Dear America,

I want to know…

Why?

What’s the point? What are you truly trying to accomplish? What are you fighting for? If you could hand someone a list of demands, wants, needs or what have you. What would be on it? In all your anger, anguish, persecution, oppression, being misunderstood, undervalued, belittled, mistreated, misused, abused, neglected, ridiculed, and shamed, what are you trying to achieve? What is the outcome of all your pain, hours of fighting, arguments, and unending division in your hearts and communities?

Do you want to change history, the history of today or tomorrow or from the past? Would taking down a monument, changing the name of a school, changing facts in a history book, or how things are addressed make you feel better? Would rewriting history as a whole do it or just certain parts?

If your list of demands was met 100% with no questions asked, no push back of any kind, just checking the boxes and making the changes, would you then be happy?

I truly want to know what the ultimate end goal is here, because I am failing to understand.

Is your identity found in the words of another human being or even the actions? Does your joy come from what someone has said or done to you? Do the actions or words of another human being play a part in your eternity?

What type of mark are you leaving on this world?

What are you doing to change it or make it better?

All that I know is this.

We live in the top 1% of the world. Yes, all Americans do. We have a longer life expectancy rate. We have reasonable access to safe drinking water. We consume more calories than any other nation. We have some of the most stable soil in the world. Even the homeless, having just one dollar and access to shelters that can feed them and cloth them and give them a place to sleep, are richer than those in many other countries. If you are unsure of what I am talking about, visit another country outside of the United States, it doesn’t even have to be a third world country, and you will see that American’s got it good, regardless of your ethnicity, religion, or gender.

So still I ask, why?

I by no means live a perfect life or walk a blameless path, not even remotely. But I do choose to attempt to in the only way that I know how and that’s through Jesus.

Where does your identitycome from-My identity is not found in the words or actions of a stranger. It is not found through my husband or my beautiful boys. It is not found in the accomplishments I have made in my life or even the mistakes. It is not found in my work or my friends or my neighbor down the street. It is not found through the color of my skin. It is not found through the clothes that I wear or the car that I drive. It is not found through the place of my birth. It is not found in my parents or my ancestors. But it is found in what Jesus says about me and who I am because of Him.

I am chosen. I am worthy. I am loved. I am cherished. I am beautiful. I am free. I am forgiven. I am justified. I am redeemed. I am accepted. I am unique. I am righteous. I am holy. I am a child of God. I am a citizen of Heaven. I am the salt of the earth. I am the light of the world. I am made perfect in Christ, by Him and through Him.

That is the greatest truth I know and the only truth that I want to spend my life fighting for and fighting for others.

The word says, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

I recently had an amazing conversation with a new friend I met while I was in Jamaica. I told Him that I couldn’t wait to go to Heaven and that I would be happy if Jesus took me from this world right now. He looked at me very seriously and then asked me the following questions;

Are you sure you are going to Heaven? I said, yes. He asked again, are you sure? I said, yes, without a shadow of a doubt. I know Heaven is my home! He then said, then how can you say that you are ready to leave this earth? I stood there puzzled for a second, but shot back with, because this world is an awful place and I am so ready to be gone from it and not have to deal with all the hate, pain and suffering anymore. He then said, but that’s not what you were called to do. If Jesus took you home today, then you wouldn’t be here to share the good news to others. He will call you when it is your time, but until then, your greatest mission in life should be in helping others to get there too. You were called to be the light of the world which means God needs your light here on earth to shine through all of the darkness.

Talk about a reality check.

I was not lying when I said that I was ready to go to Heaven because of how awful the world we live in is, but I was wrong for wanting to leave it this way. Not just wrong, but selfish.

Colossians 3:2-4 says to set your mind on things above, not on things of this earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

I could focus on all of the bad things going on in this world. I could get really mad and show my anger through arguments with others who do not agree with me, sharing memes of hate that make me feel better about my position in the argument, I could protest and riot, or demean others for how they think or feel. But if I did any of those things, then I would not be doing a very good job at furthering the kingdom and instead would be doing the exact opposite of what I have been called to do.

This is not me ignoring the things going on in this country. This is not me ignoring the way that you feel about those things. This is me saying that the only way I can truly fight back is on my knees through prayer and by shining my light for all of those around me to see.

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The battle we fight is not with each other. It is a much greater one that we cannot even physically see. The war that is raging should not be between our brothers and our sisters, but against the enemy that is hiding in the darkness waiting to steal, kill and destroy anything that you give him the option to. It is up to you, to stand your ground, to fight back with good and note evil and to be the beacon on a hill shining your light in this world of darkness.

You can so choose to be a part of the problem or do something to change it by being better and doing better. Not just for yourself, but for those around you who are watching you and do not know any better themselves. But this cannot happen if you choose to walk in your selfishness, your pity, your need to be fulfilled or heard. It isn’t about you and it isn’t about me. It’s about Him.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves, but do what it says.  James 1:22

So with that;

I am calling you to stand up with me, dust yourself off, ask for forgiveness and then forgive those around you, to fight the good fight and to shine. That is the only real way you are ever going to see the change that you want to see.

Stay blessed America,

Beautiful Southern Heart

19 thoughts on “Dear America,

      1. I usually ignore the socio-political vitriol, since it is too overwhelming. But perhaps my Lord will have me address it sometime soon… probably not too directly, though. The thoughts I’ve got stirring in my mind would result in a post more about how the Church needs to step up more as the only effective agents of change than actually addressing any one incident. And as always, the challenge is: what to say that others haven’t already said and said well!

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      2. Well, you did good. Didn’t add any fuel to the fire as far as I can tell (and that’s usually what happens when anyone unburdens). Praying your words will be like waters of grace that help cool this hot spot we find ourselves in.

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  1. LOVE THIS!!! This is how I’m feeling too. I feel like there is so much hate right now, and people are using any excuse they can find just to act on their emotions. After all is said and done, and everyone has finally gotten their way, they’ll move on to the next thing to attack. There is a root problem here and it’s being covered up. It’s easier to point to everyone around us that to accept some fault, deal with it, and come together. It just seems never ending lately. And that really was a great reality check you shared…made me check my own actions and intentions. It’s puts some perspective on these social issues. Thank you so much for standing and posting how you feel. I’ll be sharing this.

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    1. I was definetely trying not to be controversial as I wrote this. The whole point is that we are focused on the wrong things. But that is how satan works, destracting us from what is most important and causing divide, and that is why it is so important to make sure that you are not adding to the problem and clinging to God. It is so insanely hard to ignore all that is going on in the world, but to some degree you have to, simply because you can’t be putting all of that hate and anger into your heart and believe that it’s not going to come back out in your actions and the way that you treat others. We have to fuel ourselves with love and the word of God and things that are good. Just my two cents of course. Girl, that reality check was the best! God really has a way of hitting your upside the head with the truth when you least expect it. You are so very welcome, thank you!

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  2. Excellent post…Kristen.

    In his book All the Apostles, Herbert Lockyer suggests that by the sequence they are identified in scripture, that Jesus may have paired Matthew…a Jew who was a tax collector for the Romans, and Simon the Canaanite (Simon Zelotes)…a Jew who was a revolutionary zealot…who would otherwise be enemies…together as companions as they were sent out in twos…to show that political, social, and cultural differences fall away when we are “in Christ.”

    The gospel message of peace that went out into the Greco-Roman world in the first century was…among other things…meant to break down the barriers that divide people…the “us versus them” mindset.

    Examples are the Samaritan woman at the well, the women that ministered to Jesus, Cornelius the Centurion, the mixed people on Pentecost in Jerusalem in Acts 2, and the Gentiles converts at Antioch…to name a few.

    As Christians…our goal should be to bring people to Christ…and to change the world for the better as much as we can within our individual callings…both of which are complimentary goals.

    God bless you.

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    1. Thank you Barton!!

      I am so excited to go look all of this up and read into it more. The Samaritan woman is one that I am most familiar with. This story was used for devotion throughout the week last year when I went on a mission trip to Jamaica. The purpose of the story was to help us figure out how to break down walls that separate us from each other and keep us from being able to form real relationships. Such a great example!

      Thank you so much for your comment, I loved it!

      Ditto!

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  3. Kristen, I loved this blog post! You shared so much truth in one article! Changing history doesn’t fix anything. Jesus does. Leaving before our time, is desirable, but we are needed to share the truth. And yes, of all things, our identity as Christians, is solely in Christ. I thank God for that, especially when I have so much trouble accomplishing what I want to do! I stand with you on your views about America, because you stand with Christ! I’m proud to be your sister and your friend! God bless you, and your family, in Jesus’ name! ❤️

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