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“So this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some strength of iron in it…partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle…so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united any more than iron mixes with clay” (Daniel 2:41-43).
Daniel was interpreting the King’s dream of a statue that was gold at the top, then silver, bronze and finally iron and clay. One well placed rock broke it and it crumbled. He was prophesying about Babylon, but it seems the description fits our country, doesn’t it? We were founded one nation under God, but no longer.
It was once a golden nation. A nation founded on the God-given rights of all men created equal in the sight of the Creator, each of value and worth. Of course, that was the ideal- slavery, indentured servitude, the east coast work houses, the mistreatment of the native Indians, the lawlessness of the Wild West was the reality. Still our country remained a beacon. Churches were the center of town life. Freedom rang.
Now as our legislature has made God unpopular and banned Him from our schools and His principles are no longer taught, we are a nation divided. We are partly strong, yet our morals, our economy and our ethics are crumbling like clay. God’s remnant is the iron. We hold these truths to be self evident – in God we will continue to trust. Our God will provide and protect His people:
- If we pray and return to Him.
- If we continue in our homes to teach our children of His power and promises, of His grace and our sinfulness.
- If we continue to treat people with love and dignity and reach out to be His hands and feet and teach our kids to do so also.
- If we teach them that honesty is the best policy and confession is good for the soul.
Then, they receive Christ as their Savior.
Jesus said He was not interceding for the world, only those the Father had given to His care. (John 17:9) As believers, we are the children of the King destined for the streets of gold. Our children will see the path we are headed down and eventually make the decision to follow long after they demand we let go of their hand and claim independence. Proverbs promises if we teach them God’s way when they are young, they will return to Him.
Mothers, as the old song from Crosby Stills and Nash says, remember to teach your children well. Grandmothers, aunts, bigger sisters- you are not exempt. If you are not teaching the children you know about Jesus, who is going to?
One home school mother I know bought wallets from the dollar store. She and her kids put religious tracks and numbers to call for financial assistance in them, then dropped them in parking lots near stores and watched to see if people would snatch them up, or turn them in. What did her kids learn? One, some people are not honest. They are greedy. Two, Jesus loves them, too and we need to help them discover who He is. Great lessons, right?
Question: What children in your life could use a lesson about Jesus’ love? How can you demonstrate that to them?