DEATH OF A NATION
When I was young, before God apprehended me, I thought a little sin in society was like the seasoning in the creations of an accomplished chef. I was involved in sin and thought it was the spice of life. Political figures who allowed sin to flourish were my heroes. I wanted to “Get All the Gusto (I) You Can Get” out of life.
Then sin began to flourish, and a sin filled generation began attacking righteousness by passing law that not only allowed but often mandated blatant sin. Chaos became everyday fare with policemen who had been friends becoming enemies to the public. Political candidates lied, sold the nation down the drain with trade agreements, and restrictive legislation from which they exempted themselves. Preachers forsook the true Gospel and preached sermons that distorted Christianity but attracted a fun loving, poorly disciplined public. Media news became propaganda, distorted and edited to manipulate and deceive citizens. Though not enforced law was passed that would enslave the people. Through all this the insouciant public continued to believe in the freedom charade. We murder our unborn babies enjoying the thrill of illicit sex but do not want the children. Our armies financed by our taxes, commandeered by alien forces, are now used to murder and disrupt nations that have never done us harm or posed a threat. All this is going on as the American people remain placid spectators.
The family has deteriorated along with society. Women’s liberation and the purposeful denigration of husbands and fathers hurt this basis unit of government causing lasting damage. Women’s careers left families without the dependable anchor that children depend upon. We now drop them off at daycare where they spend their days without mothers. Seventy-five years ago, few women worked outside the home, most women stayed home, had children and raised them. One income would supply the necessities of a home and women worked by choice. Then, assuring us they would make the nation more prosperous, our elected officials voted for trade agreements that have destroyed our wealth and seriously damaged the middle class. As heads of families lost access to high paying jobs the media sold their wives on careers outside the home. The result is that the social leaches that run the world and receive income from each worker now get income from two workers instead of one. The divorce rate is now well over 50 percent with Christians and their secular brothers and sisters running neck and neck. Sex education that has invaded our schools has caused boys and girls in their formative years to question their gender creating problems that are both injurious and unnecessary. Our rulers actually dislike our people, detest our Christian religion and are making every effort to destroy our moral fiber.
The slide into degeneracy began in the churches where orthodox theology has slowly been exchanged for attractive sermons and easy believism. Our colleges and universities founded by Christians as seminaries forsook righteousness for a more popular secular curriculum. At the beginning of the Nineteenth Century Harvard fell to the Unitarians and began to ignore its Calvinistic roots. Historically the rip in orthodox Calvinism was apparent in the Seventeenth Century with Jacob Arminius, a Dutch college professor who taught that “the grace sufficient for salvation is conferred on the Elect, and on the Non-elect; that, if they will, they may believe or not believe, may be saved or not be saved”. The idea that man could decide to be saved or not to be saved struck at the heart of orthodoxy by destroying the doctrine of pre-destination and placing the will of man above the will of God. It was a cancerous human crack in the sovereignty of the Almighty that continued to be watered and fed by humanistic power seekers. Today we are living in the age Humanism has created and are beginning to experience what God sought to prevent.
I recently read an eloquently written article by a Libertarian lawyer who believes we are headed for a time of technological advancement that will bring a gilded age to civilization. Claiming to be an agnostic he places his faith in the intellect of the creature rather than the creator. His well-written piece was pregnant with the superiority of his own ideas. Humanists have been tinkering with society from the beginning of time. The result has always been tyranny. The most brilliant schemes devised by men are quickly denounced by other men and back we go to conflict, war, and tyranny.
In a few short decades we have dropped from a nation that still held the faint odor of Christianity to a nation that has turned entirely against it and is pursuing a completely secular course. We are now less polite, more selfish, crude in our speech, cruel in behavior, sloppier, dishonest, conniving, we lie, we cheat, and we put winning ahead of compassion, love, and redemption. We have lost the Godly practice of mercy and like the Roman mobs in the coliseum we are thumbs down on forgiveness.
Pietistic American preachers have never paid much attention to doctrine. Filling their churches has long been more important than presenting an orthodox religion. They and their parishioners would rather continue in easy believism even though it is deplored by the God of the Bible and produces no fruit. Christianity has been overcome by the Pietistic thrill seekers that attempt to control God by leading into their presence and imploring Him to produce healing, Baptism, and conversions. Instead of attempting to serve God as their king and master they strive to control Him. Christianity is now centered around the heart of man rather than the will of God. The result of this upside down religion is a complete lack of fruit and a dependence upon the state to do what Christians should be doing.
- J. Rushdoony writes: “We are ready to accept God and His ways provided He will accept us and our ways. We say to Him ‘I am thine O Lord, but my will be done”. We want God but too often on our own terms and not on His. We need to be broken and harnessed to the will of God, but instead we yearn to harness the Almighty to our will. Is it any wonder that Christ the King must subdue us to rule us?” Instead of us being His servant we seek to make Him our servant. We want healing, protection, blessings on our food, and prosperity for our children. We have a list of requests, but we never take time to determine what He requires of us. When we seek out our duty we find to our dismay that all the promises of blessings are contingent on obedience. If we obey His commandments we will be blessed; if we fail to obey His commandments we are cursed! Our nation is seeing the results of disobedience.
How do we reverse the disaster that threatens us? We stop listening to pastors who bless what God has cursed. We stop listening to feckless preachers whose sterile, lawless pulpits have failed to bear fruit for decades. We cease from the search for churches that will bless us and begin to individually obey God’s law. Once we begin to obey we seek other Christians who are attempting to obey and join them, carefully avoiding displeasing the Almighty by continuing to supporting what He has rejected.
I recently received a letter that began with this statement: “It does not take a keen observer to see the many levels of public discord in the United States. To some extent it is a vocal minority aided by a media that is drawn to conflicts, but there is a very real problem in our country; we are not a united nation, but one at war with itself on numerous fronts.” It ended with this statement: “We will not come together politically, socially, or culturally unless we first of all come together in a communion of faith that establishes us as a community. The wrong faith will lead us into the dust bin of history. A community of Christian faith, understanding, and practice will give us a transcendent strength. Only such a revival will bring us together in a positive way.”
Instead of vilifying and condemning Russia we need to emulate its return to Christianity. Hundreds of thousands of Russian citizens have returned to the Orthodox church and are seeking the blessings of the One True God. Read about it here. http://batr.org/reactionary/040714.html
Will we return to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Nor under our current leadership. America needs a Putin to support Christianity and direct its citizens back to the Orthodox Christianity that the Pilgrims and Puritans brought to our shores.