Fixing The Problems With Our Nation

By: Mark

 

Fixing the problems our nation currently faces is going to be a painful and costly process. It will require change across the full spectrum of humanity here in the United States, and the result of that change will bring great personal and situational impact to just about everyone in the country. People hate change, and we especially hate change that results in any discomfort to ourselves or those we care about.

 

Let’s explore this a little together as follows:

 

We as a country and as a people of a free nation need to return to the values our country was founded on; those values are clearly communicated in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of the United States as drafted and signed by the founding fathers. How many of us who have the ability to read have ever read these full documents? If not, why not? I challenge you to do so, and do so quickly. These documents depict the conditions and feelings of the people who envisioned our country as an independent nation – a nation of people “endowed by their Creator…” (Declaration of Independence Para 2) You may like this or not, but the people who founded our nation were believers in God, and referenced this fact often in their writings.

 

The government was founded by and for the people – not the people founded for the government. This country was founded on a desire to build a future and to create a place where all men and women could live their lives out in focus on and in submission to the creator of life.

 

There is much published these days about “racism.”  Why? Because this is an issue that gives rise to strong emotions and far too often to wrongful and violent actions. This term has ceased to be about “right” and “wrong” and has become a “trigger” for hate crimes and wanton destruction of property both public and private and assault and battery on others, all in the name of “good.” But is there really any “good” that comes from these actions? I suggest there is very little if any.

 

There is a word that denotes people’s feelings about their particular group being special – ethnocentrism. “Ethnocentrism is judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one’s own culture. Ethnocentric individuals judge other groups relative to their own ethnic group or culture, especially with concern for language, behavior, customs, and religion. These ethnic distinctions and subdivisions serve to define each ethnicity’s unique cultural identity” (Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnocentrism )

 

For those inclined to believe what is written in the Bible, and I identify myself as being one of those who do, it should be understood that all people who walk on this planet at the present are descended from eight human beings – Noah and his wife, and their three sons and their wives. The account of Noah can be found in the Bible in the book of Genesis beginning in the sixth chapter and running through the ninth chapter.  If you believe the account of Genesis, your neighbor, your friend, and your enemy are all “family” by distant origin. This being the case, why would or should anyone care if others happen to be darker or lighter skinned, or for that matter whether they happen to be male or female. We clearly ought to be concerned about right and wrong, but not about whether the person doing right or wrong is of a particular gender or race.

 

There is an interesting program available on Netflix titled “Is Genesis History?” which puts forth information which intellectually and scientifically supports the biblical story of the flood.

 

How can we as sentient human beings allow ourselves to become so emotional about our superficial differences such as our facial features and the color of our skin? What an incredible waste of time, effort, productivity, and money. Why do we continually cling to past hurts and wrongs? Because we are taught to, and because it is more pleasing to feel we have been wronged through our forefathers and are due “justice” even if we are not the one who was actually offended or wronged by another’s words or actions. Why not learn to offer “forgiveness” and seek healing and peace? If God is the author of life, and I believe He is, then He is the one in the position to be offended when His creation is abused and misused. God does not approve of us disrespecting His authority. He laid out His laws in writing through Moses and then lived them out through Jesus of Nazareth, His Son.

 

Our forefathers had the right idea when they chose to align themselves with God and with His laws. In the New Testament, Jesus is quoted in the book of Matthew chapter 22 as saying “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Pretty simple, yes? Can you do that? Will you do that? I find it takes a lot of practice, and a lot of change on my part, but this is the answer to how we could fix the problems of our nation. Just imagine if everyone you met actually loved the Lord first and then loved you as much as they do themselves. What a place this would be. It is not easy, but it is worth the effort. 

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