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2005.06.08

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john griffin

This hits home with me. America isn't what we once were. I believe it was Jefferson said that a nation like ours needed a revolution every 200 years or so to maintain such a unique identity.

Many evangelicals spend a lot of time trying to change our nation from the top down. They do TV shows, lobby the government, exhaust their energy on political purposes. I question how effective that's been. I don't see that in the life of Christ. Instead, I see him quietly walking through a crowd of hundreds at the Pool of Bethesda to help one man. I see him ignoring the politics and religious hierarchy of the day and pointing to the poor widow who gave all she had.

I think the way to make a difference is for each of us to do some small thing for someone else. We may not be able to turn the nation on its ear by ourselves, but we can make sure poor people eat. We can make sure kids in our area who need shoes get them. As followers of Christ, we can live simpler lifestyles so we can have the freedom to give to others. If all the Church lived that way, we could begin to really make a difference.

I think it's important to realize that the real problem with our nation is us - the Church. We have been given the position to "stand in the gap" for our land. Scripture tells us how we can make a difference:

"If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place."

This is where I think many "evangelicals" get trapped. They want to talk about the "liberal agenda" or the "homosexual agenda" or whatever. They want to talk about how the problems are everyone else's fault. They want to point fingers and tell everyone to "get in line". This is not the model set forth in the scripture above. It's also not the values that Christ displayed to the woman at the well or the stoning of the harlot.

I have come to realize that I am the problem. May God forgive my inaction and selfishness. Help me to see things His way - to recognize and address sin in my own life... especially the sins of omission (not doing things when something needs to be done).

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