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America in the Stream of Time

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus (c. 535 – c. 465 BC) said that time is like a stream. Everything changes and nothing remains the same. Therefore, you cannot step twice into the same stream because the flow that has passed will never pass again. With that thought in mind, an unknown author wrote the following.

“The American Dream ended on November 6th, 2012 in Ohio. The second term of Barack Obama will be the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest Republic in the history of mankind. A coalition of Blacks, Latinos, Feminists, Gays, Government Workers, Union Members, Environmental Extremists, the Media, Hollywood, uninformed young people, the forever needy, the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other fellow travelers have ended Norman Rockwell ‘s America. The Cocker Spaniel is off the front porch. The Pit Bull is in the back yard.

The American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and Chicago shyster, David Axelrod, along with international Socialist George Soros who will be pulling the strings on their beige puppet to bring us Act 2 of the New World Order.

The conservatives ran two candidates who couldn’t even win their own home states. Chris Christie helped Obama over the top with a glowing post Sandy tribute that elevated the Commander-in-Chief to Mother Teresa status.

People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I will never again comment on or concern myself with the aforementioned coalition which has surrendered our culture, our heritage, and our traditions without a shot being fired. We will never again out-vote these people.

It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take Zealots, not moderates, shy, reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status. Those who come after us will have to risk their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that this generation has timidly frittered away due to white guilt and political correctness.”

Though many valid points are made by this unknown author, this view of America is far too pessimistic for several reasons.

First, the last chapter of America’s future has not yet been written. The heart of the Christian can hope in the mercy and grace of God to raise up individuals to lead America back to basic values that honor Him, and exalt the nation. “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God” (Psa. 20:7).

Second, an honest historical review of America’s past reveals a darker side than any current generation likes to admit. Evil and good have always existed side by side. Individuals tend to lament their own generation, and idealize the past.

No rational modern American wants to return to the days of slavery, Jim Crow laws, or racial segregation. World War I, the rule of Al Capone, the gangster era, World War II, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, Korea, the Cold War, and Vietnam were part of Norman Rockwell’s idealized America. Mr. Rockwell lived from February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978, so he personally saw the darker side of American culture, including the race riots of the 1960s. However, Mr. Rockwell chose not to address those areas, as he emphasized the best in American society, and rightly so. But it is wrong to think that “The American Dream ended on November 6th, 2012, in Ohio.” The American Dream lives today in the hearts of millions of Americans.

Third, Christian Americans in particular do not have to be unduly pessimistic, because we can pray for revival, and work to that end. Several great revivals have come to America in our short history, and the heart can hope for another spiritual awakening. If that happens, the ancient prophecy will be fulfilled again. “For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts” (Mal. 1:11).

Someone has said that, “America has changed, and it’s not coming back unless the church takes a stand. There are storms that are coming. We find ourselves in these storms, and many times we as church run, and we run to the wrong place. You see, Jesus is in the boat. All we have to do is call him. Call his name. But the secularist and the humanists, you mention the name of Christ, and they jump all over you.” All that is true. Therefore, the church must take a stand, by going to her knees before God.

Finally, Americans can hope in the emergence of good and decent men and women to shake up corrupt political parties. The 2016 election year may very well defeat the nonsense of political correction, resolve our entanglements in foreign affairs, close the open borders that allow terrorists, rapists, and murderers to flood in, and arrest the cultural rot that promotes homosexuality, and allows males and females to pretend they are the opposite gender. Good shall yet triumphant over evil, for God is on His throne, and He is ruling the nations with a rod of iron.

I, for one, do not want to “go back”. I want to go forward to that great and glorious destiny of a better tomorrow, where Christ is exalted, and honored. To that end we labor.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Eph. 3:20-21).

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