My heart breaks as I see America slowly being destroyed from within. Her own people are hating her. How disheartening to watch!
Not only am I saddened, but I also have waves of anger that come over me. It is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of bickering on social media. The people who are sick of seeing America go downhill feel they need to speak up about these issues, and they do. However, there is a right and wrong way to go about it.
The Truth in Love
Ephesians 4:15 reminds us to speak the truth, but to do so with love. We can be firm in our stance and stand for what is good and right without becoming catty and rude. When we become like those who are screaming and shouting, we are setting no example of godliness to others.
Trust me, there is no judgement. I have been involved in several heated discussions in which I had to finally just choose to stop engaging in the argument. Yes, consequences must be enforced to the lawless, but they must be enforced by those with the authority to do so. (I am not telling you that you should not defend yourself if physically attacked. I am only saying we do not need to engage in heated discussion and arguments.)
Quick to Hear, Slow to Speak, Slow to Anger
James 1:19 gives clear instruction about the way we should react to certain situations. If we are easily angered, it is best not to speak until we know that we will remain calm. Trust me, I have uttered many rash words only to regret them later.
Sometimes, listening and making certain we have the facts can prevent a great deal of trouble. So many false reports are being circulated. Christians, we do not need to help circulate what is false. Check your sources before you post or spread certain news items.
Guard Your Words
Proverbs 13:3 tells us that if we guard our words, we are guarding our lives. Loose lips sink ships, so to speak. We want to avoid speaking too rashly because we bring ruin to our lives and reputations.
In the second chapter of Daniel, the king issued an order for all of Babylon’s wise men to be executed. When Daniel was told of this, he used wisdom when he spoke to those around him. He was not rash with his words. He did not allow his emotions to dictate him, and it saved his life.
Prayer and the Holy Spirit
Prayer is the key to all of the change America needs. While we need to speak out as necessary, and speak with wisdom, we need to be on our knees in prayer. We must cry out to God for revival and intervention. We must pray for our government leaders whether or not we like them or agree with them.
Matthew 6:33 says to seek God’s kingdom first. This might not be popular, but God’s kingdom comes before our nation. When we seek God’s kingdom and righteousness before all else, He will move in situations that concern us. The American church has put the kingdom of God on the back-burner for too long. It is time to promote the kingdom and trust God to heal our nation.