I’ve been very troubled lately by the animosity in America. We are utterly polarized in our beliefs and expectations. We are far more likely to despise those who disagree with us than to find a way to work with them for the common good. We began as a nation that respected all people, but we’ve become a nation that demonizes all who disagree with us. We have more access to facts and information now than ever in history, but we have less understanding because we claim only the facts that support what we want to believe. The media is more interested in keeping our attention than in reporting the truth, and we are more interested in furthering our political agenda, than in right and wrong.

This whole mess we’ve made for ourselves reminds me of what might have been an Indian parable.

A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear. The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?” The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed.

 America is feeding the wrong wolf. We are quick to blame and slow to take responsibility. We are enthralled with violence in our games and movies and lament that crime is increasing. We immerse ourselves in materialism and can’t understand the rise of entitlement and greed. We entertain ourselves with immorality and bemoan the lack of integrity. We praise those who tolerate everything, and we malign those who are defined by their convictions. We honor our enemies more than we honor God, and we can’t understand why a good God would allow so many bad things to happen. We are feeding the wrong wolf.

God gives us the ability to choose which “wolf” to feed. He has been clear about the consequences and blessings that will result from that choice. The briefest assessment of American history indicates that what He said is absolutely true. When we ignore God, individually and corporately, we suffer.

My daily prayer for my country is that God will give us “eyes that see and ears that hear” the truth, and that the truth will help us intentionally choose to feed the things in ourselves and in our society that bring about good. He is God; we are not. Ignoring God and trusting ourselves will ultimately bring about our destruction. God allowed judgment on his people when they refused to honor Him; America will be no different. I beg you to join me in praying for our country. Here is the promise God makes to those who do:

II Chron 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.