GM: AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, JAMAICAN PROSPERITY, AND BEING RICH TOWARDS GOD IN AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
Donald Trump wants to make America great again. And cited his version of the State of the Union!
Divided by racial differences, fearful of ISIS and the reality of Terror at home and Abroad, Law and Order under siege at home, a weak Army, a woeful Economy, and in the eyes of the world, a weak America.
Hillary Clinton says that America is already great. Because it is good! And cites Freedom – to worship, to choose their political leaders, to fulfill their God given potential, to love who they wish – Justice, Human Rights, The strength of the Military, The state of the Economy and America’s influence on world affairs, as evidence.
And except for the almost obligatory ‘ God bless America ‘, at the end of the speeches at #RNCinClev and #DemsinPhilly, no mention of a desire to be ‘ Rich towards God’. A warning for America and we in Jamaica who seek ‘ Prosperity ‘!
A warning from the Word of the Gospel appointed for reading in my Anglican Church worldwide, this Sunday, as the wider Church in Jamaica calls to Nation to a time of Prayer this weekend. A time of Prayer, seeking the Lord, and seeking His ‘ Divine Intervention ‘ for Crime and Violence are wreaking havoc on our country.
A call which has bipartisan support, as both the present Minister of National Security Robert Montague and the former Minister Peter Bunting, were caught on camera praying with the team of organizers this week.
So what warning does the Lord issue to we who seek Prosperity, and the Americas who seek greatness, either in and through Donald Trump alone, or together #StrongerTogether with Hillary Clinton? An expanded version of the well known verse:
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His Righteousness, and all other things will be added”.
A warning first given to His Chosen but not ‘ Exceptional ‘ people, Israel.
” Man shall not live by bread alone but from every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord”.
A warning which was ignored time and time again. With predictable, prophesied and disastrous consequences!
A warning, which if the Greek, the Roman and the Byzantine civilizations had heeded, such knowledge and obedience would have prevented their destruction.
So as we read this solemn warning, once again, let us look past the hype and drama of #RNCinClev, and the #DemsinPhilly, and the saturated coverage by CNN.
Let us look past the celebrations of Emancipendence, and the expected ‘ Gold Rush ‘ in Rio!
Let us even look past the joy of spending quality time with family, especially grandchildren!
And consider the fate of civilizations over the centuries, which have sought, and achieved Greatness, Power, Wisdom and Prosperity, but were not, like the man who Jesus called foolish, ‘ Rich towards God ‘. And therefore perished.
Remembering always that to be ‘ rich towards God’, means to accept Christ, and Him Crucified, as Lord and Savior, repent of our sins, and through the Power of His Resurrection, at Baptism, live a new and unending life. And then spread this Good News throughout the world by our witness of Love, Justice and Righteousness.
Then who knows, maybe the Lord will once again send ‘ times of refreshing,’ on Jamaica and America and the whole world.
For as the songwriter says, and which hymn came into my heart this morning, in Christ, we have been:
” Ransomed, healed restored and forgiven”.
1. Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
to his throne thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who like me his praises should sing.
Praise the everlasting King….
THE WORD OF GOD
http://bible.com/111/luk.12.13-21.niv Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.
And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”