A commentary by
By Chuck Baldwin
February 28, 2006
(Used by Chuck Baldwin's permission on CR's Range)
If the World War II generation was America's greatest generation (while it was great, I believe the founding generation was actually America's greatest), this generation is America's sorriest generation! In fact, I am ashamed of my generation.
Furthermore, it seems the one coming behind me is even worse, if that's possible. If God doesn't miraculously intervene on behalf of our once great nation, we are doomed! And I do not say this lightly or without deliberation.
Financially, America is bankrupt and living on borrowed monies. In all likelihood, it is beyond financial recovery. Culturally, America is decadent and, apart from divine intervention, beyond repair. Politically, America has abandoned constitutional government and is now in the hands of lawless thugs. Spiritually, America is apostate. The vast majority of America's Christian leaders are aiding and abetting our spiritual demise. Every single standard of national greatness has fallen into the basement!
America has lost its identity and is fast losing its language! We have lost our Christian heritage, and most Christians either don't notice or don't care. We are losing our borders and our resolve to protect them. Foreigners control our debt, and now President Bush wants to give them control of our ports. And for the most part, foreigners even control our foreign policy. In addition, politicians and preachers alike are slaves to the rich and powerful.
Beyond that, our nation has become addicted, yes, even obsessed, with sports, leisure, and gambling! Sports celebrities are more than icons, they are gods! Leisure is more than a pastime, it is the greatest motivation for living. It seems that all people dream about is having the financial ability to retire.
By retirement they mean living a life without responsibility, duty, or obligation. In other words, a life of total self-absorption. And since most are unwilling or even incapable of earning such a life, gambling is the preferred method of obtaining this ultimate life of irresponsibility.
Let me ask a question: what is this greedy generation going to leave their posterity? The answer is NOTHING! On the whole, this generation doesn't know how to give; it only knows how to take.
This generation doesn't care about out-of-control federal spending, because its personal spending is out-of-control. It doesn't know how to hold politicians accountable to the Constitution, because it cannot even hold its own children accountable to much of anything.
I am reminded of the Old Testament story of King Hezekiah who, after being told by the prophet Isaiah that his sons would be conquered by Babylon and taken into slavery and judgment, responded by saying that at least "there shall be peace in my days."
In other words, as long as Hezekiah could sit on his easy chair, he just didn't care. As long as he did not have to endure the pain and affliction of divine judgment, he was satisfied. As long as he was comfortable, he didn't really care what kind of heartache and grief his children and grandchildren would be forced to experience. Everything revolved around his own peace and comfort. If you ask me, the word for that is SORRY. And if you ask me further, that is exactly where this generation of Americans finds itself today.
What kind of generation is it that does not give a rip about what kind of country it is leaving for its children? What kind of spoiled, selfish brats have we become that we can be so flippant about the continual loss of our country's liberties and freedoms? What kind of self-centered monsters have we become that our great ambition in life is to sit back, do nothing, accomplish nothing, change nothing, resist nothing, and leave nothing?
When the wicked king Belshazzar saw God's finger writing warnings of judgment on the wall, he trembled. He had good reason to tremble. That same night, he was killed and his kingdom conquered.
To anyone with eyes to see, God is writing His warnings of judgment all over the walls of America. However, we are even worse than Belshazzar. We don't even know how to tremble!
© Chuck Baldwin
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