America isn’t the greatest country in the world anymore.
From the lead into the new HBO series “The Newsroom”
Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16K6m3Ua2nw
Now. If you don’t like swearing, and you don’t like criticism - I would say honest analysis - about America, then please don’t listen to this this morning. Use the 3:27 minutes to center in Love and go about the day.
I personally think that what this soundbite says is true to the facts. In it I hear the powerful words of truth of the great prophets of the past two millennia … from Isaiah and Amos to Dr. King and many others of our own time.
My point? This video addresses one of the core spiritual truths. There is no reason that America, or any other people or country, or any individual, can’t be great. But greatness can never be if one refuses to see or hear or listen to the Truth. The “Devil” is known as the Prince of Lies … and it is so very easy to be tempted to live the Lie …. we are so easily misled. But Jesus said, “You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free” … nothing else. The Spirit Jesus promised to send is the Spirit of Truth …. and only following that Spirit leads to “all righteousness”. And Jesus understood that we have to be spiritually ready … He never demanded that anyone do what He said. He just held up the Path … which must be freely chosen. Alas, the Path is rarely preached fearlessly these days.
America is in a perilous time. We live on the edge of believing that American greatness and God’s desires and God’s Kingdom are one in the same. They are not … and as long as we think that they are, as long as we allow self-serving preachers and our own self-serving hearts to confuse us, we cannot and never will be great.
“Walk humbly with our God” means to see, with the inner eye, the Truth. And having seen it, to turn away and to change our lives.
The rather simplistic phrase goes, “Jesus died to save us all”. But there’s only one way to be “saved”: to turn away from lies to the truth. That is the first step to greatness.