The Horse Sense Blog compares the nonsense in today's news with good ol' fashioned horse sense.
Here's the Nonsense: If we can just elect a solid conservative to the presidency in 2016, America will be saved from destruction and have a great future for our children
Here's the Horse Sense: Electing a conservative president will temporarily help fix what ails America, but it will not save us from destruction. To stop America's collapse will take individual effort on the part of the American people.
If we really want to understand why America is in the shape it's in, what it will take to fix it, and whether it can be fixed, we need to understand what got us here. Most people will write off what I'm going to say, but the truth must be spoken and it's up to each person to decide if they want to face that truth and do their part to stop America's destruction. If the American people listen they will not only save the nation, they will do themselves an eternal favor in the process.
The problems we face can't be fixed by politics or any of the solutions being promoted by the candidates running for office in 2016. The problems in our nation and world are foundational matters of the heart. So, we must start by understanding that for us to succeed as individuals and as a nation we are going to have to deal with who we are and make changes inside ourselves.
I'm frequently asked how America got to the place we're in. The answer is actually quite simple. Contrary to what people want to believe, mankind is evil. Throughout history we've seen countless times where that evil has led to unspeakable things. That's because our hearts are corrupt and wicked. God tells us in Jeremiah 17:9 that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick. When left to ourselves, we will ultimately choose to do what is wrong, not what is right. Nothing but evil flows from our hearts and only God can change that.
The core reasons America is collapsing are due to the following:
1.) Narcissism. America has become a totally narcissistic society. We focus only on ourselves. It's well summed up in the song "I Wanna Talk About Me" written by Bobby Braddock and recorded and released by Toby Keith in 2001. The chorus goes like this (emphasis added):
I wanna talk about meWanna talk about IWanna talk about number oneOh my me myWhat I thinkWhat I likeWhat I knowWhat I wantWhat I seeI like talking about you, you, you usuallyBut occasionallyI wanna talk about meI wanna talk about me
People only want to focus on themselves. We are full of pride and arrogance. Proverbs 11:2 says that when pride comes, then comes disgrace. Proverbs 16:18 reminds us that pride goes before destruction. God reminds us in Proverbs 8:13 that He hates pride, arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Americans are living lives that God hates.
Yet today we see nothing but pride and ego. People focus on themselves. Watch any sporting event and see what happens when someone scores in the game. It's all about focusing on themselves. There are few in amateur or professional sports whose successes aren't followed by a parade of antics to focus on what they did. And those who do have a humble response to their own actions are hated by many in our society. Look at the attacks Tim Tebow got for simply bowing a knee to thank God for his success. A man of character should be lauded as a role model, not attacked because of his humility and faith.
2.) Rage & Retribution. Raging with bitterness and anger has become common in our society. People think they're standing up for something, but in reality they are doing something that is considered a sin by God and was once considered a lack of decorum in society. Self control was considered appropriate, even godly behavior. But today people say they have a right to be angry. Ephesians 4:31 tells us to "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice." Ecclesiastes 7:9 says, "Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools."
From rage and anger flows desire for retribution. Everyone seems to want retribution, or vengeance, these days. Even the entertainment people submit themselves to promotes retribution as appropriate. The Golden Rule most of us in my generation were taught growing up told us to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." But today it's been replaced with "Do unto others as they have done unto you" or in some cases "Do undo others before they do unto you."
That's a long way from the Bible's command to be Christ-like and remember that when He was mistreated He did not retaliate. Yet retribution is the focus of so much of our society today. First Thessalonians 4:6 reminds us that the Lord is the one who is the avenger. It is not our place, but God's place. We are supposed to forgive as Christ offers forgiveness to us. The members of the church in South Carolina whose family and friends were slain by a deranged gunman had the perfect response, they forgave him... and they did it immediately, not after a long period of anger and resentment. That is what Jesus calls us to do.
Ecclesiastes 8:11 says, "When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people's hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong." In other words, the slow response of our government to punish crime drives the citizens to wrongful thoughts and deeds. But we'd be wrong to say it's the government's fault. In America our government was set up so that it was to be controlled by the people. We the people have failed miserably both in electing righteous leaders and in holding our elected officials accountable.
As a result, due to our failure to do our job as citizens, we have a government that is corrupt and failing. As a people, we Americans have gotten the government we deserve.
3.) Corrupt leaders. The leaders we have elected to office are some of the most corrupt people in our country. Proverbs 29:2 tells us, "...when the wicked rule, the people groan." And Proverbs 16:12 says, "It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, for a throne is established on righteousness."
Because Americans live immoral lives, we don't care about the corruption in our leaders. That is shown by, as mentioned before, the fact that we don't hold our leaders accountable and we elect people of bad character.
We don't elect good leaders because we do not have reverence for God or His ways. America has become a land of immoral citizens. And Romans 1:28-32 tells us what happens when people no longer honor God:
"And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them."
This also explains why there is no respect for authority anymore. We do not elect respectable people as leaders and it results in a lack of respect for authority (not just their authority, but all authority in our society). What follows that lack of respect is a rise in civil disobedience, which we are seeing today. A nation cannot find its way without righteous leadership.
When I wrote my book, No Tomorrows, in 2011 I pointed out the 3 core problems that were destroying America and then presented how we can turn that around. Those 3 problems are:
- The national debt (our debt drives our entire economy and with our ever-growing debt we are rapidly spending ourselves off a cliff and will never be able to recover)
- Our inability to choose good leadership
- Our moral failure as a people
At the end of the book I pointed out that even if we fix all three of those problems, unless our return to morality is based on faith in God and submission to Him, America could not survive. As I pointed out then, if we fix all 3 of our core problems without fixing our relationship with God, any fix for our nation will only be temporary. We, as individuals, must place our faith in God and submit to His standards for our lives or we will only temporarily delay America's destruction.
It doesn't matter who we elect to political office, without Americans turning from their evil ways and trusting God, there will be no salvation for America as a nation.