America is in trouble

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”  Proverbs 14:34

America is in big and serious trouble.

When I write trouble, I’m not necessarily talking about the financial kind, though that is included in the word as I’m using it.  What I’m specifically referring to is the nature of trouble that a nation is experiencing that will eventually destroy it.

America is decaying from the inside out and dying from within.  And the worst thing about this slow but inevitable demise of a once great and moral nation is most people do not notice the advanced state of deterioration and imminent ruin we find ourselves facing.

When I write that America is dying, and that we are in very great trouble, is because the plain facts point to this conclusion.  One place this truth can be found is on the average university or college campus.  Here, more than perhaps any other (except in the hallowed halls of Congress), we can accurately predict in which direction the course of our nation is heading.

And it does not bode well for America when we observe what is happening on our institutions of higher learning.

I have been evangelizing on university campuses for over thirty years.  Most of this time has been spent on the University of Arizona (UA), my hometown.  For the past couple of years, I have traveled to many different universities in the US.  For the past two months, I have been spending most of my time on UC Berkeley.

There is an old saying that what is happening in California will soon be happening in the rest of the United States. In general, I believe this is true, which means America is facing dark and perilous times ahead.

There is open hostility against the message of Jesus on university and college campuses today.  If anything, the message of the gospel is this:  Jesus came to save sinners from their sin and provide reconciliation between a holy God and sinful men and women.

Certainly this condensed version of Christ’s Gospel does not fully touch on all the necessary theological points, but this blog is not the place to go into detail.  For now, let’s allow my short definition to stand as representing the essence of the message of Jesus.

If Jesus is indeed the Savior of the world, this presupposes that there are people–sinners–who need His salvation.  But when you use this word “sinners,” you are also presupposing that people are guilty of something…in this case guilty of sin.  No rocket science involved here.

But this is where some real heat is felt on your average university campus, because digging a bit deeper into the word “sinner” means you need to define sinful actions and behaviors.  In today’s politically correct and inclusive society, where everyone is made to feel welcome, to point out sin in anyone is to incur the wrath of the liberal elite.  They make up the overwhelming majority on university campuses and are the ones who are teaching your children and mine.

Paul gives us a partial list of what sinners look like in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10:

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,  nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”  (NASB)

Please note how Paul lists “homosexuals” in the above list.  If there is any category of sinners in the United States that are receiving special and favored treatment, it is members of the “gay community.”  As a matter of fact, homosexuals and lesbians are now regarded as near royalty, the favored few who are looked upon with open-eyed wonderment and praise, objects of special consideration and honor.  Unbelievably, they have become heroes and role models to be singled out from the masses for special recognition for their glorious contributions to society.

Michael Sam is a perfect case in point.  Here is a mediocre football athlete who “came out” to the news media that he is gay.  Suddenly he becomes a media darling and is now going to play for the NFL, all because he unashamedly confessed to the disgusting and vile practice of male-on-male sodomy.  For this, he is now lauded as a “hero.”

Blogger Matt Walsh has an excellent piece on this which I am including here.  Please take time to read it.

If you doubt that those who disagree with all manners of perversions become singled out for retaliation, you need to google “Brendan Eich resigns” and you will understand what I mean.  We have reached an astonishing and surreal point in our American culture:  those who made this country–Christians–the greatest society in the history of civilization and have done more do bless the entire world than any other people group, are now hated and reviled by a tiny minority who would make excellent citizens of these two ancient towns:  Sodom and Gomorrah.

There are reasons for this attack on Christians and our Judeo-Christian heritage and value system which I will explore in future posts.  For now, I would recommend for anyone who is interested in understanding why this is happening to America to read Deuteronomy chapter 28.

You will be shocked.

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