It was not just a sad day for America, and freedom, it was a sad day for God as well — and a wakeup call for America, especially for what’s left of the political party who must take a good hard look at their core principles.
Then I asked — could America go the way of the Roman and British empires? It could — no nation is immune.
After spending nearly a day demoralized, I began asking how something like this could have happened. Then I realized this is not the first time a nation has chosen a Pied Piper to lead them down the road to destruction, sometimes unimaginable destruction like what World War II did to England, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia.
Why, because their leaders were seeking self-glory and power for themselves and a few friends — and equally important to note — they had all rejected the laws of God.
History is replete with the wreckage of such nations — both in secular and biblical history.
During my 84 years, many nations have self-destructed killing millions in their folly because their leaders rejected God’s laws.
The list includes: China, Cuba, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Japan and Russia plus others among the African, Arab and South American nations, with others in the throes of deadly rebellion at this very moment, all subjecting their people to all sorts of atrocities.
But why, I ask. For this answer I turned to the scriptures and found in Judges 2:10-12 these words, “And also all that generation (their founding fathers) were gathered unto their fathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob): and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel (a new generation) did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim (false gods): And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger.”
Judges 21:21 reads: “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
Words that sounds familiar. Ignorance of one’s history often leads to a re-enslavement of that nation; and a sizeable percentage of America’s citizens are ignorant of America’s history and the source of their freedoms.
The ancient Israelites, once freed from Egyptian enslavement re-enslaved themselves when they rejected their God and asked for a king. This is the reality of Nature’s Law. Always has been. Always will be.
In this election, America saw the emergence of “another generation,” a generation that knows not America’s history or the source of their freedoms; or the cost of obtaining that freedom or of protecting that freedom.
When people are poor and living in or close to affluent communities it doesn’t take much to spark class warfare or racial divides. And with people trained as community organizers to lead these people we saw the results on Tuesday.
Not pretty, not pretty at all. America will not know the consequences of its choice for years to come, long after my generation is gone.
But life goes on. As a student of the Declaration of Independence I often wonder why Jefferson chose to insert “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world …”
Each time I read these words I think of words spoken by a dying king that read: “Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law —to do your business by the voice of the people. And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land.”
I wonder if Jefferson had read these words before referencing his Supreme Judge of the world?
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.