31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Nothing can be more American than self-sufficiency. On the whole, Americans are extremely independent and actually boast about not only self-rule, but autonomy from others. No one in this country likes to be servant to another or dependent upon them for subsidence. No, Americans are proud and love to go it alone.
As Christians who profess to be Bible Believing, these bible thumpers don’t exactly express what part of the bible of which they believe.
When we awake in the morning, we awake to an alarm clock that represents all of the authority of the industrialized corporate world. Many punch into a clock that records their presence, while others are monitored via their behavior as their performance is measured piecemeal. The commonality we all share as Americans is that we ‘snap to’ it when our Employers demand attention.
My question is: how well can we say that about Jesus and His words. Some Bible emphasize his words emphatically by casting them in Red Print so as to stick out. And in like manner, we seem to avoid His words as they are so easily detected to be shunned.
We shun his words as we are certain to avoid the consequences. The fact is: we love mammon, money more than we do God’s kingdom.
I am sure, that if you are as I am, you’ll lie about it and ascertain that you are a firm, committed Christian. And even though we utter the words, the actions speak differently. The truth be known, we love our comforts, status, position, wealth far, far more than we love Jesus. No, we are not about to give up all the things Jesus Commanded us to as he spoke in Red Print. Jesus preached that we had to lose our life in order to gain it. As true, dedicated Americans, we are too busy working, losing our life to our jobs to give it to Jesus.
I don’t judge those who struggle for a living. However, I do believe we should be careful about those values we say that we profess. Much of what we say about Jesus insomuch as to how we believe is false. I don’t believe it is a wanton lie, but on the other hand, it is poke by man for us to believe as if it were in Red Print rather than the words of Jesus.
T. F. Thompson