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The End of America?

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Wiley+Miller+Judgment+DayOkay, so you’re a Christian. Odds are if you’re reading this you’re an American, where 85% claim to be “saved.” There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of agreement on what we’re supposed to be saved from, or saved for, how we came to be saved, or why. But we’re saved. You can bet on it.

So a Christian society endorses pornography, abortion, drunkenness, adultery, divorce-for-convenience, euthanasia, and all kinds of sexual immorality in degrees unparalleled since the fall of Rome, and brags about its “liberty.” It even sits idly by as its leaders enact a new law giving pedophiles protected status that in the same stroke they denied their returning war veterans. Yet we indignantly wonder that other countries, despite lavish “foreign aid,” don’t love us unquestioningly. Do we even imagine that the fragrance of our religion doesn’t utterly gag the Almighty? Yet we’re so sure we’re all destined for eternal glory. We’re Christians, after all! Well, let’s not bet the farm on it. Or our old bug collection for that matter.

God had His witness in Sodom. “Righteous Lot” lived among the people as God’s representative, but his desire to do business compromised his life, and he nearly died in their judgment. His wife did not even survive. Nineveh was, if anything, worse even than Sodom, but one unwilling prophet appeared on the scene to proclaim, “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be destroyed!” Nineveh turned to God, and He held off His judgment.

Is there hope for this country? Will the US survive? Every lesson from history seems to scream to the negative. America has in the past been a savior to the other nations, pouring military and humanitarian aid into many nations to defeat dictators, to fight hunger, to help in education. Lately this is being more and more off set by our role as the UN’s pet bulldog in areas like the Balkans and the Mid-East. The humanitarian aid often “misses” areas that are in the worst need, and the education is more about self-worship and greed than anything useful or even honest. We think of Sodom as being some city-wide, full-time, romp, but the descriptions we see in the Bible could as well be about any city in this country. Where are the prophets? For over sixty years our recognised “prophets” have been clucking their tongues like an indulgent grandmother about, “not having God’s best” when the Spirit would have them issue a call to repent from the sins that are destroying this nation, and each life in it, from the inside out.

These “prophets” tell us that a revival will come when God “sovereignly” decides to send one, so we sit calmly in our sinking boats, refusing to either bail or row, and assure ourselves that we are in God’s will. God’s will is not for the churches in America to founder and sink. He has given us everything we need to not only stay afloat but to rescue those drowning all around us, but we adjust our deck chairs and religiously mutter, “But that is God’s job!” The Church is not preaching repentance, is not preaching righteousness, but is telling those drowning all around them that such things are only invisible legal fictions in the courts of Heaven. Can this nation survive if no preachers are even calling it to receive the life God has been trying to offer it? Can this nation turn to God if it truly believes that such a turn is only a matter of putting the right face on things? Nineveh heard their prophet, turned, and lived. Sodom compromised their prophet, and corrupted his message. Is there hope for America, or is this encroaching “secularisation” merely the darkness approaching as God withdraws His light?

The answer is up to us. “Ask, and you will receive, seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened.” By His grace we are able. Let us not let it slip!


Written by Robert Easter

Sunday, 24 May, 2009 at 9:24

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  1. Good post. The true picture you paint of our nation is frightening when we realize that we will reap what we sow.

    Alice C. Linsley

    Sunday, 24 May, 2009 at 17:21

  2. Thanks Alice. That’s really a frightening letter, you know. It’s one thing for a half-baked holiness preacher like me to lay out something from my own heart, but to have it so quickly confirmed by a professor of philosophy is saying something. I would much rather be proven wrong on all this, but the more I try to disprove it, the more I see to support an even more radical conclusion. I pray I’m wrong!

    Reading what happened to Tyre, Nineveh, Babylon, Samaria, and even Jerusalem does not offer a lot of room for optimism. I think we will see a lot of people responding like that one fellow on the Titanic who simply dressed to the nines, opened a good brandy, lit his cigar, and watched the show enfold him.

    Robert Easter

    Sunday, 24 May, 2009 at 18:58

  3. Although I agree with where you think the U.S. is today relative to its end, I’m not sure whether you’re too focused on the state of sexual morals in this country, appalling as those are.

    First: there’s no evidence that Late Roman sexual morals were worse than those during, say, the days of the Apostles. The world into which Christianity came into was pretty wide open in that regard, something that people forget when attempting to effectively rewrite the New Testament regarding Christian sexual ethics.

    Second: there’s more to a country’s decline than its sexual ethics. The thing that characterised Late Rome was its centralised, brutal and highly taxing (literally) government, something which Christianity didn’t really try to fix. I explore that in some detail at

    The French historian Ferdinand Lot (which brought the quote from Lactantius to my attention) called this the “corruption of the public spirit.” And we’re seeing a lot of this today.

    I’d have to say that Late Rome has been on my mind lately. You might also find this of interest:

    Don Warrington

    Monday, 25 May, 2009 at 13:36

    • Did I focus on the sexual aspect? I didn’t mean to. Abortion & euthanasia / “assisted suicide,” abusive foreign aid, drunkenness all figure in as well. We could go into the Roman parallels and the effects of incorporating Roman imperialism into Church “polity,” but that will be more fun when we get to have a lunch together some time down the road. I’ll get over to your pages when I get a chance, in the meantime I’ll recommend them to whoever comes by to read this. Blessings on ya, Don!

      Robert Easter

      Monday, 25 May, 2009 at 14:04

  4. Sexual immorality is certainly serious, but even more defiling is what comes out of our mouths. Listening to some of my students gossip, use foul language and express hate for other people, persuades me that their hearts are dirty. When I said something to them about this, they looked at me as if I were a slimey green alien who had just landed in their midst.

    Alice C. Linsley

    Monday, 25 May, 2009 at 16:55

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