The national debt is over eighteen trillion dollars. Christian bakers and florists are being told they must violate their conscience or face thousands of dollars in government fines. Despite the fact that they hold the majority, Republican leadership in Congress still seems to bow to the Democrats during most of the crucial battles. An ever-growing army of unelected and unaccountable government departments and agencies continue to erode our freedom and our Constitution. China celebrates our skyrocketing debt (OK, maybe The Onion isn't the most reliable source... but really, this article seems like it might just be legit?). And speaking of debt, if you're not in despair already, just watch the national debt clock for a few minutes.
Needless to say, it's easy to become depressed about the state of our nation and fearful of what the future might hold. Even for optimists like myself, questions linger... with the long downward spiral we've been caught in for years, can we ever fully recover? Is there any hope?
For me, the answer is a resounding yes! There is hope.
"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God." - Psalm 20:7 (ESV)
I have hope because I know that my God -- the one true God -- is in control and I know that what He does is just and right. The Founding Fathers recognized this truth, as evidenced by Benjamin Franklin's call to open the meetings of the Constitutional Convention with prayer:
"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth--that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?" - Benjamin Franklin
If God is on our side -- or more accurately, if we are on God's side -- nothing can prevent us from accomplishing his purposes. Indeed, God will make even the hardest times and most trying situations work together for good for them that love him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
God has a plan. While I may not know what exactly his plan holds for America, I do know that His plan is perfect, right, and just. And that, my friends, gives me hope.