Van Yandell

2 Timothy 3:2-5 “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Have you noticed how our society has changed over the last thirty or so years? Assuming one is old enough to remember from 1990 and before, this question may create a curiosity within us and causes us to ask why and how.

By Americans being systematically and intentionally introduced to new concepts, in increments, we may not have noticed. By these thoughts being initiated subtly, we accept them, without question. We live in a totally different society from which many of us grew up. Change is not always for better.

Change, in this case, has been a degrading of our Christian culture into a culture of progressivism and permissiveness. Apparently, we have allowed this attitude to infiltrate into our youth and many adults without doing anything to prevent it, simply because we were too busy to notice it was happening.

Because of these newly introduced attitudes, Christians have often become a despised people. Our Jesus has become a source of jokes by comedians and other commentators. Christian persecution is at an all-time high worldwide.

God, in the scriptures, told us persecution would happen. Jesus said in Matthew 24: 9 “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” We are most certainly living in an age of this condition. Christianity is on the firing line and we are standing like sheep being led to the slaughter. In reality, we are witnessing scriptural prophesy in action.

The greatness of America can be witnessed in many ways. Freedom is at the top of that list. However, the enemies of God and the U.S.A. are attacking Christianity and other freedoms through the rights provided by the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Freedom of the press is being used by the mainstream television networks to produce false and misleading news. Anyone paying attention clearly sees how the networks twist and tangle the information to make it say what they want it to say. My prediction is, the small town newspapers and TV stations will see a resurgence because they seem to present a more factual representation of who, what, where and when and often why. That is what journalism is intended to be.

Freedom of religion has been incrementally adjusted to allow false teachings and lead people away from our Creator God, rather than to Him. America was founded partly based on freedom of religion, but we’ve forgotten, the religion of the first settlers was Christianity. Of course, we’re not a religious state, but we are a people that have a desire for truth.

I believe and preach the Bible proves itself from within itself. Prophesy and science in the Bible validate beyond any shadow of a doubt in the reasonable mind, the existence of an omnipotent and omniscient God.

A skeptic may argue you cannot prove any god actually exists. No one has ever seen Him. Even Moses at the burning bush could not look upon the face of God. “How can you believe in such nonsense?” they ask.

There may not be definite “court of law” proof, but the evidence is overwhelming. I recently presented a sermon entitled “Green Slime.” I asked the congregation, “Do you prefer to believe you evolved from a lower form of life (green slime or ape) or that you were created by God?”

Of course, I answered the question for them. The answer was not spiritual, just logical. The evolution theory makes no sense. It could not have happened! Chaos cannot evolve into order and that is the second law of thermodynamics. Even Charles Darwin stated, “The belief that the human eye evolved by natural selection is absurd.”

The freedom of speech has been perverted by the movie makers. How many youth in America have been taught “sex on a notion” is acceptable behavior? When we argue the Biblical teaching of sex outside marriage, we’re laughed out of the room. But, consider the other repercussions: unwanted pregnancies, diseases, broken homes, lives ruined, just to name a few.

The film makers have also changed the spoken language. Incrementally, we have been conditioned to accept words into our language that were considered profanity by previous generations. Our usage of the English language would generate tears in the eyes of Shakespeare, Chaucer or Dickens. We have, indeed, degraded into chaos in our spoken language.

We can clearly see our freedoms are being gradually taken away. Our right to travel freely, speak freely and assembly without intimidation are on the firing line. If we do not endeavor to combat these attacks, we will one day suddenly find ourselves in a totalitarian state, under total control of an oppressive government.

You think this can’t happen, think again. It is happening right now. Incrementally we are being destroyed as a Christian nation.

I see two possibilities. Either we elect Godly leaders and this all changes, or we continue on this path to the loss of our republic. Many nations have already been through this sequence of a dictatorial takeover. None have been good for the citizens.

I have, for several years, believed the U.S. is under a state of divine wrath. This year, 2020, has intensified that belief. In such a case, there is nothing we can do about it, God is in control. Based on the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19, our country is long overdue and deserving.

However, I also have the impression God has chosen the U.S. to evangelize the world. Just as Israel was chosen to provide a Savior, perhaps we also have a divine purpose. With communication and transportation technology available to us, and the wealth generated by a free and capitalistic society, I see this as an obvious possibility.

The final question we must address is, are we on an assignment from God or on the path to destruction? I do not have the answer but I must assume God has a purpose for us and we are not yet finished.

The assignment by Jesus is: Acts 1: 8 “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”