Changing the course of a nation

Everything seemed to be so secure. Decades passed with major threats perceived only as coming from beyond our borders. But the Bundy ranch changed that in a major way. Perhaps as the tip of an iceberg, this event, along with numerous others in the hearts and lives of people in this incredible country, have brought us face to face with possible armed conflict on our own soil.

Who has heard of multiple militias mobilizing rapidly from numerous states to take issue with our federal government? Citizens against government videos going viral around the globe brought pause to the events of the Nevada standoff. But what about the future? What has brought us to this place? And what can be done to offer a brighter future?

The immediate step in pursuing a brighter future is to rely on the foundational rocks that brought justice and freedom to us. That means going back to the spiritual heritage we have. It means calling the bluff and exposing the lies of politicians and historians who are “rewriting” history and expunging any and all references to faith in the marketplace.

Our federal buildings have many, many Biblical verses and bold references to faith in God written in granite. We are blind, wimps, spineless and worse if we welcome platforms for speakers with split tongues trying to say there is no place for faith in God in this country. The evidence is irrefutable.

The Washington Monument has numerous Bible verses carved in memorial blocks in the walls: “Holiness to the Lord,” “Search the Scriptures,” “The memory of the just is blessed,” “Praise be to God,” and “In God We Trust” are among them. In the Jefferson Memorial are many references to scripture, including Jefferson’s words.

“God who gave us life gave us liberty,” he said. “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

The list goes on and on. But Americans have swallowed the lies of leaders who stand with these engravings behind them as they speak. We need to stop it. We need to do what Isaiah told the wandering people of his time: “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn.” (Isaiah 51:1)

We need to return to our spiritual heritage before the nothingness of postmodernism or the radical cults of destructive design swallow us up. Purpose to know what it means to be a follower of Jesus. One by one, He can change the course of this nation to a bright and fair future.

The Rev. John Gehman has been the pastor at Lauvers Mennonite Church for the past 20 years. Lauvers is just west of Evendale in Juniata County.