If there was ever a need for it, it’s now.
This past week comedienne Kathy Griffin unleashed a firestorm when she did a parody on television showing her holding a bloodied, decapitated head of President Trump. Thankfully, there’s been significant outrage against her, even though a number of other celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, Larry King, Rosie O’Donnell and former comedian-now U.S. Senator Al Franken have come out supporting her.
It’ll be interesting to see what the long-term repercussions will be for the foul-mouthed comedienne—who once mocked Jesus on-stage in blasphemous terms. But, it’s clear that our nation’s in bad shape when such conduct is not condemned by all.
Sadly, civility and common decency have increasingly been lost in this “Age of Enlightenment,” where absolutes have been discarded and respect for authority has eroded. The “It’s all about me” and “I’m my own authority” generation now outnumber the Baby Boomers (late 1940’s-1964). And, unless there’s a mighty movement of God in our midst, I predict our downward spiral into chaos, division, depravity and self-destruction will continue.
In some ways, we’re simply reaping what we’ve sown. The Baby Boomer generation began departing from the time-tested, traditional Biblical values of their parents. Likewise, we moved away from being an agrarian society to a more metropolitan-based nation, thus losing our affinity to the earth and the basic values of hard work “by the sweat of our brow,” where a “handshake sealed the deal” and “my word is my bond.”
Likewise, in our desire to embrace the “new” and discard the “old”—singing “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius” and finding our new values in MTV and Homer Simpson—we lost our way. Like a ship that’s broken loose from its mooring and adrift at sea, so did we forget our spiritual, ethical and moral roots in our quest for “individualism” at the expense of what is “best” for the whole.
Thus, again, like Hosea put it, “We have sown to the wind and are now reaping the whirlwind/tornado” (Hos. 8:7). By enthroning “Self” on the throne of our hearts, we have lost our fear for God and the “wages of sin.”
That’s why we MUST heed God’s Word to Solomon that day after the dedication of the new Temple: “If My People, who are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, forgive their sins and heal their land” (II Chronicles 7:14).
To those who still fear the God of Abraham and embrace Biblical views-and-values, this admonition is quite clear. But, to those whose god and “bible” is different, there is push back and cries of “intolerance” and “oppression.”
They point to our diversity and pluralistic society, crying “My belief’s just as good as yours.” While that sounds quite inclusive and reasonable, the fact remains that everyone can’t be right. And, that’s why we must realize the error of our ways, confess our sins to a Holy God and turn back to Him; otherwise, like the pagan king, Belshazzar, we, too, are seeing the handwriting on the wall that says “You have been weighed in the balances and found wanting” (Daniel 5:22-28).
There’s no doubt that such words are not politically correct and will rile up those who believe otherwise. That’s fine—but I can only write what I know to be true and warn those who would believe otherwise.
Here’s hoping you’ll join me in praying for our nation, Dear Reader. Here’s hoping you’ll talk to your pastor, spiritual leaders and fellow believers about setting aside times to follow the “prescription” God gave to us through Solomon. Only in so doing will we see this nation revived and rescued from certain destruction from within.
Help us, O God.
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