Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Decline and Fall of America the Beautiful

I've been thinking about the decline and fall of America the Beautiful lately and the parallel with the decline and fall of the nation of Israel. The Old Testament comes to a close with the unheeded warnings of the "minor prophets" to the 10 tribes of the northern Kingdom of Israel and the two tribes of the southern Kingdom of Judah. All these minor prophets preached their downfall was near for turning away from God. Neither kingdom listened and both fell. First the Northern Kingdom by the invasion of the Assyrians, then about 150 years later the Southern Kingdom by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians. And there was never again a true king on the throne for either kingdom of Israel. Though Nehemiah and a few captives from the Southern Kingdom returned when they were set free by the Persian King Cyrus, the temple and the city of Jerusalem was rebuilt but the kingdom was not restored. First came the conquering Greeks, followed by the conquering Romans. By the time of Jesus, the so-called King of Israel was Herod, not even a Jew, but a puppet king put in place by the Romans, who held the nation in slavery.

Fast forward to our time. A presidential candidate's preacher is revealed to be a race-baiting, white-hating, frothing-at-the-mouth, wild-eyed lunatic. And the candidate chose this particular church when he moved to Chicago to establish his family and start his political career and stayed in that church, listening to that hate-monger's preaching for 20+ years.

In an earlier generation, the widespread videos of that lunatic's so-called Christian messages would have evoked such outrage that any candidate associated with him would be rejected out of hand. But this candidate makes a speech that does not repudiate the preacher, but his own white grandmother, calling her a racist rather than his preacher. And the speech is proclaimed the greatest statement on racial reconciliation in the history of the republic.

Only when the race-baiting preacher brings his message to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., does the candidate finally repudiate him publicly. Apparently the preacher was fine as long as he stayed in Chicago. And the candidate gets elected as our President.

And everybody forgets about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. No outrage. Just voter apathy. I assert that the kingdom of America, the home of the brave and the land of free, is close to its end. We have forgotten God, elected as our leader a man whose vision of God is some sort of multi-cultural, half Islam, half this or that so far from the God of the Bible that He is unrecognizable.

And the same thing that happened to the kingdom of Israel will happen to the kingdom of America, or God is not the God of the Bible, who hates sin as much as He loves sinners who repent.

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