I hear one certain national talk radio host often talk about how important it is to show yourself worthy in order to receive God's grace. This is an easy trap of thinking to fall or be seduced in to. . . . Almost all the religions teach something similar.
He talks of this in relation to the condition of the world--our country--that we need God's grace to save us; but we must prove ourselves worthy before He will give it. . . .
Of course, this is a knot-headed idea of what grace is. The whole point of grace being grace is that it is UNMERITED. Otherwise, it's simply work, a wage. I do "this", you are obliged to give me "that".
Tit for tat . . . is not grace.
He also believes that God is going to judge us according to things like how we vote, how involved we were in politics, if we were engaged in the "proper" way. . . . And, of course, the "proper" way just happens to be the way this talk show host thinks and feels. If you do it like HE does, then God will really shed his grace and intervene.
This is all such a small, narrow, self-centered view of God, I believe.
It is so easy and common to cloak God's will in our own personal agendas. We assume God wants America to be free. We assume God is on America's side. We assume that God wants what WE want for our country and our selves. . . .
I also find it interesting how many who claim to follow and believe the teachings and prophecies of the Bible seem to think God may change His mind away from what He said is going to happen. They will claim that Jesus is returning soon, yet maintain hope that we can "make a better world"--that we can stop the tide of darkness and create a kind of Utopia of freedom, justice, decency. . . . Does the Bible say this will happen? That we will be living in a cleansed, ordered, moral, free world of peace and plenty . . . in the last days?
"It will be like the days of Noah" is actually what He tells us. WHICH days, were horrendously evil--so bad, so corrupt that the whole world was flooded and all but a few were spared.
At the same time, it is not the case that we are to sit around and wait. The question is what are we about? "Making the world a better place" . . . or spreading the Gospel? And it is a subtle difference, but huge in its final significance. It is an internal thing that only we truly know and can deal with--whether our minds and hearts and souls and strength are truly focused on glorifying God and building His kingdom, or fixing and lifting up the kingdoms of men. . . .
Judging someone from the outside, it is not really possible to know, though many clues are there. Do they say things like "we need to prove ourselves worthy of God's grace"? This shows a wholesale misunderstanding of the sovereignty of God and what He has said in His Word.
But many who claim to be about God's business are really just about the world's or their own business. Jesus did not seek to change the political system or situation of His day. And if we do want to see political or social change, even so . . . the only way it could ever be real, right and possible, is if people's hearts are changed--made "flesh" instead of dead stone, inspired, indwelt by the Spirit, activated through the proclamation of the Gospel. Bottom line . . . is . . . what are we called to do?