I hope everyone reading this had an incredible 4th of July week in the States and that you got to spend time with family, sing some patriotic tunes, and eat the most unhealthiest yet most satisfying foods ever. I say all this so that you would understand two things about me: 1) I actually like to have fun and I encourage it, and 2) I love America. As a second-generation immigrant, I believe that it is the greatest country in the world.
Last week, I considered how thankful I am to be in a country that prides itself on pursuing freedom and equal opportunity for all. The United States is one of the last few countries dedicated to Western philosophies, to a consumer-based economy, and to having a government that is intended to represent the people and the nation’s best interest. Yes; there is a lot of reasons for a person like me to say, “I am proud to be an American.”
All that being said, I want to get one thing straight: America is not my last hope. Some may see that as a pretty obvious statement, but I think that American Christians as of late need to be careful about how much hope they have in their government.
In the past few weeks, I’ve come around to supporting Donald Trump as President of the United States, but I still don’t like the fact that many Christian conservatives see him as the last beacon of hope for America. I also don’t like the fact that I know people who say that if the new SCOTUS judge is not going to overthrow Roe V. Wade then America is done for.
I want fellow American Christians and conservatives to understand something very important because I don’t want anyone to become so eager only to get disappointed: the future of America is not ultimately determined by a political figure or lawmaking, but through the sovereign will of the Almighty God.
Do I want Donald Trump to continue to improve the country’s economy? Yes! Am I wanting congress to be mostly Republican after the mid-term elections? Yes! Do I want to see Roe V. Wade overturned? YES, YES, and YES! Nevertheless, that is not my last hope. Christ is my last and only hope, and it should be that way for every believer. I know for a fact that Christ is more concerned about building His Church than He is about a nation that has risen and (like other nations) will fall.
I believe that God’s Church, more so than America, has a great future. It would be wrong of me, as a Christian, to have all of my attention focused on politics rather than to invest as much time, education, and will-power to the Kingdom that God has established. Imagine if half of conservative Christians would be as passionate about serving the Bride of Jesus Christ as they are about what our political future holds.
This post was not meant to be a theological piece on how we serve our country, nor a deep insight to the political framework of our country. I hope to write a post like that someday, but I am more worried about making sure that I can remind as many people as I can possibly reach to have hope in Christ.
I am not asking you to ignore politics and be ill-informed. On the contrary, I believe that part of America’s problem is that its citizens are not active enough in politics, but there is a fine line between being active and living in a needless anxiety. Let God take care of our country, decide our future, and direct its course. More so, lift up prayers for the Church, so that in whatever decision God makes for our country, the Church will grow in faith and get stronger against the enemy’s opposition.
God bless every one of you, God bless America, and God bless His Church.
Soli Deo Gloria.