Friday, June 13, 2014

What in the World is Going On?

Today was a good day for the most part. Mom celebrated her 91st birthday, and we both enjoyed getting away for the day. We drove around out in farm country and had a nice dinner. Lovely, sunny day.

Got home about an hour ago and began watching the news. Big sigh. The southern border of the U.S. continues to hemorrhage, the Middle East is on fire—most notably Iraq—the Ukraine crisis is not over by a long shot. And where is our country's leadership? Headed off to play golf and party at political fundraisers. Isn't that . . . something?

The more I want to ignore the political world because it raises my blood pressure, the more it intrudes. We really cannot ignore it. Yet much of our nation seems completely asleep to the peril that it is in. The leaders in Washington fiddle while things are burning, and even the political opposition seems incapable of uniting loudly enough to insist on action, or to take action themselves.

Here's what disappoints me the most, although I should have expected it. I've made this observation before, but it needs to be made again. Watergate looks like a third-rate Sunday school picnic compared to now. When Richard Nixon was shown to have committed impeachable offenses, the Republicans finally did the right thing, went to the White House, and told him that he had lost their political support. Resign or else. Where are the Democrats willing to stand up to what their president is doing to this country, and beyond that, to American national interests?

If things continue on as they are, I truly believe this country will be facing an existential threat. I ask again, where are the Democrats who care more about the country than they do holding on to political power? Only a few have spoken out against the Administration's policies, and that only mildly. They haven't followed up by any action at all. That raises a lot of questions for me, and it should for a lot more people.

From a theological perspective, my humanity wrestles with this. I believe in a sovereign God who "establishes kings and removes kings." He allows what He allows for a reason, and He is allowing what is happening in America to happen for a reason. And I suspect it has a whole lot to do with America's departure from Him. That's not to say there is not a faithful remnant. There is. But keep the book of Daniel in mind from Scripture. The Prophet Daniel and his friends were faithful, but that didn't keep them from being carted off to captivity in Babylon because of Israel's national sin. If America is indeed under judgment, those of us who are His people will have to endure much and continue to be lights in the darkness. And that will be very, very difficult.

I pray for repentance, beginning with me. And I pray that people will finally wake up. It's not too late to turn things around, or so I pray.

1 comment:

lee n. field said...

"Where are the Democrats willing to stand up to what their president is doing to this country, and beyond that, to American national interests?"

Two reasons come to mind. 1)They're in it up to their gillslits. For them, this is the end game, where they turn the United State into a defacto one party state. Think, Mexico under PRI, or Chicago. And 2)Blackmail, courtesy of the NSA.

"From a theological perspective, my humanity wrestles with this. I believe in a sovereign God who 'establishes kings and removes kings.'"

Attempting to reconcile Romans 13 with a valid libertarian critique of the state (assuming one is actually trying to do that and not just weaseling out of Rom 13.), gets one to an incredibly grim position.