Proverbs 14:34 (KJV), “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
What has happened to our nation? Spiritual apostasy, moral decay, and political confusion is changing the face of America! Our nation needs revival — before it’s too late!
The Message Bible (MSG), says it this way: “God-devotion makes a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak.” The Amplified Bible (AV) states things this way: “Uprightness and right standing with God (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) elevate a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” The word “rectitude” means “moral integrity: righteousness.”
Our problem, as a nation, is a spiritual one! Many have said that the number one failure in America has been a failure in the pulpits of our churches! It has also been said that the average pulpit in America has become nothing more than a sounding board, a place to say only that which people want to hear! The claim is, that messages are soft, pious, and grammatically perfect; but fail to get the job done!
America has been victimized by a false teaching that morality is merely a matter of evolving standards — that which was once immoral two generations ago may be moral now — that which is below the standard today may top the standard tomorrow — that vice in one age is virtue in another — and that there is no everlasting seal of virtue that may not be tampered with by opinion!
The late great American publisher and editor, David Lawrence (1888 - 1973), once said, “Many clergy seem to have lost the halo of God’s light and have been plunged into the darkness of life itself. What a tragic loss to the community in which this happens.”
The late great United States Senator from Massachusetts, Daniel Webster (1782 - 1852), on Independence Day, 04 July 1802, perhaps in Fryeburg, Maine, said, “I dare not assure you that your liberties and happiness may not be lost. If an angel should come from Heaven with a special message, the accents that would glow from his lips would be, ‘Beware, be cautious. You have everything to lose and nothing to gain.’”
Our founding fathers knew that mankind — both male and female — have inherited a sinful nature and simply cannot be trusted. As a result, they established a government with three separate branches: the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch and the Judicial Branch; knowing that no individual could be trusted with all of the power! Our founding fathers would be astonished and amazed to see the manipulation of our Constitutional guarantees — our checks and balances — that are being conducted by the current administration to transform America into a socialist, Marxist-type government; and, to seize all power!
An unknown poet has said:
What has happened to America?
Does some new power rule,
Whose force is felt in home and church,
And even in the school?
If I express my loyalty
For what I hold so dear,
I’m prejudiced, a stubborn fool,
And even insincere.
If I stand up against the wrong,
As Christ would bid me stand,
I’m scoffed and ridiculed,
Folks just don’t understand.
And even when I talk to God,
Who answers when I pray,
They look at me and laugh again,
Oh, it’s just luck, they say.
Yet still with Christ I take my stand,
Against endless criticism
And fight the foe with all my might,
The power of [socialism].
We Christian believers need to stand up and say, “We have just begun to fight!” History tells of a tragic story of nations once voluptuous in wealth sunken into decay — their greatness only a memory. We must not — we cannot — let that happen to America — to us — to “we the people!” Those who aim to pull our house down upon our heads, who look not to uphold our principles of free government but, who look to enslave us with the alien doctrine of progressives, socialists, marxists and, even communists — who look to stir up hatred and strife — must be stopped in their tracks!
The question becomes, “Will America sail straight ahead, guided by the chart and compass of her liberty-guaranteeing Constitution; or, will she be lured upon the rocks of political tyranny by the siren voices of the progressives — the socialists — the marxists — and, the communists?”
The dike that is holding back the flood waters of the left-wing politicians and this administration with its thirty-seven czars, in their attempt to seize total control of our nation, is cracked and leaking! There are those who say it cannot happen in America — yet, it is happening right before our eyes! We need to wake up and smell the coffee — we need to come back to our senses and know that America is not immune to Almighty God’s judgment! The psalmist, David, in Psalm 9:17 (KJV), tells us: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
Dr. Albert Heimer, the former Professor of History at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, once said, “The United States, for many years, has been dominated to a large extent by persons who do not understand the spiritual heritage bequeathed by their own ancestors. Unless a marked change takes place soon, the United States is doomed as surely as ancient Babylon.”
Most agree that our system of democracy is not perfect; however, it is the best in the world — I am proud to be an American — and, I want to see it stay free! It is time to return to our roots: “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!”
Listen to the words of the Disciple/Apostle Peter, found in 1 Peter 4:17 (KJV), “For the time is come that judgment must begin in the house of God: and if it first begin at us, What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
What Has Happened To America?
May Almighty God richly and abundantly bless our Nation with a true revival!