I have thought about this for a long time, and over the last several years, these thoughts have grown more profound and concerning for me. Finally, it has come down to the simple question of, “what is going on in this country?” What has happened to the world in which I grew up? Of course, there has always been good and evil, fair and unfair, just and unjust. But the darker side of things seems to be growing at an exponential rate. Why is that? Is this the cyclical nature of humanity? Is it the repeated pattern of the dissolution of great nations over thousands of years of world history? Or is it attributed to the adage, “nothing good can last forever?”
At what point do we say, “enough is enough”? Enough for you, enough for me, enough for our country. When do we finally stand up and declare, “enough is enough”! Well, I’m going to say it right now, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
The five greatest empires that ever existed, before The United States of America, didn’t last forever; The Arab Empire, the Persian Empire, the Mongol Empire, the Roman Empire, and the British Empire. At varying times throughout history, these Empires lasted for hundreds of years, and several controlled over a quarter of the world’s population at the height of their power. Yet, none of them could make it last. None of them could hold their Empires together. In looking at all of the collapses and failures of these “great” nations, the pervasive reasons and similar circumstances for the ultimate deterioration and final destruction has been attributed to three things; bad politics, poor administration, and corrupt leadership. Oh, and one more attribute that was lacking, or missing altogether, in these great empires, was the presence of God.
Now, if you don’t believe in God, the discussion could end there. We could chalk up their overall demise to all of the issues mentioned earlier. Nevertheless, I do believe in God. I believe that He is the creator of all things. He sees all, He knows all, and He is all. Without God, nothing will stand, not even great Empires.
So, where do we stand as The United States of America? How are our politicians, our administrators, and our leaders doing? Where is God in all of this? Our country was founded, after all, upon a strong belief in God. Millions of people had left their homes and their countries of birth just to come to this new land and be able to worship God freely and have a chance to lead their own families without interference from the Government. Our forefathers put this great nation together, with the Providence of God being an essential cornerstone.
If you know our Country’s history, you know mistakes were made. Our politicians, administrators, and leaders were not perfect, far from it. However, the Early American’s knit God into the very fabric of our Country from day one, and that means that we had something that none of the other great empires had – Hope.
The following are excerpts from The Declaration of Independence and from the speech that George Washington gave at his first inaugural address:
July 4, 1776, The Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
George Washington’s first inaugural address:
“Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station; it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that ALMIGHTY BEING who rules over the universe, who resides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the united states…”
God has blessed us with this Country. He has always been here for us. But, have we been there for Him? Have we acknowledged Him? Thanked Him? Called out to Him? Have we even remembered Him? Do we believe that we have built this country all on our own? Do we think that it was our blood, sweat, and tears that got us to where we are today? Have we made idols out of our homes, our jobs, our bank accounts? Is everything that we have because of our doing and not God’s? I think not. And I think that enough is enough. It is time to turn back to God. History has shown us that God will only stand for so much.
In the book of Isaiah, the prophet Isaiah warns Israel about the judgment that was coming their way. God would deal with their sin because they turned from depending on Him to depending on things of this world to meet their needs – Idols. This disobedience and pride ended up tearing Israel apart and sending a once-thriving country into captivity. I would suggest to everyone that they read the book of Isaiah, and while reading it, think about our Country, our family, and our life today. Here are some verses that stand out to me.
Isaiah 1:23 – Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts
Isaiah 2:22 – Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?
Isaiah 5:20 – Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Isaiah 10:1 – Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees.
I have said before I know that my days are numbered. In Psalm 39:5, “In fact, you have made my days just inches long, and my life span is as nothing to you. Yes, every human being stands as only a vapor. Selah” If this country is to stand, we cannot wait any longer. We must act now. We must each look into our souls and ask ourselves what we will stand for as individuals and a nation. One nation, under God, is indivisible.
As a man of God, I am standing up, and I have made changes in my life. I am stepping out of my comfort zone and asking God to lead me. I once thought that being an empty-nester was going to be the easiest part of my life. I thought I would be settling down by now. I thought raising my kids and going through all the hormonal stages of their lives would be the most challenging time of my life. Little did I know that as I drew closer to God and He to me, I would be in for the most amazing and most challenging time of my life! My prayer is that we would change our ways and bring God back into our hearts, lives, and Country. I, for one, do not want to wait until God says, “Enough is Enough.”
Joshua 24:15 – But if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served, which were beyond the Euphrates River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
God bless you all and God bless America,