As I prepared to write, my mind was filled with many things, and the deep lostness of Woke America was foremost on my mind. The question, “What Will It Take?” echoed in my mind. “When?” was another question that tugged at my heart. Then, I felt that I was sensing a shift in the winds in America. But what does that mean? What will that mean?
For the past few months, I have been deeply troubled, and during the night, I awakened thinking about the myriad of issues facing my beloved nation. As I mused on those things, I was drawn to the reality of what I had been proclaiming for a long time. We Need God! Before you reject everything, I ask that you hear me out. Allow me to attempt to articulate what I mean.
Many of our Founding Fathers echoed the sentiment that the American experiment would fail without divine providence and favor. Our first president and the man called the Father of our Country declared in his farewell speech on September 19, 1796, “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of right and order which Heaven itself has ordained.” He continued, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would the man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”
President Washington, if you could see us now, you would decry the radicalization of the media, federal law enforcement, and federal agencies used to suppress our freedoms and infringe upon our religious liberties. You would be stunned at the many antibiblical policies and practices being engaged in today. In our formative years, the politicians encouraged and embraced the voice of the clergy in formulating our laws. Our constitution and system of laws are connected to the precepts of the Ten Commandments and God’s laws described in the Bible.
Today, the Left and some on the Right are engaged in stripping everything of God, moral sanity, and religion from the public square. Maybe it is because they do not believe in God. Perhaps it is because those rules of conduct impinge upon their ability to pursue the quest for power, graft, corruption, and wealth. Maybe it is because they are products of the modern educational revisionist history and genuinely believe that the founders wanted religion and God to be banned from government. I do not know, but I do know that the fruit of their actions is paying negative dividends, and we are suffering needlessly.
The Winds Are Shifting! I see both the positive and the negative trends in the shifting political paradigm. No, politicians are not changing for the better, but I sense that there are those in the public, working ordinary people, who are becoming aware of what is happening. Many see, but because of what they have had ingrained in their psyche cannot abandon the parties that are weakening the framework of our republic. They see, but habit and philosophical conditioning prevent them from casting their ballots against the destroyers. They feel the pinch and detest the infringements upon their liberties but keep trying to blame the dastardly occupants of the opposing political party.
Habits are hard to break, and generational habits are even more challenging! They are like the proponents of Socialism, and Communism, insisting that it fails because it has not been attempted correctly. Many on the Left and the Right believe that we can fix the problems in America politically. I think they are wrong!
America will not be restored at the polls! Politicians got us into this mess, but politicians will not deliver us from it. Our drift from basic morality has opened the door to the chaos we face. I believe that stripping the basic principles and precepts taught in the Bible from our educational system has aided in the decline. Our drift from our faith has been far more damaging than most will admit.
Proverbs 14:34 – “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Proverbs 29:2 – “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
I unashamedly use scripture to define my concerns. I believe that God, moral sanity, restoration of the home and family, and a return to public demand for ethics and accountability in all elected officials are keys to our recovery and restoration. It bothers me that we have been governed by immoral, unethical, dishonest, and devious politicians for decades. I am not saying that every person elected to a political office fits that bill, but many do.
I am disturbed that many in America are not bothered by the graft, corruption, unethical, and immoral behavior of politicians. I am disturbed that, even in the Church, there has been a growing shift to tolerance, refusing to call evil what it is, evil, and even calling evil good and good evil. I am troubled when the voices of reason are silent, and the continuation of practices that brought us to the brink of destruction is accepted as the only pathway afforded us.
This will not resonate with everyone, but for those who believe in God and love America, I appeal to you. We cannot fix America politically; the corruption of politics has grown too pervasive. We cannot fix America socially with legislation. We cannot fix America morally via laws, rules, edicts, and mandates. We cannot fix America economically via the political process. We have enough laws on the books now; if that were possible, we would be a utopia. We are not!
How do we fix America? Let me offer this to Christians and ask, “What Can We Do For Our Country?” Several simple things must be at the forefront of all we do and think. We need to live godly lives. We need to teach and admonish other people to live godly lives. We need to pray for those in positions of authority and government.
America began with the aid of God and thrived when the principles of God’s eternal rules of right and order were observed. America became arguably the greatest nation in existence as we encouraged strong families, taught each generation the value of a work ethic, and respected the inalienable rights given to every human.
The Winds are Shifting, and two streams are flowing simultaneously in America today. There is the stream that places God at the front and seeks to manifest His principles of right and truth. They desire honesty, live ethically, love tirelessly, and pray fervently. The other stream disregards those, and the mantra is “Me.” What is in it for me? Hate is pervasive, and the caldron is boiling that will soon erupt into widespread chaos and bloodshed.
Politicians and politics got us into this mess and will destroy us. If we genuinely believe we can win enough elections to rectify the destruction, we are participating in the destruction. Yes, we need to vote, but we must go beyond the polls and into our prayer closets. We must reclaim the education of our children and teach truth, not the revised, politically correct version. The truth may hurt, but if it is truth, it will enable us to learn from our mistakes and build on the positive. Whitewashing history will not properly equip future generations to avoid the errors of the past.
The Winds are Shifting! America can be salvaged! But if it is, it will be on our knees!
God bless you, and God bless America!