Make America Great Again?
As election season approaches the message gets ramped up louder with each passing day. One of the voices shouting today, without me mentioning names, is shouting for us to “make America great again”. I am a proud citizen of the greatest country in the world, the United States of America. But as a Christian I am very hesitant for me to proclaim that we need to make America great again.
As a society we tend to have an over idealized remembrance of days gone by. Do we really want America to be great like it was before? Say in the 1960’s when the civil rights movement was at its heights with racism, discrimination and violence everywhere we turned? How about in 1920’s when women were trying to get the right to be heard as equals and just establishing the right to vote? Maybe ever further back in the 1860’s when our country was ripped apart with the Civil War, a war based largely on if we had the right to own slaves?
I don’t want you get the idea that I don’t want America to be great, because I do. I just think our focus needs to be on an even larger vision. If we want America to be great shouldn’t we be focused on the One who makes us great as individuals. If we are to make America or any country great, we must realize that the we need to focus on making Jesus exalted. To lift up the name of Jesus and to worship Him with all that we do.
We need to as Christians come to the realization that our citizenship first belongs to Heaven and that this world is not our home. Philippians 3:20-21 says, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” We belong to the greatest nation ever, Christianity, and we are going to reside in the greatest county ever, Heaven, in the greatest city ever, New Jerusalem.
I am faithful enough to believe that if we Christians, who happen to reside in America, exalt Jesus and lift Him up in our lives every day in word and by showing and sharing the love of Christ that yes we can make America great but more importantly we will make Jesus exalted. As we remember those who fallen and sacrificed the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives for our country let us honor them yes. Let us honor them with our words, but more importantly let us honor them by living a life that exalts Jesus Christ and in the process we can make America great. This is not a blog post to try to convince you on who you should vote for or against for that matter, but what it can be is a gentle reminder that we as Christians have a higher calling. A calling not to country but to a Savior. A Savior who died for all so that we can live with and for Him. So as we wave the flag and proclaim to make America great again I say yes, do that but let us do that by exalting and making much of Jesus.