At the beginning of America’s Revolutionary War with England, a new Englishman immigrant to the American colonies, Thomas Paine, began to write a series of 16 articles on The American Crisis. Prior to arriving in Philadelphia on November 30, 1774, Paine had never visited the New World called America. However, he quickly became a staunch ally of the colonists in their quest for independence from the British crown.
In his first article, published on December 23, 1776, he started with the now famous line: These are the times that try men’s souls. He followed that with, The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
The fledgling country of America was in deep trouble. Suffering under the oppressive and tyrannical rule of England, the majority of colonists felt they had no choice but to fight against King George III and his military might for their freedom. While their heart and spirit was resolute, the young, developing nation faced daunting, if not impossible issues. Leadership in the country was not completely unified and was still evolving and maturing. The military was practically non-existent, made up of a rag-tag bunch of farmers and merchants and was seriously out-gunned and unprepared to go up against the superior forces of the British regulars and Hessian (German) mercenaries. America’s military leadership was unproven and Congress had to “settle” on young George Washington who had never won a military campaign. America had no navy to go up against the best navy in the world at the time. The financial condition of the country was poor, with little or no central financial resources to finance the huge and costly undertaking. By all observations and assessments, America was doomed to failure in this often ill-advised venture called “independence”.
Once again, America stands emerged in a crisis, a crisis like no other and no less to its survival than that of the American Revolution. Only this time America is dealing with a multitude of crises from within as well as from outside. At the heart of America’s crises is inept and unwilling leadership, both in politics and the church—past and present.
Some say that what America needs is another “revolution” to restore its fundamental foundations and greatness. Even Thomas Jefferson believed that, The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure (Thomas Jefferson’s letter to William Stephens Smith on November 13, 1787). Whether a true revolution will be needed in America, time will tell, but time is getting short.
The United States of America has been on the slippery slope of decay for many decades. However, the acceleration of the decline has intensified over the last six years—yes, during the Obama administration.
Morally. America is morally bankrupt. Her moral decay started long ago but has accelerated at warp speed under a president who strongly opposes “traditional” marriage and has become a forceful advocate for perverted sexual unions. America is now the largest exporter of online pornography in the world, dispensing 60 percent or 428 million pages of perversion, with 66 percent coming from one state, California. In the latest survey, 48 percent of America’s “first-born” children are born outside of a marriage union. Since the passage of Roe vs. Wade abortion legislation in 1973, America has willfully killed over 56 million potential citizens and exported this heinous crime worldwide. For more information, see these two links, here and here.
Financially. America’s national debt is unsustainable and approaching $18 trillion with around $125 trillion in “unfunded” liabilities. Obama and his Federal Reserve method of dealing with this has been to pack on another nearly $10 trillion during his six years in office with trillions more to come before he leaves office and tens of trillions more after he is long gone. Under Obama, America’s “debt to government revenue” has soared to 656%, the highest in the world. Compare that to near bankrupt Greece which had a debt to government revenue of 351%, while the average for all 27 Eurozone countries was 40%. See this link here for more information.
Economically. Instead of trying to cut the deficit, Obama authorized the Fed to print money at the rate of $85 billion/month. Obama’s economic policies have been and will continue to be proven to be disastrous. While the stock market has mushroomed due to all the easy money printed by the Fed, middle-class families are falling behind financially and the ranks of the poor and those on the government dole have skyrocketed. America’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth from 2008-2012 was one of the lowest in the Western Hemisphere. Full time, family supporting jobs have evaporated with millions of new college graduates working at low wage jobs or not working at all in their chosen field of study. For more information, see this link here.
Militarily. Since taking office in early 2009, President Obama has been intent on deconstructing the U.S. military, downsizing and weakening it at a time when America’s traditional and surging new adversaries are growing and strengthening. During his tenure, America has been overtly threatened by North Korea, China, Russia, Iran and an ever-growing array of Islamic terrorist groups and armies. Yet, he has the audacity to proclaim that under his administration the world has never been safer. Over two hundred high ranking military leaders have been fired by Obama and another 500 or more career officers have received “pink slips”. Under his “command” the military has not only been severely weakened but has become demoralized and seriously unprepared for major battle. For more information, see this link here.
Politically. Unfortunately, at a time when America needs a strong leader of unprecedented character, it has a two-term self-absorbed, narcissistic leader who cannot and will not lead—but will never turn down an opportunity to golf, vacation or fund raise at the expense of the taxpayer. Obama is a leader who refuses to listen to his military advisors or any other advisors unless they agree with his destructive, socialistic and tyrannical policies. He is one who has been the most divisive and constitutionally defying leaders the country has ever had; flaunting and abusing the rule of law anywhere he is allowed. He refuses to secure America’s borders and has freely invited illegals into the country along with assorted criminals, drug lords and terrorists. His democratic cohorts and assorted “czars” have wrecked havoc with America’s judicial system and laws, creating one unresolved scandal after another—anyone of which would have led to the impeachment of previous presidents. See this link here for more information.
Spiritually. (chap 19 link) The Judeo-Christian faith has been under relentless attack in America for many decades, partly because the church in America has grown weak, worldly and complacent. Because of the addiction to “tax exempt” status, the majority of churches and their leaders would rather preach the gospel of compliance than the Gospel of God’s truth and righteousness. Under the current administration the attacks on free speech and religious freedom have accelerated at a time when atheists and an assortment of “rights” groups have successfully denied the Judeo-Christian community of faith their God-given rights. For more information, see this link here.
America’s people who believe in God have one choice and one choice only when it comes to redeeming their lives, their family and their nation—they must turn from their wicked ways, repent and return to God. Non-believers will scoff at this, convinced that they have the answers to America’s problems, but will only take the country further into the abyss. “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
America stands at the proverbial fork in the road and once again she must chose whether to follow the heathen, Baal or God. But “a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom,” warned John Adams in a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 17, 1775, “can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” (From Revelation 18 and the fate of America, p. 354).
For more information and understanding of where America has been, is currently and where it is headed, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America. You might also want to read Islam & Christianity: A Revealing Contrast and We the People: Birth of a Nation.