I got up this morning and turned the television to the news. That was a mistake. After a few minutes of reviewing the major stories of last week, I am ready to cry. In no particular order, these leading stories break my heart.
Five servicemen who were willing to fight in the field abroad to keep us safe at home were gunned down on American soil without weapons to protect themselves.
• The head of Planned Parenthood spoke blatantly about the skill of crushing unborn babies’ heads to pull them out of the womb with vital organs left intact so they could be used/sold for the sake of research or unknown use.
• Iranians cheered on the streets chanting their joy at a nuclear arms deal they clearly think is accomplished and saying “Death to America!,” “Death to Israel!” by the thousands.
• The most wanted drug king pen in the world who got rich trafficking drugs to the United States escaped through a mile long concrete lighted tunnel dug and constructed under the prison on a motorcycle with Mexican and American officials culpable in knowledge of his plans.
I felt like I was watching a bad dream unfold. Can this be my beloved country so out of control? Have our leaders lost their minds? Why do our elected officials stand by as if their hands and feet are bound and their mouths gagged? Do our elected officials believe that they are representing the will of the people and if they do, how can they be so out of touch with their constituents?
I have recently had friends send me links to a wide variety of ministers, writers and those who consider themselves prophets which are linking Biblical warnings to the end of days, or at least the fall of America. There is such a parallel between what is happening in the world and in this country and Biblical warnings and prophecies that it will make a person’s hair stand on end.
I am not a doom and gloom person, or at least try very hard not to be. I believe God wants to redeem that which is broken, rebellious, and lost. I believe He extends mercy and extends time before judgment falls, always leaving room for repentance. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If 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.”
Waiting until the bubonic plague wipes out millions of people is not the time to start looking for a cure. Waiting until a nuclear weapon is detonated in a major population area is not the time to start trying to figure out how to avoid homegrown or international terror on our own shores.
Now is the time for those in authority in our country to use their authority wisely and get their heads out of the sand. Now is the time for politicians to stop squabbling over party differences and act as a body that governs by the will of the people. Now is the time for churches to stop cow towing to what is popular or politically correct and get their houses in order. Now is the time for our nation to repent. Now is the time for each individual to take stock of their personal life, their personal beliefs, finances, relationships, plans for the future, preparedness in case of an emergency and stop expecting someone else to fix everything.
Historically speaking, other nations who prospered so greatly, then became arrogant, and thought themselves untouchable, crumbled and fell from greatness in the annals of history. The United States is on that same path. Our nation went from a vast wilderness to the leader of the free world in a matter of a few hundred years. Other empires that lasted thousands of years were destroyed by their own arrogance, sense of importance, and belief that they were untouchable as a world power. I fear we are on that same path.
There will be those who disagree with my concerns and comments. We are still a free nation and those who differ still have the same right to their opinions. For those undecided, turn on your TV and watch the US news and world news for an hour or two. Let the stories speak for themselves.
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