No Shortcut to Greatness

Okay. So let’s say we stop illegals from coming across our southern border. Let’s also say we deport the twelve million that are already here. Postulate that we do not allow the Trojan Horse of Sudan’s young healthy males to enter our nation. What will we have accomplished?

We can feel safe as we continue to have an ungodly (actually, anti-God) government educational system. We can stop worrying about terrorist attacks on us while we continue to fund the deliberate killing of unborn children in Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation. We can feel less threatened and maybe even have more money to support the millions of unemployed and non-job seeking healthy Americans that now number over ninety million. We can enjoy the security of a nation that fully embraces Las Vegas values and laughs at anyone who raises a voice about those outmoded and so irrelevant cultural issues.

We can in relative peace continue the assault on traditional marriage and perhaps need less security as we go to the court rooms where we will be told we must embrace the wonderful concept of same-sex marriage. We can feel better about our law enforcement who instead of worrying about terrorists can now focus their attention on putting in jail those who refuse to sign a wedding license for two same sex people. And we may actually celebrate a President who has never repented of admitted adulteries, unashamedly uses vulgar language in public appearances, but who is “making America great again.”

How great is a nation whose births to unwed mothers almost equal those to the married! How proud we will be to not worry about terrorists and illegals while we safely go to court and dissolve half of the marriages in our nation, leaving less than half of the children in this country to be raised in homes with both their biological mother and father present!

How great is it to have cities overrun with gangs who are killing one another daily, but don’t need to worry about terrorists doing it! How wonderful to continue to use social media on secured phones that the government cannot track, so that we can send alluring pics without worrying that someone might find out! How great it is that we can continue to maintain secret trysts with prostitutes and have great casinos and hotels that pander to the culturally and politically elite, while making business deals that continue to pad the pockets of millionaires and politicians. What a vision for a great America!

Welcome back to the ‘90s, where Clinton presided over a nation almost exactly as described above: not worrying about terrorism, pushing the culture in a direction that Justice Bork described in his book Slouching Towards Gomorrah, government making sweet deals with Wall Street, and people generally disinterested in things of God.

What happened? Think 9-11. Several of those paying attention to the direction of the nation made the observation that it seemed as though God’s hand of protection had been removed from the United States. Those days of peace and security while eating, drinking, and being merry, ended in tragedy and heartache.

Does God see all this? There are some, those who want to put the social issues on the back burner and forget them, who do not really believe we need to worry about what God thinks in these days. Like those who “belch out with their mouth…for who, they say, doth hear? (Ps. 59:7), they act as if God does not participate in the affairs of nations. But He does. Consider that He spoke directly to nations and His involvement.

“At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them” (Jer. 18::7-10).

Will we as a nation turn from evil? That is the condition on which God will give us His hand of protection against our enemies. If our nation forgets God and maintains its course of embracing evil then we cannot expect the blessing of the Lord. God is not mocked. We cannot expect to return to being a great nation if we do not return to basic goodness.

There is an undeniable undercurrent of discontent and anger at the direction our nation has been going. And there is a strong desire to fix the problems. But there is no shortcut to greatness. It takes a lifetime of right decisions and careful living to make a great man. An athlete must do the training necessary and follow through for years to achieve greatness. If we would be great as a nation, we must do what it takes to be great. Alexis de Tocqueville is quoted as saying that America is great because America is good, and if America ceases to be good, it will cease to be great.
There is no quick fix to our national problems. No magic election will return us to greatness. In fact, a misguided concept of how to make us great may be as effective as a drug high is in solving the problems of an addict. It makes him euphoric for a moment, but continues to contribute to his destruction. If we look for a solution to our national woes by a quick fix that forgets God and His ways, we will only further our demise.

How does a nation repent of their evil? It must be that the people turn, first as individuals, then collectively. We must begin with ourselves. We cannot hide our personal failings and expect that as a nation we will somehow turn to God. We must begin with an honest evaluation of our own lives, turn from evil, and seek what is good and right.

It is no secret that this turning must begin with God’s people. “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1 Pet. 4:17).

A good first step for God’s people is to stop compromising with evil. “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.” Sin brings a reproach. We cannot excuse it just because it is in the venue of politics. We are Christians first. Let’s not sell our birthright for a mess of political pottage.


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    Gordon Butcher says

    Thank you Dr. Gordeuk!

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    DONNA M TYLER says

    Amen. The only hope in our world of tribulation is in the gospel of Jesus Christ, not people.

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    Randy Miley says

    Once again a very powerful article ! The mighty pen of Dr. Gordeuk has hit home again. Thank you!

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