Posted on 10/31/2011 by Charles
How do great nations fall? By an internal erosion of ethics, a mass of citizens voting themselves the treasury, and the fall of a common unity of existence. How is that for a quick list of adages.
Think of how great nations were started. Traditionally a common injustice was felt throughout a population, they united, and fought the existing rulers.
Watching the news all around us, I can't help but think of our country's safety. Outside the picture seems a little grim; Muslim extremists dedicated to attacking their rulers in order to bring sharia law and their collective hate of the world to fruition (the Muslim Brotherhood is not hiding their intentions everyone), China using their debt to manipulate our trade policies (who didn't see that coming...), our government sector unions continue to practice 'thuggery' (Wisconsin, teachers unions, etc) to bully society, and our nation's future children are losing their voices as they struggle to make it past the mother's womb.
What do we do here? Do we try to mask the actual intentions of those organizations perpetrating their hate because of political correctness? Do we continue to borrow more money allowing other countries to buy stake in our influences? Do we sit idly by as our country's children's bodies are piling high as crimes against us?
Does anyone remember what was happening in Rome during the major invasion that finally crushed the great civilization? They were watching a game. "Go Cowboys! Hey, what's that noise?....invasion."
A part of our American problem is that we are distracted spending too much time watching our favorite sports team, tv shows, movies, and other entertainment, to stop and see the shift of direction of the wind in this world. Add to the fact that it seems that everyone hates the top dog so if we continue to ignore the bigger issues in this world, we will not survive. The world will not be what it once was and the freedoms everyone takes advantage of will be gone, both in this nation and abroad.
Malcom Muggeridge once said, "I've seen America wealthier than all the rest of the world put together; and with the superiority of weaponry that would have enabled Americans, had they so wished, to outdo an Alexander or a Julius Caesar in the range and scale of conquest. All in one little lifetime – gone with the wind"
America did not conquer the world, it helped it. Was America perfect in all it's pursuits? Of course not, but evil dictators are salivating at the thought of an American empire no longer in existence. Do we have any idea what will take our place? It is not going to be a pretty picture as a vacuum of America's positive imperialism disappears. I argue for 'positive' because countries like Kuwait, France, South Korea and many many more have great reasons to welcome our help.
In an America distracted we pick up our beer cans, turn up the music, high five our friends, and then watch the world pass us by as we root for our favorite teams while rocking out to 'American Woman.' In an America distracted we ignore the things we could do to help those around us by voting in new legislature forcing them to do our job for us further imprisoning ourselves in an already doomed tax code. In an America distracted we think that the world is here to serve us and forget about any of the people who gave themselves before us for what we currently have, thinking we somehow 'deserve' the rights given to us. In an America distracted we somehow forgot whose lives we are giving privilege by voting away the lives of those little ones who would come and take our place for the next generation building our future. We are in an America distracted.
With loss of morality, moral relativism is king and everyone loses. With the loss of focus, pluralism is king and has tried to hand all world views equal merit, which is foolishness and everyone loses. With the loss of Jesus as a focus, secular humanism is king and is leading everyone to worship themselves instead, which underpins all of the rest.
Jesus did not promise to give us a mighty nation, it just happened. Jesus does not play politics and parties, but his morality is clearly defined for what is 'wrong' or 'right' and we all get to choose which 'rights' we will sacrifice when we vote.
The world is changing. We humans have never changed, we are naturally evil and need a savior to crucify our sins. Let's put down our entertainment and self serving bias' and try to help those who cannot help themselves. The answer is not to give government more authority to do what we should be doing, so let's do it ourselves. Form your own organization to make a change aligning the wills of those behind a movement, and make a positive difference. Some are getting out there in the battlefields of ideas, so let's get out there and join them to fight oppression of hate filled rhetoric from Islam by loving Arabs and showing them another way (Jesus), or getting on the streets and helping those who are downtrodden, or adopting children who desperately need escape from a social system, or meeting the needs you see piling up around you.
Jesus forgive us for worshiping something and someone else besides you and give us strength as you actively flex your will and do what you will to this great nation. May we not suffer the same pride as Germany and give our powers to evil and may we not suffer the same distraction as Rome and try to live on the blood and efforts of others before us, but be thankful. Thankful for life, thankful for a chance to grow, but most of all thankful for you and your sacrifice, which gives the greatest hope of all.