I good friend of mine, Pastor Tom Parrish, has always been a writer mentor for me. He is clear, to the point, and has something to say. I asked him if I could use some of his material in my blogs, with his permission. So, on this celebratory day of our independence, I have combined some of his thoughts into this blog edition.
A SPIRITUAL VACUUM! America has created a spiritual vacuum! People’s hearts and hopes are empty and meaningless. With such a vacuum anger, resentment, bitterness, revenge, and murder take over. While many say we are experiencing an increase in mental illness, we fail to look to the source of that emptiness. King Solomon pointed this out in:
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
In 1670, Blaise Pascal published Pensées, which was a defense of the Christian religion. In that book, he has a quote:
“What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words, by God himself.”
The answer to our many issues, pains, hatred, murder, and fear is NOT:
· Better gun control
· New medications for mental illness
· Submission to name calling and bigotry
· More government controls
· Reeducation of America’s history
· Labeling issues without solutions
The real answer to our many issues, pains, hatred, and fear IS:
· Bowing before Jesus and acknowledging him as Lord and Savior
· Walking in repentance and forgiveness
· Finding solutions rather than just identifying problems
· Loving one another because Jesus first loved us
· Removing the log from our own eye rather than the speck in others
· Speaking with kindness, respect, and concern
Pascal is absolutely right: “this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words, by God himself.”
Yes, Pastor Parrish, you are oh so right.
America the beautiful is still the greatest nation on earth. People still want to come here to start a new life, and in spite of our flaws as a nation, it still has a lot to offer all of us.
I recently spent some time in the Lake country of Central Minnesota. It was as if I journeyed back in time to an era that has been lost a long time ago in the metro area. People are friendly, waving at you when you drive by, and they greet you in their stores as if you were a long-time resident of the community. There was no hostility, no sense of not belonging where you were, but rather you feel like you belong. That is the America I grew up with, and it is the America that is still alive outside of our war-torn metropolis areas. It’s hard to imagine that life in America really exists the way it does in the Lake country of Minnesota today, but it does.
Our larger cities have been torn apart from within by people who feel that America has been plundered by white people and their racist ideologies. The spirit of hatred has infiltrated our institutions disguised as equity-based ideology. Equity-based thinking sounds good but it is really no different than taking from the rich and giving to the poor. Socialism is the new cry of the young, and their dream for America is to undo hundreds of years of history and development simply because they see America as a white slave-holding nation that has never let up enslaving people of color under a system that is less equitable. Yet, every year more than a million people immigrate legally to America and most of those are from Africa, South America, and Asia and are mostly non-white people. It seems inconceivable that people from these countries would immigrate to a country that outwardly is racist and practices how to keep people from an equitable opportunity.
I feel the majority of Americans are like that Lake Country experience I recently had, but you wouldn’t know it by what you hear in the media and the political spin of some of our political parties. Perhaps the real reason our nation is in turmoil is because if we keep people agitated with each other, it will be a lot easier to overthrow their society and convert them to socialism.
Socialism is a lie. It has never worked, and it will never be good for American. We know what freedom can produce and provide for people. Don’t let these people lie to you … America is not a bad nation. We are the most entrepreneurial nation on earth, and everyone has a chance to make their mark in our society. There are countless testimonies of those who have risen above poverty, worked hard, and became successful … regardless of the color of their skin.
Not only do we give people a chance to be everything they want to be, we also give people a chance to express their religious freedom. How many countries are allowing the kind of religious diversity we have in America? Try going to some countries and starting a church!
The point both Pastor Parrish and I are making is simple. America cannot do freedom without the help of God. When we abandon the God of the Bible for the secular ideologies of the West, we lose ground as a nation.
America was made great because it gave its people the right to worship freely, and keep God first in all we did as a nation.
Have we lost this freedom? If so, we will be destined to repeat the mistakes of other countries who thought socialism was their answer.
May God have mercy on America.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler