Tuesday, October 28, 2014
CNN Poll: prophetic or pathetic?
A recent poll by CNN indicates that 68% of Americans are angry about the direction of their country and some 53% are scared. Americans are angry with their elected officials. CNN says that 53% are scared because of the Islamic State and ebola. I remember a time in America when people were angry with their elected officials, they did something about it at the ballot box. I also remember a time in America when Americans were afraid of little or nothing. If something went wrong, we fixed it. If there was a threat, we addressed it. But 53% say they are scared. This is shocking. C’mon Americans, really? The CNN poll would like the world to believe that we are quivering over here in our bunkers.
When people move away from God, that is when fear can take root. While roughly 80% of Americans call themselves “Christians,” we know that the condition of our nation–from the elected officials to the entertainment to the immorality we tolerate–is sorely lacking in morality. Otherwise we would not be faced with the challenges before us. Psalm 23:4 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” For as in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” What brings fear is if God is not with you.
George Washington, in his farewell speech of September 1796 said, “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, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. …And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Washington well knew that the pillars upholding our nation would collapse in the absence of God. Americans have a right to be angry. What they chose as leaders over the past decade has failed them with lies and deception. But as 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” The CNN poll points out the pathetic nature of a godless society. But we are a prophetic people–“a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” It is time to rise up, for faith without works is dead. The choice is prophetic or pathetic. Go do the right thing.
Bill WilsonFor God’s Glory Alone Ministries thanks Bill Wilson and www.dailyjot.com