But We Have Broken Her Bones

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.

— Thomas Jefferson

The writer of the Declaration of Independence worried that the sins of the nation would bring God’s judgment upon them. In the case of Jefferson, it was the great evil of slavery that worried him. How long did it take for God to judge America for this great evil?

Just about a hundred years.

During the Civil War, more than 600 thousand men died – more than any other war that the US has fought. In fact, it was almost as much as all the other wars that America has fought, from 1775 to now. Thomas Jefferson was right to worry about God’s judgment.

The question is, what great sins are we involved in, that is about to bring judgment on us?

For one part of the answer, let me provide the rest of the text from the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.:

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than these people are to be free. Establish the law for educating the common people. This it is the business of the state to effect and on a general plan.”

— Thomas Jefferson

It took almost a hundred years for God’s judgment to come down on us in the form of the greatest catastrophe in American history, and we deserved it. But, we at least held onto our faith in God – which is why I believe that God spared us from complete destruction.

But, do we really believe in God?

For those of us that believe in God, how many of us have a conviction that our liberties are a gift of God?

I doubt that very many of us believe this anymore.

Jefferson worried over what God would do to us for the evil of slavery. What do I worry about?

  • adultery
  • sexual promiscuity
  • homosexuality
  • murder of unborn children
  • pornography
  • rape
  • child abuse
  • murder

Did the above exist at the time that Thomas Jefferson worried over slavery?

Of course, but not nearly to the same degree that they plague us today. Not even close.

These problems have been with us since the beginning of history. The Bible is full accounts of these things. However, the Bible is also full of the consequences. And, when it is God’s own people doing these things, the Bible records this:

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

— 1 Peter 4:17 (KJV)

In my last post, I mentioned that a country cannot stand unless you’ve broken her bones, and I showed that it is men and women of faith that are the bones of a country. Let me remind you a bit with a quote from Patrick Henry:

“. . . Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered, fallen indeed . . . so long as our manners and principles remain sound, there is no danger.”

— Patrick Henry

But of course, we are in danger. We are in danger because we claim the armor of Virtue, Morality and Religion, while engaging in every evil that is destroying the country. We have claimed God for ourselves, while at the same time dishonoring Him.

And, now that the government has cast off the symbols of Virtue, Morality and Religion, I don’t think that there is anything standing between the US and destruction. Indeed, I actually can’t think of why the US should exist anymore. Worse, I can think of many reasons why we shouldn’t.

Let me ask you this question:

For the past one hundred years, what has been the single greatest corrupting influence on morality, worldwide?

I know that there have been others, but what is the single biggest corrupting influence?

That’s right, Hollywood and – by extension – the rest of America – for… just about a hundred years.

Remind you of anything?

America has become the greatest corrupter of morality in the history of the world. It’s bad enough that we have corrupted ourselves. That alone is enough to destroy us, but the fact that we have been directly corrupting the rest of the world?

Just thinking about it makes me shudder.

How can God possibly let us continue?

God judged us for the evil of slavery, but we at least did not spread that sin elsewhere. But, the evils that we are doing now? And, the fact that we are causing the rest of the world to do the same?

I truly do not know why God hasn’t destroyed us before now.

There is one thing that we can do, and that is this:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

— 2 Chronicles 7:14

But, America has had her chance to do this and failed to follow through. I just don’t think that it’s going to happen. I do not believe that believers in America will turn from their evil ways.

America, we truly have broken your bones.