Amer­ica turned away from God

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Once upon a time there was a shin­ing city on a hill called Amer­ica. The na­tion’s laws and moral and so­cial val­ues were based on the seven prin­ci­ples of the Judeo Chris­tian ethic: The dig­nity of hu­man life, the tra­di­tional monog­a­mous fam­ily, a na­tional work ethic, the right to a God-cen­tered ed­u­ca­tion, the Abra­hamic Covenant, com­mon de­cency and our per­sonal ac­count­abil­ity to God.

The na­tion’s founders stressed the re­la­tion­ship be­tween ed­u­ca­tion based on bib­li­cal ab­so­lutes and the fu­ture of the na­tion, tak­ing their cue from Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the be­gin­ning of knowl­edge.”

The strength of the repub­lic de­pended on the moral­ity of its peo­ple; re­li­gion, be­ing the foun­da­tion of moral­ity and ed­u­ca­tion of young minds at the heart of this fun­da­men­tal truth.

As Amer­ica ex­panded, churches sprung up from sea to shin­ing sea. Sun­day schools were es­tab­lished in ev­ery new com­mu­nity. One mis­sion­ary en­ter­prise, the Mis­sis­sippi Val­ley En­ter­prise, es­tab­lished 61,000 Sun­day schools and en­rolled 2,650,000 pupils in 50 years.

God shed his grace on Amer­ica be­cause the peo­ple wor­shipped Him, in pub­lic and in pri­vate, and they fol­lowed Je­sus’ com­mand to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” Matthew 22:37.

Mean­while, Satan was wait­ing in the wings. He de­spised this great na­tion, and wanted to de­stroy it. But with spir­i­tual forces for good fiercely guard­ing Amer­ica, there was no por­tal for him to en­ter and at­tack.

Then one day, the ACLU took up the cause of a hand­ful of hos­tile up­starts who were too cool for prayer in school. And then, the high court ruled that sim­ply dis­play­ing God’s com­mands was out of le­gal bounds. How piti­fully ironic that the Supreme Court, sit­ting in a court­room with a paint­ing of Moses and the Ten Com­mand­ments, held it an un­con­sti­tu­tional es­tab­lish­ment of re­li­gion for a high school to have a copy of the Ten Com­mand­ments on a wall.

It was a sad day and a fore­shad­ow­ing of ill winds to come when God was qui­etly es­corted out of pub­lic schools and the pub­lic square.

Re­ject­ing Godly ideas, in­tel­lec­tual elites sug­gested that su­pe­rior minds look to sec­u­lar hu­man­ism, ra­tio­nal thought and post-mod­ernism as philo­soph­i­cal al­ter­na­tives to moral im­per­a­tives.

Re­li­gious wor­ship quickly eroded. Stud­ies show that church at­ten­dance and prayer dropped off rad­i­cally be­gin­ning in the 1960s, and the num­ber of peo­ple with no re­li­gion con­tin­ued to grow. Fewer peo­ple said that re­li­gion was an im­por­tant part of their lives. Less than 20 per­cent of Amer­i­cans reg­u­larly at­tended church.

The peo­ple, un­moored from Godly prin­ci­ples, no longer de­pended on di­vine prov­i­dence to guide their lives. They had re­moved the pro­tec­tive ar­mor of God’s word, and in do­ing so, had lost their abil­ity to dis­cern truth from lies and good from evil.

The gov­ern­ing elite failed to heed the many warn­ings of ear­lier states­men, schol­ars and pa­tri­ots, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, who said, “It is im­pos­si­ble to rightly gov­ern the world with­out God and the Bible.”

Fi­nally, the en­vi­ron­ment was con­ducive for Satan to make his big de­but. A master of de­ceit, the devil ex­pertly twisted the truth. “Com­pas­sion” al­lowed moth­ers to mur­der their chil­dren in the womb. “Kind­ness” meant de­stroy­ing the sanc­tity of mar­riage and sanc­tion­ing gay mar­riage. “Equal­ity” trans­lated into pun­ish­ing the in­dus­tri­ous and over-tax­ing and reg­u­lat­ing busi­nesses and hard-work­ing cit­i­zens and re­ward­ing those on the take. In the name of “fair­ness,” the great­est health care sys­tem in the world was de­stroyed, and the na­tion teetered on bank­ruptcy with a debt that grew to $19 tril­lion.

Those elected to of­fice be­trayed their con­stituents and also dis­avowed their oath to up­hold the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. As global threats in­creased, they made no ef­fort to per­form the gov­ern­ment’s most ba­sic and im­por­tant func­tion: pro­tect­ing na­tional se­cu­rity.

They failed to en­force im­mi­gra­tion laws, to pro­tect the coun- try from en­e­mies and in­vaders or to con­sider Ezekiel 38:11 “… I will in­vade a land of un­walled vil­lages; I will at­tack a peace­ful and un­sus­pect­ing peo­ple—all of them liv­ing with­out walls and with­out gates and bars.”

Then came the day when Chris­tians in Amer­ica were not only dis­re­spected by the cul­ture, schools and politi­cians, but openly dis­crim­i­nated against. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a Chris­tian, a gen­tle­man and a bril­liant U.S. Con­sti­tu­tional scholar, who had fought against the pow­ers that be, said “… this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s an­i­mos­ity to re­li­gious lib­erty and, in fact, an­tag­o­nism to Chris­tians, has been one of the most trou­bling as­pects of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

The epic Amer­i­can saga con­tin­ues. The na­tion’s fu­ture hangs in the bal­ance. Will the peo­ple gain enough wis­dom to un­der­stand that their na­tion can­not ever be great again un­less, first and fore­most, it be­comes fun­da­men­tally good again? The an­swer re­mains to be seen.

Ber­nadette Smith, Wel­come

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