Got your attention? Death to America isn’t something I wish. It’s something I have heard others say and it’s something we see happening before our very eyes. Just as when any organism dies, we are witnessing the breakdown and failure of life-giving systems and life-sustaining functions.
Replacing the unifying voice of We The People is a cacophony of selfish, nagging groups, each vying for attention to get what they want. But as a nation, our vigor has been declining and the force of our will is subsiding. We are tired, discouraged, as if a spirit of apathy has descended onto the hearts of Americans.
At base is the question of what is right and what is wrong. Relativist world views seem to dominate our culture. We are constantly told we should embrace all cultures (except for the traditions of Western Civilization that gave birth to this nation). We no longer have one American culture. And that is part of the death of America.
My church home study group is currently going through Focus on the Family’s video series, The Truth Project http://www.thetruthproject.org. hosted by Dr. Del Tackett. It identifies six “social spheres” that are part of God’s design: Man’s relationship to God, the family, labor, the community, the church and the state. Lessons 9 and 10 of the 12 lesson series cover the state (government). The introduction to Lesson 9 reads,
The government can exert a tremendous power for good in the affairs of mankind. But it also has the potential to become the most horrendously abusive of all the social spheres.
In this tour, we explore this dual nature of the divinely instituted state. When and why does something meant for good become so bad? And how should Christians respond?
It is precisely this question (How should we respond?) that many Americans seem to be dodging. “What can I do?” they say. And then they proceed to withdraw, stay silent and do nothing. But if the truth really matters, the best thing we can do is talk to one another, say what’s on our minds, be confident of our convictions, and thereby impact those around us.
News programs tend to make us think in national terms, but the reality of the state begins at the community level. Simply put, the community is the people working and living around us. Each Christian has the ability to impact his community, merely by being a Christian and intentionally interacting with others in his community. The character of America shouldn’t be defined by a ruling class, but by “We The People”.
A vital organ of America’s body politic is our Constitution. That document enumerates the powers of the federal government, reserving all other powers to the States and to the People (Article X). This is called self-governance, which places responsibility directly on the shoulders of all citizens. And it is this responsibility that brings to mind Luke 12:48:
Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
This principle has to do with our responsibility to the LORD as his servants — a concept that has become foreign to a growing number of Americans. The fact that the state is a social sphere of God’s design, in which we are to be under his authority, makes it imperative that we be responsible before God for all our civic duties.
Freedom means ruling ourselves. Liberty isn’t just doing what you please. It means you accept the responsibilities of civil rule under the authority of God and in compliance to his precepts.
In the context of American government, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1) takes on a different meaning for its citizens than for the subjects of a monarchy. We are responsible to hold our authorities responsible. See Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission, by Timothy and Chuck Baldwin http://romans13truth.com.
With that in mind, please watch this 38 minute video of Publius Huldah addressing the issue of Islam and Shariah law: https://vimeo.com/63431881. The sad fact is that the only reason we face the incursion of Muslim values and Muslim law in America is because we have created a vacuum by denying the God of the Bible, the morality of the Bible and a system of law and government derived from the Bible.
How do you respond to the death of America? Do you consider it a done deal? Have you decided it’s better to swim with the current, despite the fact that it’s taking you away from where you know the LORD wants you to go?
Our God is a God of new life and rebirth. He not only conquered sin by dying on the cross. He conquered death by rising from the grave. I don’t believe the LORD wants American Christians to accept Death to America. Don’t forget his promise:
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. — 2 Chronicles 7:14