Today millions of American have to choose between two presidential candidates.
One is Delilah in her trickiest form.
The other is a bull-headed Samson.
That’s a hard choice, and I won’t even try to tell you which one is better. This is one of the most debated elections in the history of the USA, and I think I’ll stay out of it, especially since I can’t vote. 😛
Secular audiences seem to be of the opinion that if Clinton or Trump (whomever is their favorite) is chosen, America is going to become ‘great’ again. Because man is going up, up, up!
But that leads to the supposition that America was once great before.
Let’s think. When was America great? Most would say it was pretty good when the US first started up, back in the late 1700s. They might say it was greatest in the 1940s, the 1910s, or some point during the 1800s. Some point back to the 1950s as the ‘good old days.’
I don’t have a personal opinion about this, though as a general rule, I say that if it was before 1960, America was doing pretty good.
What did all those eras have in common? I find these three is most (because Sin is always there, but generally) every movie and book written pre-1960.
- Respect for elders. The teachings of those who came before us were never ignored. As the teachings of God are a big part of the teachings of those who came before us (especially in American history), the teachings of God were respected and oftentimes believed and, furthermore, OWNED.
- Respect for morality. What was right and wrong was never debated. It just wasn’t, and most of it (if not all) was Biblical (based on God’s word). I’ve never watched a movie made during the 1940s (or 1930s) that didn’t give me a good feeling inside because they were just so clean! Even if the subject-matter was slightly depressing (such as a war story or something like that), there was a respect for morality – for the right thing triumphing – and this made the movie somehow happy. This doesn’t mean they were all perfectly free of bad stuff. It just means that the bad stuff was treated as bad, and, though probably less importantly, it was handled classily. But … yep, that’s another conversation entirely.
- Respect of [or belief in] God. The other two points were basically another name for this one. God was respected, His rules were respected, and America served Him. You’ll hear a million stories about men fighting during WW2 who stopped and prayed before a battle. They weren’t scorned or thought to be odd; they were accepted, respected, and joined.
I’m not saying that everyone was a Christian. I’m saying that Christianity in one form or another was the accepted religion, and its laws were the ones that were followed.
Yes, yes, we’ve made many technical advancements and a lot of things that used to be okay (like not letting people of certain races have the same privileges) have been changed … but America is no longer great. It’s a good IDEA, but it’s ceased to be put into ACTION.
God made America great.
Now, hold it a minute, you say. America hasn’t been God-driven in forever!
Well, it hasn’t been great in forever! This isn’t a recent thing! We’ve been going downhill for forever!
So if we really want America to be great, there needs to be a revival of Christianity in a big way. A similar revival to the one found in Acts, perhaps:
“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (2:41)
“And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (2:47)
“However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men [not counting women and children in some translations] came to be about five thousand.” (4:4)
“And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” (5:42)
There can always be a revival. This isn’t the end of the world.
Only God can make America great again.
- God is in control and …
- Only HE can make America great again.
Thanks for reading,