Once, while watching my 13-year-old grandson play a Little League baseball game in an All Star game on a summer’s afternoon, I watched the nation’s favorite pastime unfold in a good example of playing hard by the rules and accepting the outcome graciously. I observed the parents, coaches and umpires enjoying the game, and the lessons of life that the players were learning. I heard the cheers for good plays and the encouragement when the play didn’t turn out well. I realized that these parents and coaches spend a lot of time and effort teaching these boys the importance of fair play, developing skills and giving their best effort.
We so often focus on the very real problems that beset our nation and overlook the good, decent things that are done. There are a vast number of hardworking people in this country with traditional values. They are very much involved in their children’s lives and are doing what they can to teach them right from wrong, the value of education, hard work and thrift. With all of the obvious problems, there are some good things going on.
As we survey the world scene, and what goes on around the globe, there is much to be thankful for in the good old U.S. of A. For example, our freedom to worship God and to practice our religion is unparalleled elsewhere in the world. We still have the greatest right to freedom of expression of any country. As a people, we have a strong work ethic, and our productivity is the highest in the world.
When disaster strikes at home or in some far away foreign land, the resources of the United States are quickly made available to provide aid and alleviate suffering. With all our problems, people from around the globe still long to come to our shores to pursue their dreams. While our educational system is criticized because of problems resulting from lack of discipline, etc., foreign students flock to our colleges and universities to pursue their education.
But, are the things I’ve described enough to prevent great trials from coming upon this nation? Sadly, no. We have great blessings in our nation, and many people who try to live a good life with the knowledge they have. Yet, much of the nation is adrift, morally and spiritually.
It brings to mind the time of the book of Judges when “every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). This resulted in a period of horrendous problems ending in national disgrace. As a nation, we are heading in the same direction, if as a people we do not change our course and seek to do the will of our Creator. You can read about it in Deuteronomy 28.
Anciently, Solomon wrote in Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” That was true then and it’s true today.
As our people go about their lives, doing what they think is right and good, they practice a mixture of good and evil, which is not acceptable to God. In John 4:24, Jesus Christ said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
While there is much that is right with America, our national sins do abound, and as Solomon wrote long ago, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
So, while we can enjoy the good and decent things in our beloved country, we must realize that our own righteousness will not save us. As a nation, we must repent and seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33), or the curses outlined in Deuteronomy 28 will come to pass. This is why at Tomorrow’s World we press forward to preach the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God and the Ezekiel warning: so that as many people as God will call will have the opportunity to wake up and be spared the problems that lie ahead for America and the rest of the world.
Where did our blessings come from, and what is the legacy and promise that we are turning away from? Our booklet The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy explains the truth behind our situation now. Order it free of charge, today.