Have you noticed more Christians rejoicing in America’s rejection of God? They think it’s uncool to defend the public display of the Ten Commandments. “Meh. It’s so old fashioned to fight to have a Cross displayed in a public park,” they blog. “That’s what my Uncle does and he wears what hipsters wear, but unironically.”
The best example of this sentiment is this article in the Huffington Post, by Richard Sterns, “Goodbye, Christian America; Hello, True Christianity.” He says that America’s rejection of God leads to true demonstrations of faith in God. Oh. I didn’t know rejecting Jesus Christ is how you get to know him.
Why did Mr. Sterns write this? Why do so many Christians agree with him? Because according to him, surrendering the fight for the public display of the Cross and the Ten Commandments leaves us to concentrate on the plight of AIDS-stricken Africa. In helping those Africans, we build bridges to communities who otherwise have no exposure to the Gospel, such as the homosexual community.
The Bible commands us to “stand your ground. And after you have done everything, to stand.” (Bible, Ephesians 6:13) So why give up ground on God’s inclusion in our public life and laws? In 1619, Puritan Pilgrims set sail for America in order to live out their faith in God publicly. Clearly, not true believers. Should have set sail for Africa.
Now some of you right now are afraid that I’m going to launch a rant against do-gooderism for Africa. No. Jesus says that if you offer a cup of water in his name, you will not fail to get a reward. (Bible, Matthew 10:42) Which is why I enjoy supporting organizations like World Vision. Because they hand out lots of cups of water in Jesus’s name.
Right now, some people are like, “Uhh, Jimmy, the author of that article, David Sterns, is the president of World Vision.”
Oh. Okay. Well, it’s too late to take any of this back. So, uhh. The point I’m making stands. Look, I’m not speaking out against good deeds. I’m speaking up on behalf of God’s wisdom. So let’s look to God’s wisdom and how America rejects it.
First Jesus calls us to love our neighbor. If you care so much about Africa, move to Africa so they are your neighbors. What good deed is it to your American neighbor if you let black-hearted liberals take down the Ten Commandments? On the contrary, you cause your neighbor much harm.
Some people right now are like, “Jimmy, the Ten Commandments are just a symbolic thing. Why waste our energy?”
Oh, so we don’t like symbolic things? Why did America vote for Barack Obama? Because he is black. His blackness is symbolic. He certainly didn’t suffer a single moment of injustice because of blackness. Yet a majority of Americans cherished that vain symbolism.
Yes, removing the Ten Commandments is symbolic. It’s symbolic of rejecting God. The black-hearted liberal cannot stand to see in writing, “Thou shall not have any other gods before me.” Honoring God is never vain. Rejecting God is never without consequence.
Real Social Justice
So, why is America prosperous and Africa impoverished? It’s not complex. It’s simple. Justice.
The Bible says the “fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.” (Bible, Proverbs 13:23) War and corrupt governments keep Africa impoverished. It doesn’t matter how many Chinese made mosquito nets you distribute. It doesn’t matter how many CARE packages you drop from airplanes. You can go on a short term missions trip that lasts one — no, TWO weeks and post photos on Facebook. Nothing will improve Africa until African society accepts God’s wisdom revealed in scripture and builds it’s society and laws around that wisdom.
Are we Americans superior human beings to Africans? No. Are our continent’s resources more abundant? No. But our country has achieved greater things than any other country before it. Why? Because of justice. Our justice comes from our laws. Our laws are predicated around God’s law. God’s law is the Ten Commandments.
So if we reject God’s law, injustice will surely arise. We will become as impoverished as Africans. And when we’re suffering under disease, war, and famine on the North American continent, you can cherish in your heart those moments when you were rich enough to care about the poor on a distant continent.
“Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end.” (Bible, Proverbs 22:8)
For more about American Apostasy and President Barack Obama, read “The Zero Commandment.”