"Where is God?" "This is what happens when we take God out of the public school system." Was it in the t-shirt or Facebook post that said, "God, where were you? God: I am not allowed in the public school."?
Wow, how disempowering for the church. Does the government actually have that kind of power? Even if we cave to that dilapidated thinking, then we're the only people that lose, not God.
God is not directed by our government's laws, motions and rules.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. Did the Roman Empire approve of this? Did any of the religious sects agree with this, or believe it to be true in Jesus? And yet the Christian faith says it is true, and it did happen, and it continues to happen, right?
The United States is not a "Christian Nation," and it never was, and I'm not waiting around for it to happen either. If we are going to draw our directives from our country and our government, then we're in bigger trouble than any of us can imagine.
The first of three short letters from John, towards the end of our Bible, says, "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him... No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."
Among us and in us and that we might live through him. Love people, all people.
Pray wherever you want, read your Bible wherever you want, and sit and listen to God wherever you want. So we can't hang plaques and banners, pictures and religious paraphernalia in government buildings. Is that why there is darkness in our society? Really? Or maybe it's because we believe that crap and so we hand over our responsibility, our calling, willingly.
God among us, in us, and through us. Stand up church, be the church, and know that the Word desires to take on flesh in you and I. Let's not wait for the Empire to do something, because that would be abdicating the call to the church, Jesus' Bride, and handing it over to the Empire, which is at odds with God.
God is in us, so take Him to school, all schools. Take Him with you, because He is waiting for us to go! He desires to send us, He is hungry to move through us. It's time to giddy up, right?
May we have eyes to see God, everywhere. May we have ears to hear His voice, at all times. May we know that God is with us, so that we will go, and be light, and shine His light everywhere, to everyone.
Grace & Peace