The United States has a lot of problems.
In fact, some believe that as a country we have no hope.
This might not be a new piece of information for you, and you could even be one of those people who sees the country as hopeless. I mean I read Drudge Report ever single day. I watch 60 minutes every Sunday. I even listen to conservative radio in the car (well only when the local ESPN radio station is on commercial). I have heard all about our collapsing economy, out of control spending, endless war in Iraq, oil spill, and rising jobless rate.
It does not take an expert to figure out that we have problems. But it does take an expert to fix the problems.
I want to let you know that I think I have the solution to all the problems that present themselves today….
We are SINNERS
Ya, I said it, you and me, we are sinners.
That is it, that is the answer…we are sinners.
It amazes me to see people complain and even voice their frustrations with all the things that are wrong in this country and never give a thought to the idea that there will always be things wrong with this country and world.
For a long time, corruption and deceit really would get to me. It would enrage me enough to make sure that everyone knew of the problem. The way I voiced my frustration was through complaining. This complaining would lend itself to things as small as not having milk in the house so that I could eat golden grahams to the corruption of political leaders. It seemed that I had an opinion on everything and a complaint that followed each thought. And to be honest, I did have an opinion and a couple of complaints. But the reason I complained was because I wanted others to see the problems. There was something wrong and I needed to make sure everyone knew about the wrongs that were taking place.
It took me a long time to realize that things will never be okay.
It took me a long time to understand that we will always have problems.
It took me a long time to figure out that as much as I complained it never brought results.
It is taking me a long time to understand that we are all sinners.
The problems of this country, the problems of this world, come down to one thing…sin. This is no excuse to continue in our problems, but it brings a whole new context to each and every situation. The need for redemption is huge. Not the redemption of a country or world, but for the redemption of souls.
For a long time I focused with what was wrong with the world, now I focus with what is right with this world.
We are all sinners…and I am the chief sinner.
We have a Savior…There is Hope