Betty was one hundred and two. It was a rare privilege to be present at her memorial service. She was a person that was gifted with a young mind.
When our church had to separate tradition from innovation, she sided with the young. She was not sacrificing principles; rather, she enjoyed worshiping in ways that enhanced her understanding of the message of salvation for today. Betty was always ready to renew her mind so that God could become more and more real to her (Ro.12: 2). She reminded me of Proverbs 23: 19, “Hear, my child, and be wise, and direct your mind in the way.” What other way is there but Christ? (Jn.14: 6). With the mind of Christ, Betty led by example and was a breath of fresh air for many of us (Phil.2: 5).
I owe this inspiration to Betty. She reminds me of the need for renewing our minds. We are so set in our ways, unless the ground moves we do not. We need a fresh look at what is happening to our nation and world. We are progressing mechanically and technologically, but we are regressing ideologically and morally. The changes that are taking place are not at all promising. The idea that government can supply all our needs is humanly impossible. Legislation alone cannot solve our problems. The Federal system was never intended to do more than protect us. The founders knew that this nation was not going to be a melting pot but a place where many faiths and traditions could prosper under the umbrella of freedom from governmental interference. Both, religion and politics endorsed the Biblical Laws. Even those that had no religious interests, were blessed by the Christ they now reject so ardently. Federalism did not interfere in the affairs of the states or in the private life of individuals or families, and this land was settled by freedom loving people that made it into the envy of the world.
Federalism became power hungry and began to inject its poison into the life of this nation. It has separated itself from the faith and the traditions of the people and further divided and splintered us (Mt.12: 25). It keeps on pouring its changing ideology into the very system that has made this nation great (Mt.9: 17). Now, it borrows money to police the world and protect those that plan our demise. Then it is dismayed when the world does not want its kind of federalism that parades as a democracy. What great advantage does federalism offer to the world? It differs in the way our politician force their will on us by legislation while the others do it by the sword. The end results are the same. Both systems disintegrate and are replaced by more of the same. It is an endless cycle of the conflict between good and evil. We have arrived at a point when we no longer can see the difference between what is beneficial or harmful (Gen.3: 22).
It is painful and embarrassing to admit that we have done it and are doing it to our selves. We have been digging our graves for some time. Every time we elect new leaders, we go deeper into debt and more restrictive legislation. We are drifting farther and farther from the principles this nation was founded on. Our founders moved toward God and we are moving away from the Creator. Our politicians tell us that we are on the brink of global greatness. What price must we pay and what sacrifices must we make to usher in this new world order that nobody wants? We have become the means by which our leaders want to lead the world. In Jesus’ words, “They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger” (Mt.23: 4). If there ever was a time when we ought to renew or restructure (repent) our minds and our thinking then it is now, before we perish (Lk.13: 1-9). To avert any total fall, we could let the air out of our egos and return to the Rock that once was the foundation of this unique nation (Mt.7: 24-27). Let us take a hint from Betty. She was in her nineties when she renewed her faith in Christ through baptism. What a challenge she has left us! It is never too late to let a little light into our minds.