Millions of people are scratching their heads these days and wondering what in the world is wrong with America. It seems that up is down and down is up. We have lost our direction morally and spiritually and don’t know where we are going. It gets more and more confusing and discouraging day by day. It is not the desire to of this writer to paint a gloomy picture but when one faces the realities of today, there is hardly another position to take. We have, quite effectively placed ourselves outside the arena of the blessings of God. We claim to be a Christian nation, but the rest of the world takes a dim view of Christianity when they observe the actions and moral positions of America.
I am of the opinion that God is primarily withholding his wrathful judgment upon the United States because of the vast number of people who ARE faithful Christians and who are trying to hold onto the foundational Judeo-Christian principles upon which this country was founded. He set this kind of precedent in the Old Testament when he was willing to spare Sodom and Gomorra if even ten righteous people could be found in it. Even though God has not ventured into the area of wrathful vengeance upon our sinfulness, He is judging this nation harshly and most of the citizens are so removed from Him and His Word that they are unaware of what is really going on. People have become so accustomed to living with transgression against God that they are no longer offended, and they think that God has seen so much of it that He really doesn’t mind it much anymore or care about it. How wrong they are.
I think what has happened is that God has turned the “collective mind” of this nation over to a reprobate mind. He is letting us “stew in our own juices” and will allow us to keep on going until we destroy ourselves. We have leaders who are so wicked and undone that it defies words. And, wicked leaders can lead wicked people to do anything and not bat an eye. In fact, they will wonder why others object to their actions as they are unable to discern the error of their way. Romans 1: 21-32 is an accurate description of who we are as a country today. This nation doesn’t want to be bothered with what God says on an issue. They do not “like to retain God in their knowledge.” They have chosen their way and do not take God into account. So, I believe He has done what happens next in Romans 1:28….He has turned the nation over to a reprobate mind. He is letting America go wildly into destruction.
There are those who are still hopeful. I desire to be. They think that there is going to somehow be a turnaround. They can’t imagine that God would deal harshly with a nation which has been so blessed. I think that the abundance of His blessings is going to be the measure of his judgment because we have “thrown His blessings back into His face.” The only thing which will save America at this point is a profound visitation of God upon us that would result in a massive revival and return to Him. Sorry, but I am concerned that we have come too far. It is too messed up. Too many cultures. Too many wicked leaders who have betrayed the American people. Too many religions have been assimilated, accepted and adopted. Too much materialism. Too much narcissism. Too much political correctness which has dumbed down the people and numbed the nation to reality is infecting the nation with a false conscience which has no common sense. My concern is that we have come too far. We now have a majority of the populace which can’t think for themselves and don’t want to. They can be told anything and are spoiled to everything. When people begin to see themselves as the center of all things, then the nation as a whole is in danger. I am concerned that the United States is like the Thanksgiving turkey. It is DONE. You can stick a fork in it and the world is getting ready for the meal. Our leaders have let us down. They think only of themselves and have abandoned the trust placed in them in order to preserve their little kingdom. They see themselves as a nation of ONE. It includes no one but themselves.
The only thing which will save America is a profound visitation of God upon the hearts and minds of people. No one is beyond His reach. No nation is immune to revival unless it adamantly refuses to be led by God. There is no limit to the degree of correction that can be made if we will listen to and follow God’s Spirit. He is the only one who can save us at this point. Even some of our Congressional members have correctly stated that the nation has gone too far and that the only way we will be saved and survive is if God does something. There have been great awakenings before, and we should be praying that there is one more left. But I believe that God, in order to get our attention, is going to have to bring us to our knees in a way we have never experienced before. We are no one special. He is not a respecter of persons. He owes us no excuses and, as stated above, I think He is holding off simply for the fact that there are millions of Americans who are Christians holding onto Jesus for hope and redemption. We need to hope and pray that He does not finally let us go because when He does there will be no limit to our destruction.
The root problem is that God is no longer considered by the leaders who are taking us down the Primrose Path to destruction. When political correctness has made of us a people who are expected to accept human activity which is abhorrent to God then we are on that Primrose Path. When judges ignore the will of the majority to impose a politically correct judgment which favors the ungodly, then we are on the Primrose Path. When our leaders keep on doing the same things even though those things are not working and bringing confusion, then we are on the Primrose Path. When the people fail to stand up and say “enough is enough” then we are on the Primrose Path.
When God is ignored, we are on the Primrose Path. We had better find the right Path and find it soon or we will look, act and think like Europe before we know it. More than that, we will find ourselves, once the greatest nation of history, as refuse along the roadway of history to be viewed with pity instead of revered for our example of greatness.
Some will say that I am a doomsday prophet. No, I only wish that what I am observing were not true. I am facing reality and that is something few people want to do today. I am praying for God’s intervention and for our willingness to follow Him out of this morass. I urge all Christians to pray fervently that the next “Great Awakening” will take place and soon.
Reverend William (Bill) Harrell has been in ministry 48 years. He served as the pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, GA for over 30 of those years. He can be reached at email@example.com. You can also check out his blog at www.williamfharrell.com