As a retired, university trained horticulturalist, there is one concept in the Bible that I understand rather well and that is the principle of sowing and reaping. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul wrote, Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life (Galatians 6:7-8). You see, I, like Paul, understand that in the world of plants, what you sow is what you get.
As a young boy in the 1940s and 1950s I loved to garden (still do) and I knew if a packet of seeds said “carrots”, when I planted the seeds therein, I would see carrots grow—not corn, onions or some other vegetable. This same principle of sowing and reaping holds true in the realm of our flesh and our spirit—whatever we sow, we reap.
Does it appear to you that America has grown more violent; more immoral; more lawless—more evil? If you do, you are not alone, but then you probably have a lengthy perspective of 50 or more years on this planet. There is no question in my mind, that the world we live in and the United States in particular, are a much different world and country than the days of my youth. I do not need a boat load of statistics or university studies to tell me that America has slid downhill morally, politically, judicially, financially, spiritually and in a host of other arenas over the past 50-60 years. While America certainly does not stand alone in her decline in these areas, it is perhaps because of her wealth and power of the powers-to-be and their followers that have made it an art form of depravity and demise.
Purging Biblical Truth from Education. However, America’s real descent from greatness is due to her turning away from God and the foundational principles laid in the Bible which formed the greatest political constitution ever devised to govern a free people. Oddly, the responsibility for this demise is largely laid at the altars of America’s churches and Christians who stood mostly silent and idly by as America crumbled into the abyss of depravity and sin.
It is hard to pinpoint where this decline started since preachers ever since the founding of the United States of America and the Founders, themselves, warned against such downfall (see George Washington’s warnings here). Perhaps America hit the real slippery slope toward decline just after World War II (the last war that America really won) when the Supreme Court decided to invoke the fallacious principle of the “Wall of Separation of Church and State” (read the truth here) in a 1947 narrow 5-4 decision in Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing (New Jersey). Briefly, the decision was on the issue of the Board of Education reimbursing the parents of students who were being transported to religious schools with public transportation. Mr. Everson petitioned and the Court ruled that such an action violated the “Establishment” clause of the First Amendment (which it does not) and crossed the line of “Separation of Church and State” which does not appear anywhere in the U.S. Constitution or any law prior to this decision. However, as erroneous and concocted as this decision was, it opened the flood gates for every humanist and atheist that desired to get religion, particularly Christianity, out of the public school systems across the country where it had existed since the first schools were established in the 13 Colonies.
The real push to purge Christianity from the public system came in the early 1960s when two lawsuits against the public schools of Hyde Park, New York and Baltimore, Maryland were brought by those who wanted prayer and Bible reading out of their schools. While the Baltimore suit was brought by the infamous (now deceased) atheist, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the Hyde Park petition was presented by Jewish parents. Once again, using misinterpretations of the intentions of the Founders, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and the Pandora’s Box of assault on Christianity was swung wide open. Interestingly, not one church, Christian denomination or Christian group opened their mouth in protest.
I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them . . . we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this Divine Book, above all others, constitutes the soul of republicanism. By withholding the knowledge of [the Scriptures] from children, we deprive ourselves of the best means of awakening moral sensibility in their minds. Dr. Benjamin Rush, Founding Father and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
The Bible teaches, among other things, moral absolutes: You shall not murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal, etc. Take the Bible and prayer away from youthful minds as the foundational sources of moral absolutes and you reap a harvest of decadence.
Religion is the only solid basis of good morals: therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God. Gouverneur Morris, Founding Father and signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Killing the Unwanted. Ten years later, in 1973, came the infamous Rowe v. Wade court decision legalizing the heinous crime (and it is a crime in God’s eyes) of gruesomely eliminating unwanted innocent lives through abortion. Since that sinful decision over 56 million U.S. babies have lost their lives while the church stood mostly idly by and did nothing. While this was bad enough, the powers in the U.S. exported this devastating “theology” of death to the rest of the world. Then we wonder why there are so many mass murders and school shootings in the U.S. There must be a culprit and obvious explanation. Ah! It’s because guns are legal in the U.S. It’s not the guns; it’s the secular, atheistic theology of death that teaches our youth that life has no value. If a mother or mother-to-be can choose to take the life of her child, why should a child respect life? Abortion is not only against God’s moral law; it is cultic and akin to child sacrifice.
Dumbing-down the Nation’s Youth. Under liberal theology America’s educational system has deteriorated year after year. America used to be the leader in strong, innovative education. By 2013, it had plummeted to 36th in the world out of only 55 countries tested. Each time the government tries to implement a new “leap forward” campaign of education—the latest, the Common Core debacle—American students slide further down the slope. American students are not only under-performing in reading, math and science like never before, but they have no clue about the history of their country, its laws or what is really taking place in the world around them and most do not care because they are taught that it’s a “ME” world and it’s all about them—NOT their family, their faith, their country, their heritage or anything else.
Neutralizing the Church and Family. Along the way leftist, humanistic theology has effectively neutralized the role of the church and family in the lives of the nation’s youth and adults. Church and Christians are ridiculed and marginalized as being antiquated and of no importance. Families are devastated by government programs, laws and policies that destroy, rather than strengthen families. Today, in America over 40 percent of child births are born to unwed mothers and therefore have no father figure. America is the source of 60 percent of all the online pornography in the world. America, due to all of the foregoing has become the Sodom and Gomorrah of the “modern” world.
Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same (Job 4:8).
I have been accused at times, when it comes to America, of being too negative; too pessimistic; even a “doomsayer”. However, I believe God calls me to call things as He enables me to see them—good or bad. Unfortunately, in America, there is not a lot of good that can be seen right now. While America is in deep trouble on many fronts—spiritually, politically, morally, financially, economically and in a host of other areas—the worst is yet to come.
You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your own way, in the multitude of your mighty men (Hosea 10:13).
Noah Webster (1758-1843), one of America’s first great educators and known as the Father of American Scholarship and Education, wrote:
. . . the moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis for all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and ware, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.
For more on this topic and where America is heading, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America.