Before you read further, let me assure you that my point today is not political. I write as a concerned Christian who wants to influence others, but not tell them how to think or vote.
While I am generally conservative, I have friends I respect on the left and right.
However, it is increasingly difficult to write about the nation without readers assuming political motives.
The U.S. celebrated another Independence Day last week. You probably know many Americans are concerned about our nation’s future. That was confirmed by a March 19, 2019, study by the non-partisan Pew Research Center.
While 56 percent of Americans claim to be optimistic about the future, few see it as promising. Consider what Americans believe the country will be like in 2050:
Only 19 percent think the gap between the rich and poor will shrink.
Just 31 percent believe the US will be more important on the world stage.
A full 65 percent believe we will be even more politically divided.
An amazing 87 percent of Americans are fairly or very worried our political leaders are not up to solving America’s biggest problems, while only 2 percent say they are not at all worried.
When I say I have little faith in either political party, I am not alone.
There was a time when most Americans agreed with former President Bill Clinton, who said, “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”
That catchy statement seems increasingly difficult to believe.
While there has never been a time when the political parties agreed, both once shared a larger commitment to the nation than to their political allies. Increasingly, the two parties define progress in totally opposite ways and display obvious contempt for one another.
We as a nation need help. We would do well to consider the wise words of one of our greatest leaders: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. ... Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.”
The leader who said this was not a preacher; these are George Washington’s words.
As more and more citizens acknowledge that neither political party seems capable of solving our problems, we will need to seek help from a higher source. Regardless of our politics, God invites us to turn to him for help when our nation needs him most.
He says, “... if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and restore their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NLT)
God promises to do what our political parties cannot, restore the nation. His promise can offer hope to everyone regardless of party affiliation.
God is neither Republican nor Democrat, and we need him now more than ever.