“I have not come to abolish the Law or Prophets but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of the pen will disappear until everything is accomplished.” Matthew 5:17
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INTRODUCTION (revised All Saints' Day 2011):
A Patriot’s Gems of Faith: Being a Casual Walk through God’s Covenants, with the Nation He Loves—is the full title of this offering to my countrymen and women.
If the past is prologue, and with the next election but a year away, what might God be telling us in his scriptures about our country and its future.
The genesis of these lessons for me, an American patriot are first the words of Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Listening to Handel’s “Messiah,” and the Chorus segment based on Isaiah 53:6 especially resonates: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” A third spak for this column is that from the earliest days even down to the founding of the republic; many Americans had come to view this land as the “New Jerusalem” and that God was establishing a special covenant with it.
Here begins personal journey of discovery—of looking for the lessons of Scripture for the country we love. I now offer them to you, if you wish to come along. We Americans who are Christian, it seems to me, have slipped into the mindset that our journey of faith begins and ends with Jesus Christ and the New Testament, and all too often have set aside the lessons of the Old. One need not read far in the Old Testament to realize that though God chastised Israel—the Old Jerusalem, He never abandoned, nor will He abandon, His people. So both the New and the Old covenants stand side-by-side as God’s promise: Each has been made to those whom He has called under different circumstances, throughout history. Together they complete a whole, and just as Lincoln’s counseled Southerners as the country was tearing itself apart—we must not be enemies but friend—and later—“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds,….”