As we prepare to end the current year and look forward to 2006, there will be the usual retrospective of the year just finished on a number of different fronts: movies, music, fashion, culture, and politics. At first glance nothing out of the ordinary; we do this each year. However at closer inspection, one has to wonder is there a year soon coming when any retrospective on the year in the US will be done primarily by foreign countries looking back on the smoldering ruins of a once thriving empire?
In the Bible, Luke 11:17 says “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.”(NIV) On the verge of 2006, America is a house divided against itself. In politics, the two primary political groups square off daily in mortal combat. Against the backdrop of terrorists who’s stated goal is to destroy this country and our way of life – and who has already demonstrated the skill to do so, influential politicians ignore the realities of all means necessary to investigate and detect potential terrorists all because they despise the President currently sitting in office. They brazenly put their own self interest above the interest of protecting the lives of the citizenry. Their tactic is nothing new. Throughout the centuries, leaders of nations have abused their powers in the pursuit of their own self interest at the expense of their people. What is particularly galling in this case however is that the current danger to the American citizenry is not merely the loss of power and influence, the current danger is death on an unimaginably large scale.
America has been a “world power” for less than 100 years - a relatively brief period of time compared to the 400+ year world powers such as the Romans, Greeks, Babylonians and Egyptians. Each of those world powers were ultimately destroyed or brought to their knees because they had contempt for the God of the Bible. As we go through the early part of the 21st century, America has developed the very definite signs of a culture that has begun to have contempt for God. Though a majority of the population still consider themselves to be Christian, the secular minority has been much more energized to remove Christian influences from the culture starting in earnest with the removal of prayer from the public schools in the 1960s. As the children of that era now grow into their 40s and 50s, their taught sense of ambivalence to God has been naturally passed on to their children who in turn pass on an even more watered down version to theirs. The anti religious cycle is very easy to see as subsequent generations are more and more removed from the Christian sensibilities of the pre-1950s generation of Americans.
To those in the so-called religious communities God says in Lamentations 2-14: Your "prophets" have said so many foolish things, false to the core. They did not try to hold you back from exile by pointing out your sins. Instead, they painted false pictures, filling you with false hope.” (NLT) American religious leaders are very reticent to point out in very clear terms the perils of the “convenient Christianity” that pervades many church goers today. A consequence of this is the sneering uproar in the secular media over the fact that many churches decided to close on Christmas Day because it fell on a Sunday. A very pervasive thought in the minds of non-believers is that Christians are mostly hypocrites who don’t truly live what they preach. The convenient Christianity of 2005 America does nothing to dispel this notion.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina through God’s awesome power of nature literally brought a major American city to its knees. Americans openly wonder if the city will ever be the same again. Could it be that this was simply an object lesson to the rest of an increasingly ungodly nation of what God may do on a larger scale at some date in the future? He did it to Egypt, to Babylon, to Greece, to Persia. On 9/11, an astonishingly small number of individuals changed American history forever within a couple of hours. The world is replete with fanatics who are becoming increasingly capable of doing far worst.
The economic engine that drives America is incredibly susceptible to collapse due to the US trade imbalance with the rest of the world. The reliance on technology that sustains our economy can be brought to its knees by a cyber attack. The US reliance on foreign oil causes us to be deferential to Arab nations who’s stated goal it is to destroy the nation of Israel – the nation that God created. American politicians would do well to remember what God said about Israel in Genesis 12:3 - I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse. (NIV)
Despite America’s assertion of being a Christian nation, it’s true god is the god of materialism and self comfort. More people spend their Sundays in the shopping malls than in the churches. More money is spent on buying things (to add to the other things that we already own) as opposed to helping the world’s needy. Just turn on the TV and watch the round-the-clock orgy of commercialism exhorting us to worship by way of acquiring the latest…fill in the blanks. Regarding levels of debt spent in the mad pursuit of things God says in Amos 2:8 - At their religious festivals, they lounge around in clothing stolen from their debtors…” (NIV)
Going into 2006 America is indeed a country divided. From a beginning that was obviously blessed by God and acknowledged as so by the majority of the founding leaders and people, America is now hurtling towards a curse because of a lack of true acknowledgement of God by it’s latter day leaders and people.
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