The last few years have seen events occurring which are changing our country forever. Among these have been the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the attack on the USS Cole in 2000, and the horrendous attack on the Twin Towers in 2001.
While most Americans were shaken by these events life has continued on as usual for most with very little concern being given to who our enemies really were in these bombings, why they happened, and whether there will be more such attacks. The realization that America is under attack from many different directions by those determined to destroy our culture, our religion and our way of life has not really been understood by most Americans. Oh, they watch the news on television and often listen to some commentaries on radical terrorism but it doesn't seem close to their lives. That is something that is happening somewhere else. This attitude has deterred most Americans from realizing that there is also an all out attack being made on Christianity in the United States and that groups such as the ACLU and others are doing everything in their power to erase all traces of Christianity from the public arena.
Then suddenly the country was confronted with one of the worst economic disasters since the great depression. The housing market was hard hit when Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac were found to be in dire financial troubles. Even though certain members of Congress had assured the nation not too long ago that they were in excellent shape. No sooner does that news break than we find that there are problems with major financial institutions such as Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and huge banks like Wachovia, ashington Mutual and others. From all directions, fingers are being pointed trying to place the blame for this catastrophe. Corporate greed, mismanagement, excessive bonuses are among the primary causes mentioned.
And so Congress quickly jumps in, as might be expected. Overlooking the fact that many of the laws and rules they enacted and their personal interests have contributed to the situation, they say they will solve the problem. And as usual, their solution is to spend more and more of the taxpayers’ money. While this might temporarily alleviate the problem, what is never mentioned is that we will soon have the government running our banks and financial organizations. This may not be totally socialistic but it is getting too close for comfort for a democratic form of government.
When you add this to our dependence on foreign oil, the “one worlders” in Washington who would like to see our nation, not as a sovereign country but as part of the world community; scrapping many of our laws and parts of our Constitution for those of other nations, it gets frightening. It has been suggested by some people over the past couple of years that all that was needed to change our form of government would be a financial crisis. Unfortunately, such has happened and the American public seems ready and willing to accept whatever the Congress wants to do.
What we are forgetting in all of this is God. For too long we have turned our back on God who has blessed and guided this nation since its beginning. And, unless, we quickly fall to our knees and pray and ask for forgivingness, this nation could quickly be destroyed. We are on the verge of losing the freedoms, opportunities, and way of life that was left for us by our forefathers who knew that only a nation that follows the Lord God Almighty will continue to exist. The time has come for each and every person to forget their personal interests and desires and fall to their knees and repent to God Almighty and pray that “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” will continue to exist for our children and our grandchildren.
Max R. Tyner, Pastor
Good Shepherd Evangelical Church