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Fundamentally Transforming America

Fundamentally Transforming America:

And the Blame Game Wheel of Sin Goes Round and Round

          To be honest, I feel that it's important to let the reader know that I am a white conservative, and a born again Christian with a Biblical world view.  I do not accept the politically correct standards set by secular humanists that see things from a man centered world view, having little or no need for God or His ways.  I say this, not from a self righteous, holier than thou attitude, but merely to make clear the vantage point from whence I take my stand.  Speaking from a biblical world view means that I do believe that God’s moral standards for absolute right and wrong are true for all generations, and His standards do not change or waver.  One can always put his trust in God, for He remains steadfast, true, and forever dependable established from the beginning of time, regardless of culture or place.  Whereas, the standards for right and wrong in the secular humanist point of view is relative and varies from generation to generation, and changes continually as man makes up his own standards as he goes along.  In the secular humanist point of view, each man is allowed to create his own source of ‘light,’ or path to follow, with no hindrance from God.  There is no true path, for all paths are right.  “A man’s ways are right in his own eyes.” (Prov. 21: 2)  The secular humanist sees God and His ways as a hindrance to his “liberty” to “Do as thou wilt;” therefore, his goal necessarily is the pursuit to remove all reasons to acknowledge the existence of sin and Hell, and to extol  mankind as being basically good, having no need for repentance, forgiveness, or a Savior.  Placing man, and not God, as the measure of all things enables man, in effect, to be his own god and set his own standard or path to his own ‘light,’ according to his own will.

          For the born again Christian, God is the measure of all things.  Speaking for myself, my trust is in Jesus as my Savior and Lord who has proclaimed: “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)  “Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I say unto you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they be born again.’” (John 3: 3)  Jesus said: “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him.  For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.  Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”(John 3: 14 – 21)  For the born again believer, true liberty is found only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, who forgives all his sins, and sets him free from the chains of sin and death.  “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (liberty).” (II Cor. 3:17) 

          I have revealed the foundations which influence the formation of my views, in an effort to remove doubt concerning where I stand.  My faith in the Lord, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the truth of His word, is what I depend upon to reshape my heart, soul and mind.  That is a lifelong process.  Since my life on earth has not yet ended, I can not claim that I know everything; however, I can proclaim, with solid assurance, that I do know the One who does know everything.  I depend upon His mercy and grace to continue that good work which He has begun in me, knowing it will not be completed until the day I see Him face to face, and He gives me an eternal glorified body.  I am far from perfect, but through His love, grace, and the power of His Holy Spirit, I am being perfected.

          Having the knowledge concerning where I stand, you may or may not want to read any further.  If you stand firmly upon the beliefs of the secular humanistic world view, you must be aware that our views may be farther apart than the North Pole is from the South Pole.  If you are looking for views that will only agree with the mind set based upon the politically correct standards of this present time, then you must necessarily search for other venues, for that is not what you will find here.  With God’s help and guidance, I refuse to bow down and worship at that altar.  However, if you’re not against opening your eyes and heart to other possibilities, feel free to read on.

                   People used to be proud of America, and proud of being an American.  American exceptionality, American patriotism, pride in the American flag, God and country, and biblical standards for family, community, and national traditional values were seen as good things.  Every immigrant was eager to learn the English language and be assimilated into our society as quickly as possible, taking great pride in becoming an “American”, not a “Hyphenated - American.”  Even more importantly, there once was greater unity when the majority of the people were greatly influenced by the moral absolutes of the Judeo-Christian standards, even if they were not all believers in the Judeo-Christian religions.  It was in that atmosphere that civil rights were greatly expanded, based upon the belief that all men are created equal in the eyes of God, and given certain inalienable rights by Him, not by the government. "One nation under God," in our pledge of allegiance, and on our currency, was widely believed and supported.  Believe it or not, our constitution acknowledges the existence and guidance from our Creator God.

          However, during the ‘60’s, as the 'free love,' and the man centered mantra of "Do as you will!" {not as God wills} exploded upon the scene; there arose an increasingly secular humanistic and broadening atheistic element in society that has been determined to remove the God of the Bible from every part of the public arena.  It is not surprising then that America, in its increased endeavor to forget God and His ways as a nation, is now shaken and shattered into multi factions, each one caring more for its own selfish interests than for the good of the country as a whole.  It has become popular to find fault and criticize, instead of looking for and being thankful for the good that has been done in and by our nation.  What country has been and continues to be known for its generosity when others have been in need?  Yet, today all good accomplishments are continually being downplayed, trashed, or totally ignored all together. 

          More often now, our politically correct media and those that support and follow them, choose to dig up all the ills and sins of our past as a nation.  We now
have a president that has made it one of his priorities to proclaim abroad all of
our short comings, virtually ignoring our good characteristics and positive
influence upon the world at large.  In this politically correct world, we must
not only deny any American exceptionality, but we should also be ashamed and
apologize to the rest of the world for ever holding such an arrogant point of
view.  Pres. Obama even went so far as to proclaim that America is not a Christian nation (even though it was deemed to be just that by our Supreme Court), and that Islam has always played a vibrant and contributing part in our society.   Should we be surprised?  No!  He is only doing what he promised: to fundamentally transform America and redistribute wealth.  He never lied about that part of his agenda. However, did he keep his promise to be a unifier for all Americans?  In my opinion, he and his administration have produced more divisiveness among the American populous than I have ever witnessed in my lifetime, or read about in our past history.  Instead of drawing the people together in unity, he has succeeded in dividing and pitting one group against another to the detriment of the entire nation.  Yet, even as I say that, part of the blame for his success lies upon the shoulders of Christians, as we either refuse to vote for more godly thinking leaders, or choose not to vote at all.  In addition, our voice against political correctness has been silent, or perhaps, intentionally or not, we have undermined the will of God by supporting policies that are contrary to the teachings of the God that we claim to serve.

          I can not possibly enumerate all of the fractures within our society, brought about by the tool of politically correct thinking within an increasingly godless and lawless society.  However, the following are but a few examples of these divisions: Class warfare, pitting one socioeconomic group against another; one gender against another(war on women by those awful “insensitive and chauvinistic” men, and those “clueless” women who refuse to reject traditional family values); racism – white people who, due to their white ‘privilege,’ continually seek to oppress all persons of color, whether they be black, Hispanic, American Indian, or whatever(anyone disagreeing with either Obama’s policies, or politically correct thinking, is automatically labeled a racist); black people who don’t agree with the latter are also labeled as Uncle Tom, accused of not being black enough, or accused of “acting white;” and white people must necessarily carry the burden of “white privilege guilt” simply because they were born white; the young are pitted against the older generation, for they have not had their consciousness raised to the more “enlightened” path of thought as the younger generation has; and Christians are more often vilified, for their politically incorrect way of thinking is deemed to be a threat to the well being of all society.  One comment, meant to marginalize and demonize Christians, was that they stubbornly choose “to hang on to their guns and bibles,” (Both of which are a part of those pesky unalienable rights granted to us through our constitution.)  To set a politically correct scene, on the stage before one of Obama’s early speeches, instructions were given for all crosses in the background to be covered, lest they ‘offend’ someone.  I can’t help but wonder, had there been Islamic religious symbols in the background, would they too have been just as diligently covered, or removed, lest they offend someone? 

          Everyone knows that our past history as a nation is not without sin and horrible failings, such as the blot of the treatment of Indians and the plague of slavery.  The atrocities white people committed against American Indians are well documented historically and can not be denied.  However, if we are going to cast the light of truth upon all, let us not forget the atrocities that were committed by one tribe of Indians against other tribes, as they slaughtered the men, and took the women and children as slaves, or the unwarranted Indian attacks upon innocent settlers whose only crime was traveling through tribal lands while white.  Decades after the struggles for civil rights, according to politically correct standards, whether or not they or their ancestors ever owned slaves, all white people must still carry white privilege guilt, even if some of their ancestors were abolitionists or fought for civil rights along with Martin Luther King. In addition, all black people must still see themselves as oppressed by “whitey” and forever chained as victims to past history, unable to rise above victimization for generation after generation. Has anyone yet determined how many more decades it may require for white and black people to be pitted against one another before it can be said “enough is enough,” or is it possible that even eternity will never be counted as enough?  Pres. Obama is a black man.  What ever happened to his opportunity to join in with Martin Luther King in unifying all of us by endeavoring to encourage each of us to stop considering the color of a man’s skin, but only the character of a man, that we may be united as one race – the human race?  Obama’s offer of “hope” for the future has become “little or no hope,” and the “change” he promised only seems to have changed into “chains” to the sins of our past.  His administration, the liberal media, and those who agree with political correctness only serve to enhance his ability to divide us further, and force his ideology and agenda upon the people, enabling him to act more and more like a king, instead of a president.  In America, according to our constitution, the people are supposed to be the sovereign (king), not one man or group.  Yet, today our government has become so large and out of control, it no longer acts as the servant of the people.  Rather it has created such a nanny welfare state that it has turned the masses into slaves, and the government has become the master, determined to keep all of us enslaved on the government plantation.  Our constitution, and the idea of the rule of law, are rapidly becoming a vague memory of the past.  He decides what laws to enforce and what laws are no longer to be enforced.  Protection of our southern border is a thing of the past, and illegal immigrants cross it as if the border no longer even exists.  Many legal immigrants feel cheated and foolish for having “wasted” their time, money and effort by obeying the law and entering legally.  Rule of law is being eroded, not only by activist court systems and judges, but every time a Grand Jury decision is reached that is not in agreement with politically correct thinkers, it is being second guessed, demoralized, and politicized.  Since when did Grand Jury decisions have to be based on emotions and political correctness instead of evidence and facts?  If we are no longer a country led by the rule of law, then we are a country governed by whims and the standard of one group’s idea of what is politically correct.  But since that contains no core of unity, total agreement, or consistency, but changes from moment to moment, we have set our nation on a pathway to anarchy, lawlessness, tyranny, and possibly rule by a dictator eventually.

          No longer is our focus on building a stronger and more perfect union.  Instead, in many ways, we are becoming very similar to the atmosphere found within the Middle East.  Tribal warfare there has been a steady and unending part of its history, not for decades, but for centuries.  If they are not fighting foreigners, they are fighting against each other for no greater crime than not upholding the same Islamic vision as one another.  Continual strife seems to be an acceptable part of their life. We may not yet be acting on that same level of strife and violence, but we are becoming more and more vulnerable to the possibility of its development as a normal way of life for our own country.  ISIS won't have to take us over to destroy us from without, for we seem to be willing to tear down our own country, and turn American Patriotism for ALL our citizenry into a politically incorrect dirty word.  When God's standard of absolute right and wrong are discarded, and man's ideas of relativism are preferred, there will be wars and strife among the "tribes" as each one tries to tyrannically enforce it's particular brand of 'relativism' upon  all the others.  “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” (Gal. 5: 15) The media is forever ready to give the spotlight and bully pulpit to those who are most politically correct, more man centered rather than God centered, and more contentious and ready to stoke the fires to insight and stir up the cauldrons of anger, malice, envy, unforgiveness and strife.  Seldom will they spotlight and give voice to the peace makers that would encourage forgiveness, understanding and tranquility.  “Good news” doesn’t increase their ratings, and God centered news is most vilified and deemed to be politically incorrect in today’s world.  That voice is to be cloistered away from the ears of the public, to be forever shunned and rejected.  “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.”  “Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 5: 20, 21, 24)

          People are more often engaged in taking sides, or forming tribes, to war against the enemy to gain their 15 minuets of fame, or exact their pound of flesh from the perceived offender, or oppressor.  By whose standards should we determine who needs to assume the most guilt, who owes the greatest debt, who deserves the greatest punishment, and what period of time should they serve as punishment for their crime (sin)?  Perhaps we should just line up all who are guilty of the crime of walking through life while having blue eyes on one side, and allow those who have brown eyes to line up on the opposing side, and shoot down all the blue eyed people.  Would that be a solution to the problem of all past sins and hurts?  Would all the brown eyed people be free now of the scourge of blue eyed pestilence, and be free to live life happily ever after?  I seriously doubt it!  History tells us that sin and strife would raise its ugly head once again.  Now those who have the darkest brown eyes would find some reason to hate and want revenge against those who have lighter brown eyes.  Without intervention from the God of Heaven, man will continue the war against one another till all civilization has been destroyed. 

   My question is, "What good does it do for any of us to continually point accusing fingers of blame, fault, and guilt at one another?  Man is NOT basically good as the man centered world view proclaims.  We live in a fallen world where all are contaminated by the disease of sin.  All are entrapped on this wheel of sin and, without forgiveness, it will never cease.  Instead, it will continue to go round and round, until all are destroyed by the fires of strife and contentiousness.  There is but one solution and cure for this disease of sin: faith in the blood of Christ Jesus which is able to cleans and wash away our sins.  It is by His grace that our sins are forgiven.  It is He who has taught us to forgive and walk in love towards one another.  We do not belong to ourselves, for He took our sins upon Himself upon the Cross, and marked the receipt for our debt, “PAID IN FULL; IT IS FINISHED!”

           We can think of many crimes, or sins, that have been committed by one individual, or one group of people, against another person or group.  We might even say, in the natural, that one has every right to hold a grudge or unforgiveness against the perpetrator.  However, God’s ways are higher than ours.  God teaches us to: “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” (Matt. 6)  This is the true and only way to find peace with one another.  Does forgiveness mean that one does not have to reap the consequences for what he has done wrong?  Absolutely not!  But holding onto a grudge and unforgiveness is never going to lead to peace within a person, family, country, or the world at large. The following truth is revealed to us in a story told by Jesus in MATTHEW 18: 21-35.  Peter is asking Jesus how many times he must forgive someone:

“…Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times, but until seventy times seven.
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me and I will pay thee all.
Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me and I will pay thee all.
And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to his tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”

          This life lesson contains part of God’s guidelines for how Christians are to deal with one another when sin has been perpetuated against another.  As I pointed out earlier, at one time biblical standards were once seen as dependable, valuable, and trustworthy for most of society, even if not all of them were born again believers.  God’s standards, when applied, work to bring forth a greater degree of respect and obedience for the law, and a greater degree of liberty and peace within in the individual persons and their nation as a whole.  The farther away the people stray from God and His ways, the deeper those persons and nation will sink into sin, lawlessness, with the lack of freedom, liberty, and peace.  Unless we, as individuals and a nation, turn our hearts back to God soon, America may stray so far away that God’s hedge of protection may be completely removed, and He will let us have our own way, “Do as thou will,” and we shall reap the full consequences of turning our backs on Him, the One who has loved us first.  By the adoption of a “man centered” secular humanistic and increasingly atheistic theology (yes, it is a religion with man as god), we are on the precipice of becoming transformed into a godless nation with no hope, but plenty of change: rampant lawlessness, godlessness, and tyranny.  The image of God can not be seen in a nation, if the image of God can no longer be seen in the people of that nation.  And the blame game wheel of sin goes round and round. 


Lord, I pray that you would work in my heart both to will and to do that which is good and pleasing in Thy sight. Let it begin in me, that I may be willing to forgive others as you have forgiven me, not because I deserve it, but because of your mercy, grace, and love that is offered to all.  Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. In Jesus name, Amen.

If you seek Him, you will find Him.


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