You and I have been together for what seems like forever. You know I don’t make hasty decisions so be assured I have put much thought into this. We need a clean break in this relationship. You see you and I have grown apart. I used to be really into you. You just aren’t who I thought you were. I am sorry if this comes as a shock to you. I know how much you have counted on my attention.
I have always admired you. I stood up for you in school. I sang your songs. I even considered law school so I could protect you. I watched the news and worried about you. I voted. I studied in your Capital. I stayed up until all hours to following the polls. I made last minute get-out-the-vote phone calls… all for you. To make you better… to protect you.
It turns out you really never were who I wanted you to be. Sure you would throw a wink my direction every once in a while, but you were never faithful.
You’ve left me ugly crying with angry tears.
I jammed up the Capital switchboard with phone calls to my Congressmen. Instead of true change, I found never-ending moral battles, talking heads and hand wringing.
I visited your town of soldiers. Instead of Captain America I saw the downtrodden and rows of pawn shops and porn shops.
You lie into the camera and celebrate your own poor choices.
You flirt with your own self-destruction and see no need for rehab. So this is it. This co-dependent relationship is over. I will waste no more of my energy helping you get better… somehow pretending things will improve.
The red white and blue décor is out. Don’t expect me to worship you anymore.
Maybe that’s the problem after all, misplaced worship. I put my hope in you…
I will do what I need to do. I will “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” and pay my taxes. I will enjoy my freedoms for God’s glory. (Like the Apostle Paul, I will use my highly coveted prize of American citizenship to my advantage.) When my freedoms are limited and persecution comes I won’t be surprised. My hope has gone elsewhere.
Exodus 20:3, “You shall have no other gods before me.”
Jesus Christ is the One True God. I do not need to please you, defend you or wave your flag with whoops and cheers. I will celebrate your history, America, but I will not bury myself in depressing nostalgia of what could have been… or what used to be. I will no longer expect you to do what only God can do- and that’s good. I will teach my children to be loyal to God first and government second.
God is unchanging and America, you clearly are not.