Well-meaning folks distressed about the direction of our country often send out "patriotic"
emails written by those of the WWII generation. They hit my in-box in every election cycle, this
year being no exception.
The text is generally written by a self-proclaimed old fogie congratulating himself about working hard, raising his kids, defeating the Nazis, loving his country, and singing the national anthem.
He lays all our problems at the feet of those unpatriotic, drug-addled, sex-obsessed youngergenerations who have elected all the wrong people. "You got what you asked for!" smirks thegeezer. "Sheesh! We'll have to bail you out – again."
Now, I'm a gray-haired son of a WWII vet, but I hate these whining emails because they miss thepoint. Our current societal distress can be laid at the feet of all the adults, including the oldsters and maybe even especially them.
Because the point is that our problems are not political – they're religious. "Culture is religion externalized," said Henry van Til and he's exactly right. Our problems are the results of several generations' abandonment of the Bible. For way too long we've acted as if the Bible speaks only to our individual salvation, as if it's just a personal thing and not applicable to all of life.
We abandoned politics to unethical sociopaths because politics is not seen as religious (separation of church and state, y'know). We turned our children’s schooling over to secular humanist state bureaucrats because education is seen as “neutral” and not religious. Banking fraud runs rampant because we love inflation and debt, regardless of what the Bible says. As for the sanctity of marriage, well, those Puritanical ideas went out in the 1920’s.
In truth, we’ve turned to the state for salvation instead of Christ and it's during the generation of these emailing geezers that these attitudes became dominant in the America they claim to love.
"IN.GOD.WE.TRUST," they shout. Do they really? For what, our Social Security checks? If it’s God we trusted, it’s God we would obey. But what Americans really mean – what we have really trusted – is that God will do our bidding instead of blessing us because we do His bidding.
It comes down to this. People (all people everywhere) need to answer three questions:
In America we haven’t asked these questions for too long. America will be “fixed” when we ask, and correctly answer these questions, especially “Says Who?” On this we can only have one answer: the Triune God. It really doesn’t matter whether we disagree. We can disagree with gravity to the same effect.
So, by all means, go ahead and vote. But don’t expect the election to cure what ails America. That would be a top – down solution requiring Americans to be governed (controlled) by politicians. The true solution is one of self-government where we’ll live in obedience to God and His Word.
~John Bingaman, October 2016