God Heal Our Land
God Heal Our Land
By: Eric Scott
The hard fought election of 2016 is over. You may or may not be thrilled with the outcome, but in the immortal words of folksy President Abraham Lincoln, “People can be just as happy, or just as miserable, as they make up their minds to be.”
When asked by one of his military strategists why God wasn’t responding to his prayers for a Union victory, that same reputedly devout President Lincoln responded, “Perhaps the Good Lord is getting distracted by the earnest prayers of that righteous General Lee on the other side.” Like Lincoln and Lee, it’s time for patriots who have mutually suffered to come together and pray that God will hear our prayers and heal our land!
Our real enemy has never been the righteous souls who differ with our governing philosophy. According to the Bible, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but with unseen principalities and powers in high places.” Our mutual foe is the willfulness, greed, and corruption that drive human beings to the point they abandon virtue for selfish gain. It truly is time to “drain the swamp” in Washington DC, in Austin, Texas, and right here in our community.
Regulations are necessary to establish standards of excellence and safety. Over-regulation suppresses and suffocates goodwill and ambition. Taxes are needed for the common good. Over-taxation dampens industriousness and diminishes achievement. Government bureaucracy is needed for organization and expediency. Too much bureaucracy burdens processes and misplaces accountability. Thomas Jefferson liked to quote from Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience, “That government is best, which governs least.”
Donald Trump was asked about the role of our federal government in an early debate. At the time, he said it was to provide good schools for kids and good jobs for grown-ups. He didn't seem to realize that our constitution already formally declares it is, “to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” He now knows that, and has acknowledged it.
Let’s pray that President-Elect Donald Trump learns fast, surrounds himself with godly people, and focuses like a laser on issues that will make our country safe, prosperous and honorable. And let’s commit to live above personal greed and corruption as we hold those above and around us to nobler standards. We all have a chance to begin again. I implore you to be honest with yourself and your neighbor; put a smile on your face and share it with everyone you encounter; do what you have to do, and a little bit more; give what you have to give, and a little bit more; and above all, commit to “Make America Great Again,” because it really is true, “We are stronger together.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 states, “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 heal their land.” May God richly bless you in the coming years. And God bless the “United” States of America!