- Religion and Philosophy
Collision Course - America and God
This hub may seem a little negative, but stay with me.
I recently received a newsletter from Evangelist Tom Palmer in which he talks about The Point of No Return. Far up the Niagara River there are signs posting the point of no return. Boaters and swimmers that pass this point will be hopelessly and helplessly carried by the current over the Niagara Falls. Safety only exists as we obey the signs.If we slip past the point of no return, sure death awaits.
I wonder - Has America slipped past the point of no return with her God? Consider the following: "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34). Righteousness builds up a nation. Sin destroys a nation. Obedience to God's laws brings blessings. Disobedience brings God's curse (Isaiah 1:19, 20). There can be no doubt that America has been disobedient.
Politically, have we drifted past the point of no return? There is no need to go into detail here about American politics. No matter which side you are on, you know that our nation is in a mess politically. Jesus addresses the issue as He speaks regarding "the kingdom divided against itself". We see according to the Saviour's own words that the kingdom "shall not stand", (Matthew 12:25), it "cannot stand" (Mark 3:24), and it shall be "brought to desolation (Luke 11:17).
Have we passed the point of no return economically? As my evangelist friend says, "From Wall Street to Main Street, the love of money continues to drive out of control the spending and ever-increasing debt which has created a crisis from which we will likely never be able to recover." Proverbs 22:7 warns, "The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." Greed and covetousness has put a noose around America's neck and continues to slowly tighten.
Have we fallen past the point of no return morally? What is now right used to be wrong. What is now wrong used to be right. Something is missing in America's moral fiber. We have been offered a banquet and yet we feed on the sewer floods of wickedness and perversion. Our moral compass has gone awry, but the Bible is still true - " The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalm 9:17).
May I suggest that culturally we have also gone past the point of no return. We live in a "me first" society full of self-seeking, self-serving, self-satisfying citizens. In his newsletter Brother Tom Palmer puts it this way, "Assuming that they deserve anything they want, and have a right to everything they want, people deteriorate into consumers rather than contributors. Entertainment and entitlements have created a nation filled with "lazy bums' whose greatest enjoyment is the next laugh, the next thrill, the next splurge." Proverbs once again gives us enlightenment in chapter 14, verse 12 - "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
As the family goes, so goes the nation. Domestically, I believe we may have missed the warning signs and slipped past the point of no return. Again, if I may quote from the newsletter, "America is a nation where marriage has been devastated by divorce, bringing insecurity and instability to the family unit. America is a nation where dysfunctional families produce dysfunctional people who do not know how to respect authority, tell the truth, take responsibility, or treat others properly." That may seem like harsh words, but placed in the context of America, it is quite fitting. Psalm 127:1 tells us, "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it . . . ."
America may be on a collision course with God. He is the Righteous Judge and will do right. In all actuality, America needs harsh judgment. It may be possible to pass the point of no return, but it is impossible to pass the point of no revival. What is looking like our nation's darkest hour may very well be the church's finest moment, Revival does not depend on the ups and downs of the stock market. Revival does not depend on Congress. The Department of Education cannot hold back the flood waters of revival. Allow me to close with another quote from Evangelist Tom Palmer. "When the roof caves in and the bottom falls out, our only hope and help will be found in God." God is counting on His church to stand and make a difference in a hopeless, helpless situation. Be a part.