I have to admit that I'm cheating again. Every once in awhile, I post something to our church blog that makes me want to see how your thoughts on the subject will compare to theirs. One of our people commented that I should have titled it "Can of Worms, Part II" so we'll see how it goes. :-)
I would like to preface this post with this assertion--I love America. I'm so thankful I was born here, I consider my citizenship a true blessing, and there's no other country where I would rather live. I think that wars are sometimes necessary, but I also believe they are something that should not be entered into lightly or with joy. I'm thankful for those men and women who are willing to risk their lives to ensure that our country and our freedoms are safe. That said, I do not believe our country is God's people or a Christian nation, nor is it my opinion that we are God's hand in the world.
This Sunday, one of our Dwellers is going to talk a bit about her favorite song. She sent me the lyrics so that I could include them on our slideshow. Ever since I read them, I've been thinking a lot about what was said. Here's the song:
WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE - BOB DYLAN
Oh my name it is nothin', My age it means less. The country I come from Is called the Midwest.I's taught and brought up there The laws to abide, And that land that I live in Has God on its side. Oh the history books tell it, They tell it so well. The cavalries charged; The Indians fell.The cavalries charged; The Indians died. Oh the country was young With God on its side. Oh the Spanish-American War had its day, And the Civil War too Was soon laid away.And the names of the heroes I's made to memorize. With guns in their hands And God on their side. Oh the First World War, boys, It came and it went. The reason for fighting I never did get.But I learned to accept it, Accept it with pride. For you don't count the dead When God's on your side. The Second World War Came to an end. We forgave the Germans, And then we were friends.Though they murdered six million In the ovens they fried. The Germans now too Have God on their side. I've learned to hate the Russians All through my whole life. If another war comes It's them we must fight.To hate them and fear them, To run and to hide And accept it all bravely With God on my side. But now we got weapons Of chemical dust. If fire them we're forced to, Then fire them we must.One push of the button And a shot the world wide And you never ask questions When God's on your side. In a many dark hour I've been thinkin' about this; That Jesus Christ Was betrayed by a kiss.But I can't think for you--You'll have to decide Whether Judas Iscariot Had God on his side. So now as I'm leavin' I'm weary as Hell. The confusion I'm feelin' Ain't no tongue can tell.The words fill my head And fall to the floor--If God's on our side He'll stop the next war.
I don't agree with everything he has to say, but doesn't he bring up some good points? I get so tired of hearing about our "Christian nation" and hearing verses addressed to the nation of Israel being quoted in sermons. We (as a country) are not the chosen people of God. For that matter, I don't think modern-day Israel can claim that title, either. In fact, I don't think any political nation can claim it. Why? Because 1Peter 2:9 is talking to Christians everywhere, of every nationality, when it says: "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."
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