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September 2, 2010

Restoring Honor (Memory)

So I know there has been a lot going around about this topic since Glenn Beck's "Restore America's Honor" rally last Saturday upon the Lincoln Memorial, and I don't have any political stance to rant about from what took place or what was said, however I have a thought (or 2 or 3) about the phrase 'Restoring America's Honor."

What does that mean? At what time was America honorable? Are we so less honorable than, say, 10 years ago? Would this rally have taken place if a republican were in office? Would America be a "more honorable" place if G. Beck or some other republican were in office? What honor or glory are we thinking about returning to?

As this movement of "restoring" gets more and more tied up with Christians, more specifically, Uber-Conservative Righter than Right Republican Christian-ish Thinkers, I can't help but think they're talking about America getting back to the Bible. Is that really what the message is behind it all? America needs a revival? Is that it? Is it a cry for freedom? There's a lot of questions for me.

If we, now this to Christians of all kinds out there, are to remember honor and getting back to a place of wholesome restoration  then maybe we need to remember God's word. I'm not sure restoring America back to ________ (fill in the blank) is necessarily the idea. God is always calling us to remember. Remember his word, his deeds, his love. The Lord commanded "Do not forget my statutes." "Remember the wondrous works...." (1 Chrn. 16:12). You should read it and all this others that say to remember.

Memory is important and there lots to remember, especially of the people of God. This morning I read and remember the Lord's word to us through Galatians.
"You were called to freedom, brothers. 
Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, 
But through love serve one another.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another."
(5:13-15)

May you remember the Lord's word to us today to love people. May we not confuse America's glory and success with the Lord's favor to us through Christ. Amen.



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