A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
began writing this piece on "Good Friday," the day upon which we
Christians remember the crucifixion, death, and entombment of Christ.
Christians have waited since for the sun to rise on this Sunday, Easter morning.
Easter Sunday, we rejoice as we celebrate Christ's resurrection, his
victory over death, hell, and the grave. The Christian faith is founded
upon the events of the period from Christ's arrest until his ascension.
today the tenets of the Christian faith have been turned and are now
being used by those of little or no faith against the Christian Church.
Where are the Christian warriors? (Maybe
we need a modern day Knights Templar organization to confront those who
have turned America on its head. Just a thought.)
America used to be a Christian nation. She can not lay claim to that title any longer.
The very word "Christian" means "Christ-like." There is very little in
America that could be classified as Christ-like today. In fact, America reassembles Sodom and Gomorrah more than a nation that subscribes to the teachings of Christ.
scriptures tell us that God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
by raining fire down from heaven and incinerating both towns -- and all
As I write, America is under a threat from North Korea to rain down fire from the heavens upon our nation. You don't suppose there is a connection -- do you?
culture is a carbon copy of the wicked culture of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The leaders of our nation have sanctioned the very same culture, for
which Sodom and Gomorrah paid the ultimate price.
be clear. Those two ancient cities were NOT destroyed by God because
of bad hospitality (inhospitality) . They were destroyed by God for the
sin of practicing every kind of vice imaginable -- including the
practice of homosexuality. The scriptures are exceedingly clear about
"America, is like a healthy body and its
resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual
life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from
within." ... Joseph Stalin
Uncle Joe was
spot on with that assessment. His accuracy is evident all around us
today. America is, indeed, collapsing from within. Practicing
Christians know this. They see the evidence, they recognize it for what
it is, for they live, like everyone else, in the muck and mire of the
degenerate decadence that is modern America. It is all around us day in
and day out. America's indulgence in sensual pleasures, its excessive
and immoral activities involving sex, alcohol, food, and drugs has
swamped our beloved country much like a tsunami embracing a beachfront
village. We are awash in hedonism. We have created a society that
values the pursuit of pleasure as the highest good.
perversions of Roman Emperor Caligula can barely hold a candle to the
"egalitarian" hedonistic escapades of we Americans. We have even gone
so far as to urge our Supreme Court to decree such behavior as
This behavior by a people, a nation, is nothing new. Thousands of years ago a prophet wrote: "The
look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like
Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon
themselves." -- Isaiah 3:9 . Read that short piece of scripture again and then turn on a TV news channel and observe as "they parade their sin as Sodom."
ask you: How much farther can America fall before she hits the
bottom. Instead, maybe the question ought to be how much farther MUST America
fall before she hits the bottom. I pose the question because our
arrogance, our stubbornness, will not allow Americans to recognize and
then accept our enslavement to a death wish. For, believe me, it is a death wish.
No less an authority that the Scriptures tells us flat-out that: "The wages of sin is -- death." (Romans 6:23 -- The Bible)
has been a complete moral breakdown in American society. Since the
1960's there has been a spiraling descent of Americans into the depths
of hedonistic squalor. "Moral relativism," in my opinion,
has greased the rails leading to chaos, ruin, and eventually, to
perdition for our once great country. We know it by another name today
-- political correctness --and -- at least SOME of us can see the hefty price tag.
conservatives championing "family values" were mocked and shouted down
just a bare few years ago. It was reminiscent of those who laughed at
--and derided -- a fellow named Noah as he sweated profusely to build a
huge float-able barge in the heat of a dry, dry, desert. The laughter
and derision ended abruptly when the water began to rise. By then, of
course, it was too late.
Thomas Huxley once said: "It doesn't take much of a man to be a Christian, but it takes all there is of him." In America today Christians are fighting a holding action. We hear often of the war on Christianity. It IS real and no quarter is given by the opponents of Christianity.
I had not intended to deliver a sermon when I began this piece. It just sort of evolved into, well, whatever you may chose to call it.
To America's Christian community, I offer encouragement. But -- we MUST take a stand. In fact, those are our instructions: "Therefore,
take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in
the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm." (Ephesians 6:13 -- The Bible)
As we look around us, there can be no doubt THIS is the EVIL DAY.
Brother Martin Luther, the Great Reformer, was on trial for his life,
he refused to recant and he left us with words that echo down through
the ages. As he refused to recant he said: "Here I stand, I can do no other, God help me. Amen."
So, I would call upon my fellow Christians to "stand". Don't give an inch. And may God help us. Amen.
© J. D. Longstreet
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