Hope Of The World
In a recent speech given by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, he emphatically and joyfully proclaimed America the hope of the world. This is a conservative belief that America is the hope of the world, that America is the answer of the all that ills the world. This false belief belongs side by side with the false notion that America is a Christian nation and that the American flag should be on display in our churches. It seems for some conservatives that the American flag has replaced the cross as the symbol of the religion about the homeless Jewish mystic.
Let’s get some things straight.
America is a nation like any other, built by large groups that came together for the common good. It is not specifically a Christian nation. It is made of many people from many cultures and religions and no religion. God did not decree this nation even though one religious group believes that the garden spoke of in Genesis 1-3 was in America (they are wrong). America is nation of the kingdom of the sword. America does offer religious freedom and all of us should be glad for that and all the other freedoms we get.
As A Christian and someone who wants to take my faith seriously, I must point this out. Feel free to disagree with me or add anything to it. However, it is my faith that says America is not the hope of the world. Jesus is the hope of the world.
Psalm 39 asks but now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you and Matthew 12 answers by quoting Isaiah saying that in his name the nations will put their hope. The repeatedly tells us to put our hope in God alone and not be conformed to the world’s ways. We are not to put our hope in anything but God. By saying that America is the hope of the world is denying that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. It is to say that this world and not God, the kingdom of the sword and not the Kingdom of God is our priority.
America is a great nation. It is having problems now, but has the ability if its people can come back together and work for the common good once again. We should not form this nation of ours into any one ideology (even if it is ours), but let it display the myriad of people that make it up. United we stand and fall. If America fails, all of us will suffer and if America succeeds, we all will be blessed.
Yet, America is not our hope. Jesus is our hope and that is good news.
Because, Jesus doesn’t have crises and can be counted on to be faithful to the very end. In Jesus’ weakest moment, he is strongest. Jesus defeated Rome by submitting himself to its power not by making Rome into a vague form of the Kingdom of God. Put your hope not in America or any other object of the world, but in Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior of all.