America’s Renewed Greatness or Destruction (Part 2 of 4)
By Dr. David Reagan
The Decay of Society
Let’s consider the parallels once again between Judah and the United States. Ancient Judah was blessed with great leaders, freedom, prosperity, spiritual blessings. But, then they also began to experience pride and rebellion, and as a result of that God sent warnings, and God sent judgments, and finally God sent destruction.
This brings us to a very important question: “Why should the United States of America be treated any differently?” The answer, of course, is that God is not treating us any differently. He has raised up prophetic voices to call us to repentance. He has sent the remedial judgments. And, our response has been one of patriotism when the needed response should have been repentance.
After 9/11 my wife noticed an explosion of bumper stickers saying, “God Bless America!” Everywhere we looked people had one of those bumper stickers on their cars. One day she turned to me and she said, “Those bumper stickers are wrong.” I replied, “What do you mean?” She said, “Because God has already blessed America.” So, she designed a bumper sticker that she thought was more appropriate which read, “America Bless God!”
The 9/11 attacks were a wake-up call for our nation, but instead of awakening to the need for repentance, we reacted like a sleepy man who hits the snooze button on his alarm clock, rolls over, and goes back to sleep. And, so, our society has continued to slouch toward Gomorrah.
Let me take a moment to emphasize to you how serious the decay of our society has become. Only a person my age can appreciate how radically and how quickly our society has disintegrated. I was born in 1938 when autos still had running boards and they had no turn signals. Gasoline was 20 cents a gallon. When I was born abortionists were sent to prison. Pregnancy out of wedlock was thought of as scandalous. Homosexuality was considered unnatural and immoral. Pornography was despised as a perversion. Drugs were something you bought at a drug store. Marriage was sacred. Living together was taboo. Divorce was a disgrace. Same-sex marriage was beyond the wildest and most depraved imagination. Homemaking was honored, and day care was provided by mothers in their homes. Child abuse was almost unheard of. Ladies did not curse or smoke.
The word damn was considered flagrant language in a movie. In fact, in 1939, the first curse word appeared in an American major movie called “Gone With the Wind.”” The movie ended with a curse word. The last line in that movie was “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” That movie was held up for three months. Three months it was held up while the studio decided whether or not it could go to the theaters with that word in it.
Let me show you have far we have come. Another movie came out in 2013 called “The Wolf of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It has the f-word in it 544 times in 180 minutes!
In 1997, the veteran television star, Steve Allen, founder of the “Tonight Show,” denounced the growing filth in movies and television by making this statement: “We have become a society where vulgarians entertain barbarians.” And, folks, that was 20 years ago!
A Window of Grace
It is true that in His grace and mercy, God has given this nation a temporary respite, a window of grace through the miraculous election of Donald Trump in 2016. Incidentally, I believe that the crucial factor in producing that miracle was Franklin Graham’s prayer crusade that he took to every state of the nation. Maybe you probably attended one of those. They were great! At each stop, Graham began his presentation with the same words: “I have no hope in the Democratic Party. I have no hope in the Republican Party. Zero hope! Our only hope is God.” Graham proceeded to call this nation to repentance and prayer.
I think it is very interesting that back in 1980 when Ronald Reagan was elected, Francis Schaeffer, one of God’s prophetic voices to America, also referred to Reagan’s election as a “window of grace” from God, and it was. But, as soon as his term ended in 1989, our society took up where it had left off in its rejection of Judeo-Christian values and proceeded in its downward spiral into the secular, pagan pit of Humanism.
President Trump is doing a lot of things right. He does a lot of things right while he continues to proclaim that he is going to “Make America Great Again.” But, don’t count on it! No one can make America great again as long as we continue in our outright rebellion against God and His Word.
Our nation, like Judah, has gone too far in its rejection of God. I believe our wound is incurable. I believe the election of Trump is not a portent of the future. And, I can prove that with four brutal facts.
After eight years of the most ungodly administration in American history, President Obama left office with a 60% approval rating. A recent poll showed that the majority of people in America think he is the greatest president in their lifetime. After eight years of the most ungodly administration in American history, his designated heir, Hillary Clinton, received three million more votes than Trump did. After eight years of the most ungodly administration in American history our nation’s future — the Millennials — 18 to 29 year-olds, supported an out-and-out Socialist for president. When he failed to get the nomination, they voted overwhelmingly for Clinton.
In the third segment of our series exploring whether America is destined for greatness or destruction, we’ll take a sad look at how few evangelicals there are left in the United States.