But We Have Forgotten God

jesus christ head1 239x300 But We Have Forgotten God

America seems so obsessed with celebrity.  We have applied the slang term ‘tinsel town’ to Hollywood, the cradle of American culture.  The word ‘tinsel’ has been used since the 1600′s to allude to the fact that where there may be name recognition or much personality, there may be a total deficit of substance.  “All that glitters isn’t gold.” That cliché actually originated from Shakespeare’s play, Merchant of Venice: “All that glisters is not gold; Often have you heard that told.”  The apostle Paul alluded to the impotence of a loveless man’s influence by comparing his words to “a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” (1 Cor. 13:1)  In the more modern vernacular, we refer to someone who is puffed up with certainty of his own importance as an ‘empty suit’. In reality, he is lacking in substance and his influence is mostly imaginary.

There is a common deception prevalent among Americans today. The obsession with personality over substance indicates a misplacement of proper priorities.  Many are convinced that the economic, political, and social problems of America can be solved by a person.  All that is necessary to successfully climb out of this dark hole of despair is to find the right person to occupy the White House.  Politicians and candidates seem to spend 90% of their time defending their past and 10% of their time casting a vision for the future of a struggling country.  Substance plays second fiddle to persona.

Another cancerous deception eating away at the soul of America is the idea that our primary problem is political or economic in nature.  The reality is that America has a spiritual problem that will require spiritual solutions.  John Adams summed it up very nicely: “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  A suit custom-made fits you well.  The same suit won’t fit the guy sitting next to you.  Our government was custom-made for a God-fearing Christian people.  Trying to force a godless people into the same suit only reaps disastrous results.

Perhaps John Adams was echoing George Washington who made a similar statement:  “We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained…” What was President Washington saying in a nutshell?  God will only bless us in our obedience.  Rebellion and defiance will merit God’s judgment, not his blessing.

America’s success wasn’t a freak accident of nature in spite of what the political or social evolutionists might want you to believe.  America has been blessed by God.  Now, it seems we have forgotten God.  There are dire consequences for the individual or the nation that forgets God.  “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”  (Psalm 9:17)  I’ll receive a ream of hate mail for making such a bold statement.  It is interesting how times have changed.

Abraham Lincoln struggled to find a reason for a war that divided the nation he loved so dearly:  “It is the duty of nations…to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins…with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy…The awful calamity of civil war…may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins.”  He is insinuating that the Civil War was God’s judgment for a nation’s sin of slavery. What might God’s judgment be for a nation’s sin of infanticide, evidenced by the murder of 53 million unborn infants since 1973?

President Lincoln continued his call for a National Day of Fasting and Prayer:  “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven…We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.”  If Americans had forgotten God 150 years ago, how much more have we forgotten God now?

When national or natural calamities occur, we always ask the same question:  ”Where is our God”?  Where was God during 9/11?  Where was God during Katrina?  Why do we expect Him to be anywhere near?  We didn’t invite Him to the party.  He isn’t on our guest list anymore.  We no longer allow our children to study His love letter to them in government schools.  They can no longer whisper His name before they partake of their meals.  We have ripped down His formula for living together in peace and harmony from our courthouse walls.  We applaud the empty suits of tinsel town who have become millionaires by making a profession of mocking God.

We seem determined to fill the cup of God’s wrath.  It is one thing to invite corruption into one’s own soul; it is quite another to attempt to corrupt the souls of others.  Nothing stirs the anger of God more.  We have rejected Christianity in our education system and have replaced it with a pagan secularism.  We charge children for their school lunch, but the condoms are free.  We are stirring the pot of God’s wrath by exporting pornography, abortion, and homosexuality to other nations and other cultures.

Do we expect God to shrug His shoulders and slump away?  How will God react to American’s rejecting Him?  That question can be answered because God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.  He never changes.  He will react to us just as He did to other nations that rejected him.  The pattern can be observed, especially by studying the history of Israel.  Israel and America have a stark commonality.  They were both founded upon the precepts of God for the purpose of being that “light upon a hill”, the salt of the earth, examples to other nations of what a God-fearing country might become and accomplish.

America has followed the pattern of ancient Israel.  First there comes a serious departure from God.  America’s divorce with God has gradually been realized over the last fifty years.  Divorce is following by a warning to get back on course.  The events of 9/11 and the economic collapse of 2008 may very well have been warnings to Americans of impending judgment on the impenitent.  The failure to submit is evidenced by a spirit of arrogance, a fist in the face of God.  When a people choose rebellion and revolt rather than repentance, multiple warnings are finally followed by greater calamity.

This calamity can be avoided.  God’s anger can be assuaged.  The solution is to follow the formula provided in 2 Chronicles 7:14;  ”If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  Americans are busy seeking, but they are not seeking the face of God.  They are seeking wealth, comfort, pleasure, fame, and satisfaction of their own desires.

Storm clouds are gathering on the American horizon, but let us be reminded that revival never comes during times of comfort and prosperity; revival comes through the hand of God in judgment.  The pearl hidden deep in the difficult times ahead may very well be a revival that will stir the hearts of Americans to return to the God of their fathers.

Let those of us who are Christian vow to let our voices be heard.  “I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call upon the Lord, give yourselves no rest.”  (Isaiah 62:6)

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  1. The more America rejects God, the more God will reject America! You can see it in the downward spiral of our once great nation. I totally believe that we were a successful, blessed country until those that want to bring us down continue to find ways to erase God from our lives.

  2. we the people love god.and america.but we the people don,t like the illegal upsurp/squatterdevil/ovomit in the wh.and the illegal upsurp was never eliigle to be in office and is a direct threat to the constitution and the american people/and we hold all politicians accountable for aiding and abetting this treasonous acts against the american people and the constitution.and we the people will be watching these treasonous deeds by these politicians.we the people will be closely monitoring your deeds or lack of said deeds.god bless america

    • Myrtlelinder says:

      How do we get rid of him? Anybody have a workable idea? I have plenty of ideas but they don't work. Like the ones who is supposed watchmen of the country, get rid of him. Where are our watchmen, anybody seen any lately?? or even heard of any?? It's like being stranded in the middle f the ocean and no help in sight, anywhere. Where do we go? Sink before we can get help??????

      • Bertsy K. Larsen says:

        Like the writer of this article said, Myrtle, 2 Chronicles 7:14. God is the only help we had, or will have, for if we turn our faces back to Him, and pray, and ask Him to forgive us, He would then be there in our time of great need. And if you read the history of the Hebrew people, who turned their faces and backs on the God who brought them out of Egypt, and what happened to them, you will see our own future in their story. America has grown arrogant, and it is not one man’s fault, but the fault of the entire nation. For allowing our God to be evicted from every place in our country, and then, from our hearts and souls. Every single word, every letter in this article is true. 100% and then some, true. Money and hollow-wood have became our “gods” and until we rid ourselves of our false “gods”, God Himself will be as angry as He was with the Hebrews. Our money and tinsel town “gods” are the same Golden Calf “god” of the Hebrew people, spoken of in the old Testament. They made this calf to worship while Moses was on the mountian talking to God, and recieving the Ten Commandments. God’s wrath was spilled upon the Hebrews when He saw the great wickedness they had done, while Moses was with Him, and the ground opened up and swallowed many of them. This was the time that Moses grew angry himself and broke the original Commandments, and is why he was not allowed cross into the Promised Land. Joshua led the people there and God Himself buried Moses. There is more to this story, but it would be a long one, so get your Bible and read it. It is well worth the read. Many times after this, the Hebrew people disobeyd God, and He grew angry with them, and they paid high prices for each time. And it is why their little country has so much trouble today. The deliberate disobedience of the God who was so good to them, and why they were so successful at times. Only when we obey and honor God, do we ever prosper. And when we behave as we are today, failure and destruction is the result. To allow Madeline Murrey O’Hare her demands was the worst of all moves that this great country ever made. And then to ban Him from our schools was only a continuation of a wrong attitude in America, for it was then that our children lost respect for God, and then, for themselves, and as water runs downhill, everything else began to go “downhill” for us as a nation. The scriptures tell us that where there is a void, that wickedness will surely fill that void. Our children have nothing to beleive in anymore, what do we really expect from these children, the ones that we now call “our future”? If they are truly our future, we are seriously doomed, and in a huge way. We are now a nation of fools, leading fools, or as the Bible puts it, “the blind leading the blind”. I grew up on the words of the Bible, the scriptures. I have read it from front to back, and every word written in this most Holy of Books is true, and has not once lied to me. I see the words that were written being made even more true as each day passes. This is a Book that has outlasted all other books down through history, even though many evil men have tried to obliterate it from the world. And failed to do so. There is something about a book of this type. And of all the prophecies spoken, the ones in this Book are the only ones that if you read it, and watch the days and years pass, each word written has always been square on the mark. God IS a loving God, but He will not be mocked, and those who do, will pay the price for having done so. He may be loving, but He is also an angry God when mocked, as America is now mocking Him and His word, and men who are now persecuting His children for being loyal to Him, and His word. I am going to put it this way, I know on which side my bread is buttered, do you?

      • We may not be able to get rid of him – no doubt, the elections will be rigged

  3. God is the same in the beginning of His Creation and will always be the same. He never changes and His will is always just.

    We need to return to our founding principles based on God's Word.

  4. Edwardkoziol says:

    I'm certain that today we take God out of everything and it will come back to bite us in the ass.I have great grand children who are never taught about God and I'm sure they don't even know what the inside of a church looks like.When this country goes the way of other civilizations then we will cry and wish we didn't leave God out.If we live by the ten commandments we wouldn't need civil laws.

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