American pride: A blessing or a curse?
With all that is in the headlines these days I’m sure that there are many proud conservatives across our land asking themselves how God could allow such a plague of evil and corruption to not only find its way into the White House, but flourish throughout our nation’s capital as well. Although it may appear at times that God either doesn’t exist or doesn’t care about the travesty that has befallen us, we can rest assured; “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the sun”. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
In the beginning, greatness was seen as inevitable for this youthful, ambitious and charismatic upstart, born and raised in an out-of-the-way place amid the turbulence of an abusive relationship gone awry. Struggling out of hardship and anonymity this shining star possessed a passion, charm and determination that not only attracted the attention of the world’s movers and shakers, but literally drew people by the thousands. Sadly though, since pledging our allegiance we have steadily descended, to the brink of martial law, celebrating our weaknesses, forfeiting our strengths and forsaking the truth just to protect an imaginary throne, all the while gorging ourselves on the bounty of a banquet table set for royal rogues. As we now founder in a legacy of liberalism, our stomachs filled with abomination upon abomination, we hold our noses from the stench of our own belching, oblivious to the danger around us like an agitated drunk before a bar room brawl.
I speak not of a man but of a nation. For you see, it’s not about Bill Clinton. He is merely the reflection of ourselves in a mirror that Heaven has held up for us to see. It’s about America and the apathy of a lewd and haughty heart before a jealous God. If we suffer at the hands of a tyrant in the 21st century, it will be because we became a nation of tyrants by proxy in the 20th century; seducing, deceiving, exploiting, betraying and murdering the world’s poor and innocent by our own indifference, while teaching them that lust and greed is good and that arrogance, ambition and power are all that is needed to prosper.
There are countless examples throughout biblical history where a people or a nation, under the grace of God, turned away from Him in their pride and pruriency to worship and serve idols of their own making, who in the course of time had to be chastised by the onslaught and oppression of their own bitter enemies so that a lost humility might once again be found. Yes, there is a reason for the wicked among us. “The Lord hath made all things for himself; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” (Proverbs 16:4)
The pride of America is legendary. For decades now, since the great victories of two world wars and the rise of a thriving economy, we have rallied around a golden calf of our own, worshiping it’s power, wealth, splendor, knowledge and achievements as if God had nothing to do with it. But the Bible, says: “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall”. Therefore, I suggest that our nation suffers not from a lack of patriotism, but from a lack of humility before the One who made “America the beautiful”. It is a painful lesson we must learn. I only hope and pray that we are able to find our sackcloth and ashes before it is too late.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)