(Ed. Note: In printing this Open Forum last Wednesday, the last three paragraphs were accidentally omitted. We reprint this Forum today in full to capture the writer’s full meaning.)
Juxtaposed against our nation’s ongoing societal horrors and increasing moral decadence under which our nation groans, several Star Open Forum contributors recently have expressed reason and emotion, albeit from different perspectives, aiming for the vastly elusive remedy that might fix it all.
We want healing, but along with all Americans are swept along with the self-evident tide of national depravity. While we don’t align with America’s general fallenness, nonetheless we’re caught up in the quagmire largely started in the 60’s, proportionally worsening as our societal fabric increasingly rips and tears.
Each daily or mass shooting; each family disintegration; each newly publicized gender perversion — these highlight the rabid effect of our moral disintegration, causing the many swept along with it all scrambling for answers. There are specific conditions that can make reversal, but meeting them as a nation is unlikely because involving moral, spiritual and eternal perspectives, we won’t look in the right places.
Not many decades ago we knew something cohesive held us together; an often unstated, subliminal yet undergirding moral baseline of personal parameters that, when practiced did result for the most part in “life as it should be.” A different world it was.
Today, however, central to American life deterioration is a combination of personal departure from God-reliance coupled with the logical extension of ousting godly presence from the public square, and all replaced by an age of arrogant technological, scientific, and academic sophistication deeming God irrelevant.
Regardless of how this is intellectually sliced, our core problem isn’t social, political, racial or legislative— at CORE we have a MORAL problem which, reduced to its least common denominator, bottoms out in the spiritual.
Does the spiritual make you nervous or sound too archaic, maybe something only simple-minded “deplorables” would embrace? Don’t believe there are absolutes set down in Holy Writ, or we’re to be a nation doing things God’s way?
Paraphrasing Scripture verses, though, written below is a biblical thumbnail chronicling God’s love, commandments, judgment, and available redemption. Our nation IS broken. We need to fix it while there is yet light for repair:
Blessed is the nation that honors the Lord. God loves we, his creation, but is also perfectly just and can’t be mocked. With sin comes judgment. There’s a way that seems right to men (doing wrong), but such leads to death. Choice must be made each day: who will we serve; ourselves or our God? Requirements are clear: do what’s right, be merciful, and walk humbly.
If we mess up, as nationally we have, and especially directed to those claiming to be redeemed by Jesus Christ, the Church — if we humbly repent our land will be healed. That’s God’s promise!
We can’t fix others, but individually we can return to do and be all we know is that which has, for more than 200 years, sustained the most blessed nation on earth. As the old hymn reads, “Revive us again ... May our souls be rekindled with fire from above.”
Let him who has ears hear.