The Watercooler ~ Time for a Song and a Psalm

Since the time I “stumbled” upon RedState a couple years ago and immersed myself in the writings here, I promptly lost my innocence and naivety regarding American politics. As a person who vows to put God first in my life, I have grappled with my conscience and wondered about my integrity many times. It seems impossible to jump in the fray in order to be a positive influence without betraying some of the most basic principles of the faith — primarily the ease with which we criticize public figures and political activists. (An in-depth study of the scriptures makes clear that we are forgiven of all of our shortcomings only by the grace of God, therefore, we have no right to judge and condemn other men.)

But, more importantly, short of miraculous intervention from a very alive God, America seems hopelessly doomed in her current condition. Try as we might, it seems most of the efforts of the best and brightest among us barely make a dent in the downward spiral the nation seems trapped in. Does God see? Doesn’t He hear our cries? If so, where is He and why isn’t He doing something?

Turning to the Psalms, it doesn’t take long to see that we are not the first people or nation to ask such questions of God. And that alone brings me comfort.

Psalm 12

1 Help, Lord! For principled and godly people are here no more; faithfulness and the faithful vanish from among the sons of men.

2 To his neighbor each one speaks words without use or worth or truth; with flattering lips and double heart [deceitfully] they speak.

3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and the tongues that speak proud boasting,

4 Those who say, With our tongues we prevail; our lips are our own [to command at our will]—who is lord and master over us?

5 Now will I arise, says the Lord, because the poor are oppressed, because of the groans of the needy; I will set him in safety and in the salvation for which he pants.

6 The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over.

7 You will keep them and preserve them, O Lord; You will guard and keep us from this [evil] generation forever.

8 The wicked walk or prowl about on every side, as vileness is exalted [and baseness is rated high] among the sons of men.

Amen. Be encouraged for just as God is watching over each of us as individuals, He is also watching over America. (He’s a jealous God and in spite of how the currently emboldened left tries to mock and downplay America’s religious founding, our nation was birthed by and for God and He will answer our prayers for restoration.)

Have a great Sunday.