Word of the Day
It is said of Alexander De Tourgville, a French writer and historian, that after touring every facet of early America in trying to find the secret to this new nation’s great rise to power that he found the secret to America’s greatness lay in her pulpits. He toured America’s great farmlands, industrial centers, legislative bodies, courts, law enforcement, and finally her churches. He said that all the other centers were indeed great, but none of them held the secret to America’s prowess. It was when he saw what he called “America’s flaming pulpits” that he found the secret. Because it was in those “flaming pulpits” that America was being called to righteousness, purity and to national goodness.
Upon viewing all the above, he reportedly said, “America is great because America is good. If she ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” Do you think he might have seen something that is overlooked in “modern” America?
Fast forward to 21st century America. Again, tour all the great centers of American commerce, industry, governing bodies and yes, churches and what do we find? Is it not true that America is driven today by greed, perversion, deception, corruption, suggestive entertainment and outright lawlessness? And where are the “flaming pulpits” of today? Is there even one in “modern” America? And what has happened to America’s goodness and her greatness?
We have traded the Founding Father’s pledge to give up their sacred honor, wealth and even their lives for personal gain, peace, “security”, and feeling good. No longer do America’s pulpits thunder with righteousness, purity and a call to national goodness. And where have we landed?
Today, all sorts of perversion is openly celebrated. From “gays” gaining their “rights” to the Miley Cyrus’s publicly, and on national TV, engaging in all sorts of immoral and suggestive activities, to honoring homosexual “heroes’, to promoting deception and outright lies in politics, to celebrating open nudity by the so-called “celebs” and no one objecting to anything, not even the pulpits of America.
We survey the historical record of “once-great nations” to discover why they failed and we find the same things that we see in modern-day America. These nations once stood as bastions of greatness and world dominance, but now are no more than footnotes in history books. Why? Could it be that they, too, allowed themselves to be drawn into the same perversion that we see in America? If so, why have we not learned these bitter lessons?
Could it be that we don’t want to learn them? Could it be that we are not interested in paying the price of maintaining a “good and great” nation? Could it be that we want this kind of perversion simply because it appeals to our flesh and we like it?
A psychiatrist once told me something that makes a lot of sense about the human experience. He said that we humans have the idea that you may succumb to some type of addiction or disease, but I will be the one that beats it. We all have this notion that others may be defeated by loose living or addictions, but I have the power to live the way I want to and still not be affected by my loose living. And that even goes as far as death, itself. I will be the one who beats death.
The Bible explicitly deals with this issue. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”(Gal.6:7,8). “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD:”(Psalm 33:12). Is it possible that this passage could also be rendered thus; “Cursed is the nation whose God is not the LORD:”? And if it could rightly rendered thus, what does it say to, and about, modern-day America?
We “Christians” want to blame all the ills of America on the liberals, the homosexuals, the legislative bodies, the entertainment media and the courts, but is it possible that the real blame lies at our own front door? Is it possible that, had the church maintained her “flaming pulpits”, that America would still be “good” and still be “great”? Is it possible that, when we point those accusing fingers at those in “authority” today, that we are overlooking that the Church has the only Source of power that really matters, but won’t avail ourselves of it? Is it possible that we have abandoned our role as the “conscience” of this once-great nation and now want to “blame somebody else”?