The last verse of the Book of Judges states, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” This was not a positive statement then, and I believe that the latter part of the sentence draws a word picture of our nation today. We continue to desire the immoral over the moral, concerning marriage and unborn children. We see evil and wickedness in our land, and believe it to be despicable, but what have we done to change it? We all have a selfish nature that we must constantly battle. Many believe that it is all about them, and they teach their children to take more than they give.
I believe that we are a nation divided. Our presidential elections show it, but I see it in other things as well. Whether you agree with the jury’s decision in the George Zimmerman case or not, this ordeal has been used to further divide our nation. My greatest concern is when I see preachers of the gospel spending more time talking about judicial injustice than about teaching their flocks the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God. The Bible, whether you choose to believe in it or not, teaches us how to properly treat one another.
America has become a mosaic of many different cultures, under the heading of the United States of America. People are coming to America because of the opportunities for freedom and prosperity. It used to be said, if you want to live in America, then you ought to become an American. What we see today are many different and distinct cultures living on the same block, blending into what I believe is a different America. The face of America is changing. My prayer is that we will grow stronger for the change and not weaker. There is stability in this world when America is strong.
You may ask, where is this article coming from? I have been concerned for some time about our nation being divided. I see our elected politicians voting on party lines instead of right and wrong. The race card gets played far too much. We also have a large part of our population that believe that they should get something for nothing. My father and my grandfather instilled a strong work ethic in me that I passed on to my son. You might say “big deal,” but I see many people who think that the government should take care of them, and that they do not have to do anything in return. Sadly enough, our government is doing just that. What are we teaching our children? I am afraid that children, who grow up in this environment, will many times live the way that their parents lived.
I end with a note to Christian brothers and sisters. We must be careful to be salt and light in this world. We must be careful not to blend with culture when culture acts counter to God’s Word. We should be the example of how to live, which cannot happen when we contribute to divorce statistics or waver on our stand for morality. Perfect, no, but declared righteous in God’s sight because of our relationship with Christ. Share your faith with others and live as ambassadors of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. God bless.