In recent years I have observed that the rate of decline of America is in direct proportion to the rate of decline in our acknowledgment and worship of Almighty God. As a Baby Boomer, I believe I have lived in the most peaceful, bountiful, free, and exciting time of American history. Freedom and prosperity just seemed natural and normal to a boy growing up in post-war America.
The early settlers and those who fought for our independence from England had a rough time as they began to build this great land and move ever westward. Those who fought in the second American Revolution, the war between the northern states and the southern states, lived in extremely troublous times as this great nation was literally torn apart. The wounds still have not healed, no not by a long shot. Then, the world wars came and cost us even more of the cream of American manhood as our men and women lost their lives in foreign lands.
But right after the end of World War II, something wonderful began to happen; something exciting; something miraculous. God began to bless America as she had never been blessed before. During the second half of the 20th century, Americans experienced an explosion of jobs, home ownership, new labor-saving gadgets, and a whole new way of life filled with convenience, comfort and abundance. The world was generally at peace and the American people prospered as the country grew at an alarming rate; that’s why they call it the Baby BOOM! We were affluent, poverty was on the decline, jobs on the incline and our nation was enjoying a prosperity it had never known. We were a rich nation. Now, the whole world looked to us as the global leader. The dollar had become the global standard and the whole world’s affluence depended on America.
But, the more we were blessed, the more we turned our backs on God. U.S. Supreme Court decisions removed the Bible from the classrooms of America, banned prayer from public schools, removed the Ten Commandments from public places, and kicked God out of public life. A new phrase was heard in the land as liberals and atheists took more control. It was, “Separation of Church and State”, which made it unconstitutional to even mention God in any public forum or to have public prayer or pray at school graduations or even carry your Bible to school so you could read it on your own time. The Ten Commandments and Christmas nativity scenes were banned from every public property, and even ridiculed on private property. The American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance were even under attack as well. The Founding Fathers were disgraced and public school books evidenced a radical revision of history.
America was crumbling and patriotic, God-fearing Americans could see it so clearly. The gradual pecking away of everything sacred and holy had come to the place where Christianity and Patriotism were under attack. Finally, the “Silent Majority” was silent no longer and they came together in great numbers all over the land and called themselves the “Tea Party”. Their goal was to restore America to its former greatness and to lower taxes, cut spending, and reduce government, which by the way, had grown to unprecedented size. Ah, but government was not the answer to America’s woes.
America had become so corrupt that the “Religious Right” came under attack and was hated. Righteousness was unheard of in the land. A return to smaller, more efficient government was the Tea Party’s goal, but that meant that the legions of blood suckers now living on the public dole would have to go to work; they didn’t want that, so they continued to vote themselves money from the dwindling coffers. Everything was in decline; every aspect of America had been in such decay that there was apparently no restoring it to its former glory. It looked like America was on its last leg.
Maybe she could turn to her abundance of churches and to a multitude of pastors, ministers, bishops, priests, and evangelists. Perhaps she could turn to religion and turn over a new leaf. Maybe she could get right with God by going to Church. But, on closer inspection, the vast majority of churches in America had become too liberal; they had long ago gone against God’s Holy Word, the Bible. But rather, they had tried to keep in step with the world and had become spiritually ineffective. They had ordained Sodomites into the pulpits and ordained women pastors, promoted worldly lifestyles in opposition to Holy living. They replaced preaching and worship with Drama Teams, Shock Parties, Youth Music, Street Plays and presentations to attract the world without changing the world. The mantra was that you could come to church and keep your pet sins. People had become addicted to sin. No, the sad thing is that America’s churches were of no value to the dying nation either.
So, with a powerless church and a dysfunctional government, where could America turn? How did it happen so fast and with such total destruction? What had brought the great American nation into the dust? How could the greatest experience in freedom and prosperity in the world’s history have fallen? Was the enemy of America foreign or domestic?
She had collapsed from within without a shot fired. God had allowed America to become something worse than a third-world country. Third-world nations were just poor but America was despicable, immoral, greedy, totally polluted. She had gone from “One Nation Under God” to “One Nation Against God” and He had allowed her demise.
What was her great sin? She had turned her back and not her face to the God who had made her great. She never did bend the knee and truly turn back to God; she never did ask for forgiveness of her national sins; she never did cry out to God in repentance. She had committed national suicide!
May she rest in peace and be a reminder to other nations that might follow in her steps, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 33:12) and “The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). R.I.P. America!