Is America Good?
The LORD passes judgment on the nations
In the 1830's, French diplomat Alexis de Tocqueville toured America, seeking for the secret of her greatness. Upon his return to France, he made this profound and oft-quoted observation:
"I sought for the key to the greatness of America in her harbors . . .; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
Has America ceased being "good." Is America ceasing to be great?
America has been greatly blessed by God. In spite of our faults, and they are many, we are the most blessed, the most powerful and the most free nation in all of history.
But we are also the chief exporter of pornography in the world, via videos, satellites and the Internet. With our own government's sanction, we have murdered over 40 million unborn babies. Our Supreme Court has declared God unconstitutional. We are among the world leaders in violent crime. Our rates of teenage pregnancy, teenage suicide, drug addition and pregnancies out of wedlock have exploded. Immorality has reached to the high offices in the land.
In God's eyes, as a nation we have broken His laws and have sinned grievously in His sight. Of course, millions have Christ's imputed righteousness, reminding us of God's offer not to destroy Sodom if only a few righteous
could be found (Genesis 18
). But many wonder how much longer God can bless us a nation.
God's severe chastisement of our nation may be imminent, unless we meet his conditions. He has done it before. Abraham Lincoln believed that God used the Civil War to chasten the nation because of its sin of institutionalized slavery. What will He eventually do because of institutionalized abortion and other modern sins, the greatest of which is the rejection of His Son?
How can America be pleasing to Almighty God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth?
In my next message, I will explain the approach to this problem by the beloved President Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the bloody horror of the Civil War.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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