One of the most destructive forces in our country right now is the disproportionate focus upon our negative history. We have allowed our history to be re-written and even some of our Founding Fathers no longer are heroes—rather, they are just slave owners who didn’t believe women should vote. We no longer ponder their bravery and brilliance which gave birth to the foundations of the most free structure of government the world has ever seen.
To save our nation, we must acknowledge our history—all the good, bad, and ugly parts—and rejoice and be inspired by one, and repent of the other. We cannot ignore the rottenness of our past—like slavery; however, we also cannot ignore the heroism of our past either. To over-emphasize either—will destroy the heart of our country—just like it is now.
We need to be the voice of hope!
Eric Metaxas wrote in his book, “If You Can Keep It:” “Heroism and ignominy both are part of our history. The only question is whether, having seen both, we can repent of the one and rejoice and be inspired by the other. Or whether we will let one of them tempt us so far away from the other that we have a deeply distorted view.” In suggesting that we view our country as God does, Metaxas wrote: “To love something is to see in it the hope and the promise that are in it, which our cynical, tired selves cannot see but which by God’s grace we can see. We do not fail to see the sins and failings, but we also see past them to the hope and the promise. Seeing the sins and failings is therefore not final and fatalistic. We see them but we see beyond them to the possibilities of goodness and forgiveness and redemption.” (Id.)
If we, as individuals can learn to see ourselves as God sees us and love ourselves as God loves us—then love can be extended nationally.
The experience of God’s love teaches us to hate the sin and love the sinner.
Jesus said to those who had believed in Him: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) God’s Word gives us truth and when we LIVE it—we are the most free people on earth.
Imagine what a whole nation of believers could do!
Through the experience of God’s grace in our own lives, we see the hope and promise of forgiveness and redemption. Our country needs to unite and remember our past in a way that makes our future better. The hope for our nation is found in a collective purpose which is greater than our own prosperity. Hope begins with hearts who are overwhelmed by the grace of God.
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