Forklift Theology

Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.

God Bless America? Seriously?

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There are some things that you just shouldn’t do. You should never ship soda, such as 7-Up or Dr. Pepper, in a load of frozen food. Nor should you ever ship ice cream in a load of auto parts and car batteries. Doing this is a sure fire way to lose a customer, and possibly your job. It doesn’t matter how good you think you are, load the wrong freight and you might as well start looking for a new job.

One of the most patriotically religious songs we sing here in the United States is “God Bless America”. It is a very catchy tune, easily played on almost any instrument. Some churches even have this song in their hymnals, provided that the church even uses a hymnal (I have been to many churches in which all the lyrics to the songs they are singing are projected onto a screen near the stage or lectionary).

Problem. Over the last several decades, the United States has been in a downward slide. Looking through the history books, I can not pinpoint a precise date as to when this slide began. However, it has been going on for quite some time, since before many reading this today were even born. Why is that?

For quite a few decades now, Christians have been finding themselves being marginalized. The United States has become more accepting of abortion, homosexuality, and various alternative religions. In the process, Biblical morality has become something that is viewed as a hindrance to many, and obsolete to many more. Modern morality has become more of a convenience based, what feels good, and don’t talk about sin menagerie. There is a reason that people don’t like prophets. Prophets tend to speak out against the things that people want to do that violate God’s command.

Something shouldn’t sit right about that. It doesn’t. We ask God to bless America, but we are nation that flaunts sin in a proud and rebellious manner. Repentance? Fewer and fewer are the churches that speak of this. The churches that do speak of repentance often find their membership declining, as nobody wants to be told that they are sinner and need to repent. Truth has become hate speech to those who hate truth.

Ironically, the downward slide of America isn’t all the unusual. As a nation progresses, it is not uncommon for the people to reject God and elevate humanity. Israel did this, and it lead them into captivity in Babylon, as the author Jonathan Cahn has pointed out. Russia, under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin, with the teachings of Karl Marx (partially based upon Charles Darwin), did this. That when the people reject God, and God removes his blessing from a nation should not be a surprise to anyone.

The United States is in deep trouble. Rioting has become more and more common over the last few years. Slothfulness is also becoming more common.

Wait! What? What does slothfulness have to do with anything?

Would it surprise you to learn that God, from the beginning, commanded humanity to work? That’s right. No free meals. Over the last few years, more and more people, who are otherwise fully capable of manual labor (I work in a warehouse, so there is no hypocrisy my saying this), are getting assistance from the government so that they do not have to work.

Wait! Where in the Bible does command us to work?

Starting with Genesis 2:15 we read ” The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”

Such being the case, God expects his people to work. Occupationally, Adam would have been a gardener or farmer. Today, there are many jobs that people do, and they are also somehow linked one to another. Yet, when people refuse to work, things don’t get done. Eventually we will reach a point in which we have more people sitting around and doing nothing than we will have laborers. Why should God bless that?

Yes, it is sin to refuse to work for a living. Just as homosexuality, abortion, divorce, and murder are sins. Alas, many who engage in these things have rejected God and his solid counsel, as found in the Bible. They have rejected the creator and elevated the creation, which is idolatry. Yes, I am well aware that the Bible does not call abortion a sin. However, the concept is not lost in scripture either, as can be seen from Exodus 21:22~25. God does demand punishment for the death of those who are killed while still in the womb, yet our society has mocked God and delights in doing so.

I am not a prophet. I would be remiss to claim such. However, even I can see the “writing on the wall”. We are a nation in grave danger. Odd that I should even mention “writing on the wall”. This is a very popular phrase, and even has be used in music. However, the phrase comes from an incident in Daniel 5, in which a hand appeared during a feast and began to write upon the wall. The prophet Daniel was brought in to interpret what was written. The writing stated clearly that the kingdom was being brought to an end, and being given to another. So too will it be with the United States if it does not repent.

In shipping, there are things that you just shouldn’t do. So too is it in life. Mocking God and making light of his laws is something that should not be done. Calling yourself a Christian and denying God’s commandments comes with hefty penalty. The United States once hailed itself as a Christian nation, going back to the earliest days of the Puritans. Now we are a rebellious nation, fully deserving of the wrath of God.

What can be done? Repent. Perhaps, if we repent of our sins, God would forgive our nation. Yet, the heart of humanity is ever bent on wickedness. I fear that if we do not repent as a nation, God will not bless us, rather he will bring us to an end. No nation that rejects God can stand forever. He will bring them low. He did it with Israel. He will do it with the United States if we don’t repent.

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