America is in a mess, socially, politically, economically, educationally, by almost any standard. Patriots are perhaps more discouraged than since the darkest days of the War of Independence, and that’s saying a lot because the nation has been through many severe trials. What’s going on? We need to look at things in this world through God’s eyes, and we can do that by His Word. America is in a mess because of rebellion against God. It’s that simple. America’s problem today is not systemic racism; it is systemic wickedness. America is unique in that it has had more spiritual light than any nation in history (ancient Israel had only part of the Scriptures), yet she has sinned greatly and brazenly against that light. Her churches are in a most wretched condition. Most are entirely apostate, and most of the rest are lukewarm and worldly, Sardis at best. “I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead” (Revelation 3:1). Churches that are praying instead of partying are shockingly rare. God’s name is used everywhere in vain, and the holy name of Jesus Christ is a cheap curse word across vast portions of society. Holy matrimony is despised and defiled. The Bible says, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge,” but most Americans think that is unreasonable. Science and mother nature receive the glory due to the Creator. The gospel is widely perverted. Babies are cut to pieces by the tens of millions. The nation is besotted with drink and drugs. Moral abominations are accepted as “alternative lifestyles.” The justice system dispenses very little justice. Thugs, rapists, sexual predators, and murderers are released to continue their careers. Lying in politics is applauded. Atheism is on the march. Occultism is pervasive. The Bible says life is for God’s will, but most Americans think life is a party. The nation’s cities are moral cesspools. The entertainment industry would make ancient Corinth blush. Children are sexualized. Pornography is a national past-time. The public educational system is in flagrant rebellion to the Bible. The government confiscates the wealth of hard workers and redistributes it to bums. The highest judges thumb their noses at God’s Word. The Bible says “there are none that doeth good,” but most Americans think of themselves as good. God is allowed as a Saviour, but not as a Judge. Hell is denied. At funerals, everyone goes to heaven, which is a great deceit. The only surprise is that America is not in more of a mess than she currently is. That is God’s mercy, but the day of the Lord is fast approaching. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). “The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!” (Lamentations 5:16). “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). “Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him” (Isaiah 3:11). “This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood” (Jeremiah 13:25).
(Friday Church News Notes, August 7, 2020, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)