As Christians looking out upon the American culture in the year of our Lord 2012, what should our attitude be? Should we be cast down into despair, and hide in a basket? Should we forget about sharing the sweet gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with others, and merely try to survive?
As bearers of the Name of Christ, we have a duty to seek first His kingdom. For some of us, this means serving in conspicuous ways and places; for others, it will mean washing dishes sweetly so that God will be glorified. He is honored when we love Him by obeying His revealed will.
As a nation, we are heading down the wrong path. There are many side issues that cloud our minds, but the heart of the matter is that the Church in America has neglected to do her duty (loving obedience to God's revealed will) for several generations.
This should make us mourn and repent! It is proper to mourn for national sins, even as Daniel did. (To read the whole story, please turn to Daniel 9.) It is reasonable to honor God by obeying Him. Remember how much He loves us, and how He sent His only Son, Jesus to bear our sins on the cross. Remember Jesus' 33 years on this earth, and that He never sinned. Remember the good news of Jesus' resurrection and ascension. Remember, and do not be afraid; the gospel is freely offered to all people! This is too great for me to comprehend, but it is so sweet to remember these promises.
And as for this week's passage? I thought that Ephesians 4:32 would be good.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.