For nearly half-a -century I’ve been saying, “If you want to know where we’re headed as a nation just watch Europe. If you want to know where we are headed as Independent Baptist just watch the Southern Baptist.”
In regards to the church we generally stay conservative enough to show that we are different from the more liberal Southern Baptist. But, sadly as time goes by we find ourselves following right along the same path that they trod. Although not as liberal, we are a long way from where we were and should be.
In regards to our country we find ourselves just a few years behind whatever is happening in Europe. Because of that, we can look at the trend and see what’s around the corner–and it’s not a pretty picture. A short time ago I read an article from “AP” entitled “Riot-Torn UK Must Reverse ‘Moral Collapse’, Says Prime Minister”. Listen to this:
Prime Minister David Cameron declared Monday that Britain faces a battle to find its moral compass following four days of riots that left five people dead, thousands facing charges for violence and theft, and at least 200 million pounds ($350 million) in property losses. Cameron said senior ministers of his 2-year-old coalition government would spend the next few weeks formulating new policies designed to reverse what he described as a country being dragged down by many citizens’ laziness, irresponsibility and selfishness. He said “the responsible majority” was demanding that the government build “a stronger society.” “This has been a wake-up call for our country. Social problems that have been festering for decades have exploded in our face,” Cameron said in his prepared remarks for a planned Monday morning speech. “Do we have the determination to confront the slow-motion moral collapse that has taken place in parts of our country these past few generations?”
I’m not a prophet, but I am a student of the Bible and I do read the newspaper. Our way of life can be changed forever as a result of a single terrorist attack, or even a natural disaster and our response to it. If you think crime is bad now, just wait until there is a genuine food shortage. It will set neighbor against neighbor, and there are those who will kill you for a loaf of bread, just as they murder people to get their next fix concerning drugs.
Our nation is clearly divided, more than you probably realize, and we’ve already seen examples of what people will do when they don’t get their way. They will loot stores, burn cities, and murder anyone who gets in their way. In Europe and other places that is becoming more and more common. Mark it down–there will be an explosion here in America.
Around the world religious and racial tension is creating a climate that makes things ripe for an explosion that will shock and rock our nation. It should come as no surprise! Perhaps some of you are thinking,”What a way to start a day! Why all the doom and gloom? Couldn’t you write something more cheerful and encouraging?” Answer–I could and I do. Articles like this are not an everyday occurrence with me, but there are times when a wake-up call is needed. Once an explosion is set-off there is no time to act. It begins and ends in a hurry and the carnage left behind is an awful sight.
Proverbs 22:3 says, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” THINK ABOUT IT!