We are nearing the end of our study of the "Signs of the Times". In these Bible studies we are attempting to answer the question: How do we know we are nearing the end of this age, and the coming of the Lord? Well, so far we have covered the (1) RETURN of Israel to their homeland; (2) the RISE in apostasy; (3) The RAPID increase in technology; (4) The REAL possibility of GPS tracking; (5) The RATIONALE for government control (the "Mark of the Beast"); (6) The RECIPE for an economic collapse; (7) The fact that RICHES have become more important than doing what's right (money over morality; and (8) The REDEFINITION of marriage. Pretty impressive list, if I don't say so myself! Two more to go. Today, let's talk about The Rejection of Christian Values.
American History Revised
First, our children are no longer being taught that this country was founded by those seeking religious freedom. The Judeo-Christian roots of our nation, as illustrated in many of the documents written by our founding fathers, is unmistakable. Yet, kids are being taught today that Christopher Columbus is not to be admired, that European colonialism of the American continent was based on greed, that our founding fathers are to be despised because they owned slaves, that the religious separatists such as the Puritans, Quakers, and Baptists, are to be seen in a bad light, and that this country was not really established by those who believed in God as Creator, and Christ as Savior. In short, there has been a complete re-writing of American history. The fact that America was settled by those struggling to find religious freedom is left out of the text books.
Separation of Church and State
Along this same line, there has been a total misunderstanding of the "Separation of Church and State". According to the Bill of Rights, Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Our founders feared we would become a "state-religion" like the Anglican Church of England. When Jefferson referred to the "Separation of Church and State" he meant the government cannot coerce people into practicing a particular religion. But today it has been distorted into the complete rejection of all things Christian (celebrating Christmas, the use of memorial crosses, prayers at football games, etc.). Atheists are offended at any mention of Christian principles, and displays of Christian symbols. We are quickly turning our nation into a secular state instead of one that was rooted in Christian beliefs.
THE REMOVAL OF PRAYER FROM SCHOOLS
The landmark decision by the Supreme Court, in 1962, to remove Bible reading and prayer from public schools, was indeed a turning point for America. Our government basically decided we don't really need God anymore, and we don't want kids growing up thinking they do. The Bible prophesies this day was coming: "This know also, that in the last days, perilous times will come, for men . . .shall be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God" (II Tim. 3:1, 3). We have turned our back on God. It is no surprise, then, that He has turned His back on us--and we are paying for it.
THE PROMISE AND THE WARNING
There are two verses in Psalms, each speaking about the direction a nation can take. One is a positive promise, the other a negative warning. Here is the positive promise: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" (Psa. 33:12). On the other hand, here is the warning: "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all nations that forget God" (Psa. 9:17). I don't know about you, but that part about "all nations that forget God" scares me, when I see what is happening in our country today! President Ronald Reagan once said: "People ask me if God is on our side". But the real question is, "are we on His side?"
OUR ONLY HOPE
Our only hope is that a great revival would sweep over our land, and that we as a nation would turn back to God. Read II Chronicles 7:14. I am a man of faith, but the way things are going, I don't see that happening any time soon. I hope and pray Christ returns before this "nation under God" does not become one nation under.