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This old video was shared and taken from a 1970 film. It displays the sense of patriotism and honor for God that even Hollywood once displayed. Perhaps in our star-crazy society you will recognize these actors and actresses. I did. It was not unpopular then or odd to espouse Christianity and link that to our cultural roots. It was the politically correct and somewhat popular thing to do. There was an atmosphere in which those who chose to follow God could do so with acceptance and without persecution even if others chose not to. We are far down another road now. Will America turn around and come back? What will she choose to do? What will you do?
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."
America and The Road to Nowhere
The middle east is a hot bed. The world is crumbling before our eyes and many stand bewildered not knowing whether anything or anyone can turn the tide. Lost, hungry, sick, poor, alone, dying: this is the human condition now intensifying at an alarming rate. Many hearts and souls are broken. Desperate humanity is looking for an answer. Yet, the true answer has been before our very eyes for 2000 years now, and before that prophesied, concerning Christ. It is and always will be Jesus Christ. Christians are now dying for their faith. Sadly, we just don’t “get it” in America any more. We believe that we are basically doing okay and things will get better in time. Many still go to church. Oddly enough, we seem to expect Him to continue to bless our country but now it is only on our terms. Instead of Christianity having a profound effect on the thousands that migrate to our country, we have allowed our lack of dedication and our apostate condition to affect our land and change our once Bible-based laws to appease the masses. This country has perverted marriage, killed the unborn, legalized a drug that is now evolving to accepted “recreational use”. We are quickly passing laws that have the end effect of having the government become our ultimate Provider. The government wants to send their people to sit in our church pews so that they will know if we Christians are being too political. http://www.religionnews.com/2014/07/21/irs-agrees-monitor-churches-electioneering/
John Adams stated:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Free speech could soon be a thing of the past for the Christian. We are culturally gasping for breath. John Adams’ idea of the constitution being for a moral and religious people is seemingly a thing of the past… a vapor in the breeze.
The prophet Isaiah well stated, concerning those people who prefer a culturally based easy, cheesy religion that offends no one and stands for nothing, the following:
Isaiah 30: 9-11
“That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.”
And then again in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul said concerning the once religious but now apostate person:
Romans 1: 28-29
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
Ouch!! The implication of Paul’s statement is that the person once knew God but did want to retain Him in their knowledge base. A nation is made up of people and a democracy elects whom they want to represent them. So we as a nation have come to this. Our elected officials are ineffective. We love sports, movie stars, eating, and entertainment of all kinds but cannot handle anything that is too controversial. We are reaping the fruit of that crop in our land. Most remember what happened on September 11th. We watch what is happening to others around the world in our living rooms but do not believe it can happen here again. Asleep at the helm, we may just hit an iceberg like the Titanic so tragically did. Like everyone in America, I hope evil does not come to destroy our land but we keep turning a deaf ear to our corporate soul. Like Isaiah said, we want the “smooth things”. Now some (who should know better) are busy remaking church to reflect that entertainment culture we so adore instead of seeking God in true repentance. The church is in trouble. God will do what it takes to preserve His people. He loves us so much.
Can America still turn around? The question becomes will America turn around and be saved. It seems increasingly hopeless. In this hour that we live, I challenge the people of God to pray and seek Him. Examine your own heart. I am examining mine. The revival that I want must be in my heart and the heart of each individual person that wants to stand no matter what. It starts with me. We are in for difficult times in America. They have already begun, but I believe God will use this as part of the refining process for us who really love Jesus. God wants only good for His people. Burning the chaff and refining the silver, He will take away what doesn’t belong if we let Him. This is revival. This will change us.
It will become increasingly more difficult to stand for Christ in these end times as political and cultural correctness becomes even more oppressive. We must intimately know Jesus as our personal Savior and completely trust in the precious Holy Spirit that He gave to us when He went away. Just think on this. If those around us see us standing when all else is coming apart they may come to see that what we have is truly real instead of just “religion”. This reality could become the ultimate conclusion that they come to. Didn’t Jesus, the Great Shepard, leave the ninety-nine and go after just one? We will have the answer with which to share with others. That answer of hope could be the fabric of revival in the face of great tribulation. He promised to provide us with power to witness. (Acts 1: 8) He will also come to this world in the same manner in which He left. (Acts 1: 11) Only He can “fix it”. We also have that blessed hope inside that He will come for His children and that we will reign with Him.
In closing, please keep in mind that God is not “doing this to us” as a nation but that we have asked Him to back off because we can take it from here. After all, the “old rugged cross” is foolish and offensive to many. The convicting power of the Holy Spirit is not welcome. People only want to feel the “love”. He graciously does back off never dealing with the true problem of unrepentant sin and the consequences of it. He will not go where He is not wanted. There comes a time when He is silent. He becomes still in a person’s life and the life of a nation. Right now, He waits for a response. I still see His mercy all around us even to those who are not even aware of His saving grace.
We have ungodly laws introduced by ungodly men and women that we voted into office. Our willingness to compromise the faith given to us by the sacrifices of our ancestors has left us and our children vulnerable and weak. They provided that freedom to us so that we might freely serve our Lord. It would take a miracle but miracles do happen. Meanwhile, I want the Lord to change me personally to be more like Him. I need the Savior always.
If you do not know Him as your personal Savior, I pray that the Holy Spirit will draw you to Him and you will see that you cannot save yourself. Jesus, His death, burial, and resurrection, is the ultimate answer for you and for our land. After all, He is God.
With Love In Jesus Name,