November 13, 2012

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Let me begin by pointing out that only 63 percent of registered voters cast ballots in last week's Presidential election. Leave out those who have not been removed due to death, those who, because of age or illness can not vote and those who were prohibited from voting due to technicalities of their status (such as those serving in the military overseas with strict deadlines), some 49 million people failed to vote.

Many of those who did not vote were indifferent or apathetic. Some couldn't get to the polls due to work or uncontrollable circumstances, but still, 49 million could have voted.

I blame the apathetic and the indifferent for Obama's victory. Furthermore, I put those people in the same camp as those who don't want to take responsibility for their lives.

Yes, I said it. Those who say "I don't care who wins or loses," or those who gave up in despair and said: "It doesn't matter, my vote won't count", have joined the "takers" of this land and said, "Don't bother me, just give to me."

The apathetic want to be given peace and prosperity; the majority who did vote, want stuff. Either way, both groups want the government to solve problems and provide needs.

This means, then, that the 2012 election shows us that the United States has moved from a nation of makers to a nation of takers.

This also means that America has forsaken her first love. She has finally, and fully, given herself over to a licentious Lothario with whom she has increasingly flirted since her youth. He is sin – and, notwithstanding full knowledge of who he is and what he intends, with him she has lain.

America has tasted the poisonous fruits of lust, pride, passion, and envy – sloth, frivolity, iniquity and entitlement. She has tasted of their sweet deception and found it irresistible. She has danced in the streets, intoxicated by the very poison that will be her undoing.

America has rebelled against God. She has shaken her fist at Him and arrogantly cried, “We don’t need you. We don’t want you. We know better than you. Now go away.”

And so He’s going away. It's not that He is forsaking us. We have forsaken Him.

I have spent the last week pondering the meaning of last week's election results. I have arrived at the conclusion that evil won on Tuesday. An arrogant and rebellious nation has chosen, for her leader, an arrogant and rebellious man, whose arrogant and rebellious party has, as Pastor John MacArthur put it, “adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform.”

“This is a new day in our country,” he lamented. “Parties that used to differ on economics, now differ dramatically on issues that invade the realm of God’s law and morality.”

We have mocked God. But God will not be mocked.

Matt Staver of the Liberty Counsel said “Millions of Americans looked evil in the eye and adopted it. Abortion, same-sex marriage and immorality carried the day.”

Indeed, evil carried the day. America has willfully chosen a Democratic platform – a Romans 1 platform – upon which to stand. We have chosen a party that has on three voice votes denied God, and then returned his name in vain – amid deafening boos – to its platform.

God will not be mocked.

America has chosen a party that demands every taxpayer be complicit in the federally funded slaughter of the pre-born. We have exalted a party that seeks to – and in many ways has already done so – enshrine into law the celebration of sexual deviancy and mock marriage.

The haughty peoples of four states have said to God, “Marriage is as we say it is, not as you have ordered it.” And so, though removed from truth, as east is from west, they have, at the ballot box, affirmed moral disorder.

Indeed, they have invited God’s wrath. Our president has invited God’s wrath. We all, through act or omission, have invited God’s wrath.

In a previous column, I wrote a brief exposition of the first chapter of Paul's letter to the Roman. The Apostle said “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20) Then, he proceeded to outline how a society, a nation, a civilization declines and dies.

There are three stages: The "heart" gives in to evil desires. Then, human "passions" become apathetic. Finally, the "mind" becomes debased. When the mind goes, so goes civilization.

Paul ends the chapter listing a host of acts ranging from murder to homosexuality, from lying and gossip to demonizing Christianity itself. The Democratic Party has endorsed Romans 1:28-32 as its platform for society. Then, in the name of political correctness, justify the platform in the name of "fairness."

We excuse sin. We call that which God calls an abomination (same-sex marriage), “equality.”

We call that which God calls murder (abortion), “reproductive choice.”

We call that which God calls theft (taking from the productive to give to those who refuse to produce), “fundamental fairness.”

We “call evil good and good evil.”

America is divided and the "divider-in-chief" is the President. The scales have tipped. The 51 percent – the takers, the God-deniers and the subversive, now outnumber the makers, the seekers of righteousness and the patriotic.

Here is a sad historical fact: Each and every time in history the "taker" mentality became the majority, the "makers" never return to influence. Not once!

Have we reached the point of no return? Perhaps – perhaps not.

If I am right, then only the apathetic and indifferent can be changed. Those who think their vote won't count, or that it does not matter for whom he or she votes, must be convinced that theirs is the only untarnished vote.

For those who remain true to Godly, or shall I say traditional Judea-Christian values, we need only remember that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Truly, though God has given over a rebellious nation to the party of Romans 1, we remain the people of Romans 8: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)

Still, there will be condemnation for America. Things will get far worse before they get better – if they ever get better. As individuals, we will each stand before God and give an accounting – we will all face judgment. As a nation, we can only be judged in the temporal – in the here and now.

As I said on several occasions since Mitt Romney became the GOP nominee apparent: The United States is in deep-trouble. The only spiritual difference with a Romney victory would have been time. Time to turn the tide around. But I see this election as proof that time has run out.

I remember the sermon my pastor gave back in 1968 when I became a Christian. It was based on one verse from the prophet Jeremiah made at a point prior to Jerusalem's destruction and the captivity of the Jews back in 586 BC. Jeremiah said: "The summer has past, the harvest has ended, and we are not saved!"

This election may most likely be the watershed moment proving the end of summer, the end of the harvest and the death of the nation.

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