I have to agree with most of what Prager says here, but I have to take issue with a statement near the end: “I will not end on a happy note, because there isn’t one.”
My life group discussed suffering this past week, particularly the very real possibility of Christian persecution in the near future. We’re already heading that direction. But we were sure to end it on a positive note. But what could that possibly be?
Hebrews 11, the “great wall of faith” as it’s known, is about people from the Old Testament living in faith. It ends with them being killed, tortured, sawn in two, and basically living terrible earthly lives because of it. But why? What possible purpose could there have been for that?
“These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” Hebrews 11:13-16
Christian, you have a better hope far beyond America. America is not God’s special people. The church is. And he has prepared a far better country than this one for you. So don’t despair over America. It may pass away like every nation. But the nation to which your truly allegiance lies will never pass away.