Sunday, Apr. 19
“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”—Frederick Douglass. This was written by a black American before the Civil War. Evidently it needed to be said that early in America. “Honest Abe” certainly demonstrated the positive side of this. Unfortunately, we have not held on to that conviction. Most of us would say that our country has regressed rather than progressed. When we elect known liars, tax evaders, adulterers, lesbians and transvestites, it’s more of an indictment on our entire populace than on the office holders. When animal and vegetable life is more important than human life, when brutality is tolerated, when we have multiplied and improved tools for mass destruction, when there are no absolutes, when our courts of law ignore the Constitution, and when Christianity is singled out as the most destructive religion, we are in real trouble. Doulass had it right. The only conclusion we can make is that we are no longer secure as a nation. We are in a downward spiral that seems impossible to reverse. The old saying that “He who does not learn from history is doomed to repeat it” comes to mind. The downfall of the Roman Empire is a clear cut example. Do we think that can’t happen to us? Are we beyond the point of no return? Probably. But the good news is that the end of the age is near. The Bible says all these things must happen and then the end will come. Our attitude should not be despondency, fear, or disillusionment. Because extreme world wide evil signals the coming of Christ, we are to be encouraged and we are to rejoice. As John says at the end of Revelation “Even so, come Lord Jesus.” Are you ready? The millennium with Christ ruling the world should be an improvement over what we are experiencing in the 21st century.