"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."    Isaiah 5:20

                There was a time in America, not so very long ago, when right and wrong seemed to be much more clear than they now seem to be. Today, there is a move, by some, to disregard or even remove certain foundational elements of American society. What these would be replaced with is not entirely evident, but one thing that is very plain, I think, is the maxim that those who forget the failures of the past are doomed to repeat them. Consequently, we should be very alarmed when it looks as though this nation is swiftly abandoning the truths that have, for over two hundred years, made her the envy of the world.

                In World War II, it was very clear that Hitler and the Japanese had to be stopped.   President Roosevelt emphatically stated the facts, and Americans overwhelmingly agreed. In the Civil War, it was President Lincoln, and others, who helped us to see the evil of slavery, and abolish it. The Revolutionary War, as well, was an obvious example of right versus wrong, of the struggle of liberty versus tyranny, and the triumph of freedom over oppression. The same can be said concerning the fight for women's voting rights, and civil rights for black Americans.

                Though few would dare to argue about these plain facts of history, the real question is from where do we get the ideals upon which we have based our decisions? What is the source of our freedom? How do we know right from wrong?

                In the past, there was really no question as to the Source of truth and justice. Washington, Adams, Madison, Henry, and even Jefferson and Franklin all agreed that Almighty God, the Creator of the universe and Author of the Holy Scriptures, is our Source. No one who studies the history of our country can honestly miss the importance and significance of the faith our founding fathers had in an omnipotent and loving God. And in the early 1800's, the famous Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, visited the United States, seeking the reason for her greatness. One of his conclusions was that religion was the "foremost" institution of the nation, and that it actually "facilitated" freedom. He went on to say that "America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." I don't think de Tocqueville meant to be prophetic, but I am sad to say that he has vividly painted the picture of modern-day America.

                Though many say they respect the founding fathers, their actions belie their words. We visit the national monuments, on which are inscribed various verses of Scripture, but we won't even allow a school teacher to set a Bible on his desk. We still swear our Presidents into office with one hand upon a Bible, but we can't let a high school valedictorian give testimony to his or her Christian faith in their graduation speech. After the tragic bombings in 2001, it suddenly became appropriate to sing God Bless America at many sporting events, but when the idea of teaching both evolution and creation in schools is mentioned, voices of outrage and ridicule abound. How absurd we have become!

                Change is a popular word in our culture these days. But as everyone knows, change comes in two forms - either change for the better, or change for the worse. And in my opinion, the majority of the changes that have taken place in our country over the last fifty years or so have been for the worse. In fact, I would go so far as to say that America's foundation of faith in God has been, and is being, effectively replaced with an anti-God totalitarian (socialist) agenda. If that sounds extreme, just take a look at what has happened in the good old USA.

                First, through the vehicle of the U.S. Supreme Court, the opinions and will of the majority of our citizens has been bypassed and superseded to make abortion the law of the land -- justifying the murder of many, many millions of innocent, unborn children since Roe v. Wade of 1973.

            "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil....."

        Second, although many Americans believe in God, evolution is now force-fed daily through the media, and public schools, while any talk of scientific evidence for creation is met with an intimidating storm of contempt. However, the truth is there is much evidence to support creation scientifically, as well as to refute evolution, but atheistic evolutionists have gained such a monopoly over the educational system that any opposing theories are blocked from public view. How ironic that the Scopes trial of the1920's argued that it was unfair to prohibit teaching both sides of this issue and now anyone who doesn't agree with the evolutionary view is viciously demagogued.

            "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil...."

        3 - The Biblical virtues of modesty and purity have, to a very large degree, gone by the wayside, as pornography has become rampant in the U.S., and is even exported throughout the world, via movies, television and music. Is it any wonder that rape and child molestation continue to increase?

           "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil...."

        4   - Homosexuality, which God's Word plainly calls an abomination, proudly parades down Main Street, USA, demanding that we condone their lifestyles.

            "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil...."

        5 - Increasing crime and violence threatens our society because our judicial system, instead of deterring crime, has created a whole class of people who spend much of their lives in and out of prison. In Ecclesiastes 8:11, Solomon wrote that "when the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong." This simple statement aptly exposes the stupidity and need for reform of our system of law and order.

            "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil...."

        So, what can we do? Is there any hope for America? They asked Jesus a similar question. They asked him if he was going to usher in the Kingdom of God? But Christ gave no answers for political systems.  Instead, the hope He offered was for individuals. He said, "the Kingdom of God is within you," and the same is true today.

             At this point, I think the only hope for America is a revival and return to the faith of our fathers - faith in the mercy of God and the blood of Jesus Christ.  This is not the first time our nation has suffered the ill effects of sin and unbelief.  We have experienced "awakenings" from God on several occasions.  Could it happen again?  Only time will tell.  Perhaps we may have to suffer a bit more before we become desperate enough to call out to God in sincere faith for Him to rescue us again.

             This does seem to be the pattern that often occurs.  The nation of Israel forgot about their God many times until the enemies God sent against them brought about a change of heart in His people.  Since September 11, 2001, America has suffered through terrorism, wars, tornadoes, hurricanes. floods, mass-shootings, financial collapse, continued high-unemployment, etc., etc., etc.   How much more will it take for us to see where this is going?

              To be honest, the Church must also share the blame for the current spiritual condition of our nation.  The Scripture says that "it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God."  (I Peter 4:17)  Therefore, let all of us who claim that we truly believe in Christ and God devote ourselves seriously to prayer, fasting, and holiness at this critical hour.

               This is our only hope in this crazy, mixed-up world.  Each of us can experience the transforming power of God because He has made it available to us through Christ. God Himself has visited planet earth, in the person of Jesus, the Son of God, and has died on the cross for your sins, and mine, and has risen from the dead for our eternal salvation. Not only that, but God has given many proofs so that you can be assured that this event has truly happened, even planting within you a measure of faith to believe.

                All you have to do is repent of your sins and believe in Christ. If you will do this, God will give you the gift of the Holy Spirit, to live in you and be your Guide and Helper as you live your life to honor God. No other religion has, or can make the claims that Jesus Christ does, or offer the life that God can give through faith in the blood of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

                The choice is yours. The Word of God is clear. God's love for you is real. I have experienced it and I hope you will too. I hope to see you in heaven.

"Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other."

But, "Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker...." "This is what the Lord says - the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker,......It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry host." "For this is what the lord says - He who created the heavens, He is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited - he says: 'I am the Lord, and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness....."

"By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before Me every knee will bow; by Me every tongue will swear. They will all say of me, 'In the Lord alone are righteousness and strength.' All who have raged against Him will come to Him and be put to shame."

Isaiah 45:22,9,11,12,18,19,23,24

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