“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thess 5:16-18
I heard a preacher say once that it is difficult for the seeds of depression to enter a grateful heart. Now, I’m not depressed, but it seems always prudent to be grateful rather than gripeful (no, that’s not really a word).
Therefore, given that I like to complain about the current state of the U.S. government, the current overreach of government interventionism in the lives of individuals, and the general tolerance amongst the populace of a “use the government to live people’s lives for them” attitude – I should take time to point out that we live in one of the most prosperous and most free countries and times in all of human existence.
There is food on the table, which is surrounded by a clothed family and inside a house. This is well outside the norm of human experience. We have freedom of religion, freedom to meet openly and express our faith, and freedom to write a blog about any and every political issue under the sun. This too is well outside the norm of human experience.
Tomorrow we’ll pick up again with rants about public policy and the like. For now, I just want to note that I’m not embittered; I am quite hopeful about the whole thing.