A WRECKED NATION'S RECOVERY?
Walter Bagehot (1826-1877) wrote, “History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world have a chance for it.” America is now close to becoming, if it has not already altogether become, one of these “wrecks” of nations strewn across history. We are now, it seems for the most part, governmentally, economically socially, militarily, industrially and morally, a pathetic and pitiful wreck. Why? Because Americans have allowed this country to become a spiritual wreck.
America has been wrecked spiritually and therefore otherwise, because “hard manliness” has become rare here to the point of extinction. And this has happened because real manliness cannot exist or even be simulated where the principles of biblical truth as it is exemplified in the Christian faith are unknown or rejected. And, we have come to the place in America where biblical truth and what truly exemplifies the Christian faith is unknown and rejected even by many who profess to be Christians.
God, promised to gift His ancient people with prosperity and progress, but cautioned them with these words: “Beware, lest thou forget the Lord.” He said, “And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee” (Read Deut. 6:10-19). America has defaulted and continues to default terribly in terms of everything that is right and good, and Christians and churches in general have been and are much at fault in this default.
God has provided a formula for the recovery of nations that have made a wreck of themselves, and it's the responsibility of God’s people in America to apply this formula. The question is, will we default in this responsibility too? “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will heal their land”
(2 Chron. 7:14).