Week 40

This is one of those “teas” that encourages a rant, for the simple principle I wish to convey is one of absurdity and one I feel very passionate about. Communicating passion is best done thoughtfully and without a rant, for rants generally possess their own absurdities.

To think that any person of prayer would participate in a demonstration for our country where “four-letter-word” flags are waved boldly, those same vulgarities chanted loudly by a crowd of passionate Americans is nearly unthinkable and altogether not funny.  Who would hang one of these flags in front of their homes? Is this a person that would be likely to catch the ear of God? Without repentance, not likely. 

Repentance is a change in direction; when we repent from a thing, it is as if we turn away from this thing, a sin and begin walking the other way – toward and with Jesus. 

We are known by those we associate with and their poor communication can corrupt good manners; rough and foul speech corrupts testimonies and it corrupts the power of prayer in our lives.

We were founded as one nation under God, a place to find freedom. At the base of Lady Liberty are these words found: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” We were founded as a more perfect union, not a perfect one, as stated in the Preamble to the Constitution:  

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

God designed the human conscience and it is not gifted to those only that believe in Him and trust His ability and desire to give freely eternal life. In other words: Lost people know how to behave properly; the knowledge is innate. God also gave us His Words, that assimilate perfectly with the human creation.  We know this because we can know God and His character, but also because we have watched these applied principles throughout history and experienced them.

The United States of America, hated by many, yet the land where many aspire to live. This is not the country my husband emigrated to fifty years ago. He and I watched the decline of a great nation, and we discussed it frequently in light of Scripture. With the Bible being the source of truth, many of the reasons for the decline of America were glaring; anyone could decipher those. The decline did not begin fifty years ago, but farther back. Despite the decline, God continued to bless; what grace! We, as a nation, accepted and received His bounty. We took the blessings that God poured upon our nation, often without pausing to thank Him or to consider why we should so be blessed.

Many of us grew up during a time when all practiced accepted behaviors of peaceful societies. No matter the religious beliefs or political persuasions, it was derelict, even against the law, to burn an American flag. Today the flag, the symbol of the United States of America is burned and desecrated in more ways than we could have ever thought possible.

There is a great political movement today to reclaim our country, the one we are fully deserving to lose. We have faith and we have hope, because we read the Scriptures. With God, all things are possible. How many times did God restore an unfaithful and often times, wicked Israel. Their awareness and brokenness over sin led to personal repentance and miraculous restoration of an entire nation – more than once.

We were, as a nation, in bad shape prior to Joe Biden and his team entering the Oval Office. During the prior four years we rejoiced as freedoms increased once again. We say Merry Christmas again. Had you ever stopped? 

Politicians and their supporters unashamedly claimed faith in Jesus Christ and the country began naming and claiming Jesus as our own.  I felt the changes were more of a fashion than genuine. America’s newfound faith seemed more of a trend, evidenced by near empty churches.  When we love someone, we usually love what they love. Christ loved the church. Empty churches tell a story too. 

I speak of the decline of America; no longer an absurdity. I am stunned, however, with the popularity of vulgar signs and waving flags used to express displeasure with the man living in the “People’s House.”  Most of the people carrying these signs profess to be be conservative, pro-life,  freedom loving Americans. Many profess to be born again believer’s of The Lord Jesus Christ.  Something here does not jibe. 

I am greatly disgusted by these flags and chants. While the groups remain peaceful for the most part, this is not what America was meant for.  Christians should have no part in this kind of behavior. We cannot assemble with people of such poor character and then expect victories from God. Do we think that God will hear our prayers and heal our land as we stand with darkness? We are to come out from among them and we are, indeed, to live differently. We are light. 

God gave us America and He can give it back again.  America’s restoration can only happen supernaturally, through a great desire of the American people to repent and turn from wicked ways; then will we hear from Heaven and then will He heal our land. 

We clearly saw in the last election that voting is not enough. Fraud began in the Garden of Eden. I believe that if Americans were living in a way pleasing to God – that America would be in a totally different place. Our homes would be happy; a portion of our Saturday evenings would be spent in preparation to worship. (Think: Norman Rockwell painting.) Perhaps the election results would have been different. God could have easily confounded the fraudsters, then continued by restoring our country. Did He hear a broken people crying out to Him or did He see a broken people ranting to any and all that would hear?

I do not know if America has passed her purpose in the world. I do know some things:

  1. If we have sin in our heart, God will not hear our prayers. Psalms 66:18
  2. Repentance is required for America to be healed.   2 Chronicles 7:14
  3. God is able to do above all that we ask.   Ephesians 3:20
  4. God is not dictated by the ruling class.    Colossians 1:16
  5. His promises to me are not dictated by the government, but more by my choices.  Joshua 1:8
  6. God gave His life so that the vilest of sinners would be saved.  Romans 6:23
  7. One day all will give an account for their life stewardship.   Romans 14:12
  8. Our trials will pass one day. God has prepared a future beyond what we can imagine. Only He could do this, because He is your Creator and knows what will delight us.    1 Corinthians 2:9
  9. God’s grace is enough; I sense its increase as my burdens increase.  2 Corinthians 12:9
  10. “Those vile signs and flags” are an offence to a Holy God.    1 Peter 1:15,16

But, alas, Ladies we can take heart. Though there are struggles around us that intensify the usually mundane struggles we face on a daily basis, we must always walk in truth. As Christian women, things will end well for us, in fact … they will not end, but transition to a better place as we pass from death unto life everlasting. That truth renews my hope for today, a reminder that God’s grace is sufficient. I find the grace of God enough to bring joy on the hardest day. Grace is in fact, so very abundant, that with grace, many days that would have been difficult are not difficult at all.

In the most unexpected places in Scripture we find strength. God reminded me of this truth as I read a lovely verse in the book of Nahum. The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. (Nahum 1:7). His name, tell us. Jehovah Jireh – the God who provides.

 He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king. Augustine


Today, I will share one of my “new favorite” spice blends. The name is ZA’ATAR MIX.  It is easy to find, a Middle Eastern blend of seasonings, mild, yet distinctive. It was part of my recent birthday gift and I have already used it twice, once to season salmon and once as the seasoning for an appetizer. I will post the recipe and picture with comments soon. Delicious! 

Baked Salmon with Israeli Seasoning
7 – Layer Greek Dip