Then conquer we must
When our cause it is just.
And this be our motto:
“In God is our trust.”
The Star-Spangled Banner, verse 3
Here in the USA, we have the motto “In God We Trust”. It’s splashed across our money, part of our national anthem, and a host of people stand ready to fight tooth and nail should anyone dare to try removing it.
But here’s the question: for those of us as Christians, do WE really trust in God?
- God says, “Be anxious for nothing” and tells us to cast all our cares on Him, yet we typically fret about our problems and only turn to Him as a last resort.
- God says to “love your enemies” and “resist not evil”, yet we load up on guns and ammo so that, if someone attacks us, we can send him to Hell and prevent him from sending us to Heaven.
- God says, “Owe no man anything” (Rom 13:8), yet we get home mortgages, student loans, car financing, and credit cards, fueling a debt crisis that threatens our nation.
- God says that all world rulers are put in place by Him (Rom. 13:1), yet on the morning after Election Day, we wring our hands and fret about how the “best candidate” lost the election.
- Jesus tells us to seek first His Kingdom and righteousness, and our needs will be supplied, yet we seek first to supply our needs and then to do something for God if there’s any time left.
- Jesus tells us, “In praying, don’t use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking. Therefore don’t be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him” (Matt. 6:7-8)–yet, when we have a pressing need, we rally as much “prayer support” as possible, and if God does what we want, we talk about all the people who were praying.
There are many more things that could be added to this list, but suffice it to say that in the church as a whole, we have a real lack of trust in God. This is serious. God tells us, “Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
In its simplest form, faith is belief in God. When we fail to trust God, we indicate that we don’t believe Him.
Before we point fingers at the world for all the evil that they are doing, let’s take God at His word and start trusting Him in everything.
If My people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)