So This is What Drives Our Nation!
My home is located ten miles north of State College, PA, home to Penn State University. Of course, this past week we experienced the "scandal to rock all scandals". It makes me wonder, what has happened to our world? I see that Penn State made the front page of USA Today, and why?
America feeds on the sordid, the perverted, the sin. Eyes from across the nation were riveted to newscasts as they told the ugly story. A rise in tabloid and magazine sales was seen. More air time was given to the fate of long-time head football coach Joe Paterno than to the victims whose lives will forever be in ruin. The focus was on riots which resulted in vandalism and bodily harm, not on justice, restoration, and restitution.
But yet, Penn State, known as Happy Valley, is not the only place with problems. Channel 10 News is like watching a re-run. Same sick crimes--just different names in different locations. It seems that all the talk shows gravitate toward topics of sin like, abuse, lust, child molestation,gender blending, and other forms of a demented mind. It is easy for me to understand why America is like it is, when this seems to be all there is to feed on.
Filth in the movies, filth in the music industry, filth on TV, filth in the magazines, filth everywhere! My heart longs for Heaven. I am not claiming to be perfect. I am very much aware of my own sin nature. Still I want something more. The world just does not satisfy. Why does our society love sin so much? How did we ever get so twisted? What will it take to get us back on the right path? If I did not know the character of God, I would be ready to give up. I could easily see how people would say there is no hope for Amereica. I heard a wise preacher once say, "As long as there is God, there is hope!" We must keep our eyes on the God of Heaven and plead with Him all the more for Him to work on behalf of our nation.
Now is not the time to stop. Now is not the time to give up nor to give in. The battle rages on every hand. The enemy is approaching from all sides. Still, our command is to go forward. The gates of hell cannot and will not prevail against God's kingdom or purpose. Will you please join the ranks today and just be determined to serve God no matter what the devil may throw at you.
I know we are in the last days, but that does not matter. There has always been a fightinhg remnant. Would you please decide to be part of it today. Satan trembles at the banner of the Cross. Carry it high. Wave it proudly for the Glory of the Lord.
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