On January 20, 1961, in his Inaugural Address, John F. Kennedy posed this thought to the American people: "ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country." [n]
Regardless of what one might think about John F. Kennedy, I believe he made a valid point. In a day where it seems so many Americans (and non-Americans who have taken up residence in America) appear ready to receive a government handout (at anyone's expense, other than their own) rather than to give something of themselves to our country (or to nearly anyone, due to our own selfishness), our philosophy tends to sway more to the idea of "ask not what I can do for my country - ask what my country can do for me."
Yes, this could lead to an overwhelming, enormously broad debate that would surely be never ending, so I would like to simply limit my focus to the spiritual wellbeing of America. So, I would like to present the thought again in the spiritual context, namely in light of Christianity: "ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country." Then to make it more personal, since the country is made up of individuals, I ponder: "ask not what your neighbor can do for you — ask what you can do for your neighbor." And when Jesus was presented with the question, "Who is my neighbour?", what was his reply? He told a story of the Samaritan ("he that shewed mercy"), in that we should all be one another's neighbor." [n] Then Jesus said, "Go, and do thou likewise."
This bears the question: Are we (as Christians) really concerned about the spiritual wellbeing of our country, or merely what personally affects us? We claim to care about the next president, corrupt politicians, immoral policies, religious persecution, and the like, but what are we really doing about it? How many of us never find time to pray (speak to God), read our bibles (learn of God), get involved in a ministry (act with God), or share the gospel (witness about God), while most often scarcely attempting to serve God in any compacity but sitting silent on a church role or idle in a church pew? It's sad, really, while we do lazily boast of going to heaven, America and countless souls are on the broad way to destruction. [n]
We can't wait for the lost world to change, it must first start with those who profess Christ. We must put our faith into action, else our faith is dead. [n]
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." [n]
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