Confession: I can’t help hoping that after the wise men of the age have poured enough energy into world problems like war, racism, and poverty, one of them will find a few spare moments to develop a label adhesive that actually removes cleanly from its product.
With all our wisdom we have not yet been able to pull this off.
I don’t know about you, but for me the national news this summer was exceptionally depressing, between unthinking violence on one hand and thinking legislation on the other. Perhaps this is because I was actually reading the news; I’ve never been much of a political girl.
Every few months, I ask my husband Is it time to move out of America yet?
Much less than half of me is joking.
He always says No, not yet.
I find a great split between what I experience locally and what I hear about nationally.
I love the people of my town, and I live among them without fear. I don’t worry about theft or violence or child abduction or contamination. The more people I learn to know, the more safe and contented I feel. God’s fingerprint is on them. They are flawed and sinful like me, but His work in us is not done. Most have a strong sense of justice and a healthy dose of common sense. They know that outrageous things are outrageous, and that honorable things are praiseworthy. They would give their right arms to protect me and my children.
Nationally, I get the sense that “we the people“ are categorically bad. The morals have slipped, the innocent are exploited, the outrageous is being protected by law. Is this only because the media cherry-picks the most inflammable events for their reports? Or are these signs of national changes that will be felt locally in fifty years? I cannot imagine a nation in which most of the children have grown up exposed to violence, immorality, and broken homes—free to choose their own gender, moral guidelines, sexual orientation, and deity. I think every generation has asked this, but it is my turn now: What kind of a world will my children live in?
What do you think? Is there ever a time to leave an ungodly nation?
(I do not say it is America.)
How would you know if that time came?