07-24-16 @North Heartland - Trump / Politics / LOTS happening at NHCC!

07-24-16 @North Heartland - Trump / Politics / LOTS happening at NHCC!

Published Date: July 22, 2016
Author: Rick McGinniss

Good (hot) afternoon!

I’m sure you have heard all week about the just-concluded Republican Convention. As a concerned citizen, I watched at least some of it each night (and will do the same next week when the Democrats convene) including Donald Trump’s acceptance speech and the speeches of his children. Whether or not you agree with his assessments and prescriptions on the issues facing our country, one thing was clear: the man’s kids really do love and respect him. Even though I remain a committed political skeptic, I have to say that I was truly impressed. As VP nominee Mike Pence put it, “you can’t fake good kids.”

That said, the hours I spent watching and listening again reminded me of the fatal flaw in all of our political posturing and proclamations: America cannot be great without great Americans. We can set goals to be safe, first, prosperous, etc. and we can propose and implement changes to “the system” and “the establishment” but the greatness of any organization (including a nation) always comes down to the greatness of the individuals who comprise it. Politicians tell us that the problem is the system or establishment (and “them” – whoever thinks differently than we do) when, in reality, the primary problem is us. Without a citizenry that thinks and acts virtuously and a corresponding culture which honors virtue instead of glorifying debauchery (which we see more and more of these days), eventually, even the best system will collapse from moral weakness.

That’s why I want to hear even one high-level politician say to us, “Endeavor to be a better person in every area of your life. Our fate as a nation depends on that as much as anything else.”

Of course, they won’t do that – and some would argue it’s not their place to do that. So, whose place is it?

That responsibility lies with the two great institutions which are increasingly the target of derision (and worse) in our culture: the church (and synagogues and mosques) and the family. Without great families and great churches (and synagogues and mosques) and their intentional effort to shape the conscience of individuals, we have no hope of greatness as a nation. This is a principle our founders clearly understood and to which I have alluded in several of my recent messages.

Point being … for those of you who are still with me 🙂 … this is why our church (and every other Gospel-oriented church) matters. This is why Christians concerned about our country ought to be supportive and committed to their church. The role of the church isn’t be political but to produce good and virtuous people, without whom our grand experiment in representative democracy is destined to fail.

Amy Laws