It has been noted that the only thing we learn from history is that we DON'T learn from history! It's as plain as day with the sun shining brightly at high noon as to what brings about a nation's downfall. But even in what some still mistakenly claim to be the "Christian" United States, we refuse to learn the lesson, with the evidence mounting day by day that we shall in time simply prove to be another "rerun" of the disaster experiences of other cultures from out of the past!
As mentioned in an area of Range 1, our culture, due to our choosing to walk the same road as the ancient Isaelites did in the 6th and 5th centuries BC, has forgotten Who is in charge -- can we expect any different consequences than what those people did? The adoption of heathen gods and goddesses, and the forsaking of the living God of Israel, paved the way for their destruction! Only the foolish and the ignorant would deny the fact that the alien deities we have permitted to invade our culture will most certainly make the same contribution!
There can be a rather embarrassing moment when in a time of crisis a nation of people calls on God for help (you know like a few years ago when in Operation Desert Storm, someone got the idea that we ought to pray and ask God for help -- all over the land this happened, and even the mighty Supreme Court had no objections to this -- my, my!!!!) and then God makes this quite shocking response such as seen in Jeremiah 2:26-29:"As the thief is ashamed when he is found out, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they and their kings and their princes, and their priests and their prophets, Saying to a tree, 'You are my father,' and to a stone, 'You gave birth to me.' For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble they will say, 'Arise and save us.' But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise, if they can save you in the time of your trouble; for according to the number of your cities are your gods, O Judah. "Why will you plead with Me? You all have transgressed against Me," says the LORD."
Three things to note: First, notice that the political and religious "establishments" paved the way for that sorry state of affairs in which God was nothing more than an emergency fire alarm in a moment in which they found themselves in a real crisis!
Second, since these political and religious "establishments" refused to repent over a period of time as called upon to do so by the faithful prophets whom God had raised up, then God's only course of action left was that of bringing forth devasting judgment! The formula which spells out how a culture self-destructs is really quite simple. Review 2 Chronicles 36:11-21 very carefully:
Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. He also did evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the LORD. And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath by God; but he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the LORD God of Israel. Moreover all the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, according to all the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house of the LORD which He had consecrated in Jerusalem. And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy. Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand. And all the articles from the house of God, great and small, the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all these he took to Babylon. Then they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions. And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.
Third, as a nation, in spite of claiming to be a "nation under God" as stated in the "Pledge of Allegiance" to our flag, and in spite of having "In God We Trust" inscribed on coins and currency, we live and act as though God is not really paying any attention to us, we are not really accountable to Him both individually and collectively, and He'll not do anything that will create any distress for the nation anyhow! And so as the alien deities continue to take control of the nation, the vast majority choose to live in ignorance of God's claim to sovereignty over the nations of the world! You don't believe He is really at all concerned about what goes on in the U.S.A? Take a look at what God has to say in Jeremiah 18:
"The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it."
And now, meet a very special visitor who has come to Circuit Rider's Range.....
Hello! For some of you, this may be the first time you have seen me. In that case, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Alvin and I come from a very far away place. I've been exploring Circuit Rider's Range and have made comments in different areas. I guess I'm not the only "alien" around here on earth am I? But let me assure you quickly my earthling friend that I will not harm you nor is it my intent to destroy you as these other aliens will do which are described in the area CR has titled, "Popular Deities of American Culture!" Because of my mental powers and range of discernment I was aware of these "gods" and "goddesses" the moment I disembarked from my vehicle after touching down on your planet. I am dismayed that even among those of your people who claim to be so "spiritual" and "God fearing" that there is failure to sense just how effectively these alien gods have invaded and taken control of millions of your citizens! What a sorry and very tragic spectacle this is!
A Special Invitation: If you would like to get better acquainted with Alvin and look into what some of his observations and comments are as he has looked around CR's Range, slip over to Meet Alvin. His itinerary is listed along with topics he discusses, with an emphasis that things are much different where he comes from than they are here on earth! In fact, after considering the contrast, you may find yourself wanting to ride back home with him when he leaves! NOTE: You will be able to return here after checking Alvin out. There will be a return link, and of course you can always use the reverse feature on your web browser as well
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