DE GRACIA: In dangerous and unstable times, faith makes a difference

America has had faith in politicians who failed for too long. It's time for faith in God. Photo: In turbulent times, many Americans are seeking faith solutions. (AP/Joseph Kaczmarek)

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2013 – Life in modern America has become a crisis culture. There is scarcely a day that passes that Americans do not wake up to reports of disasters or impending existential threats.

From talk of government shutdowns to debt ceiling hikes to rumors of war, terrorist attacks or another mass shooting, Americans are living in a century of perpetual crisis.

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If this morning it’s not rogue states or terrorists threatening America, it’s mass unemployment or the cost of healthcare. If it’s not the economy that’s going wrong or the government that’s deadlocked, it’s not enough people have access to “early childhood education” or worse yet the ice caps are melting too fast.

Today there is always some threat holding the people captive to their government making the right call.

Will the Republicans cave? Will the Democrats change their mind? Will the President negotiate or go to war? Will the Federal Reserve raise or lower interest rates? Will the Supreme Court uphold or strike down Congress’ latest law? Yet no matter what promises are made or who gets elected, nothing ever seems to get better.

In times like these, many hardworking people develop depression, ulcers, hypertension, diabetes, fibromyalgia, cancer and other diseases as the stress of daily living pulls them down. Other people develop an extreme mentality toward life and treat others like human toilet paper, stepping on others to advance and discarding broken lives.

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God however never intended for daily life to be so awful or filled with so many threats to our existence. In Leviticus 26:6, the Bible says God’s desire is to “give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.”

In Isaiah 65:22, God likewise promises “They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.”

God is good and desires to bless people and nations alike. God does not delight in human suffering, injustice or disaster. God wants all of us to be safe in our homes, debt-free, healthy and full of hope towards the future.

In 2 Chronicles 26:15, God blessed the Kingdom of Judah so much that they not only saw abundant economic prosperity but were given scientific understanding to build technology that gave their nation a superior edge. When a nation is blessed by God, human progress moves forward in mighty ways.

God’s blessing and peace however requires one key thing from man: faith.

God responds to faith. Miracles happen when people believe in God. America has tried every manner of politician and policy in trying to “change” or “right” its place in the world but only faith in God will bring the blessing. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, “without faith it is impossible to please [God]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

As someone who has been active in politics for almost 20 years, I fully understand and appreciate the need for well-developed policies and sharp lawmakers.

But as a born again Christian, I also believe that there can be no lasting political solution for spiritual problems.

Luke 18:27 says “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” An America that is plagued by terrorism, senseless crime, skyrocketing debt and constant crisis needs answers from Heaven, not promises from politicians.

Our current crisis is not a question of separation of church and state, it is a matter of separation of God and man. I would like to believe that God, even now, has an open offer of blessing to not only America but every nation of the world if we would only seek his ways and put our trust in him.

When King Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon and the most powerful man of the ancient world asked for counsel, the Bible records the prophet Daniel responding “break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility.” Today, that counsel remains for all of us.

I believe with all my heart the early church’s counsel in Acts 16:31: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

Washington D.C. can’t save America, but Jesus can.

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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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