Feb 12, 2010

The Future of America: Consequences of Our Departure From God

America is definitely on the decline. Economically, we are diminishing as the most powerful entity on the planet. China is the fastest growing economy in today's world. It will not be long before we will be overtaken.

What is America's Future? Is it to become a third-world nation? We certainly have seen the corruption that is typical of so many third-world nations invade our Congress, and it has engulfed our people. Every week it seems we hear about another scandal. We've seen national leaders who have lived double lives, speaking lofty words expressing lofty ideals, and living a lie. We've seen sports heroes whom we thought had great character, reveal a degraded side of themselves that was both disgusting, and disheartening.

As the leaders go, so go the people. Let's face it: we've become a corrupt nation. We've decided God has no place in our political arena. We've decided God has no place in government. We've decided God has no place in our schools.  We've made laws forbidding God's entry into certain areas. We've posted "God Keep Out" signs around our nation, in our courts, and throughout the land. (Can it be that one day our government will decide that God has no place in our churches?)

Believe it or not, there is corruption to such a degree that there are national religious leaders who have put that very idea in practice. Church after church is little but a social event, or a political platform. Church, for them, is no longer about Christ, but about the the connections the church will bring, or about the influence the church and the pastor can have in the community or with the politicians. Church is not about worship, but about power and prestige and political presence. Church is often more about agendas that don't seek to glorify God, nor edify the people, but are about personal gains, ideas, and goals that have little to do with God.

The Creator of the Universe is relegated to a back pew (if He's let in at all).

Consider this. In the 28th chapter of the ancient text found in the book of Deuteronomy, the Jews are given a blessing and a curse. If they followed God, blessings would come upon them. If they rejected God, they would suffer many bad things. They would not be blessed, and instead, would suffer from diseases, crop failures, enemies and a host of other ills.

In the 6th chapter of the book of 2 Chronicles, King Solomon prays a prayer. It is a prayer that recognizes that it is possible to anger God. He says, in one part in verses 24 & 25: "And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house;  (25)  Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers."

Solomon understood that sinning against God has consequences. He mentioned pestilence, disease, enemies, and crop failures. But, Solomon also understood that repentance, turning to a merciful God, can turn those bad consequences aside.

Hopefully, America will learn that lesson some day, for we are certainly on the road to a lot of "bad consequences."

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