I had to get my atlas out last night to make sure I wasn’t lost. It seemed like whether I was listening to my radio, watching TV, or reading the newspaper, people were whining: “I deserve this,” or “I didn’t deserve that!” I thought I had been mysteriously transported to Whinersville.
Whining, mumbling, and grumbling is a worldwide problem of epidemic proportions. Europe, South America, Asia, Canada, and the good old USA are afflicted with this debilitating attitude.
This must be a centuries old problem because both Peter and Paul said people should be careful about the expression of their attitude:
- Peter said we should, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling (I Peter 4:9).”
- Paul said to, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation (Philippians 2:14-15).”
Before you complain to God, and say: “This is something I don’t deserve.” Think about it. Do you really want Him to serve you a plateful of what you deserve? When God fills my plate, I’m like a child: I want a tiny portion of the Brussel sprouts of His judgment and heaping-helpings of His mercy-filled dips of mashed taters and cream gravy. I never want what I deserve—the wilting heat of His anger. I’d much rather bask in the Son-shine of His forgiveness.
Like David, we can find comfort in the loving nature of God and shout: “Lord, You are good and ready to forgive; and, Your abundant loyal love flows generously over all who cry out to You . . . guide me along Your path, so that I will live in Your truth (Psalm 86:10-11).” Even whiners grow mute and their grumbles are silenced when they turn their thoughts to God’s “abundant loyal love.”
This is one of those moments in history that we need to make sure we are thinking with our heads and not our hearts. When I see the images of suffering refugees and dying children my heart says do something; however, my head says be cautious because of comments made by, Michael McCaul, the Chairmen of Homeland Security:
“We’re a compassionate nation and this is a tragic situation but I also have to be concerned as Chairman of Homeland Security about the safety of Americans in this country and the concern that I have and that the FBI testified to is that we don’t really have the proper databases on these individuals to vet them passed and to assure we’re not allowing terrorists to come into this country and until I have that assurance, I cannot support a program that could potentially bring jihadists into the United States,” Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul said in an interview with Fox News Monday. “We don’t know who these people are and I think that’s the bottom line here and until we know who they are, we cannot responsibly bring them into the United States . . . Both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have told me privately that they don’t support bringing in Syrian refugees because of the threat they pose to Americans.”
In the name of immigration, Hillary Clinton says we should open the doors of American to another 65,000 refugees from Syria. The real question of concern is this: Does coming to America mean becoming an American?
When America was the melting pot of the world, immigrants aspired to learning our language, embracing our principles, and blending in with our culture. Immigration has been redefined.
When refugees come to America today, too many of them never learn our language or blend into our culture. Their desire is to be a hyphenated-pocket-American. In the case of the Syrian refugees, many of them will want to remain distinctly Syrian and may well move to a community that is already calling for the establishment of Sharia Law. This is not the form of immigration that was practiced in the early years of our nations history.
I’m not some xenophobic nut, and I know these comments may be politically incorrect; however, before you call my concerns unfounded, I suggest you read the information below:
- We need to consider the actions of countries that are experienced in dealing with refugees from Islamic nations: http://goo.gl/U6qUa2
- The response of Hungary’s President, Victor Orban: http://goo.gl/SxGrFU
- American laws for American courts: http://goo.gl/eyxtuy
Call me stupid, but I think coming to American should mean becoming an American.
Whether you live in the USA, England, Europe, Africa, or Asia, there is one thing you hold in common. You and the rest of humanity want peace in your piece of the world–certainly, this is the case in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio this morning.
I know I’ve grown weary of all the protests, murders, shootings, and rapes that I see on the screen of my TV. The headlines of the newspaper are depressing with stories of theft, scandals, and abused children.
Here is what I am going to do in my piece of the world today. Instead of being, “overcome by evil, I’m going to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).” I am going to try my best to, “pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another (Romans 14:19).” J.B. Philipps translated this same verse in these words: “Let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of one another’s character.”
Will you join me and make this your goal for today:
- I will pursue and concentrate on bringing peace to my piece of the world.
- When confronted with the off-key and unkind remarks of others, I will try to bring harmony to the situation.
- I will do my best to be a positive presence in the life of those I encounter.
So what in the world are you going to do today? I encourage you to bring peace to your piece of the world.