I’m going to anger both conservatives & liberals in this post, but I’m at the stage of life where I really don’t care. Remember in 1992 when Bill Clinton campaign strategist James Carville stated “It’s the economy stupid?” Well, it’s really not the economy that’s ailing our nation, it’s the “molten calf” In Ex.32:7-14 we here, yet again how the Israelites “turned aside from the way I (God) pointed out to them, making for themselves a molten calf & worshiping it.”
There is a whole bunch of anger & consternation swirling around this impending election about who will be our next president. Both conservatives & liberals are convinced that if the other side wins it will mean the end of our nation. However, we’ve had our share of both left & right leaning presidents over the past 250 years of this nation’s history, yet I don’t think that any reasonably intelligent person would deny that our nation is in decline. We are no different than any other once great civilization that pushes aside God’s commands. We build up a military to the point where we fear no outside threat, yet we experience a gradual & persistent moral decay from the inside which leaves us vulnerable to any number of threats, physical & spiritual.
“The life of a country is much more than its material development and its power in the world. A nation needs a soul. It needs the wisdom and courage to overcome the moral ills and spiritual temptations inherent in its march through history.”St. John Paul II
Our nation’s fathers crafted a brilliant foundational document which fostered an individual freedom for her citizens unlike any other nation in history which allowed for the accumulation of personal wealth on an unprecedented scale. But we worship the ‘molten calf’ of material possessions when we think that we need a $50,000 SUV & 3,500 sq. ft. house for two kids when many of our neighbors are hungry or have no place to live. Maybe I could simplify my life to free up more of my resources to help the truly needy.
We worship the ‘molten calf’ of sodomy & death when our nation changes the God ordained institution of marriage & slaughters millions of children on the altar of ‘reproductive freedom.’
I’m not saying that we should abdicate our political involvement. Political apathy has contributed mightily to our nation’s decay. But it won’t be our political leaders who will make or break our nation. Many of them are willing to and already have sold their souls for corporate money & the support of powerful agenized activist groups. Just because some of our lawmakers have bowed to political pressure to enact unjust laws doesn’t mean that we have to follow them:
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“We the people” are the soul of our nation. Our nation will survive or continue to rot from the inside because of her citizens, not the person in the White House. That’s the way our founding fathers designed it.
“Listen to my voice; then I will be your God & you shall be my people. Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.
But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed. They walked in the hardness of their evil hearts and turned their backs, not their faces, to me.” (Jer.7:23-28)