What if I showed you how the premier civilization of the known world had completely taken a turnaround within the last half century or so? How it apparently progressed from a God fearing country to a godless one. How it apparently left its first love, of loving God and loving mankind to a progressive me, myself and I mindset. How it apparently gave up the country's Constitution in lieu of a set of ungodly man-made law interpretations. How it gave up on the dictates of law and order for that of manmade laws.
"I wouldn't believe it," you would say.
"No, I wouldn't have either, except for growing up through the last half century." Thus, come now and see what's beyond the green doors.
BEYOND THE GREEN DOORS
"Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I Will Repay," says the Lord." (Romans 12:19)
"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21)
As a college civics professor, I was busy on my laptop computer, researching the past and comparing to the present in preparation for my next civics class when it all happened.
I don't exactly know how to convey it, this unusual dream, how weird it was, how unlikely that it happened to me. But it did. I would have doubted it, except I happened to be there, whether in or out of my conscious mind, I'm not sure, but I saw it with my own eyes.
It came on me rather suddenly, as my home environment simply faded away into my dream world.
I suddenly found myself in a rather large room. It was a strange one with no windows, just two large green doors, one marked "yesterday" and the other "today."
As if by being divinely pulled by some sort of mysterious magnet, I was drawn to the door marked 'Yesterday.' As I entered this door I immediately regressed back in time, as if I was thrown directly into a time capsule.
I couldn't believe my eyes, sitting there was my old school chum, Phil, just waiting there. "Come on in, the Movietone newsreel is about to start," Phil exclaimed.
"So, where's the popcorn", laughing.
First it was the oldies sound. Then came the headliner "Looking Back to Yesteryear."
When the film started, I was totally surprised. 'Not only are we back into the Fifties, but back to our old stomping grounds,' I surmised."
Why, Elm Street hasn't changed a bit. Those big, leaning elm trees still shaded the old, cracked sidewalk with a well-placed blossoming apple tree now and then.
The old home place looked as good as ever, including the big TV motorized antenna. And that big dining room window fan for summer comfort, which seemed to cool the food before we got a chance to eat.
There was the new '55 Chevy still gracing the same garage. It was the one vehicle that held the distinction of finally beating the Ford in the Saturday night neighborhood drag race. What a thrill that was!
The old clothesline was full of wet clothes, so it must be Monday morning all over again.
The old hot-rod scooter, the one with the upside-down soap bucket to resemble a motor scooter was still parked by the garage, just waiting to take off again down the sidewalk.
The familiar mud puddle with all the marbles inside the drawn circle seems not to be disturbed. Even my old, trusted steely winner was just waiting for another chance.
As if by divine intervention, my old basketball goal was still standing in my backyard, all in one piece. In fact, I felt like jumping in and taking a few shots. Where's my cane?
I surely hope the filmstrip doesn't show my young puppy-love's house. What memories we had sitting in that old squeaky porch swing on Friday evenings. That is, until her Dad would give that dreadful warning.
Then, it all ended. The filmstrip began to crackle and pop as the film ended. Was I relieved!
"Wow, what an experience, wouldn't you say, Phil? Phil, Phil where did you go?" I exclaimed. Oh well, I've had enough anyway of the past for one day. I'll just leave.
However, just like before, I was pulled by some sort of magnetic source forcing me into the second door marked "Today" displaying the same type movie screen, only with the high tech visual format of HD and surround sound. "Will this be a similar format, as the first movie presentation?" I wondered. If only Phil were here to keep me company.
The screen suddenly lit up. Wow, what a difference! Technology sure has changed. That surround sound really brings out the beat of today's music. And the HD made it feel as if we are there in person.
Then the most unusual News title 'Today, A Time That Will Live In Infamy.' And unlike the first news event of the past, this was a real, live occurrence. News cameras were everywhere, and there were interviews galore. It was as if the news was capitalizing on all these current events.
"So what is this all about?" I wondered again. It didn't take long to figure it out, however.
One particular news clip showed a number of people walking around carrying protest signs, protesting civilly but forcefully a number of political issues of the day. There were topics such as abortion, civil unions, religious freedoms, education, welfare, health insurance responsibilities and the like.
"Why all the fuss?" I wondered. "All of these protest concerns have been covered either by common sense, our Constitution, or God's holy commandments." Nonetheless, these protests just seemed to grow, as the time went on, seemingly with the help of the news media.
Another clip showed the usage of a number of today's high-tech advancements, such as PC's, iphones, ipads, video games, and the upcoming vehicle technology. This I really enjoyed, being a high-tech man myself.
Then the cameras homed in on two contrasting political rallies, for comparison. One rally had very few attendees, with the speeches focusing on the social attitudes and issues of the day. It all seemed to be that of a rather depressing atmosphere.
The other rally was altogether different. It was packed out with a cheering crowd. Patriotic banners were waving all over, with a big American Flag waving tall. The main speaker was magnificent in his portrayal of America's future.
One interesting clip was that comparing the youth of yesterday to today. Activities had changed. The past youth movements had more outward goings-on, while the present was confined more to the high-tech couch activity, with hardly any exercise at all.
The last film clip showed a man of the cloth speaking to a church congregation. His sermon was quite unique for that of a pulpit preacher. Failing to open his Bible, he gave a rather alarming account of his cat's daily activities, after which the choir sang a medley of today's popular songs. That entire church agenda was surely a new one for me, being a fundamental Christian myself.
Overall, this today's world film presentation was an eye opener for me. "OK, that's it, I've seen enough. As a red-blooded, freedom-loving civic-minded realist, I know exactly what to do. I will vote my God-given convictions and pray hard for our country," I declared.
What happened next was another miracle. At the conclusion of these two movie presentations, it all came back in focus. Instantly there was my room, my study material and my laptop PC.
What did I do next? While the ideas were still fresh in my mind, I went right to work on my next classroom civics project, burning the old PC midnight oil. Wow, will I surely unload on my civics class come Monday morning! And will I have a show-and-tell ready for those students. Amen!
"The framers of the American Constitution combined the best political ideas of the past with innovations in what The Federalist called an improved science of politics: federalism, separation of powers, and checks and balances. Doing so, they created a form of government which had, in the words of James Madison, 'no model on the face of the earth.'"
"Because men are not angels, government is necessary. Because no man stands to another as God to man, or as man to beast, government must be based on consent. The moral foundation of the Constitution is in the Declaration of Independence and its principles of equal rights. Under the Constitution, government was to be limited to protecting those rights."
"In recent decades, the way our government operates has departed from the Constitution. It has become less limited, and our liberties less secure. At the same time, true civic education in America - education in the Constitution - has largely died out." (Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College)
Yes, America stands at a crossroad of good versus evil. We are now definitely in an unseen war comprised of many spiritual battles. (Ephesians 6:12) As predicted, we may be living in the last days as we know them to be. (II Timothy 3:1-9.13) (II Timothy 4:3-4)
So it behooves us who are so dedicated to pray and pray hard. You see, God has given us a spiritual game plan along with a promise. (II Chronicles 7:14) Our time to react may be short so let's have at it!
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