America reminds me of the Prodigal Son.
Remember the story Jesus shared about the way ward child? The younger of two sons decided he needed a change of scenery and an early escape from the rules and regulations of his father’s household. After receiving his portion of the inheritance early, the young son high-tailed it out of town to chase his wanton desires. Long story short, things spiraled out of control quickly. He frivolously spent his money on wild living and he ended up destitute, craving the food of swine.
Today, America’s the Prodigal.
Founding Father John Adams said,
“Our constitution is only fit for a moral and religious people. It is wholly unsuited to the governance of any other kind.”
The Constitution of the United States guaranteed people of all faiths the right to come to our shores and worship according to their own conscious. Their forefathers fled to the New World to be free from having any particular religion forced upon them. Not wanting to revert to the customs of the Old Country, the Founders promised the American people the “right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” including the rights of the citizens to worship according to the dictates of their heart. Sadly, much has changed in two centuries.
Our Country, once inclined to the Word of God, now flounders as atheists, radical environmentalists and homosexual activists control the conversation. Christians, once courageous, now sit idly by fearing the label of intolerance for Biblical stances taken. Our Country, the Prodigal, has turned a deaf ear to the Father and now squanders away its wealth in riotous living. Certainly in the parable, the young man’s choice of “loose living” implies a plethora of moral indiscretions. America rivals the transgressions of the younger son in similar fashion. But how? What sin do we sanction as a nation?
Abortion, a legal holocaust plagues our nation. The innocent blood of over 50 million babies rests squarely on our hands. Homosexual activists demand benefits and the same rights as the traditionally married. Instead of standing strong against the immoral agenda, announcements of states caving to vocal minorities dominate the headlines. Our government insists the globe faces an environmental crisis perpetuated by men and cattle. When leaders address the nation and sign-off with “and God bless the United States of America,” it’s nothing more than an effort to assuage the minds of those who “cling bitterly to their guns and religion.”
And we expect God to bless America?
I hate to admit it, but maybe the President was right when he said,
“Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation.”
When the President chose to deliver these remarks, several Conservative Christians were up in arms. Hold the outrage for a moment, he’s right. Some who study church trends claim only about 20% of those claiming Christianity actively participate in the life of a local church. Church doesn’t save anyone, but church attendance is a good indicator that a person has truly accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. With dismal numbers like this, no wonder we see the Hollywood elite controlling the moral talking points and the Church’s influence dwindling.
George Washington once said,
“The propitious smile of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself hath ordained.”
For the time being, our nation ignores God and speeds down the road of “loose living” failing to realize the slop that lies ahead. Thankfully, the Father waits patiently for us to return. In the story of the Prodigal, Jesus shares the young man “came to his senses” after hitting rock bottom. Now that the Country’s wallowing around with the swine, hopefully we corporately come to our senses and once again seek the God who established,
“America as a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere. ” Ronald Reagan