Just a few weeks ago I saw and heard protesters outside my window and for the first time felt unsafe in my own neighborhood. But I also know that God is here and fully aware of the situation.
It is good that people are concerned about the leadership of our country, the Bible tells us to pray for our leaders. We need to remember that every country, every government, every leader is still under the authority of God. Remember the story of Daniel in the lion's den? The king was obviously an egotistical guy and yet God used the king's acts of narcissism and vengeance to show how God is able to save and rescue. Perhaps God is allowing our current events because he wants to show himself to our nation.
Does that mean that God will prevent us from terrifying events? No. But it does mean that what men do out of evil intent, God will use for good - for the good of causing people to seek him, the good of encouraging and sustaining those who believe in Christ and are serving as his ambassadors in a lost world, for the good of showing his glory across the land.
The rhetoric of this country has changed over time. Our idea of religious freedom today is vastly different from what religious freedom meant when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Somewhere along the line we abandoned freedom to "worship the Creator God (Yahweh) in any way the Bible and Holy Spirit lead you" to embrace "worship any god of your own making and establish your own version of truth". Although we may have started out as a "Christian nation", that is no longer a true statement and we cannot expect God to show favor to our nation when the vast majority of the population despises and disregards Him.
The question now is whether we are going to follow the city of Ninevah's example to repent and humble ourselves so that God will spare us from the great calamity we are earning in our sin and violence both within our borders and beyond.
We are called only to fear God, to hold him in awe because he is more powerful than we can imagine. And when we have this Holy fear of him, we experience his immense love for us (both individually and corporately) and that love casts out all other fears - fears of injustice, fears of oppression, fears of deportment, fears of death. Only then can we truly experience unity and peace with those who disagree with us.
This is a call for prayer. This is a call for repentance. This is a call for revival.
Will you join?