Wednesday, September 18, 2013

All I can say is "Amen!"

In commenting about our unbelievable and continually growing debt, Walter Maier said this:

Who knows whether this figure, cruelly fantastic to many of you who would thank God if you had four dollars, represents the breaking point in American financial power? An army of experts, I suppose, will contradict this claim; moreover, we should realize that a nation’s existence is not guaranteed by the amount of its money nor its destruction sealed by financial loss. A country can rebuild, sometimes better and stronger, after complete bankruptcy. The wildest inflation, when people pay hundreds of thousands in paper money for a loaf of bread or a quart of milk, need not mark the utter end of any nation.

Similarly, if we ask ourselves, What is the worst disaster that can overtake our beloved land? we ought to agree that the most devastating danger comes not from without, but from within. Just as a man can recover from ghastly surface wounds, broken or even amputated limbs, while below-the-surface diseases, like cancer or internal injury to the vital organs, prove fatal, so a nation, with its cities, towns, and villages, can regain its peace after the chaos and upheaval of war; it can be restored to health after wide epidemics of influenza or typhus; it can rise victoriously from the ashes of fire, the debris of flood, earthquake, tornado, the ruin of bombs and cannon. Yet history testifies that there is one inner loss which is final, that can remove national glory forever and permanently reduce any country, however rich and powerful. That deadliest danger is unbelief, ingratitude toward God Almighty, the blasphemous ridicule of His Word, the rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the denial of the cleansing blood, the contempt for the Gospel, and with this, the carnival of crime, the sweeping rule of sin, the glorification of evil. God’s truth, majestic in its plain, unalterable force, warns, "The nation and kingdom that will not serve Thee shall perish," and every time an empire has collapsed — review this parade of fallen kingdoms: Egypt, Babylonia, Syria, Media, Persia, Greece, Rome, and, above all, Judah — the truth of that warning is fulfilled.

The most vital necessity for America today is, therefore, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ’s power to forgive sins and restore us to God.

All I can say is "Amen."