For many years America was the light of the world. We became a super power not to rule the world, but to help maintain peace and serve as an example of Democracy for the rest of the world. But during our short history America has been on the wrong side of some issues ( the most glaring was perhaps slavery but many feel it to be the promotion of abortion). But America (like it always does) righted the wrongs of slavery, and came out a stronger, more stable nation.
In WW1 we jumped in and helped our friends by shedding American blood on foreign soil. We did this not for land or personal gain. We did this because it was the right thing to do!
At the begging of WWII America sat by and did little until we were attacked at Pearl Harbor, and I think that was wrong. But regardless of how long it took to get into the war, once we were attacked we jumped in to defeat the evil people that were in the process of taking over the world and killing a group of innocent people (the Jews) because they didn’t like their heritage.
We did not go to war with Germany and Japan for personal gain. Once again America showed its might and saved those in need. Not for personal gain, but because that is who we are! When the world dials 911, the United States comes to bail them out!
During the cold war what did we do? We built up our military might, not to kill our enemies and take their land. We defeated them without killing anyone. Then Reagan came and stood up and finished the job and once we won, what did we do? We stepped in to help the world. We did all we could to give the former soviet countries the ability to become free and prosperous nations.
Our American history shows us who we are. We are peaceful, giving, God-fearing people who are not here to conquer, but to help bring peace to the world. The Bible says “blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called the sons of God. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” But we do not even want to inherit the world! And some are afraid to be called the sons of God. We just want to live in it and help our neighbors. We want our brothers and sisters regardless of the color of their skin or their nation of origin to live in peace and have the God-given freedom to live without fear.
Because of this America prospered here at home and around the world. Our freedom, our American way of life, and our belief in God all made America a proud, strong, and good nation.
America had become that proud and shinning city upon a hill. The city that all looked up to, admired, and to which all wanted to come.
Today I look at what is going on both here and around the world and I must ask myself, are we still that shining city upon a hill?
Over my (short) lifetime we have declined so very much! We took prayer out of public school, we made life meaningless and cheap by saying a baby is not a baby, it is not a gift from God, it’s a meaningless cell cluster that we can rip apart piece by piece and throw out in the trash. We have made divorce not only acceptable but expected; we have made sex not something that is done in only in the confines of marriage but something that is done anywhere, anytime and with anything. Many of today’s commonly accepted evils used be things done out of sight. At one time they were shameful, but today they are accepted as a “normal” style of public life. The Church is no longer the place of worship and no longer holds the position it had at one point in our society, but to many people a chore they must do on Sunday. The lack of solid Biblical teaching and application is a factor that has led, in a great part, to the destruction of the American family and our way of life.
Now Obama says publicly that we are no longer a Christian nation! There was a time in America when one’s faith was something to be proud of and those who were evil were not accepted as a normal part of American culture. But today many aspects of American culture are profoundly evil, but accepted as normal, and right, and people of faith are. In many circles, treated like those that at one time practiced their evil deeds in secret.
America was once that shining city upon a hill. America was once a proud and strong nation that peace- loving nations of the world looked to for help. But those days are long gone and this is not all Obama’s fault. This started long ago and it will not be corrected by defeating Obama. We need to ask God to change American hearts! We need to take back our government at all levels. Most importantly we need take back all of our courts and fill them with judges who will enforce the law, not legislate from the bench!
If we do not get our courts back nothing else matters, because if liberal judges do not like what the legislators do they rule it unconstitutional. If the American people vote on something like the definition of marriage being between a man and a woman, they say that it is unconstitutional.
I sure miss the days when we turned on TV and we could see right from wrong so easily. We knew who was bad and who was good by the color of their hats and the color of their horses. The lines between right and wrong were clearly drawn, but today those lines are so fuzzy it is hard for many to see what is right and what is wrong.
Unless we change these things we will continue to decline, as we follow the path of the other past great nations in the rust heap of world history, and in a few years from now (if the good Lord tarries) there will be archaeologists digging for clues as to who we were, what we did, and why our nation was destroyed.