Dr. Paul Perkins

Following In The Way of Jesus

Oh, Beautiful America

“Oh, beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.” America the Beautiful 

I was reading an article about how the U.S. uses its land. It’s amazing how little of it is actually used to house people. The majority is used to feed cattle. I do like my hamburger. It just reminded me of the above song, and how blessed we are as a country. Despite our problems, our divisions, our disputes, riots, and differences we are all blessed to live in the the United States of America. 

I think we forget that when we argue about who will lead, or what vision we have for the future. Those questions are important, but we often raise alarms that are meant to scare and manipulate rather than bring hope and a future. Maybe a little dose of third reality would be good for us all. 

Yes, I am very thankful. But, to whom am I thankful? It is God’s grace that has amply supplied our storehouses. It is God’s grace that has built our economy. It is God’s grace that brings order in our chaotic system of government. It is God’s grace that has allowed the U.S. to survive these past 200 plus years. It is God’s grace that will determine what future we will have. So, in order to remain in the good grace of God, it is another kingdom we must pursue above all else.

”Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.”  

If we forsake the values of the kingdom for a false sense of security in the Republicans or Democrats, in gun rights or civil rights, we will be led down the wrong path. These institutions will only prosper by God’s grace. Join with me, then, in seeking a kingdom that provides more than the U.S. will ever be able to supply.  Let’s follow Jesus with a reckless abandon. I’m just saying...

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