The Bible said that it would be like this...
The Turning Point in the U.S.
By David McNabb
Events of late have caused fear and frustration to reign in America. The rash of school shootings in the last few years have brought much attention to the gun control debate and to the proliferation of information about armament on the Internet. These are but side issues - symptoms - of a greater problem: America's overall moral decay.
In the August 11 installment of Johnny Hart's "B.C." comic strip, the bird asks the turtle, "What would you get if you took 'God, the Bible, and prayer out of public schools?" The turtle's reply? "Senseless violence." Bro. Hart has hit the nail squarely on the head!
Granted, America may never have truly been a righteous or godly country as a whole, but fundamentally, its fabric was woven to be so.
Our currency displays our motto: "In God We Trust." Although it was not America's official national motto until 1956, when it was chosen by an Act of Congress, it was the implied motto at least as early as 1814. This can be determined by the words of our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," written that year by Francis Scott Key during the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.
Its fourth, and seldom sung, stanza reads:
Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with victory and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just; And this be our motto: "In God is our trust!"
And the Star-spangled Banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.
This hymn was not approved by Congress as our national anthem until 1931. An Act of Congress put Mr. Key's suggested motto on our paper currency in 1955 (although it did not appear on the money until 1957), and then approved those four words as our official motto in 1956.
Obviously, not all American citizens in the 1950's were Christians, but, officially, America was declaring its allegiance to God. In fact, the original wording of the Pledge of Allegiance was:
I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands: one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
On June 14, 1924, the words "my flag" were officially substituted by "the flag of the United States of America." But do you know in which year Congress added the words "under God"? 1954! The Fifties mark the height of the acceptance of Christianity and its God in America!
But then came the '60's. Satan had seen the ground he had lost by way of the Legislative branch of our government, so he focused his attention on the Judicial branch. He began to change the Constitution, not by Acts of Congress as the forefathers intended, buy by court decision.
Christian expression had come under attack in the courts as early as 1948, when in the case of McCollum v. Board of Education (333 U.S. 203, 212), the Supreme Court struck down religious instruction in public schools. In 1953, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that it was unconstitutional for the Gideons to distribute Bibles at public school. (Tudor v. Board of Education of Rutherford, 14 J.N. 31.)
The devil stepped up the battle for America's youth, however, in the Sixties. Two of the most influential cases were: Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962), which declared prayers in public school unconstitutional, and Abington Tonwship School District v. Schempp, 374. U.S. 203 (1963), which declared unconstitutional devotional Bible reading and recitation of the Lord's Prayer in public schools.
As some sought to pull on the fibers of our Constitution, the fabric of our society began to unravel and America would be forever changed.
Christianity, which is so often at the forefront to stand against atrocities, was inexplicably silent while Satan stripped God from America's public learning institutions. Only a small band of believers (which included our pastor, Bro. Eldon McNabb) showed up in Washington to protest this terrible crime against the freedoms of the people of the United States.
In his epistle to the Romans 1:23-32, Paul writes, "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful..." This scripture clearly describes the state of our America's youth.
As we have taken God out of our education (knowledge), America has been turned over to all of those things listed by Paul. Look around you. On the T.V., on the radio, in the newspaper, etc. we hear daily of all of these terrible things taking place in our country. It can all be traced back to the anti-Christian decisions of our Supreme Court, and the subsequent restrictions on our freedom of religious expression. Sadly, it seems that our schools' "God-free" policy has been more successful than their "drug-free" one.
Psalm 9:17 says, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." America has forgotten God, and for this our nation suffers.
We are shocked by the violence, especially among our young people. We CANNOT expect them to be moral when we forbid the teaching of morality. We CANNOT expect our youth to be righteous when we denigrate righteousness. We CANNOT expect godliness when we deny God access to them.
America MUST repent of its wickedness. We must, as a nation, turn back to Him who blessed us an made us a great nation. If the nation of the United States of America does not begin to cry out to God for forgiveness for her sins, the evil that we have seen doesn't even begin to compare with what is in store.
Let us not forget God, but let us turn to Him, for He is able to heal our land.