Rome // America // Victory

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I just finished my second course in my Masters program. During the course I researched the decline of the Roman Empire, and boy if it didn’t ring some bells and set off some alarms.

From Edward Gibbons book, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Gibbon’s observed, “The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful.”

I will spare you the numerous thoughts I have about the current state of our nation – I’m sure that you, much like myself, don’t need another voice in your ear. We all have too many. And I think that’s one of the problems. Our society has grown so accustomed to being told what to think, believe, advocate for, stand on and yell about, that we aren’t sure the truth anymore. We’ve descended into a people that argues to argue, hates simply because we disagree and shuts other opinions down because we no longer have the ability to properly frame an argument. Additionally, I truly believe that most people don’t have contextual historical understanding so they are blind leading blind. Like the quote regarding Rome – there are so many things to worship and everyone wants their way to be the truth.

If this sounds very judgemental, I might have apologized in the past, but I’m not certain I’m stating anything other than fact. In my humble assertion, it seems we might all do better to step back, learn a bit more and THEN choose our platforms a bit more carefully. I see many people jumping on bandwagon social movements without any research into the backgrounds of these organizations……wait. I’m going down a rabbit hole.

That was not the intention of this post. I will stop before I hit the “Rachel point of no return” and write for six hours about all of the woes of American culture in 2017.

The real reason I wrote this post is because my heart is heavy each day for our country and the hate, anger and ignorance that seems to be on full display.

My prayer is that before we lock arms with any social justice campaign, politician, church or leader, we first set our eyes on the only victor in this fight.

Jesus Christ. He and He alone are the only way that we will feel vindicated, satisfied, loved, cherished, whole and valued.

He is the only chance for national restoration and peace.

One Reply to “Rome // America // Victory”

  1. Oh, I was so with you. And then…

    I understand the cry for Jesus. Though I’ve struggled with faith my whole life because it doesn’t come naturally to my brain that seeks facts. I still seek, but I no longer see the “Christian” box as one to check to be a good person. I’ve watched evangelical Christians my whole life who now show more hatred and vitriol toward other than my atheists friends.

    Which brings me to our history, we have the separation of church and state for a reason. I am SO tired of the Christian Right using their interpretation of the Bible to discriminate, to hurt, to put women and transgendered and homosexuals and children of God in their place. Saying selling someone a cake (when that is what you do for a living) steps on a freedom to practice a religion.

    I’m tired too. I’m scared for the heart of this country too. But we are completely on the opposite side of this despite believing in the same God.

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