And Start Worrying About Your House?
Saleama A. Ruvalcaba
I take no credit for my wonderful title today. While watching a documentary by Kirk Cameron, “Monumental”, he somewhat made that statement.
Who else is completely over it? Who else is tired of the hate, anger and acrimony spewed out every single day by so many people? Not just by non-believers, but also by those who call themselves Christians.
Last week, a Christian gospel artist posted a picture online insinuating that Jesus was now moving back into The White House. This gospel artist was implying that over the past eight years Jesus was not in The White House with the former president. First, let me say; this isn’t about one political party over the other. I’m a conservative Christian, and I base my thoughts and opinions on what the Bible says. However, this particular gospel artist had no right to make that implication. I’m tired of people with a platform evoking division into our nation – especially Christians. Are you tired of it as well?
When are we, as a unified body, going to stop blaming The White House – the Church – the media- Hollywood – schools – universities – the police, and so on? When will we start looking inward – and into our own lives?
Jesus says in Luke 6:41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye”?
It’s sad how many people today are ignorant to the history of our nation. It wasn’t perfect, it’s still not perfect, but I am convinced that lack of historical understanding is what causes a lot of this craziness. We know portions of history, but not the entire story. It’s true that schools may have an agenda in what children are taught, however, as individuals with the capacity to learn, we can take our own time to study deeper. We are not deprived of our history; it’s sitting in libraries, monuments, and inside the hearts of people all across our country. We choose not to learn. We choose to sit on social media all day – full of malice. We choose not to love – instead, we choose to hate. We choose not to accept instead we choose to ignore. We choose not to look into our own lives, rather – we choose to throw stones. It’s astounding how many people actually wake up every single day who choose to be angry at this world.
Who are we angry with?
The same energy and hate we build up can actually be transformed into love and humility if we spend just as much time in the Bible studying the history of creation – and thus, our nation.
1:Peter 2:13-15 “For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority – whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed.”
When Peter encouraged believers with this verse, Nero was on the throne. If you do not know the details of Nero, please take some time to read about him. Your entire outlook toward our nation, and those leading it, might change. Christians at this time were being tortured and killed for their faith under Nero, yet Peter encouraged them to not give up for the sake of Jesus Christ. Peter was eventually executed – nonetheless, he preached submission to authority. Why would God allow Christians to be tortured and killed under Nero? We don’t always have the answer as to why, when it comes to God, but we have the response to God’s governing power – and that is to submit to authority. You don’t have to like what you see. You don’t have to agree with what you see – but as a child of God – your only response is to submit in a godly manner to those in authority.
In our nation, both political parties fight back and forth as to who God’s chosen person is to lead our country. Everyone is somehow right in their view, yet the seething anger between both parties is repulsive. We have no idea who God will use to govern our nation – and we do not know why He chooses to use some people. God used Rahab, a prostitute, to protect His leaders (Joshua 2). Rahab eventually became a woman in the lineage of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 1:5) I’ll say it again; we don’t have the answers as to why – when it comes to God, but we have the response – and that is to submit.
Two weeks ago several governmental leaders posted on social media that they weren’t going to the presidential inauguration which took place on January 20, 2017. It has become comical, in my opinion, that we’re baffled by the growing issues in America. We have “GOVERNMENT LEADERS” posting on social media temper tantrums about their dislike toward the president, and therefore, boast their utter disrespect by not attending the inauguration. Spare me with what the president said or did to provoke their reaction. Are we not adult leaders? Are we not capable of handling unjust behavior like respectable, dignified human-beings? Why continue to eradicate this nation with lack of self-control and discipline? Do we understand what it means to submit to authority?
Romans 13:1-2″ Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authority that exists have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves.”
There have been times when God has taken away leaders as judgement to a nation so that the nation would learn to depend solely on God. Read Isaiah 3:1-3. Therefore, like it or not, all authority is governed by God, and when we disrespect those in authority – we disrespect God. How we respond to what we dislike is a total reflection on our relationship with God. If we cause strife, or abuse, attack and criticize, we are not setting a godly example, and are guilty before God. But when we seek Him and submit to His will – that is when we honor God.
Believe it or not, this nation was founded on godly principles. And as stated, no it was not perfect. (The world has never been perfect; the fall of man – Cain killed Abel – Hebrew slavery –King David’s murder – Cannibalism – Jesus nailed to the cross) If you’re looking for a perfect nation, you won’t find it. However, our lack of knowledge and understanding in creation and history brings us to the state we are in today. God has mapped out a plan in which to live by if want to see peace, unity, freedom and love in our nation and it starts in us by having faith in Him – who is the creator of all. When we choose not to live by faith, in the world God created, – we self-destruct.
Begin today by focusing on your life and your family. Get out of the tiny bubble of your self-righteous inclinations. Learn to pray and submit to God first. When you revere God enough, you’ll learn to submit to all authority. Whatever issues or concerns you have with our nation – you’ll begin to seek godly change. But first, you need to change yourself. Look in the mirror. Do you like what you see? Look at your family. Are they setting a godly example? Study God’s Word, and grow as a disciple. Study our nation’s history – from the right perspective! All of the built up anger inside of you will be transformed into love.
Are you a child of God?
Are you tired of what you see?
Do you want change?
It’s starts in You!