Rumination XXXII – OK, It’s My Fault

You know, the RT is really wound up over this election cycle, just as I have been over the last few. It seems that our elected officials have all lost their minds. Government spending and our national debt are spiraling out of control. America’s reputation in the world is probably lower today than at any point in my life. Terrorism threatens our way of life and the safety of our citizens, yet our government seems unwilling to stop it. Our society seems to be breaking down day by day.

I’m very sad about the current state of my beloved America. It literally breaks my heart.  

And I have no hope that things will improve in the near future. We have two candidates for the highest office in the land, neither of which has any real credibility with the average citizen. Both have closets that are full of skeletons and pasts riddled with questionable actions. One is a megalomaniac and the other has “a complicated relationship with the truth” (as a mainstream politico recently phrased it). Yet, one of these will no doubt emerge as the next President and only the Lord Himself knows what the future will bring.

So, what happened to America? Where is the hope? What does the future hold for us? Will any semblance of the once-great America even exist in a decade or two? The RT admits that it doesn’t look promising.

Well, I’m here to say that the situation we’re in is all my fault.

Why, you may ask, is this the RT’s fault? Has he lost his mind? Is he bonkers? A few bricks shy of a load? He may well have lost his mind, but even if he has, his reasoning is really quite easy to follow.

The prophet Isaiah said it this way:

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
And rely on horses,
And trust in chariots because they are many
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD. Isaiah 31:1

Isaiah was passing along the Lord’s judgment on the people of Israel for seeking help from the nation of Egypt in a time of national distress (brought on by their own actions, by the way), rather than trusting in Him. And the outcome for Israel was not good. All those horses and chariots did nothing to stop the Assyrians and Babylonians from destroying their nation.

And why were those things of no use? Well, what God wants from His people is total reliance on Him, rather than trying to handle things on their own. So, He simply let Israel proceed with her stubborn, yet feeble, attempts to save herself. The much larger and more powerful nations swept in and easily destroyed her.

This, dear reader, is why the RT is to blame for the current situation.

As an aside, you need to understand something very important. I don’t believe for an instant that America is God’s chosen nation. Nor do I believe that Israel holds similar status today. No nation holds a special status before the Lord. His relationship is with people who choose to follow Him.

So, I don’t think that God is punishing America because it is not toeing the line as His chosen nation. I don’t believe that God is doling out special punishment on us because our nation has fallen from His grace. However, He has always worked His will among the nations and what is happening to us is obviously at His discretion.

I do believe that there are always consequences for imprudent and sinful actions (Gasp! The RT just used a highly judgmental phrase that might offend some. Who is the RT to call something sinful? After all, everyone is entitled to his or her or its “worldview”, right? Shame on the RT for being so offensive!). We as individuals and as a nation are dealing with the consequences of our collective sinful actions. Those consequences are the natural result of our actions running counter to God’s holiness.

Just look around. Our nation is in the worst shape it’s been at any point in my life. There is no absolute truth. There is no respect for anyone. There are no morals. There is no right and wrong. There is little respect for human life, expressed by an appalling number of abortions and an equally upsetting number of other murders. Greed and corruption are rampant. Immorality is the norm. Things that were once considered abominations are now applauded and celebrated. And we are paying a huge price for the choices made over the past few decades.

But back to why this is all the RT’s fault …

I am guilty of trusting in chariots and horses, so to speak. I’ve been hoping and trying to make America proud and strong and powerful again. I’ve been looking to it to solve the world’s problems. I’ve been focused on worldly solutions to worldly problems. And I’ve been doing that instead of putting my trust fully in God and trusting that His way is always best.

You see, it’s taken the RT a long time to grasp the fact that this world isn’t real. It feels real. The pain seems real. Heartache seems real. America seems real. But it’s all only temporary – a mere shadow of reality. What we see here will all ultimately pass away. America will pass away. This world, as well as the entire universe, will pass away. Only then will we see and experience true reality … be that in Heaven or in Hell.

Though everything here will eventually vanish, God – The Holy One of Israel, El Shaddai, Jehovah Sabaoth, The Great I AM – will always remain. That should give us all the hope we need to get through whatever happens on this earth today, tomorrow, after the election in November or at any point in the future (a future that we were never promised, by the way).

The Apostle John said it this way:

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them;
because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

If you and the RT really believe those words, then we have nothing to fear or worry about. It in God’s hands. 

So, the RT is going to try with all his might to follow these words from the wisest man to ever live:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

I hope that you’ll join the RT in turning over everything going on in today’s world to the One who made it all and letting Him worry about it.

July 22, 2016

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2 Responses to Rumination XXXII – OK, It’s My Fault

  1. Daren Howard says:

    Tru dat, RT… Tu dat.

    Sent using OWA for iPhone ________________________________

  2. Pingback: Rumination XXXIII – Heaven Help Us | Ruminations of a Misplaced Texan

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