Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Can you show me why I shouldn't be pessimistic about the future?

I have a friend who doesn’t see much good in America’s future. She thinks the country is going to hell in a hand basket. Some call her a pessimist.

I know the label. My wife has applied it to me before (but in a loving way, because all her actions toward me are loving [I’m serious]). My friend dodges the label and calls herself a realist instead. I usually do the same.

But when it comes to the future of America, I’ll accept the label “pessimist” for now and find out later if I’m a realist or not. I sincerely hope I’m wrong about the future.

I have no idea what America’s future is right now, but I have guesses, and they’re not fun ones.

I love this country. I love her history. I love her heroes, her constitution, the freedom she gives, and the power for good she has been in the world, the beacon of hope that she has offered to millions.

But of late she does not seem so lovely. She has the blood of 50 million babies on her hands, and there’s no sign of stopping that horrific, Hell-inspired practice of killing, of torturing human beings by slicing and burning and crushing. How can God bless a country that does that?

Homosexual agendas continue to advance despite the majority opinion in America that believes it to be wrong. How can God bless us for this?

I don’t see our economic woes turning around in the near future, especially because of the solutions that are being proposed and/or pursued. If someone came to me and said, “I’m in debt. What should I do?” I would never counsel them, “Spend a bunch more money, and you’ll get out of debt.” But that’s our government’s approach. In the past printing a lot more money eventually led to inflation. I don’t see how that’s going to change this time around.

Reagan believed government was the problem and needed to be curbed in order to fix the economy. It worked. Obama believes government is the solution; I’m don’t think that’s going to work.

Government used to work for the people; now we are working to sustain the government. We are heading away from democracy, and we are heading toward socialism. The transition is taking place because the idea that government should solve our problems is taking hold in more and more citizens.

There is a growing antagonism toward Christianity in America. As our country runs away from any sense of Judeo-Christian inspired morality, she finds herself at increasing odds with the Church, at least with that section of the Church that isn’t slipping loose of the law of Christ in order to keep up with the culture.

So what’s the future of America? I don’t know. I pray God intervenes, that he brings revival, that he brings economic renewal, that our runaway immorality is halted and reversed. He could do that, but I don’t know if he will.

Short of that, though, how can he not judge us? In fact, I think he is judging us. Read Romans 1:18-32, and see if that is not an apt description of where we are as a country. Has he not given us up to sexual immorality (Rom 1:24), to homosexuality (Rom 1:26-27), and to a depraved mind (Rom 1:28ff.)?

Israel was told that if she failed to follow God’s commands, she would become a debtor nation, she would become a poor nation, and she would become a weak nation, prey to foreign attack and invasion.

So I’m not optimistic about America’s future. Can you show me why I’m painting the picture darker than it should be?

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