What I Have Learned in the Past 100 Days

July 9

One hundred days ago the world was a very different place. There was little fear of this new “coronavirus”, there were no people marching in the streets, no buildings being burned and looted, no statues being torn down, no police departments being defunded, and the founding principles of our nation were not under attack. Our country looked very different.

In these past 100 days, all these aforementioned events have become reality. In fact, many are still ongoing and where we will eventually end up is in question. However, even at this point, there are a few noteworthy observations.

  1. COVID-19 has harmed our country in many ways. Whether or not you are a believer in the significance of this virus, it’s hard to deny that the virus and the associated responses have harmed our economy, our faith in the scientific community, and our sense of unity we cherish as Americans. Some of these consequences may fade over time, but the scars they leave behind will remain and shape our lives.
  2. Racism is still an issue that must be addressed. Racism is not gone from America, no matter if it is based on something like skin color or ethnicity. As Christians, we know that our God created all mankind in His image and with worth and dignity. We need to affirm and actively work towards this creation mandate with words and deeds, at both the personal and societal levels. Yes, we can celebrate the progress we have made as a nation, but we cannot simply pay lip service to the injustice of racism.
  3. Radical groups will use any opportunity to divide us and break us down. We have all seen this in the past 100 days. It has been truly sad to see one leader after another not only capitulate to anarchy and lawlessness, but often encourage it. These actions represent the antithesis of what we stand for in this country, and I am deeply saddened and ashamed by our response to them.
  4. There is something seriously wrong with some of the media in this country. It has become quite clear that some of the mainstream media seem to believe it is their duty to interpret events by drawing conclusions consistent with their own views, and then spoon feed them to the public. This is not only insulting but lacks any principle upon which to listen or respect them. Oh, for the days of Walter Cronkite and real news.
  5. Patriotism is alive and well with Americans. Most of us still cherish our nation and the principles upon which it was founded. Despite everything in recent days, we will still defend and fight for our rights and values as embodied in key documents such as the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. We readily acknowledge our faults and remaining issues, but we are not ashamed to be Americans.
  6. We must elect ethical politicians who value biblical principles. Political posers have multiplied like rabbits in recent months. Their “follow the wind” ethics and artificial adherence to particular causes are obvious and childish. We need to elect politicians who will serve in the best interest of our country and preserve and defend our freedoms, not play games.
  7. Our faith values are under attack. From targeted closing of churches in some states, to the agenda of clearly atheistic and fascist groups trying to scare Americans into submission, our faith represents a threat to many. Biblical principles scare these leaders and groups into aggressive actions, and we must continue to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” to stem this tide.
  8. God is still in control. Even though we have weathered much these past 100 days, it is clear that God is still sovereign. We can’t always see His plan, but Scripture assures us, “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16–17)

Here is the most important thing to remember when hope seems far away, and the future looks bleak. Faith is the bedrock of who we are as a nation and we must never let anyone take that away from us. It represents our personal and collective identity as Americans, and it is through prayer and a firm footing on that faith bedrock that our country will persevere. It is the unmovable, unshakable part of our existence; the touchstone for all of life’s events and hope for the future.

For America,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director