Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In God We Trust ~ Does it really matter?

I've gotten your attention haven't I?! This morning when I was running WCSG (again) played a song that spoke to my heart. I am completely frustrated now because I am having a block to the name of the song, and the artist, but I remember the part of the song that got me thinking. It said something like "it doesn't matter if the money says "in God we Trust", he still owns it".
That got me to thinking. Here on Facebook I see a lot of people up in arms about:
  • "In God we Trust" not being on our money any more.
  • This no longer being a Christian nation.
  • In the 10 commandments being taken out of courthouses.
  • Of we no longer being able to pray in public schools.
It's almost as if you think God's power is diminished by these things. Well I'm here to tell you that is far from the truth!!
  • God continues to sit on the throne despite what man thinks or tries to do. The progression that the USA and for that matter the world is of no surprise to Him. Look at what it says in 2 Tim 3:1-3
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
  • God has never left the public schools. Just because we cannot pray openly doesn't mean there is no prayer. Just because we can't say he's there, does not mean he's not. Just because "man" says do not speak His name does not somehow weaken God. If your children attend public schools (as mine do) do not fear that God is not there! Just because some Christians have left does not mean he is gone.
God says in Hebrews 13:5 "I will never leave you or forsake you", and also Jesus said in Matthew 28:20b "and behold, (I)I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  • Like I said above ~ he owns the money it doesn't matter if it says so or not. Psalm 50:9-11 says:
I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
In James 1:16 & 17 it says:
"Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows"
So what am I ranting about then anyway, right?!
Well here it is. Stop worrying about all that you think is being taken away from this "christian nation" (which if I may say this has never been a Christian Nation, there has only (possibly) been more Christians in government then now, but saying we were a Christian Nation is basically incorrect) (Tee Hee, I'm sure I stepped on some toes there!!)
Any who, where was I? Oh yeah, don't sweat it, what God want is this. ARE YOU READY TO HEAR THIS?
HE WANTS YOU!
You are to reflect Him!
You are to shine His light in this world!
You are to proclaim him to the lost, and those in bondage!
You are to proclaim freedom through Christ!
You are to stand for Truth (the truth of His word)!
So where are you at? Do you get upset at these things that don't really upset God, but don't live a life that is in earnest, passionate, relationship with him? If you don't follow Christ, why are you so upset at the world doing what they are and will naturally do?
I'm not speaking this in judgement, but just to get you to see, Are your priorities straight? Are you following Christ faithfully, and proclaiming him, or are you so worried about a few things that "man" is trying to strip away and afraid that God is to small to fight it?
God is not to small. Man can and will continue to strip Him from public view, but I'm here to tell you, it does not effect God one iota! He is still on the throne and all will end as it said it would.
Trust Him and Obey Him alone, then what "man" does won't matter as much.
Shalom
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4 comments:

Modern Day Disciple said...

So agree. Great post. I get frustrated with all the hubub. Also many public schools have a group of Moms praying for them (Moms In Prayer) as well as faithful Christians in the teaching ranks. All need prayer, but God cannot be silenced. After all the stones will rise up and praise Him if we don't, right Kim? I thought of you yesterday when I was gathering some stones on my beach walk...

Mari said...

Wow! Preach it Kim!
This is great - comforting but convicting too. If everyone who is up in arms would start showing Christ in their life, what a difference it would make!

Carol said...

Excellent! Couldn't agree more. While we are here on earth we are to the hands and feet of our Lord and like you say even if schools and 'life' try to erase God, they can't erase Him from ourselves. If Jesus is truly a part of our life then He will still be noticable to those who try to remove Him. My hope this year is that 'I will decrease and He will increase' as the Bible says. Times are tough and will get tougher so as we strengthen our relationship with Jesus we will still be lights in a tough place. Thanks for sharing this.

Kathy S. said...

I totally get where you are coming from. People misplace their fervor for political things. At the same time, since the removal of "all things God" from the public arena, we are seeing the very dark and rapid decline of our culture. In that, there is justification for frustration in the loss of those things. The Ten Commandments posted publicly have power to parameter (laws are for safe boundaries). Prayer of/by those in authority (teachers and principles and parents and pastors) brings God's peace and blessing.

We have had six suicides in our county (and several failed attempts) since August. I can't help thinking about the hopelessness that suicide represents and hopelessness comes from the absence of reverence or knowledge of the God of HOPE.

God has been obscured in our land...I grieve that. ...that said, I don't push for those things to return (which I think is your frustration here?), but press God's people to PRAY PRAY PRAY...and as you said, surrender fully to Jesus.