Last week I listened to many politicians in this political season say that “America is already great!” President Obama who made this claim said “By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started.”
If you use the Bible as a measuring tool- are those true statements? Let’s see…
~ In two landmark decisions – Engel v. Vitale on June 25, 1962, and Abington School District v. Schempp on June 17, 1963 – the Supreme Court declared school-sponsored prayer and Bible readings unconstitutional.
~ On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Roe v. Wade, a challenge to a Texas statute that made it a crime to perform an abortion unless a woman’s life was at stake. The case had been filed by “Jane Roe,” an unmarried woman who wanted to safely and legally end her pregnancy. Siding with Roe, the court struck down the Texas law. In its ruling, the court recognized for the first time that the constitutional right to privacy “is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy”.
~ In 2005 The Supreme Court justices ruled 5-4 that the Ten Commandments could not be displayed in court buildings or on government property.
~ Obergefell v. Hodges, 2015, is a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held in a 5–4 decision that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
~ There are reports that federal marijuana legalization via a Colorado versus Oklahoma/Nebraska lawsuit could be voted on by the Supreme Court eventually… perhaps in 2017. Federally legalizing what several states have already done.
I don’t believe that any of these decisions have made America great or stronger rather just the opposite. These are all actions that have occurred in my lifetime. At a mind-boggling rate, the United States has relegated the Bible- God’s holy word to nothing more that fanciful, fictional literature… all the while declaring that things are getting better
America today reminds me of the words of the Prophet Hosea (760-720 B.C.).
Israel’s continued unfaithfulness is dramatically illustrated in a brokenhearted relationship with his unfaithful wife:
Hosea 8:14… For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces; And Judah has multiplied fortified cities, But I will send a fire on its cities that it may consume its palatial dwellings.
God’s love is also illustrated in Hosea’s willingness to buy back his wife after her harlotry had led her to be sold at the slave block
Hosea 11:7-8, 14:4… So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call them to the One on high, None at all exalts Him. How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, All My compassions are kindled.
Approximately 3000 years ago Israel and Judea’s political and religious leaders were telling the people that things had never been better. They had the Temple… they had fortified cities… they had alliances.
All the while living rebellious, sinful lives before their Creator.
Today, our leaders tell us that things have never been better. We have cities, armies, alliances, abundant wealth and possessions. America is great.
All the while, we are turning our backs on everything that is holy and pure. To solely live lives of self-centeredness and self-gratification.
God will not be mocked… we will reap what we sow. I believe to truly make America great is to repent from turning away from God and His word and returning to lives of holiness and not lustfulness. Only when this country returns to the Lord will there be Greatness. Greatness does not come from within, but from God Almighty.