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Is America About to Die

A nation is a lot like a person. It is born. It lives. It grows old. It dies.

Many great nations have arisen during the history of the world. Some of them experienced a pattern somewhat like this: they began with strong spiritual, moral conviction; followed by the growth and eventual dominance of materialism, eventually to be destroyed by moral decay, apathy and anarchy.

Sounds all too familiar, doesn’t it?

America began with spiritual conviction and at least a great many people who meant it when “In God We Trust” was stamped on its money.

Then came the industrial revolution the agricultural revolution, and the glorification of materialism in general, and a people who generally began to trust more in money than in God.

Now we see signs of decadence and apathy, the next to last stage.

As a recent Nobel Peace Price winner has pointed out, not just in America but in the rest of the world, our moral fiber is unraveling rapidly.

Is it all over? Is it the end? Is American about to die?

Well, that depends upon America. It depends on what we Americans decide.

God gives us the choice both as individuals and nations to follow our way or His (Matthew 7:13-14).

It’s up to us. He wants us as willing followers, not as robots with no freedom of choice (Matthew 11:28-30).

Centuries before Christ, Nineveh, much like America today, was faced with a choice. Nineveh could pursue either its own self-centered course or turn back to God.

In what must have been one of the greatest spiritual revivals in history, Nineveh heard God’s warning. They believed God, proclaimed a fast, turned around from wrongdoing, and were saved from destruction (Jonah 3:5-10).

The same thing can happen in America today. America has been great. It can be even greater.

Our permissiveness, violence and overindulgence can be either the beginning of the end or the crisis experience that gives us rebirth in God’s will.

It’s up to us which of the two it will be.

The way to live happily now and ever after is clearly and completely explained in the Bible, God’s word (Romans 1:16-17; Hebrews 4:12).

Thomas B. Warren, Ph.D.