Hope of Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH):
Is the Great American Dream Turning Into a Nightmare?
America has rejected YEHOVAH God in dealing with the issues of life.
The perversion and degradation that once made us blush are now flaunted before the eyes of a nation that was conceived in the fear of YEHOVAH God. It has happened, little by little, right before our eyes -- not because someone forced it on us, but seemingly because we did not care. We just didn't care.
by HOIM Staff
YEHOVAH God has showered upon America more than 200 years of blessing. As she acknowledged and obeyed her Creator, YEHOVAH elevated her from infancy to a place of world leadership. He has allowed her to enjoy unprecedented wealth, freedom and influence.
America has led the world in medical and technological advancement. The nation has pioneered in space, pushed back the frontiers of science, and given its citizens the world's highest standard of living.
America has opened her aims to millions of immigrants and refugees, first from Europe, then more recently from the Far East: Laotians, boat people, Vietnamese. Add to this the stream of new residents from Mexico and other Latin countries.
While other nations build barbed-wire fences to keep people from getting out, America greets a long line of people waiting to get in.
With grateful and humble hearts, Americans once honored the God who granted her blessings and freedoms. But slowly -- almost imperceptibly -- she began to attribute her blessings not so much to YEHOVAH God, but to man.
A Fatal lapse of Memory.
Forgetting to acknowledge "the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation," her citizens began to congratulate themselves on their own achievements -- to celebrate man, while relegating YEHOVAH to the back seat. The god of secular humanism began to infiltrate all of her institutions.
Wallowing in materialism, self centeredness and pride, many Americans decided that they really did not need YEHOVAH God after all. Some began to tamper with YEHOVAH's absolute standards, and to tolerate what they would never have allowed before -- in their own lives or in society around them. That which YEHOVAH says is never right could be sometimes right, depending on the situation. Courts that had once legislated against immorality began to grant freedom to every man to "do that which was right in his own eyes" (see Judges 17:6 and 21:5). Lines of right and wrong blurred. In time, all sorts of ungodly behavior became acceptable -- even admired. Americans no longer were shocked. Eyes grew "accustomed to the dark." Few citizens rose up in outrage.
When YEHOVAH God fades from a nation's conscience, one can justify almost anything.
New American Meanings for Old Words.
YEHOVAH God says, "You shall not kill." Americans gave murder a new name and indifferently aborted 1,200,000 unborn babies in 2005 alone.
Many tried to camouflage sin with new terminology.
YEHOVAH God calls it drunkenness. We call it "alcoholism -- a social disease."
YEHOVAH God calls it "sodomy." We call it "homosexuality -- gay rights, an alternate lifestyle."
YEHOVAH God calls it "perversion." We call it "pornography -- adult entertainment."
YEHOVAH God calls it "immorality." We call it the "new morality."
YEHOVAH God calls it "cheating." We call it "abnormal social development."
With the dissolving of absolutes, America's crime rate has spiraled, until it now costs taxpayers more than $3 billion a year. In 2004 the violent crime rate (assault, sexual assault and armed robbery) was 21.4 victims for every 1,000 people age 12 and older. That amounts to about one violent crime victim for every 47 U.S. residents. The same survey put the rate for property crimes of burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft in 2004 at 161 for every 1,000 people. To top all this off, 16,137 murders were committed in the same year!
Drug addiction and alcoholism are in pandemic proportions. The DEA reports that the number of U.S. heroin addicts grew from 300,000 in 1992 to 977,000 last year, and more than 43 million Americans have experimented with marijuana.
It is estimated that the United States now has as many as 20 million alcoholics.
Suicide is the third largest cause of death for those aged 15 to 24.
Teenage pregnancies, incest and sexual child abuse draw national attention. According to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 529,000 U.S. AIDS deaths have occurred through 2004; and the U.S. has the highest sexually transmitted disease rates in the industrialized world with more than 15 million new cases reported last year.
Pornographic magazines and books crowd the newsstands. Video stores market the products of X-rated theaters and pornography of the worst kind can be downloaded from the Internet by computer novices -- including children. One out of every two marriages ends in divorce. More than 5.5 million unmarried couples now live together, according to the United States Census Bureau. The IRS has made abortion clinics "charitable" organizations, therefore exempt from taxes.
America once legislated against those things that YEHOVAH God said to be wrong. But gradually we began to tolerate, then accept, then condone openly, and even promote, that which was once unthinkable. The perversion and degradation that once made us blush are now flaunted before the eyes of a nation that was conceived in the fear of YEHOVAH God. It has happened, little by little, right before our eyes -- not because someone forced it on us, but seemingly because we did not care. We just didn't care.
And so, we are living out the truth of YEHOVAH's Word given to a past generation of our forefathers: "And it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant -- when you have eaten and are full -- then beware, lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage... then you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth'" (Deuteronomy 6:10-12; 8:17).
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