Does your ‘faith’ depend on a free and wealthy America?

If your “faith” depends on a free and wealthy America, what will you do when that context has been stripped away?  Do you really have saving faith?

14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

I listen to alternative media.  Mostly, I listen to alternative media because it seems to offer some degree of reality in reporting what is really going on in our world today.  Sure, everyone has spin; but that’s why we can and should listen to a variety of sources to glean good information.  I”m posting the video below because it contains some good information; it isn’t complete or perfect, nor ‘christian’ (the commentary does contain some profanity, so be advised).  The heading caught my attention, the idea that something or somebody can decide the fate of humanity.  Just that heading was enough to communicate a lack of understanding and a lack of knowing God.  Still, the concerns put forward in support of this theme are relevant to the discussion of current events and what is happening in our country and in our world.

I suppose I’m posting this to serve as a reminder that my faith, our faith in God, is not an American faith.  My faith does not hinge upon where I live or who is in authority over me in this world.  God decides those things and so my faith is in God.  He is my sovereign authority, He is my Father.  He is the Gospel… the Good News that the world cannot take away.

“For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing….”  (Rev 3:17)  If this line of thinking has taken root in any sort of way in your thinking, believing and living… tear it out; get to its roots and tear it out.

“If we are true Christians, we must not expect everything smooth in our journey to heaven. We must count it no strange thing, if we have to endure sicknesses, losses, bereavements, and disappointments, just like other people. Free pardon and full forgiveness, grace by the way and glory to the end – all this our Savior has promised to give. But He has never promised that we shall have no afflictions.” ~ J.C. Ryle

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2 Responses to Does your ‘faith’ depend on a free and wealthy America?

  1. We have a little running joke in our church office about the “American Christian” song, which was probably well-intentioned when it was written, but….good grief….

  2. TimWitten says:

    I know… right Charlie Brown?! ; ] Actually, I didn’t even realize such a song existed until I binged it up. I guess the truth is that I grew up thinking “American christians” were the heroes because we were the ones sending folks to the mission field or food to the poor. Now, who’s going to send missionaries to America?

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