Last week both a Real Politics and Ramsmussen Poll showed that most Americans think that our country is on the wrong track. 65% to 68% of the 2500 eligible voters surveyed believe we are heading the wrong way. Accordingly, only 27% felt the country was headed the right direction
However, this is nothing new. I looked back to 2009 and found that over 60% felt the same way then. In fact, one week the poll revealed an 80% dissatisfaction among our populace.
Why are Americans feeling this way?
I’m sure the answers are as varied as the economic circumstances, political persuasions and religious beliefs of the people surveyed. We are a nation gripped by fear, frustration, cynicism, and pessimism.
I heard someone rhetorically ask the other day regarding the two presumptive nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties, “Is the best we can do?”
Of course, the answer may be “yes”, given our headlong descent into an increasingly secular society. As a country, maybe we’re getting what we deserve. The Bible teaches the age-old principle that “you reap what you sow.” And, as the Old Testament prophet Hosea put it, (we’ve) sown to the wind and (we’re) reaping the whirlwind.”
In past elections, some of us have argued that we’re voting for the “lesser of two evils.” That’s tough case to make this year. Both Clinton and Trump has the highest unfavorability numbers of any two Presidential candidates in our history. Clinton has been described by the secular media as “corrupt, shady, and dishonest.” And Trump has been branded as “boastful, narcissistic, misogynist” I’m sure if you’re and ardent supporter of either candidate, you would dispute those labels. But that’s the reality.
However, the answers to our real problems are not political, economic and social. They are spiritual.
In the past 50-60 years we have sown to the flesh. God’s marriage laws have been ignored. Divorce is accepted. Single parent homes are the norm. Entertainment out of Hollywood has become crude, lewd and violent. Condoms are dispensed in schools instead of Bibles. Sexual activity among our youth is not only accepted, but encouraged. Every kind of perversion and bizarre behavior is not only tolerated, but celebrated.
God has been removed from the public square. Evolution is the accepted answer for our existence. And Creationism is ridiculed. Christianity is mocked. The Bible is dismissed as outdated and old-fashioned. And anyone who would dare to speak up in favor of the Judeo-Chrisitan values on which our country was founded is denounced in the most vitriolic and vulgar manner.
More laws. Stricter regulations. Tighter controls. Public service ads. Or a new President. These won’t solve our problems. The sickness of our society is spiritual. A return to Jehovah God and his Holy Word is the only answer.
The psalmist words 3,000 years are appropriate today, “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” Instead he offers, “Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God’ (Ps 146:3,5).
There is little I can do about who resides in the White House, or rules from the court-house. But I can control the conduct in my house.
In a corrupt culture, Christians are called upon to live “soberly, righteously and godly.” To be “transformed,” instead of “conformed to this world.” And to be “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.”
America may be heading the wrong way. But I don’t have to be. And neither do you.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman