“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
And the people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance.” Psalm 33:14
A lot has been made over the recent days about ”God being removed” from the platform of the Democratic Party during the recent convention. An even longer public debate has been over the 2003 removal of the 10 Commandments from an Alabama courthouse, along with their subsequent removal from various schools, public monuments or displays throughout the nation and, even more recently their removal from the publically owned, but privately operated Oakland Zoo in July, 2012. Going even further back, there was the 1962 Supreme Court decision regarding prayer in schools. A lot of people get really upset over things like that.
I’m not one of them.
Do I think that those decisions were wrong? Yes. Do I think they were short-sighted? Yes. Do I think they have made a detrimental impact on both current and future generations? Yes. I think religious freedoms have been diminished by a handful of “liberal” people who were so determined not to believe in God or be held responsible for following His ways that they were determined to remove the option of belief from others…and believers let them. That doesn’t sound very liberal to me …perhaps we all need to check the dictionary for some clarification on that word…it means expanding choices–not just eliminating the ones you don’t like.
Any poll will tell you that the number of people in our nation who say they believe in God far outnumbers those who say otherwise. So, why do we, as a nation, allow a minority to control the majority in this—or any other!—matter? Personally, I think it is because we’re a bit lazy and we’re a bit complacent and we’re a lot determined to retain some control over our own lives. What?! Yes, you read that right. I think the main reason for all the monumental lack of public outcry over these issues is that we’ve wanted to do things our own way so much that we’ve gotten away from following closely after God ourselves. That gives us precious little ground to stand on when we suddenly find ourselves in the precarious position of publically defending Him and His principals. Furthermore, we’re often unsure about exactly what God has to say on the matter so we get really quiet and hope that we don’t say something to offend someone else.
There’s one more thing we’ve all forgotten…and it is something really important: We’re not in charge here. God is. Regardless of what public monuments contain or liberal opinions of the day may be or what some people interpret the current laws to say, God hasn’t changed a bit. He’s still God. He still answers prayers and His people can still cry out to Him regardless of location. Thus, the idea of God being removed by humans from ANYWHERE is sheer lunacy.
As a matter of fact, this whole situation reminds me of the quote by C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain: “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
All the so-called public opinion in the world can’t defeat a group of people determined to live their lives according to the prinicpals God has set forth in His Word. We must CHOOSE to follow him, to worship Him and be the example of Christ no matter where we find ourselves. We can choose to live lives that honor His teachings and exhibit his love and compassion to the world around us. In fact, if we put as much effort into living lives that glorified God as we have railing against those who refuse to do so, we might make a larger impact on those who oppose him and have a greater influence over those who don’t yet know about Him.
The United States of America was founded as a direct result of a people’s perceived need for freedom to worship as they believed without government sanction or intervention. They believed what King David said in Psalm 33:12 and they set about founding a nation for that purpose. Our founding generation would be shocked beyond belief at what we have done with all that freedom. They might even see the need for another revolution. Personally, I see the need for something even larger…a revival.
Please, Father God, let it begin in me.