As Americans prepare to vote on November 8, 2016, there is a spiritual question to be answered. “Will Americans repent of our national sins?” There are many national sins to be horrified over.
There is the national sin of abortion. Based on available state-level data, an estimated 954,000 abortions took place in 2014. The place of love and safety has become for almost a million unborn babies a year a death chamber. The slaughter of the innocent must be repented of. It is a barbaric practice that must cease.
There is the national sin of drug addiction. Addiction is a behavioral choice characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. Illicit drug use in the United States has been increasing, especially in the hard drug of heroin. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older—9.4 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug in the past month. Long-term use of drugs causes changes in the brain chemical systems and circuits as well, affecting functions that include: learning, judgment, decision-making, stress, memory, and behavior.
There is the national sin of child pornography. America is the leading worldwide exporter of child pornography. This scourge could be shut down immediately, but the government looks the other way. This is not surprising. A government that allows babies to be butchered, and their body parts sold, will not do much to stop children from sexual exploitation. A leading 2016 presidential candidate makes the case. When given a chance to put a pedophile away, there is only the sound of laughter to be heard.
There is the national sin of homosexuality. The Bible consistently teaches homosexual activity is a sin. It is a perversion of nature. To pretend otherwise is to fail to open a Bible and read Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9, and Romans 1:26-27.
There is the national sin of lying. If Wickileaks has revealed anything it is that, from the Oval Office, to the Department of Justice, down to the FBI, and IRS, and throughout the news media, America is saturated with the sin of lying. Lying is part of our cultural acceptance. It is expected in politicians, lawyers, and marriages.
There is the national sin of divorce. Husbands put away their wives as easily as they change their shirts. The royal command of Jesus is openly, and defiantly, spit upon. “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matt. 19:6) This is done because of the hardness of the human heart. The marriage certificate is just a scrap of paper.
There is the national sin of idolatry. The Bible explains in Colossians 3:5 that covetousness is a form of idolatry. The national debt of 20 trillion dollars is a glaring indictment of America’s greed. Americans want more and more entitlements. Some individuals are willing to sell favors flowing from a high level government office. That is a fact. However, what is also a fact is that those constituents, who support these individuals, can benefit from the policies they pass to hand out unearned and undeserved money and benefits.
There is the sin of human secularism. The major teaching of human secularism, which thoroughly pervades America’s educational system, insists that all knowledge is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis. There is no need for divine revelation. The Bible is to be dismissed from the classroom, along with God, and prayer.
Humanism teaches that humans are an integral part of nature, the result of evolutionary change, an unguided process. The godless insist that long ago there was a Big Bang and all that is, sprang into existence. Out of nothing came everything. Such foolishness is passed on as science, and logic. Such thinking is not scientific, nor is it logical. Out of nothing, nothing comes.
Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience. Moral standards do not come from a Moral Law Giver. The Ten Commandments are not valid for all people in all nations.
Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals. Mankind has no responsibility to a Divine Creator to know Him, and worship Him.
Humans are social by nature, and find meaning in relationships. These relationship are horizontal, not vertical.
Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness. The greater good of mankind, not God, is the supreme purpose of life.
Respect for differing, yet humane views in an open, secular, democratic, environmentally sustainable society. All ideas are equally valid. Adolf Hitler believed this and insisted that his idea of the Final Solution for the “Jewish problem” in Europe be respected. Communism demands respect, and should be embraced, according to the Secular Humanist.
There are other national sins. The vote on November 8, 2016 will determine if Americans are ready to repent.
Will Americans vote to stop killing our unborn babies, or continue to support the slaughter of the innocent by funding Planned Parenthood?
Will Americans vote to end drug addiction, and restore law and order, or continue to try to get high?
Will Americans vote for more government overspending, more graft, and more greedy over consumption, or pay off the national deb, and live in a responsible manner?
Will Americans vote to honor the Judeo-Christian heritage, or continue to dismiss God, and hurt Christians?
Will Americans repent? If God is merciful, He will cause Americans to repent. “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” (Psalms 143:8)