The Democrat Will Dine With The Republican

I don’t know what you think about country music, but having lived in Nashville for 10 years, I have grown to enjoy it.  The songs usually tell stories about the human condition.  Whether they are singing about a lost love, partying and drinking or buying a truck and a boat.  Blake Shelton recently released a new song entitles “God’s County.”  It is a very catchy song and has quickly hit #1 in the charts. 

What does the term God’s country conjure up for you?  I usually think of a beautiful sunset, a beautiful mountain vista or maybe the majestic redwoods of Big Sur.  Sometimes it is  patriotic vision of the United States of America.  Shelton turns my notion on its head, and I believe truly captures the meaning better than I ever could.

Right outside of this one church town
There's a gold dirt road to a whole lot of nothin'
Got a deed to the land, but it ain't my ground
This is God's country
We pray for rain, and thank Him when it's fallen
'Cause it brings a grain and a little bit of money
We put it back in the plate
I guess that's why they call it God's country.”

Psalm 50:10 says “for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.”

Blake continues

“We turn the dirt and work until the week's done,
We take a break and break bread on Sunday
Then do it all again
'Cause we're proud to be from God's country (Yeah)”

 For the small business owners out there, I am sure that these words resonate strongly.  The things in life that I think are mine, my house, my business or my cars, are not mine, but His.  I am just a sharecropper, working His land for His glory.  We work hard at our jobs, and hope that the end of the week comes after the end of our money. Seems bleak, but in these words I find a bittersweet promise – a promise of hope.

The old Testament Prophet Isaiah proclaimed”

“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.” 

The hope is in this child that was born 2,000 years ago in a manger in the small town of Bethlehem - Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Savior and Lord.  This is the true meaning of Christmas, the God himself came to earth to make things right.  The fullness of His Kingdom is not yet here, but we look forward to this promise, also from Isaiah,

“The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.”

 

And yes, even the Democrat will dine with the Republican.”

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6 comments

Sheryl Roman

Sheryl Roman

I am so looking forward to when we can all get along , have peace with all and can love our neighbors. With God’s Holy Spirit living in me and through me, HE gives me the power and ability to love those who are difficult to love.

Dean

Dean

Thanks for posting. We ALL need to hear more like this message.
Let’s be united. Let’s stay strong. God will prevail.

Gary Merideth

Gary Merideth

Thanks for your faithfulness…….makes me want to buy something just to support you guys!

Ted Phenix

Ted Phenix

Amen!

LEE CLEMENS

LEE CLEMENS

u have made me a lifetime customer with this article — from an old man living in Gods Country

Bill Lamb

Bill Lamb

Very nice, Merry Christmas!

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