America: a post-Christian nation

Posted: July 16, 2011 in Christian

I recall as a child hearing preachers teach about how we are blessed to live in such a God-fearing nation, a nation born with a freedom to worship our Lord, Jesus Christ as we desired. This sentiment was echoed in our schools, the halls of Justice, The White House and Congress.

Anywhere you look, it’s obvious and it’s easy to see that it is not that way anymore in America. What happened to our God-fearing nation? We happened, or rather, we didn’t happen. We as citizens of this great nation became so comfortable with our easy lifestyle and we as Christians (or people like me who turned his back on Christ) became so apathetic in our belief that this nation would never reject God, that we let it happen right under our noses. We have been like the proverbial frog placed in tepid water that is boiled alive before he realizes what happened. We allowed Satan to create holidays promoting the occult and demonology right under our noses. We allowed Satan to invite himself into lives and our government offices a step at a time while we smiled and welcomed him in and then went back to munching our popcorn and watching our movies while he silently and skillfully manipulated our lives with lies and deception behind our backs like a quiet, effective slow acting poison.

In the nineteen-sixties when someone like Madeline Murray O’Hair appeared on the American political scene and was instrumental in forcing schools to stop reading the bible*1, where was the tidal wave of public outcry to force the courts to reverse their decision. There was a murmuring but we were mainly politically quiet. When the famous landmark court decision Roe VS Wade was enacted, forcing all American taxpayers to fund the legalized murder of our children, where was the explosion of conservative Christians voices to force the lawmakers to create amendments to the State Constitution to override the Court’s decisions. It wasn’t there, or at least it wasn’t loud enough or forceful enough to be heard.

My father always said, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Agnostic, atheistic anti-christian groups have been allowed to dictate legislation on the state and national levels of the American Government, while the ‘silent majority’ sat back and kept their complaints and grumblings to themselves, to the point where the ‘silent majority’ may now be a ‘silent minority’ and we are no longer considered a “Christian Nation” as was proudly stated by the current President of our Nation.*2 I recall an interesting interview in 2002 where the guest stated, “for the aberrant to become normal, what is considered normal has to be marginalized.” and at the time I thought it couldn’t happen in America. It is now eight years later and if you are a conservative, a christian, a constitutionalists today in America, you are considered the fringe elements of society and potential terrorists according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Look all around us, our government, schools and society today accepts the precepts of all world religions with the exception of two; Christianity and Judaism.

Where personal responsibility and respect used be the norm, they have now been replaced with; “I’m not responsible for anything”, “the government will take care of it” and “I’ll sue you if I become offended,”. People used to not lock their doors, now they are afraid to walk down the street, we used to respect the laws, now it is a badge of pride if you’ve been arrested for a violent crime. We as a nation have forgotten our heritage as Israel did, and the bible brings the parallel between Israel and America to light in the following scriptures in Deuteronomy and also in Hosea: Deuteronomy 32:18-22“You neglected the Rock who begot you, And forgot the God who gave you birth. “The LORD saw this, and spurned them Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters. “Then He said, ‘I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; For they are a perverse generation, Sons in whom is no faithfulness. ‘They have made Me jealous with what is not God; They have provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation, For a fire is kindled in My anger, And burns to the lowest part of Sheol, And consumes the earth with its yield, And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains. (NASV) Hosea 4:1-3 Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away With the beasts of the field And the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away. (NKJV)

I fear unless we learn from history and this once great nation makes a sudden change of course, we will go the way of the northern kingdom of Israel and be destroyed because we have already far surpassed it in corruption and idol worship. For example: from within our schools and from the seats of government, United States citizens are being inundated by scholars and elected representatives on a daily basis and we are slowly being forced to accept that homosexuality is an acceptable alternate lifestyle while at the same time, the God of Israel and Christianity for all practical purposes, have been rendered illegal in the United States, and modern science wholly rejects the reality of creation as a silly myth and has replaced it with absurd and unprovable theories to elevate their religion of randomness while denouncing God. The bible has a few words to say about all this in Paul’s letter to the Romans where God passes specific judgment upon nations and cultures that rejects the creation: Romans 1:18-32 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (NASV)

This passage from Romans sounds like it was written specifically for America where we have already been given over to our degrading passions and depraved minds. Also, about the attitude of the Scientific community and it’s arrogant attitude about the scriptures it has this to say: II Corinthians 2;14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. (KJV)

Why hasn’t America been judged yet? I agree with Chuck Missler’s opinion on why the United States hasn’t been judged and conceivably, it is because of this passage in Genesis. We are basically alone in the world in our support of Israel, and that support is quickly slipping away. Genesis 12:2-3 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (NASV)

What can we do to turn things around? This scripture from Chronicles, even though it was given by The Lord to King Solomon regarding Judea, tells us that there may still be hope, but we, as people who are called by His Name, have to become diligent in our plea to the Lord and we also have to become diligent in our self-examination of our sins and shortcomings. II Chronicles 7:14if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (NKJV)

I personally have to rely on the Lord and the Holy Spirit to teach me to become much more diligent than I have ever been. I saw an email in the fall of 2010 relating to the November elections. It stated that every evening at 8 PM, central time, Christian should devote a few moments to create a mass prayer for our nation and the candidates. I thought it was a wonderful idea, but I couldn’t seem to find the discipline to set aside, even that small amount of time. As has been proven by the lack of interest and the massive amount of inaction on the part of purported Christians in America over the last several decades, we are our own worst enemy, or, to quote Walt Kelly: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”*3

God Bless, Jim Bussell

12-10-10

for Koinonia Institute

(*1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madalyn_Murray_O%27Hair

(*2) Obama, Barack. “ ‘Call to Renewal’ Keynote Address.” Obama.senate.gov. Washington, D.C., 28 June 2006

(*3)http://www.igopogo.com/we_have_met.htm

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