Can America Find Her Way Back to the Original Ideals?
Ramon Arias | January 14, 2013
Desperation and frustration among people are intensifying day by day and it is not a good sign of things to come. It seems that at every turn, with most decisions, instead of solving problems things are getting worse and undeniably they are in many ways. We are witnessing the pot boiling to such dangerous degrees and this should be of great concern. However, we should not think that all the signs brought by the reality we are now living, with all the issues at hand, are something new in human history, this is far from the truth. Everything we are facing has afflicted people from the beginning of time. Should this fact be a source of consolation? Of course not, rather it should draw our attention and we should be willing to do something to stop this madness and senseless cycle of cultural suicide.
One thing is certain, for the most part, the experts in economics, politics, government, education, social progress, international affairs, and just about every communal human development, continue to offer the wrong advice over and over again. We know from history that democracies, socialism, big governments, immorality, violence, and crime kill nations. We do not have to go too far to understand this; the past and present centuries are excellent examples of how destructive these characteristics have been for humanity in spite of the little good that may have been accomplished. Do you know why? The reason is obvious because without the right understanding of the moral implications of our ideas and actions we assess life wrongfully. We find out at a great cost that our assessment of mixing values calling good evil and evil good is the root of the matter.
About 2800 years ago, the nation of Israel was so deep in trouble that they could not see the coming catastrophe as a result of rejecting the moral absolutes of God’s revealed truth. They were warned by Isaiah, the social reformer, how blind and decadent the nation had become on issues they had created for themselves: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20-21).
America did not get into this mess in this century or even recently with this administration, Congress, Supreme Court or the States. It has been building up since the very beginning of her birth when unscrupulous men took advantage of this new experiment of government and were determined to exploit and maneuver the country away from her original ideals.
In order to remove the ideals brought by the Pilgrims in 1620, those not in agreement with these ideals had to preach by every means they could muster to convince people that they had the “right” to determine what was right and what was wrong without any reference to the biblical ethical foundation. The sale of that lie has been a repeated formula throughout history, one you have heard over and over: “What is good for you may not necessarily be good for me. And what is bad for you might not necessarily be bad for me.” What was evil at one time now is called good and what was good is now called evil. In the quest of getting their way and accepting a lie for freedom most people are more than willing to sell their souls without any regard for their eternity much less for the legacy they leave to future generations.
Evil is evil and good is good; humans are not the ones that get to define either one, only the God of the Bible is capable. He is the Creator and the one who has the plan for perfect human development. The warning is getting louder for those who think they are wise in their own eyes and in the eyes of those who lavish them with praises in spite of their absurdities. Do the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao, Castro, Chavez, and many more remind you of what they did to their nations? Lies brought judgment to Israel during Isaiah’s time. Do you really think we can escape such judgment from a Righteous Judge, Law Giver, Ruler, and Savior if we continue to accept and embrace the same-old lies?
What is the answer to the question: “is it possible for the country to find its way back to the original ideals?” Yes, it is possible to rebuild the nation if we accept to rebuild the social institutions with God’s ethics as revealed in His Word. Only if we keep this in mind, then the fight is worth fighting, but if we think that just a return to a constitutional republic will be sufficient we will be defeated by those who will continue to call evil, good and good, evil.