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“Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Lord…” A Devotion for the Festive Service 10/28/2012
28 October 2012Posted by on
Every nation has geographic boundaries. Every nation has characteristics that differentiate it from its neighbors. On the other hand, every one of us, every member of every nation belongs to God.
Patriotism is a topic of heated debates these days leading to the national election on November 6, 2012. There are those who break out in hives even at the thought of a Democratic president. There are those who break out in hives at the thought of a Republican president. There are those who break out in hives at the thought of either a Republican or a Democratic president. And then there are those who simply do not know – we call them “undecided”; political parties spend a great deal of time, money and energy courting their affections and their votes. Each group is patriotic; each group has the best interests of this nation at heart; each group has a drastically different vision for our nation and our country.
Today I want to ask a question: what makes us, us? What makes us citizens of this great nation? What makes us patriots? What characteristics differentiate us, the citizens of the USAmerica, from our neighbors to the North, our neighbors to the South, our neighbors to the East, and our neighbors to the West?
The word “homeland” is not heavily used in North American English or in the rhetoric of our country. As a matter of fact when I say “homeland” most of us mentally add another word “security”; as in the folks who frisk you at the metal detector in the airport (remember the days when there were no metal detectors in the airport?).
USAmerica is our homeland and, truth be told, many among us have no idea what it means to have and to espouse a national identity of our own. By and large most of us do not pay much attention to the news from our Nation’s Capital after the elections are over. Turnout at the polls is laughable (Less that 60% every election since 1980 when I started watching the elections, here is the link to the statistics). By God’s Grace and our founding fathers’ vision, efforts, grit and persistence we inherited the right and the responsibility to govern ourselves. Have you ever thought how different our foreign policy and the armed conflicts that we are involved in would be if we had a draft? Have you ever thought how different our lives would be if we had no Social Security or medical care for our senior citizens or unemployment benefits for those who have lost their jobs?
“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:15-22; Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26 and Gospel of Thomas ) Every one of us, every member of our nation has a sacred duty to serve our God and we also have a sacred duty to serve our country, the United States of America. Are you giving to your God that which belongs only to God? Are you rendering unto your country that which belongs to it?
Do you see the glory of the coming of the Lord in the beauty of the land that by some quirk of fate and accident of birth was entrusted to our care for the time being?
Do you see the glory of the coming of the Lord in the scientific and cultural accomplishments that all of us take for granted?
Do you see the glory of the coming of the Lord in the challenge that was given to us to make disciples for Jesus for the transformation of the world?
Do you see the glory of the coming of the Lord in the challenge to be a wise steward of the resources that were entrusted into your care? How do you use these resources to the glory of God?
Our God is marching on. Are you with God?
Have you seen the glory of the coming of the Lord?