How did it come to this? How did we in the name of freedom come to openly allow the systematic murder and dismemberment of our own children? How did we in the name of liberty come to accept the sacrifice of children by the tens of millions on the twin altars of convenience and profit? How did we in the name of justice come to accept sexual perversion as something to celebrate and protect? How did we in the name of love and fairness come to accept the obliteration of the family, church and state as God so lovingly defined, empowered, and limited each of them in His perfect Word?
These are the sorts of questions that people claim to want answers to a lot lately. I say "claim" there because most of them - most of us - don't really want answers at all. Not real answers, anyway. We just wanna make more noise, listen to more talk radio, keep on pretending that we don't see what's really going on here and imagining that we've absolved ourselves of personal responsibility for the death of the culture in which we live.
We've got our favorite patsies - the liberals, the sodomites, the Muslims, etc., etc., etc. But they are not the primary reason for the condition of American culture, my professing Christian friend. We are. It is our idolatry of all things America that has enabled the State to become God in practice. (See: Judgment begins with the Church...not the Democrats.)
How many behaviors explicitly condemned by God are enshrined as "virtues" in America? (See: Openly Reject God's First Commandment? YES! WE! CAN!)
How many professing Christians in America now openly worship and exalt American Icons and Idols in flagrantly unbiblical manners? (See: The America Idol: How "Christians" Worship and Enable the Anti-Christ State.)
How is it that we have come to see ourselves - "We the people" - as being free to perpetually revise and redefine truth, justice, liberty and freedom itself?
The answer to the last question sheds all the light that we need on the first, and if we really, truly love America - and, more importantly, Americans - we will confront and correct the unbiblical notions that keep us in bondage by proclaiming and applying the purifying light of the Gospel-fueled Great Commission. That's how we demonstrate true love for anyone and anything in God's creation, America included. (See: How to truly love (and really save) America.)
Now, to answer question #3 so that we might better understand the rest...
The reason that we've imagined ourselves able and free to perpetually redefine truth, justice, liberty, and everything else in God's creation (like family, marriage, etc.), is that we've come to believe that we have the freedom to redefine God Himself. More specifically, we've imagined ourselves to have the option of treating God's Nature as revealed in His Word as optional.
With His personal Nature rejected as the true and necessarily binding standard in all things, we've tried to create a vacuum or a realm of neutrality in the realm of civil government - the State. But since there can be no place of neutrality regarding the lordship of Christ in any realm or aspect of His creation, and since we will not allow the Word of God to hold its proper place over us, "We the people" have stepped in to fill that imagined momentary void. I say "imagined" because all of this is a shell game. We pretend to create this "neutral" realm of civil government so that we can then do what we've intended from the start - ascend to the throne. In truth, it's all just a game we've played to make ourselves God.
So it is that "We the people" have assumed the power to craft and apply law apart from His Word. In this, we have made ourselves - "We the people" - God in practice.
One of the many great and tragic consequences of this idiotic approach to life on our part is that, while we may be sold on the notion that "We the people" are in charge 'round here, the inescapable consequence of our buying into that lie is that those directing and controlling the "We the people" puppet show - the Corporate and elite powers that actually own, among other things, United States government and all that it controls (like children's "education") - are the forces that we have enabled to rule over us.
In our rebellion against Christ as King in practice, we've traded the rule of God for the rule of the State. More specifically, the "Almighty" American Corporate State.
And make no mistake about it, just like the Israelites of old who fashioned and worshipped a false god of gold after being led by the hand through the most miraculous exodus in history, we in America love and adore the false god that we have made in our own "We the people" image.
We worship it passionately. We defend it relentlessly. We pledge our allegiance to it on cue. (See: The God of Government "Education".)
We love our America god so much that we don't even see the glaring contrast between it and the one true God of creation. And anywhere that a contradiction or conflict is noticed, well...'Merica wins!
[insert "U! S! A!" chant here]
How many statues of pagan gods permeate Washington DC?
How many homages to anti-Christian "law-givers" adorn the United State Supreme Court building right alongside tips o' the hat to Moses and the like?
How many flagrantly pagan symbols dominate and define the seat of power here in "the land of the free" and the home of the NSA?
One of the themes here at Fire Breathing Christian has been calling Americans to repent of America idolatry. Why? Because I love God, love America, and love Americans as God defines love, and I hope, by His grace, to lovingly confront the cherished idols that are on the verge of dooming my children and yours to the horrors of full-blown Statism, which is exactly where our secular "leaders" (both from the Pagan Right and Pagan Left) are taking us right now, and without much of a fight. (See also: Confronting the Gay Orwellian Party: Dragging the Pagan Right out of the closet and into the light.)
Actually, it's worse than that. We're not only failing to fight this unfolding Orwellian nightmare. We're actively cheering it on and fueling the fire of our own (and our own children's) destruction.
Confronting the America Idol
For each of you who are still reading at this point, there have surely been many others who have tuned out, turned away, and gone off in a huff.
Because their god has just been revealed, meaning that they have just been exposed and confronted with their idolatry.
You don't critique Abraham Lincoln. You just don't do it. Not in 'Merica.
Why, that's like criticizing America itself! (Which you also just don't do in 'Merica.)
Oh sure, you can criticize "those stupid liberals" and "those dangerous Democrats" 'til the cows come home, but don't dare bring the light of Scripture down upon the untouchable idolatrous constructs of the Pagan Right.
We cannot abide our idols coming under scrutiny, biblical or otherwise. That's one of the more obvious ways by which we should recognize them as idols, but no...apart from the grace of God directly intervening by way of the glorious Gospel-fueled Great Commission, we will go right on worshiping and defending our idols, all while heaping double portions of judgment upon our heads by claiming a love for Christ while doing so.
As we've covered here in detail previously, the worship of America and its faux-saints and icons is a given these days. These carefully crafted saints and icons all encourage and confirm the virtues that we are programmed to hold dear as Americans, many of which couldn't be more openly opposed to the crystal clear teaching of the Word of God if they tried.
Here in America, we imagine and proclaim ourselves to be free to worship any god and blaspheme any god (especially the real One). We will fight and argue with all the passion and power that we can muster to defend...what? The Nature of God as defined in His Word? Oh no, not that. Not Him. Nope, the thing that gets us most riled up and proudly combative as Americans is any hint of infringement by anyone - including God - on our "right" to worship and blaspheme as we like, even (and especially) if "as we like" happens to be in direct opposition to Scripture.
This is where Statism - and the original lie in Eden - purposefully leads. Always has been. Always will be.
Embrace of this lie is the means by which "Christians" become champions of feeding their own children to the State for "education" so that their grandchildren might be even better Statists who are even more committed to an approach to the pursuit of knowledge and life lifted directly from the serpent's tongue in Eden. (See: Redeeming Children's Education: Confronting Our Satanic Approach to the Pursuit of Knowledge.)
Embrace of this lie has enabled the American State to metastasize and grow for over 150 years now, crushing freedom (in the name of preserving freedom), eviscerating liberties (in the name of preserving them), enslaving masses through the Welfare State (in the name of helping them) and pursuing Orwellian perpetual war overseas (in the name of peace). (See: Problem>Reaction>Solution – Why we will beg to have our freedoms taken away and go to war forever.)
Welcome to 'Merica!
The "land of the free" and the home of the NSA! (See: So the American State has to destroy our freedom in order to protect it? Oh yeah, that makes sense.)
But fear not!
There is reason for hope.
Roaring into Post-America Christianity
This hope isn't just good, it's perfect.
And it's on the march - He's on the march...right here and right now. (See: Roaring into Post-America Christianity.)
He's tearing down idols in the minds of His people so that they might tear them down throughout His creation.
He's teaching them to test all things - including the things they've been conditioned and programmed for generations to never test or question.
He's inspiring them to lovingly confront and correct those who are suicidally striving against His unbreakable will.
He's taking back what has been lost. (See: The devil only holds what we leave in his hands.)
All of it.
One grace-fueled repentant thought and obedient action at a time.
Through His Spirit in His people, He is reclaiming everything that has ever been marred by the vulgarity of sin and rebellion.
Every idol will fall. Every American idol will fall. Even the wannabe god that is the "Almighty" American State will be crushed under the weight of its pride and rebellion against His Nature as revealed in His Word.
If America as we understand it now is to be saved, it will be saved though repentance and submission to Christ as King in practice...which will in turn transform America into something fundamentally unlike what we are used to now.
When our mind and heart is at least close to the right place, that thought will thrill rather than frighten or repulse us.
Christ as King in practice in every detail of life should be the most beautiful thing imaginable to us and the thing for which we strive with every breath, thought and action, all by His grace, all for His glory, and all to our eternal benefit.
So let's get to idol crushing, shall we?
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