Today I found my mind racing with worry about something that I am dealing with. Then I got up from my desk to go to the men’s room (TMI, I know) and did so without grabbing my cane. On the way back, I noticed no limp, no stagger, almost like nothing ever was wrong. Not bad I thought I am getting so much stronger every day, and that’s when my inner Keanu Reeves took over. WHOA! I thought that’s it exactly; I’m getting stronger every day. When did I start getting stronger? When I put my faith in the Lord and began doing things like walking every day and riding the exercise bike when I quit worrying about will I ever walk like before? That’s when I started getting stronger.
So why am I letting worry consume me now?
Look what the Lord has already done for me.
Look at all I have to be grateful for.
I only need to keep my faith in the Lord and keep working on a solution because worry can only fill my soul with fear. But faith in the Lord and action on my part will lead me to the successful outcome I seek. In this, I do not doubt because, with Him, nothing is impossible.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 New International Version (NIV)
7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
They don’t really care about us.
This statement could be attributed to the attitudes of many so-called American “Christians.” Many of whom have decided, led by Pat Robertson, that God sent our current President to save America. The same President who rose to power by preying on the baseless fears of many and campaigning on a platform of hate, fear, and division.
A President who turns his back on the concept of global unity for a doctrine of America first, a President who appointed an Attorney General in Jeff Sessions who once said: “We are a Christian nation. We should only be accepting Christian refugees.” This is when some twenty-two million people are displaced, and the world is amid the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. Almost a quarter are refugees from Syrians. Yet each iteration of Trump’s travel ban has sought to block travelers trying to enter the U.S. from Syria and to restrict refugee admissions from the country. In a country whose people are so devastated, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in May of 2018, “I’ve seen refugees from Asia to Europe, Kosovo to Africa. I’ve never seen refugees as traumatized as coming out of Syria.”
A President who has submitted proposed budgets that hits the poorest Americans the hardest, slashing billions of dollars in food stamps, health insurance, and federal housing subsidies. A budget that would gut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, by $17.2 billion in 2019 — equivalent to 22 percent of the program’s total cost last year, calls for cuts of more than $213.5 billion over the next decade, a reduction of nearly 30 percent, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
A President whose policies are applauded by many of his “Christian” supporters as Making America Great Again.
But Matthew 25:41-46 is clear in saying:
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me no food, I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger, and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison, and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
This is a resounding answer to the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). The person who helps those in need will inherit the kingdom. The person who fails to do so will be relegated to fiery punishment.
It has always been easy to say to the world I am a Christian. It is not so easy to live your life as a follower of Christ and his teachings.
Are you ready to show through your actions that you can love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39)?
Are you ready to show through your actions that you can feed the hungry, clothe the needy, visit the sick? (Matthew 25)?
Are you ready to show through your actions that you are ready to love your enemies (Luke 6:27)?
Sadly, for many of those who love to brag, America is a Christian country founded on Christianity’s principles; it seems want their religion to be is easy and simple. A religion that affords them a comfortable living with no room for outsiders unless they immediately become like them.
The time has come to choose. Are you a person who simply gives lip service to the teachings of Jesus?
A man who gave his life willingly as he said:
“The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” John 10:17-18 NLT
A man who died willing for our sins, to save us and purchase us from death.
Or are you a person who chooses to follow a President that many have turned into a false god?
A President who preaches hate and division.
If you indeed are a follower of the Lord, it shouldn’t be a hard question at all to answer.
Because as a follower of Christ, the world should be saying:
They really do care about us.
It’s been 12 months and three days
Since I found my way back to U
I used to sin every night and party all day
Without you I could travel the less righteous road
I could care only about myself
I could worship the dollar while in a fancy suit
Nothing can save my spirit
Nothing can save my soul,
Nothing can save my heart
Nothing could give me the happiness you could
Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to U
I was so lost without you in my life
Like a bird without a song
Nothing could stop the tears from falling
Tell me Lord where did I go wrong
I could grab for every dollar I see
I could have every comfort money could buy
But they’d never give me the happiness of knowing U
I went to the doctor guess what he told me
Guess what he told me
He said boy even with all the money in the world there’s nothing we can do for you
but he’s a fool
Cause there’s nothing U can’t do
Cause nothing compares to U
You saved me
You breathed life back into me
I know that following you won’t always easy
I must be willing to sacrifice
I must be willing to forgive
I must be willing to embrace my enemies
I must be willing to serve the poor
I know it will be hard because I know I’m flawed
I know I am not perfect
Yet you still love me
So I’m going to give it my best
‘Cause nothing compares to the love you rain down on me
Cause nothing compares to the blessings you bestow upon me
Cause nothing compares
Nothing compare to U Lord