I am scared. I have been for some time. I have never not loved my country, yet I feel like a stranger more and more. I am not certain when it happened. As an African-American, I had already forgiven America for its atrocities not only against my people, but also for the atrocities against other people groups. I am persuaded, that however gross they were, God allowed, ordained it to be.
I said in my About Me piece that my worldview is framed by the Bible. It drives how I live, how I view things because I believe the Bible is the Word of God, and it is truth. From it, the laws of this country were established, governments framed.
I am scared because truth has been discarded, so when I view things through the lens of the Bible, I am now a hater and silenced. Truth may only be spoken in like circles. What happened to absolutes? What happened to free discourse? What happened to critical thinking? Is tolerance afforded only to those who are in agreement?
I believe at one time in America, this nation did espouse the principles of the Bible. What happened? I do not pretend to know the answer, but I do know that over and over in the Old Testament, God warned his people about the danger of adapting to the culture around them because of the likelihood that doing so would turn them away from following him and his teachings. Am I suggesting that America is God’s nation? No. The whole world of nations belongs to him. But I am suggesting we have moved away from where we once were. In the New Testament we are told – “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed…” Romans 12:2a
So I cannot drink the Kool-Aid. I cannot call right wrong, and wrong, right because the prophet Isaiah warns us of judgment in Isaiah 5:20-30 for those who call evil good, and good evil.
You see, I still believe God created the world. He created everything with a purpose; the sun, the moon, the stars, the trees and all vegetation, the birds, sea creatures, and insects.
I still believe God created man and that I am not a product of evolution. I still wonder at the complexity of how I am formed. It was not random. Too much thought, and design went into making my body function the way it does. I remember once not so long ago, I was looking at the back of my hands thinking the extra skin on my knuckles made my hands look older; then considered the extra skin prevented my skin from tearing. God designed it that way on purpose.
Why can’t creation and evolution be taught in schools and let the students draw their own conclusions based on the information presented? Shouldn’t we want our children to develop and use their critical thinking skills?
I also still believe God designed and defined marriage to be between a man and a woman. Marriage between a man and a woman is God’s symbol of the relationship between Christ and the church. But now the law of the land in America has made what God calls sin, legal. Because the Bible calls homosexuality a sin, and I believe it to be so, does not make me homophobic. I neither hate nor fear homosexuals. I understand that we are all born in sin. I don’t define sin. God defines sin. Homosexuality is a sin because God said so, but so is adultery, fornication, lying, stealing, murder, covetousness, and idolatry.
I am scared that to hold to an opposite view of the mainstream, to hold to my sincerely held Christian beliefs is no longer tolerated, and instead berated. I am afraid that this will only lead to something much more sinister.
This post is not one of hate, but of love. I too was born a sinner, rebelled against God, and his commandments, wanted to do things my way, but by his grace and mercy, I have been awakened to his truth, his love. If my house was on fire, and someone noticed, I would want them to wake me up, to get my attention so that I might be saved. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I am called to share the truth and pray it is revealed and accepted because he calls on all to repent and believe in him.