It seems the term, “those were the good old days” has been around forever. In a time where evolution abounds and the concept that things get better as time goes by, why would we refer back to the good old days? As you consider the signs of the times, things are NOT getting better, but worse. Ten years ago, if you would have told me things would deteriorate to the point of the present day, I would have said you were crazy. But here we are.
We live in a time of smart phones, computers, laptops, tablets, televisions in each room. Every moment of our time is occupied. The devices that were designed to make life easier have the opposite effect. During the “good old days”, we actually got away from work. Telephones were on walls, but interruptions were few. I sit in restaurants and watch people completely disconnected from each other using their smart devices.
In 1 Kings 19, we see where the prophet Elijah had slain all the prophets of Baal in a miraculous victory for God (chapter 18) and now Jezebel sends a messenger to Elijah saying she was going to do the same to him. Elijah retreated in fear. Elijah needed to hear from the Lord. The Lord told Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-12, “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”
As you continue reading 1 Kings 19, you find the LORD was in the still small voice. Where do we have time for a still small voice? We are caught up in our devices and never take time to think, read, learn, or study about God. America, as great as it is, is in danger. You cannot kick God out of everything and then expect the blessings that come from Him.
Years ago, it started with kicking Him out of schools, claiming “separation of church and state,” which is not in our constitution. The Pilgrims came for religious freedom and to get away from government dictated church. America was founded on Christian principles.
As America continues down a dangerous path without God, we look to ourselves and our rights. We live in a day where people lose jobs over something said decades ago. We have no tolerance for mistakes. Not too long ago, a president actually stated publicly that America is NOT a Christian nation. In the good old days, that would have been political suicide, but not today. America is now okay with not being a Christian nation.
I love this country. It is still the best country in the world. It is the only country that I’m aware of, where people are risking everything to get in, but our freedoms are being challenged daily. People claim the answer is tolerance; however, tolerance does not apply for a child praying in public or in the displaying the ten commandments. I guess we are to have tolerance for everything except the Bible and the people who believe it.
Are we doomed? Is there no answer? There is always an answer. What would happen if we shut off our devices and Christians started reading their Bibles and praying for the leaders of this country? What if we started praying for one another? These could become the good old days, but not without Jesus. Won’t you make Jesus the true Lord of your life and help America return to her gloriously freedom loving country that it once was? Let it start with you.
Pastor Jeffrey C. Day
Bible Believer’s Community Church