God is on Our Side!

(... or is He?)

This cry is often raised when one country has been threatened by another country.  But I'm not sure it is always true.  The closest Bible passage I've found so far ( Romans 9:28-31 ) seems to indicate the only ones who can claim that privilege are those who are on God's side to begin with.  Can we as a nation say that?  All too often, what a person "knows" is "right" and "wrong" comes more from cultural influence than from God's standards. 

Two of the greatest rights in the US Constitution are Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion.  Defining a culture in which both can coexist has become one of our biggest challenges. 

Freedom of Speech has been used to celebrate things many religions call abominations.  Lifestyles celebrating these things have been given a façade of legitimacy by mass media, and even serve as role models for our children. 

Those who do celebrate these things have a Constitutional right to do so, but not everything that can be done should be done.  I and others think they are doing a great deal of harm to our country. 
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.   -- Abraham Lincoln
I don't wonder why so many people who hate these things, but only know our country through the media, also hate us.

Beyond this, there are people and groups in this country who want to take freedom of religion, under which government has no say in how you should worship, or even that you should worship, and tried to make it freedom from religion, under which any religion is fine, as long as it doesn't object to their lifestyle.  In the mean time, they want to call our objections Hate Crimes.  I guess they think if we claim they are doing harm, we must hate them.  Well, we're not supposed to. 

So is God on our side?  It's a comforting concept, but considering all the kinds of "sides" this country has, I'm not sure we can claim it. 

Don't get me wrong.  As countries go, I personally think the USA is still the best. 

And I hope it will continue to be the best for a long time.

But let's not forget that God has, in the past, used heathen nations to punish His nation, Israel, when they had gone astray.  Why should the USA, if things continue on the same downhill slide, expect anything better?


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