Saturday, October 8, 2016

AMERICA EXPOSED

   

What would it look like America?  What if the curtain of truth was drawn back to reveal the truth of your life for all to see?  We sit in our living rooms, we scroll through our phones day in and day out looking into the lives of the "social elite" as well as the lives of our own peers.  We pick apart their flaws and demonize their perverse lifestyles. 

We also sit in our church pews and post scriptures on our feeds.  We attempt to convince ourselves by using religious language that we are a moral people, but what about you?  What does your own life look like, America?  Behind closed doors, AMERICA, what would the world find?  The history button on your computer, for instance - what would that reveal about the sites that you visit most? Scroll through your latest text messages and photos; if revealed for the world to see, what would that say about you? What about the movies you watch, the music you listen to, the places you go, and the things you do behind closed doors? Think about the struggles of your own family: the addictions, the breaking up of marriages, the children that are struggling to believe that their lives are worth living.  

AMERICA we have been exposed!  

I am done! I am done playing the religious game!  I am done pretending that we live in a world where ANY man or woman could possibly be the answer for the mess we as a nation have gotten ourselves into.  

You see, it is not a political problem that we have - it is a spiritual problem.  Politics is always downstream of culture.  WE ARE THE PROBLEM!  SIN IS THE PROBLEM - mine, as well as yours! 

From those in the greatest positions of power, to the those of us whom the world may never know, it is time that we recognize that WE are a broken people with only one place to turn.  The only hope for our nation is repentance.  Repentance in our own homes, among our own families, within our own hearts.  We demand apologies when people in the limelight have their sin exposed, yet we hide behind our own sin as if somehow it is different.  It is not different!  All sin demands repentance, whether public or private. 

America, let's stop looking everywhere around us to try and figure out what is wrong with our country.  The best place for us to start is within our own lives.   

Lets be honest, are you really satisfied?  Are you really fulfilled?  We are a culture of people that indulges in sexual immorality, pornography, drugs, alcohol addictions, and everything else that we think may give us a high.  

How has that worked out for us?  Are we better off?  Are we fulfilled?  I think I could safely say that the answer would be a resounding NO if we were honest with ourselves as a people.  But honesty seems to be the thing we fear most as Americans.  It is easy to see the flaws in others, but it is quite painful to see it within ourselves. 

What if we simply allowed ourselves to be exposed?  

James 5:16 says, "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed."  America, what if we began there, with the confession of our own sins, with the realization that there is only ONE who can truly make us free and that is Jesus Christ.  He is the one who came to bring life.  He is the one who died to cover our rotten sins and rose so that we would have a hope beyond this life.  

Think about how different America could be if we began to acknowledge that we are sinners and only Christ can make us great again.  How might this change our country?  How might this change the men and woman we elect to lead our country?  And how might this change our homes?  

What about you?   Are you willing to be exposed? 

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