The Two Americas
Ramon Arias | August 1, 2016
And off we go! The 2016 Republican Convention and Democrat Convention are behind us, and now we are moving on to the presidential election like no other in the history of this nation. By this I don’t mean that past conventions have been easy flowing without mudslinging, or weren't as important. As a matter of fact, from the very first presidential election up until today we have to come to the conclusion that all conventions and elections have lasting consequences.
Why then is this presidential election more critical than those of the past? For starters, we have never been in such a critical condition. The issues that are pushing the nation to the brink of destruction are not a laughing matter; check the issues that historically have destroyed empires and great nations and you will understand the gravity of our situation. Analyze the 37 Indications of a Civilization Headed for a Fall (here) and compare them with the present condition of the United States of America.
The truth is that it doesn't take a high IQ to know where we are headed. Only a small percentage of the people think that we are going in the right direction. Regardless of their political inclination, most Americans agree that something is amiss and that the nation is speedily traveling down the wrong path. The problem has been and continues to be; that two irreconcilable visions have dominated the country for 229 years.
The following quote is attributed to Abraham Lincoln with no solid proof that it is his, nonetheless, what do you think of this statement?: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” According to this statement, where do you think we find ourselves at this time in history? Would you agree that to be fooled is the result of being ignorant? When it comes to the principles of how we should live, there ought not to be room for irrationality, not when the nation has had an original solid foundation; we are without valid excuse for this demise.
We all know what foolish decisions bring, and we have never liked the consequences, but there is no denying the facts because foolishness always demands a payoff. There are approximately 48 synonyms for the word foolish, all are accurate, and there are 20 antonyms, I urge you to do some research and see for yourself. The question is, do we solve the problem of foolishness by knowing the definitions? By no means, historical facts shed much light upon people's beliefs making them think that they have good judgment in the philosophy they embrace, that is, until there comes a generation that utterly collapses as a result of it.
When Solomon became king of Israel, approximately 971 B.C., he prayed: “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” (1 Kings 3:5-15).
King Solomon became known for his great wisdom given by God and greatly gifted; he was a prolific writer, scientist, poet, great architect, and diplomat. He was skilled in making treaties and alliances leading the nation of Israel into great prosperity, and peace and also made it a superpower. But then, the wise Solomon disobeyed God's commandments and became such a fool that by the time of his death he left a bankrupt nation that was overwhelmingly over-taxed. During the reign of his heir, the country was divided into two kingdoms. Solomon did not heed his counsel of defining the outcome of foolish decisions in comparison to those made with wisdom, we would do well to take notice and learn the universal truth:
“The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.” Proverbs 10:14
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:15
“In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.” Proverbs 13:16
America was birthed in 1620-1630 with the same wisdom that was given to Solomon. We cannot delay any longer our country’s analysis regarding the destiny that awaits us. Thousands of Americans have renounced their citizenship, and the exodus grows as they depart looking for security in other nations, their distrust in government has overtaken them and they fear for the future of the country, which no longer resembles the old America. Those of us who believe that this country is worth saving and who profess the biblical faith, had better make the right decision of praying for wisdom, not only to understand the times that we are living in, but also, to engage by doing our part to turn this nation back to God. The future of America depends on how well we participate during this political season and its aftermath.
Remaining passive on Election Day will only benefit the cause of foolishness. Does it matter to you who will be the next Supreme Court Justices and those who will sit at the federal benches? Does it matter to you what the elite have done to this country? We must work with what we have with the understanding that for now there is no perfect candidate. We do have sufficient information on the two candidates in the lead to make a decision for the highest office in the land. The 2016 platform of both political parties and the two nomination acceptance speeches define their ideology. It is upon us to understand the facts and the legitimacy of their claims, and determine who is trustworthy and who can fix the broken government.
We are not looking for a political messiah but one that we can work with to lead the nation united under God and make it a light to the nations.