Whatever the final story behind the Boston Marathon bombings turns out to be, one thing is already evident. No amount of bombs dropped on far away countries, drones flying overhead, airport security scanners, warrantless wiretaps, or gun free zones can make a people safe. Safety – true safety – is only of the Lord.
I am mindful of the first words that bubbled up within me upon seeing the twin towers falling on 9-11, “America, how long will you be proud?” That is to say, how long will we trust in ourselves, thinking we don’t need God, that we are sufficient in ourselves, can fix our own problems and meet our own needs?
We can’t meet our own needs. We are totally inadequate to the task. Man was never designed to meet His own needs. Man was made to be connected to his Creator who is the only source sufficient for the meeting of our needs. We will either draw near to Him, trust in Him, connect with Him and with that which flows from Him, or we will drift away from Him, become disconnected from Him, become disconnected from His protection and provision and become increasingly depraved and increasingly the source of our own ills.
I am not talking about railing against liberals or the unsaved as being the source of judgment on America. We, the Christian right, need to start examining ourselves and being honest about exactly who and what we are placing our trust in, both in our personal lives and in our political activism. Are we really trusting in God, or are we unwittingly placing trust in man and the arm of the flesh (Jeremiah 17:5) as we look to political powers and institutions for our hope? Once our own heart is right, once our trust is placed squarely where it belongs and our foot set on the prescribed path, it then becomes our duty to take the message of God, His word, His ways and of trust in Him to the lost, to the world and even to the liberal, in meekness teaching them how to recover themselves from the snare of the enemy (2 Timothy 2:24-26) and bring their land back to the place of God’s blessing, protection and provision.
This may be a more decidedly spiritual message than you’re accustomed to hearing from a political party chairman, but I would be remiss if I did not occasionally remind us that politics alone has no power to save, heal, or restore a nation. Politics and political parties are at best tools – tools that can be used to implement elements of God’s will for the healing of the land if and when we put ourselves and our political activities in His hands to be used for His purposes and for His glory.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. (Psalms 28:7)
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. (Psalms 118:8-9)
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. (Psalms 33:20)
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. (Psalms 4:8)
The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD. (Proverbs 21:31)
Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety. (Leviticus 25:18)
While no Christian should ever fear, all of us need to occasionally bolster our faith in the defense against fear. To that end, I would like to recommend the book, “Your Promise of Protection,” a study on the power of the 91st Psalm. The hard copy edition of this book sells for $5.99, but the online version can be viewed or downloaded FREE! Check it out now and start building boldness of faith for the days to come.