Sometimes I wish I didn’t know what I know — because once you know something, you can’t unknow it. You see, following the news as I do, virtually 24/7, tends to wear on a person. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something even more bizarre and depraved comes along, and you just have to file it under the heading, “I never thought I’d see the day…”once again.
The other problem I have is that I care. If I were like most Americans, I could just sit back and remain silent as the culture disintegrates before our very eyes. I could spend my evenings watching sitcoms, sporting events, or award shows honoring America’s favorite liberal celebrities. Sometimes I wish I didn’t care. But I do. Because the future of our children and grandchildren is at stake here. If we, as Christians do not DO something — if we do not take action now — we are, effectively, issuing a death sentence to our nation and our kids.
The trouble is, most Christians are of the mindset that things are just going to get worse and worse, there is nothing we can do about it, and we just need to let it all happen, not get involved, and wait for the rapture when Jesus comes for His people, before they are ever affected or inconvenienced in any way. I’m not here to argue the rapture… if Jesus comes before the total annhiliation of our country, I’ll be right there with Him. But Scripture tells us we are to occupy until He returns. That means we are to do something. We are to care. We are to be Salt and Light in a world filled with darkness. And as Jesus Himself instructed, we are to be about His Father’s business, going out and making disciples — first in our own hometowns, then throughout our state, then to the nation and then to the uttermost parts of the earth. He never said anything about sitting back and letting the world self destruct under our watch. But that is what we are doing.
Let’s just look at a few of the news stories that have come up in just the past few weeks. We all know that history is being re-written in our public school textbooks, and the “ancient landmarks,” if you will, — the historical statues and monuments of our American history — are being torn down all across the nation, because they are no longer considered “politically correct.” But now we have learned that war memorial crosses — including those in Arlington National Cemetery — may soon be torn down as well. This comes after a federal appeals court refused to reconsider a ruling that found a 91-year-old war memorial cross in Maryland is unconstitutional. A federal judge now warns that war memorial crosses across the nation may be in jeopardy of being removed — because atheist groups are offended by them.
The latest monument to go was a statue of Stephen Foster, who is known as “the father of American music.” Foster was remembered for songs like “Old Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” But a statue of him that has stood in a city park in Pittsburgh for 118 years has now been deemed to be racist because it included an image of a black man strumming a banjo along with Foster. The monument was removed and placed in storage, out of public view. In it’s place will be a statue honoring an African-American woman; although the city has no idea who this new statue will depict; residents can submit nominations. All they know for sure is that the new statue will not be of a white male — it must be of a black woman.