Make America Great Again?


"And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, "Rabbi, when did You come here?" Jesus answered them and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him."" (John 6:25-27, NKJV)

In essence what Jesus is saying is, "you will follow anybody that feeds you." This was the predicament of the Germans after WWI and what made them susceptible to the lies of Hitler who promised to restore their glory and make them wealthy. They proved Satan right when he said of man…

"So Satan answered the Lord and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life." (Job 2:4, NKJV)

Erwin Lutzer comments on this mentality with these words.

"Survival is a powerful drive within us all, and most of us are willing to compromise our values in order to live. And if the government can guarantee our financial future, we support that government even if we intuitively suspect we are being led down a dangerous path."

At the end of 2008 this country reached a crisis that many of our top officials, including President Bush, felt would launch us into another great depression. There answer was to bail out the institutions that were "to big to fail". Bush was quoted as saying, this won't happen on my watch and as a result he paved the way for government to gain more control of its people. Many understood this could mean more government control, but in electing for comfort over having to tighten their belts, they compromised their values. Benjamin Franklin said of this mentality…

"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."Benjamin Franklin

That is exactly what happened to Germany under Hitler. You may ask where was the church in Germany when Hitler was coming to power? They were minding their own business, hoping Hitler would just leave them alone. And as long as the church didn't mess with Hitler's policies, he left them alone.

However, there were a few who spoke out, but they were soon arrested and put into concentration camps, or executed. Ditric Bonhaufer was one of those pastors who challenged Hitler and died as a result of his resistance. And he would challenge Christians with these words.

"we will never be a victorious church until we see suffering as a divine gift."

Christians were afraid of what might happen to them if they stood up for what was right. And Lutzer concludes that

"The majority of the people, including the Christians in the Third Reich, no longer believed that Christianity was worth suffering for, much less dying for. They were willing to substitute Mein Kampf for the bible in exchange for jobs and the greater glory of Germany. Yet those who saved their lives lost them, and those who lost their lives saved them."

The church in Germany had lost sight of the kingdom of heaven and put their trust in temporal things. They had forgotten the words of Peter in his first epistle

"In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 1:6-7, ESV)

Christians above all people should understand that the path to greatness is through humility. As true believers we acknowledged our sin before a holy God and repented. We turned from the pride driven pursuit of self to pursue the God who not only made us but also saved us, when what we deserved was judgment. My concern however is that Christians see the greatness of our nation in its financial and military status rather than in its fear of a Holy God. Oh we may cry foul when immorality is clearly on display, supported and enforced by our leaders. But could that simply be a smokescreen for a greater passion inside of us – comfort and security? That is what heaven offers the believer. And Peter speaks of it as a future hope. Which means right now, as believers, if indeed we represent Gods kingdom, we will have trials and tribulations. Consider Bonheoffer's words again.

"we will never be a victorious church until we see suffering as a divine gift."

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