In the conclusion of this four-part blog, consider the old poem
Backward, turn Backward
Oh Time in thy flight.
Make me a child again
Just for tonight.
We all sometime have the need to GO back…to correct mistakes made…to unsay something we regret…to say something we should have….
But no, impossible. Forward we go in life, backward only in our imaginations. The poem is relevant to the blog, however. If we went back to July 4, 1776, and put there the: absence of Biblical values and doctrines; the dis-belief in Almighty God and his Son Jesus Christ; degraded morals everywhere prevalent. In today’s Union-Tribune, the movie reviewer said the particular comedy was “harsh, crude, vulgar, dirty-minded—and side-splitting.” 7/8/16. Oh, well, the patina of “humor” excuses all the moral filth. That’s America in the first quarter of the 21st America: tolerant of any wickedness but hating God in Christ. However, to the condemnation of anyone who watches it and laughs, if we put back into the American life of 1776 what we laugh at now, where would America be 240 years later? Would America still BE?
Readers…be sure to read I John 2:15-17. Memorize it. Repeat it to yourself when you’re tempted to forget that God IS and God JUDGES individuals and societies. The Roman Empire lasted some 800 years. It fell into ruin over 300 years. America is only 240 years old as an independent country. Can we imagine that God will tolerate even 60 more years of what we publicly parade and tolerate before he brings America to Judgment?
We used to pray for revival in America. Some of us have stopped that prayer. Our society is too set in confident humanism to be revived. We’re now praying for the fortitude, perseverance and faithfulness to be Jesus Christ’s witnesses in the Great Trouble coming on the world. In the Great Trouble will come repentance. Remember: ancient Israel had to be exiled as punishment before being restored to her homeland. God will have to punish his people with Justice, and society with wrath before Christians have the opportunity to witness to a receptive nation. Hang in there believers. Hang on to Jesus Christ. Today’s rejection of him will be tomorrow’s openness. And that will be our opportunity. Finis