A nation once known for the liberty it provided for its citizens is now known for the burden of debt it has saddled on its citizens. The massive, incomprehensible figure of $15 trillion dollars is a number we like to ignore but it is the number imprinted on the debt- shackles we have clamped on our children and grandchildren. This national failure is unprecedented and this behavior is immoral.
What family would intentionally max out all their credit cards and then apply for another credit card in order to pay the interest on their previous cards? Imagine having so much credit card debt that your entire income must be used just to pay the interest on the debt leaving no money for food, or transportation or the mortgage. This is insanity redefined. No one in their right mind would allow themselves to get into such a situation but that is exactly what our government has done.
Americans are slowly discovering that the stealthy snake in the grass that has crept upon us unaware is socialism. The ideas of socialism and Marxism are no longer just threats, they are upon us. Like a slow twisting boa, we have been constricted by a powerful ideology that is just beginning to squeeze the life from us. The sleeping giant that could save us from this slow death of our liberties and freedoms is the church but Christians have fallen asleep at the wheel.
It is time for American Christians to awaken. Isaiah warned an apathetic people; "Awake, awake, O Zion, clothe yourself with strength." (Isa. 52:1) "Awake, awake! Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the Lord the cup of his wrath, you who have drained to its dregs the goblet that makes men stagger." (Isa. 51:17) Americans are drunk on their desire for pleasure and wealth and leisure. We must awaken before it's too late.
The brilliant British journalist, Malcomb Muggeridge, once addressed the plight of western society. He illustrated the slow decline by telling how a frog, placed in a bowl of boiling water will immediately leap out in fear of boiling to death. When placed in a bowl of lukewarm water the same frog will adapt to the increased temperature of the water and will eventually be boiled to death because he was too comfortable to remove himself from danger.
Muggeridge postulated on the dilemma of western man by saying: "Since the beginning of the Second World War, Western Society has experienced a complete abandonment of its sense of good and evil. The true crisis of our time has nothing to do with monetary troubles, unemployment, or nuclear weapons. The true crisis has to do with the fact that Western man has lost his way." (1)
The next election may be our country's most important election. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), grievously declared that President Obama and his administration continually sees the "government as a solution to everything.” (2) This is in direct contrast to the opinion of former President Reagan who believed, "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." (3)
The constant interference and intrusion of government in our lives has become a huge problem for concerned Americans. The present day "Government is the solution" ideology has accumulated for us $15.4 trillion in debt. Many fear a strategy for a Marxist takeover. George Will recently said, "There are more Marxists on the Harvard faculty than in all of eastern Europe." (4)
President Obama is applying Marxist principles in his attempt to solve our economic crisis. He has attempted to stifle capitalist innovation by placing an increased economic burden on American entrepreneurs. He is changing the very structure of government by writing new rules along the way and by appointing zsars that do not represent the voting public. His former first Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel is famous for saying, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” (5) The president is attempting to use our economic catastrophe to reach into the pockets of hard working Americans with the intent of redistributing their wealth to those who have not been so diligent. Saul Alinsky would be so proud of his disciples.
Christ calls Christians to be the “light of the world, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden”. (6) We are instructed to be the “salt of the earth.” (7) But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Christians must not become apathetic. We are instructed to “occupy until I come.” (8) We are to stay involved and stay busy preserving the gifts of liberty and freedom granted to us by a Sovereign God. Yet, of the 60 million evangelical Christians in America, only 15 million of them vote. (9)
Americans are becoming more and more dependent on their government. The government encourages this because greater dependency creates more power. The government grubs for power by attempting to control and manipulate Americans in the areas of health, energy and education.
Many Americans are horrified when they realize that the government is using their tax contributions to murder innocent unborn babies here and abroad. Some Americans are disturbed about forced taxation to support s system of education that teaches a set of values contrary to their Christian beliefs.
One reason our country continues its decline toward defeat, decline and despair is because Christians are asleep. We have built upon the sand. We have compromised our values so that we might adapt to the politically correct expectations of our culture. We have become obsessed with pleasing others and we’ve forgotten that the chief end of man is to bring glory to God.
How inspiring it would be to hear a modern day politician echo George Washington’s words in his farewell address: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness.” (10)
Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.
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