Read Acts 11
Focus on verse 2-3, 1
We live in an age of instant and plentiful information. Unfortunately, all that information is not always accurate information. I get quite a number of posts on my Facebook newsfeed, which, quite frankly, are so obviously misinformed it is almost humorous. Now, if I were to discover that one of these turned out to be verifiably true, I would possibly be convinced to change my opinion.
In today’s reading the Apostle Peter returns to Jerusalem to report the event that occurred at the house of Cornelius. Some of the Jewish believers express concern regarding the breaking of Jewish law by Peter when he entered the house of a Gentile. (v. 2-3) Peter responds by relating his experience with the vision of the sheet coming down with the unclean animals on it, and how God led him to share the gospel with these gentiles. This seems to satisfy the suspicions of the accusers, as they are convinced that this must be of God.
When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.” (v. 18)
There seem to be many people in this nation, who struggle with accepting the outcome of the recent presidential election. The outcome was not what they expected it to be, nor what they desired it to be; yet it is what it is. At this point Americans have only two options, accept it and go on, or deny it and keep living in the delusion that if refuse to believe it the reality might change. Unfortunately reality has a way of shattering our delusions in time and depending upon how committed we are to our delusions determines the degree to which reality will crush us.
As time rolls on and the reality of a Trump presidency settles upon us, I suspect what will become apparent is that those who are trusting Donald Trump to make America great again will be disappointed at some point, because no human president, past present or future, has ever been perfect. I also suspect that many of those who fear that the Trump administration will destroy America will be pleasantly surprised when he fails to bring that about. Either way, whether it turns out to be good or bad for America, this is the current reality that we are going to have to live with for the next four years, eight at most.
Ultimately the future of America rests not in the hands of a president, nor even in the hands of the American people. It is God who places leaders in positions of authority, and it is God who can just as quickly take them down. It was God who allowed America to become the great nation she is, and it will be God who determines when this empire comes to an end.
Those who put their trust in governments or presidents to save them will ultimately be disappointed. Those who put their trust in God – will not be shaken no matter what He has in store for the future of America.