Morality in America
When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.
Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage. After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.
Americans Need Better Water, Roads
Jesus is the "LIving Water" and the "Way"
By Nikolas Grosfield
President Trump has once again called on Congress to upgrade America’s roads, airports and rail lines by $1 trillion. He called for both public and private investments in a national infrastructure program.
"Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our beautiful land," Trump said of the initiative. "TO launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure of the United States—financed through both public and private capital—creating millions of new jobs."
After President Trump addressed Congress on February 28, Fox News host Sean Hannity interviewed Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on the nation’s infrastructure. She began by reciting popular political buzzwords like rebuilding, innovative ideas, and making America great again. Hannity pressed for details, and Chao gave one example of government and private dollars working together to improve roads, energy needs, and other aspects of American infrastructure.
If and how this will work is yet to be seen. But the Constitution empowers government to "insure domestic tranquility" and "promote the general welfare" of the people of the United States. This seemingly would include national infrastructure, though to what extent may be a debate for every generation.
"Infrastructure" is not a very old word. Its origin dates from the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries. The concept would have made little sense in a pre-industrialized culture. But networks of modern transportation, communication, energy, health, and education services across America (and around the clock), practically forced infrastructure upon the country. Once in place, systems of water and plumbing, heating and cooling, roads and bridges, sewage and waste, television and telephones, internet and electricity, and schools and hospitals require a lot of maintenance, which can pose any of the following challenges:
- Funding: Government or private money; national or local funds; budgets or deficits
- Politics: Leadership or corruption; raising or lowering taxes, and/or spending; earmark or national projects; excessive or insufficient regulation; quality or quantity considerations
- Ethics: Setting priorities with fairness and wisdom; reviewing proposals with discernment and compassion; using eminent domain with restraint and generous payments
- Other: Natural and national disasters; climate and weather issues
As Americans, all these issues are fair game for intelligent debate and concern. But as Christians, worry and bitterness are permanently out-of-bounds. Ponder how these scriptures may be helpful in responding to government activities:
- In Genesis 11, the people wanted to build their tower at Babel in part to make a name for themselves. God’s decisive reaction suggests that this early government program for self-greatness is off-limits. For Christians at least, infrastructure needs to come from different goals.
- Fast forward to the story of Joseph in power in Egypt—starting in Genesis 41. The Bible shows that personal and national benefits can come from responding to God’s revelation and advocating wise government planning on behalf of the population.
- Always recall Jesus’ words to "render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s" (quoted identically in Matthew 22, Mark 12, and Luke 20). In our present context, consider that government programs—for your good or ill—concern your worldly life and possessions; while God’s plans—always and only for your good—regard your eternal salvation and sanctification.
- To the Christians in first-century Rome—hardly a constitutional republic with traditions, or at least occasions, of godly authority and public accountability—Paul says: "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment." This frees the Christian from bondage to envy or contempt regarding public officials. In cases of evil or injustice, God’s people can take action and resist, but the pleas of many Psalms and other passages relinquish full and final vindication to the sovereign and righteous God.
Finally, consider Jesus’ words to the Samaritan woman at the well. She had staggering problems in a worldly sense: multiple divorces and adultery. Her understanding of her issues mattered, yet Jesus’ response was entirely spiritual, offering to meet her deepest needs with the "living water" of Himself (John 4). Likewise, as Jesus’ disciples wondered about His and their worldly future at the Last Supper, Jesus tells them He is "the way" to the Father (John 14). And in Matthew 6, you can almost simultaneously hear some of Jesus’ other words: "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things (earthly needs) will be added to you."
Please pray for:
- Opportunities to influence government policies that are important to you.
- Faith and peace for yourself regarding all government activity, good or bad.
- Christians to glorify God and be a shining light for others irrespective of people or events in Washington.
Nikolas Grosfield is a writer from Montana. His work has appeared 180 times in national, local, and other media outlets. He earned a B.A. in History at Cedarville University, lived five years in the Middle East and East Africa. He is a devoted child of God, husband of Elsbeth, and daddy of Oliver and Elias.
The following expressions and comments are from our members and do not necessarily represent or reflect the biblical, world views or opinions of the Presidential Prayer Team
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