Spoiled in America

I was blessed to be born in the United States of America where among many privileges,  I am free to practice my religion, free to speak, free to participate in the election of people I believe represent me, and protected from discrimination.

These privileges are granted to me through our U.S. Constitution written by our founding fathers. Sure, not all of the privileges were immediately realized by all, but eventually we got there.

I count myself as blessed to have been born at the time – late 50s, and place, New Orleans Louisiana of the United States – that I was born. I somehow escaped the brutality of the civil rights movement and was able to instead receive the benefits of those who fought to get the rights afforded through our constitution realized.

And hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation, Acts 17:26

Because I am a Christian, I do see everything through a biblical worldview and believe with my whole being, that God determined when, and where I would be born just as stated by the scripture above.

Why do I believe that I have been spoiled in America? Because I have never really been persecuted for my faith and I attribute that mostly to our nation’s constitution. I wrote a post about this sometime ago in I Am in Debt. Protection from persecution is not what was promised to me as a follower of  Christ; even though I embraced that protection, and more than likely held on too tightly.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, Jesus said:

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15:18,19 KJV

Later, as Jesus was preparing his disciples for his departure, he tells them:

….In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33b

This reminded me of the biblical historical account of the freedoms and privileges afforded the children of Israel in Egypt during Joseph’s rule granted by Pharaoh. But once Joseph died and there was a new king, their freedoms and privileges ceased and hard times followed.

This election has caused me to really evaluate, and ponder the direction of our country, while reflecting on my Christian faith. I describe my reflections in I Am Scared. It is because I believe our country is spiraling downward that I’ve been forced me to remember the scriptures that tell me that I am like a traveler passing through; that I am not at home.

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, I Peter 2:11

For our |citizenship| is in heaven, from which also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20

I hope these scriptures will help keep me grounded as I see my country go through more growing pains and seemingly become more polarized.

I discussed this with fellow blogger,  The Daddy Blitz.  He has been a great sounding board as I worked through this. He is a great writer, an attorney, a Christian, and a married father of five boys who blogs on religion, family and politics. Check him out too.

He and I discussed my reflections and struggles, and whether as Christians we should try to legislate our Christian moral values. It was through this discussion that I realized that although our country was founded upon Christian principles, I now recognize that that was a grace of God. Like in Joseph’s time, that grace may have just been for a time, and for  a season.

Principles, even values change when not anchored to some objective standard that doesn’t change like the Bible.

So yes, I have been spoiled in America because I began to see these privileges and rights as something that I was entitled to, forgetting that I am a traveler, an ambassador, and as stated in the scriptures, this place is not my home. I am here to represent God and fulfill the charge he has given which is to live for him, to love my neighbor, and to share the gospel as I travel through.

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Spoiled in America

  1. We’ve had it very good as Christians for a very long time, both in this country and Europe. Part of that is because we’ve simply allowed ourselves to be “swallowed up” as just a part of the societies we live. We are “a part” of our societies. But we’ve gone from being “a part” while still being “apart” to simply becoming compromised into chasing and following the same idols as the world around us. Jeremiah and Daniel are both strong warnings against this, as well as the book of Revelation. We lament the fact that society is beginning to turn away from our Christian values. I say maybe it’s a good thing, maybe now we can finally some distinction, some differentiation. Instead of simply being “a part” of the monolithic whole, trying to swear allegiance to Caesar and Christ at the same time. God’s people were always to be somewhat set “apart”. We are going to have to learn again to be “a part” and still be “apart” if that makes any sense.

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    1. You’ve said it! We got caught up, and yes, persecution will result in a purging of the church, of those who profess from those who possess through the grace of God.

      This place is not supposed to be our home, but we’ve become settlers.

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  2. Sometimes I just hit send lol. Great post, I do believe we are edging towards being persecuted in a nation that was undeniably founded on Christian principles, however flawed that founding was. Sorry, I’ll try to write more later, giving the lesson at my celebrate recovery meeting tonight!

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  3. Outstanding. You nailed it. Once Christians recognize that the government was never intended as an arm of the Church, and that, as you said, this is not our home, hostilities and anxieties can melt away. Our government is not a Christian government even though it was founded on Christian principles. America has enjoyed a long tenure where Christian values were largely embraced by the populace, which has been reflected in our laws–our comfort in this being what you describe as “spoiled” (at least that’s how I interpreted your post). But America is changing, and Christian influence is dwindling. Christians must take this trying time as a wake-up call to return to the Bible and spread the Gospel to all, sharing and showing the love of Christ to all men and women, and at all times serving as a witness to Christ. Christians are frustrated with national values straying from Biblical principles. But the solution is not always to fight for legislation of Christian values; rather, Christians need to prepare the fields for God to make things grow. 1 Corinthians 3:7. What is apparent to me is that America is in less need of more laws and in greater need of the Gospel. America needs a spiritual awakening. Only then will Christians have the luxury of being spoiled once again. This reminds me of the story of King Josiah, who found the Book of the Law and and returned to God, in response to which God promised to withhold His judgment until after Josiah was laid to rest. 2 Kings 22-23.

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