Thursday, October 27, 2016
If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this? Esther 4:14(NLT)
America's Parallel with Israel; Moral and Spiritual Decline
America’s political existence, power and prestige among the nations of the earth are a by-product of spiritual strength consistent with the founding of the land of the free and home of the brave. The French poet Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in the early 19th century to find the key to the new nation’s greatness; he wrote:
Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!"
HAS AMERICA CEASED TO BE GOOD?
In Edward Gibbon's The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire he lists five paths that so-called indestructible society followed which, unquestionably, led to its' crumbling:
1. The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home.
In days gone by, the children of America could typically expect a Mother and Father to be married, be faithful, and be there. The crisis of the home and family in America is enough to make one agree with Thomas Jefferson who said: Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
2. Increasing taxes and spending of public money for bread and circuses
America is now less characterized by the "working-man ethic” than the caricature of the human orchard pig. Farmers turn their pigs loose in peach orchards to eat the windfalls. All day long the pigs sit in the shade with one ear to the ground, waiting for a peach to fall off the tree. When it does, they waddle over, eat it, and plop down in that very spot until the wind knocks another one out of the tree.
3. The mad craze for pleasure, with sports becoming more exciting and more brutal.
If this is not a sports-crazed society we will never see one. Violent movies, violence oriented child pornography, computer war games...America? Rome?
4. The building of gigantic armaments, when the real enemy is the decadence of the people.
The downsizing of our military is a misnomer when you ask the question: How many fingers does it take to push a nuclear-missile launch button?
5. The decay of religion, with faith fading into mere form.
Many of our candidates have a November spirituality that reveals a January carnality. Newsweek magazine reported in 1989 on a sting operation to uncover graft in New York. Rudy Giulliani, then New York's U.S. Attorney made the following report:
On 106 occasions, bribes were offered or discussed. On 105 of those occasions, the public official involved accepted the bribe. And on the other occasion, he turned it down because he didn't think the amount was large enough.
Many of our contemporary church members have joined themselves to the culture rather than the Christ. The carnality of church members in America has weakened the influence of the body of Christ in society. Consistently the courts are making anti-Christian rulings.
The culture in America thumbs its collective noses at the bride of Christ. Like Haman they construct their gallows for the few who have the character of Mordecai to stand against ungodliness in our generation.
Tomorrow we will look at the Christian response to a crumbling culture. Perhaps it is God’s plan that the church was made for such a time as this.