(I chose to use the disaster of Hurricane Katrina as my example, because it highlights the flood victims’ unusual request, but I could have chosen any other cataclysmic event to prove that the coordinated efforts of both political parties, even though the end goal is to work together for the benefit of society, is most often a total disaster. Any attempt by any political faction to keep America from the floods of disaster is, at best, a patching of the dam with a Band-Aid. America the Beautiful is in a no-fix kind of mood.)
I am reminded of a not-too-distant cataclysmic event. On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States and at least 1,245 people died as a result. Many of the survivors were housed in the Louisiana Superdome, a last resort for those who couldn’t be evacuated. What I found particularly amazing concerning the vast majority of the Katrina flood victims is that they were not dumbstruck by their abysmal circumstances, but they were actually awestruck. Many may remember — though some may not — what their demand was. Surrounded by the stench of the filthy, waterlogged flotsam of their former lives, and with little help from politicians and government agencies, they requested hundreds of Bibles. Yes, hundreds of Bibles! These flood victims managed to look far beyond their immediate needs — even a cool drink of water, far beyond the tangible, even a comfortable chair to relax in, and far beyond the reach of mankind’s ability to supply them with the accoutrements of a cozy, stable life. They placed their hope and trust in God. They were defeated temporally — but not hopeless eternally. Their vision was one of faith.
Not all the flood victims were inclined to seek a higher source or higher ethical ground. Some stole booty from the local business establishments, which proved to be their last morsel of comfort — items like big-screen TVs, DVD players and all kinds of other techno-gadgets. The bird-in-the-hand syndrome made for a warm cushion even while the waters of Katrina rose to the necks of the guilty-as-charged. This group of people in the flood-ravaged states were the hopeless and the pitiful; they sought only temporal relief as a safeguard. They were literally a people without a home, without faith and without a vision. And “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18.
When Donald J. Trump’s republican presidential campaign used the slogan “Make America Great Again,” it wasn’t just sloganeering for the sake of sloganeering. It was, in fact, predicated on truths that have been proven — America is on the decline, whether people will admit this or not. As some may remember, this same slogan was used by Ronald Reagan, which only proves that America’s decline was in progress for many decades even prior to the Reagan years. Many of us believe, as Reagan did, that the Constitution’s original intent was protection from any attempt to usurp power from America’s people. Throughout our history, great men of faith and concerned politicians have tried to preserve the intent of this time-honored document, and today we face even greater challenges.
The current political scene, with strong condemnations by Trump, has brought about a thoughtful dialogue and examination of the cavernous abyss of American justice. He has managed to prove such a thing, as originally conceived, no longer exists. However, he failed to point out that ours is no longer a viable, savable form of government — of the people, for the people and by the people. That ship has long sailed. The United States of America is facing a “flood” of monumental and biblical proportions right now; our knees have bowed to the god of political correctness, liberalism has choked off the last vestiges of common sense from this once-great nation, and Evangelical Christians have, in staggering numbers, worshipped the god of postmodernism.
God has put America on high alert — DEFCON 1– and given us over to the spirit of the age.
Columnist Cal Thomas notes:
“Surveys have shown that Christians are divorcing at the same rate as non-Christians. So much for “family values.” People who say they are Christians are getting abortions at a rate as high, or higher, as those who profess a different faith or none at all.”
Barna’s survey on religious syncretism cited that:
“Larger proportions of born-again Christians and people who attend evangelical churches concur with this sentiment (all religions are equally valid paths to the same god) than reject it.”
To make matters worse: the NFL has recently showcased professional athletes who disrespect our flag, which has carried over to our young athletes in high school. College students, whose ears are too sensitive to hear the truth and make unreasonable demands for safe spaces, also demand free college tuition. Many illegals and refugees who have stormed our shores have no love and respect for our God of the Bible or our way of life and Constitution, and do not assimilate into our culture. We have millions upon millions of women that make life and death decisions over the precious lives of babies, and a very evil organization–Planned Parenthood — that stands ready and eager to abort and dismember these sweet lives for “filthy lucre’s sake.”
Or, as interpreted in Chaucer’s phrase from ‘The Prioress’s Tale’: “Foule usure and lucre of vileynye (“foul usury and lucre of villainy.”) Villainy and the love of money have been a constant theme of many ancient and modern-day stories. We are living in times of great wickedness and turmoil, as well, yet who would have expected to see Americans plot against their own flesh and blood, which has caused infants to become the major or principal characters in the saddest story ever told in our nation’s history?
Just recently, a poll showed that 46 percent of high school students feel socialism is preferable to a democracy, all because our school systems think it is politically correct to bury the past and let bygones be bygones–all the while forgetting to mention the repetitive nature of history. Can you say agenda, anyone?
God, in His great and immense wisdom, desired to display His kindness, and gave civil authorities/magistrates the right to bear the sword, to protect society from perverse criminals, and yet they are maligned, shot dead, disrespected and spit upon by thousands of Americans and illegals. President Obama has shown these street thugs and criminals an inordinate amount of favor and press and even invited them to the White House for dinner.
Let us also not forget that our government is worshipped as the proverbial cash cow which appeals to a vast number of legal and illegal aliens and many Americans who believe in the entitlement theory and who make up a huge percentage of the voting bloc. This will only get worse as new floods of refugees are allowed to relocate all over this nation. The liberal mindset has invaded every “crook” and cranny of our society. When the uninformed youths, adults and street thugs of any culture set the standards for a society, instead of following the steady course of God, we are not in the final quarter of the game— it is “GAME OVER” for America.
America, the beautiful, has been defaced and defrocked and is now a safe harbor for wicked and feckless politicians –who, by the way, have claimed to be the most transparent administration of all. Yet their continual cover-up of conspiracies and corruptions of all kinds surpasses, by skillful and cunning maneuvering, any other administration in our nation’s history. Mainstream liberal media also mirror this poison because they are just as wicked, corrupt and ruthless.
Collectively, as a nation, we have abandoned our religious moorings; we worship Moloch and find all manner of sexual sins appropriate — hence, Sodom and Gomorrah have come home to roost.
Ah, but you say this is an abysmal, pessimistic and fatalistic view to take. Yet, does the Bible, the very Word of TRUTH, predict a brighter future for the unrepentant world at large? We all know the answer to that one. That answer is “no.” The matter is as stated: Do we listen to the god of this world, or to the eternal, righteous King of heaven?
The apostle Paul called our corruption of values the “course of this world.”
Describing the lives of the believers at Ephesus before their encounter with Christ, he said they were “dead in trespasses and sins” and “walked according to the course of this world” (Eph. 2:1-2). Christians have often translated the “course of this world” to mean “the spirit of the age,” or postmodernism, which means Satan and his falsehoods govern the world’s system. Absolute truths have been sacrificed on the altar of “all truths are relative and malleable.” We live in times wherein political correctness has gone mad — viral, on steroids — and is frothing from the mouths of its supporters; it seeks to undermine and completely obliterate Godly values and common sense. A most appropriate quote by John Adams is so relevant for today’s society: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
I will reiterate a quote I wrote and posted on Facebook the other day: “No mere human being can out(T)rump God. If God wants to judge a nation of God-deniers and baby- killers, he will do so NO MATTER WHO is president of the United States.”
Lastly, the most important takeaway from the Katrina disaster is vitally important to our political upheaval today. The Katrina survivors kept their eyes off the storm and focused on Jesus! A lesson well learned!