me.
Take the picture. “America” – I’m guessing you mean North America, and specifically the United States of America? “Great” – what is greatness, Biblically speaking? An incredibly strong economy that has us aggressively accumulating a disproportionate share of the worlds goods? A massive military that can exert influence on others countries, whether they want our influence or not? Freedom that has, especially in the media, proven to breed licentiousness and immorality?
Some people who say they want to make America great also think that they, themselves, are pretty great. If that’s greatness, I’ve got to say … I don’t want that kind of “greatness” for America.
So, to say God can make us great, we need a refined vision of greatness.
My Bible reading today has me in Psalm 147. I don’t want this to sound sacrilegious, but it almost reads like God’s “stump speech.” It’s pretty great.
Urban development: The Lord builds up [the city] … He blesses your people within you.
Social Services: He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds … He sustains the humble.
Homeland Security: He casts the wicked to the ground. He strengthens the bars of your gates.
Immigration: He gathers the exiles.
Foreign Policy: He grants peace to your borders.
Climate and Environment: He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call … He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes … He stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.
Economy: He satisfies you with the finest of wheat.
Priority of the Military: His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior.
Religion: He has revealed his word … the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
God. At times He seems like what we might call a bleeding-heart liberal. At others, a hawkish, economically motivated conservative. I doubt if He could secure the nomination of either party.
But, I do believe, life under His rule would be great. If that is what the marquee sign is promoting, I’m all in.
Oh … and by the way … it will be great. That rule is coming. Probably not in November. But maybe before! And soon.