Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday, America!

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1 Corinthians 3:10-15New International Version (NIV)

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

Sounds like a rather "strange" passage at first glance, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized just how much truth can be unpacked from this Bible passage. 

The foundation on our new home was built with precise engineering specifications because we wanted the assurance that it would withstand the demands of the lot we are building on, one that slops to a man-made lake. Every sub-contractor that has followed was challenged by the builder to "build with care." The frame carpenters' work would be covered up by sheetrock and trim. Nevertheless, if they had not built with care, the house would not have been the quality we want. When the inspector came, he assured us the framework was more than ample; the structure was sound. 

Today is July 4th, the day America celebrates her independence. The foundation for this country is strong, built with much sacrifice on the part of the founders of this country. Generation after generation continued to build a strong country, a shining light. Yet we find ourselves today headed for a testing by fire because today's God-less culture has invaded the fabric of a once great country. While I pray for America, I realize the church is probably the answer to today's ills. We don't need more programs, outreaches, or soup kitchens. While necessary, they are band-aids on a cancer that is eating at the soul of America. Our churches need to return to the very foundation of our faith instead of being social clubs. We need to "humble ourselves and pray" so God will forgive the sins and heal our land.   

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 

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