Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to people.
Proverbs 14:34 forecasts our nation's downfall as we turn further and further away from God and right living.
Sins that were only whispered about twenty years ago are now flaunted proudly everywhere you look. And we call that progress. Tolerance.
The United States has enjoyed a long history of freedom and blessing that most of the world only dreams about. We've taken God's mercy for granted. Forgotten Who brought us this far and has given us so much.
Unfortunately, payday is here. We've had many warnings that our riotous living and glutenous excess is an offense to the rest of the world and a stench in God's nostrils, but we don't care. As long as we have what we want at the moment, we don't want to think about changing anything.
"Anything goes," "live and let live," "to each his own." Catch phrases that sound so kind. So patient and tolerant.
But God is not tolerant of sin and for us to do less is the height of arrogance. Is our standard of holiness more appropriate than God's?
America, America, God shed His grace on Thee... But how much longer will He tolerate our willfully disobedience? How much longer can he stand the stench of the sins we so proudly tolerate?
If righteousness exalts a nation, then what happens to that nation who has rejected righteousness?
I fear we are about to find out.
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