November 9, 2012

God Bless America


 In Bruce Wilkinson's popular book, The Prayer of Jabez, he shares a fable about Mr. Jones who dies and goes to heaven where St. Peter is waiting to  lead him on a tour.

As they walk the golden streets lined with beautiful mansions, Jones sees a huge building with no windows and only one door. Despite St. Peter warning that he shouldn't see what's In there, Jones is much too inquisitive. He enters the building and finds it stacked with boxes marked with the names of those in heaven.

Jones rushes to find the box with his name on it, and learns it is filled with all the blessings God was prepared to give him . . . but Jones never asked for them. 

The recent presidential election indicates that our country is clearly divided along ideological lines as it was in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln was elected. The ideologies are different now, nevertheless, Lincoln's warning is still relevant today, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

Bruce Wilkinson suggests it is God's nature to bless us. Let us pray that God will also bless this great country which was founded on the assertion that all citizens, regardless of their political persuasion, have certain rights. Those rights were established by God himself and include “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”