On Sunday, evangelist Billy Graham’s son Franklin said he fears America’s end may be near.
He compared the U.S. to ancient Babylon before their fall. On the night they were invaded, the Babylonians were partying and enjoying prosperity. In the meantime, a body-less hand appeared and wrote on the wall a declaration of doom for the kingdom, announcing it would be handed over to the Medes and Persians.
Seeing this, the Babylonian king was terrified. That night, he was killed and the kingdom was handed over to its enemies.
“What’s the writing on the wall for America?” asked Graham. “As a nation we are found lacking because of sin and disobedience to God’s Holy Word. We have not honored Him. If we don’t turn back to God, I fear our end will be near.”
Is Graham correct?
Is the fall of the great American nation near?
Of course, no human knows the future. And I’ll leave the debate about whether America needs to be great again to other, more qualified experts.
I will, however, say this: our government system is extremely disconnected from the people.
We are suffering; we are hurting, we need help. Take a look around. You will not see a happy, prospering country. You will see a nation full of discontent and frustration, full of resentment and blame. You will see infighting and arguments, you will see corruption and injustice.
And our system is, it seems, oblivious.
Our leaders and candidates appear to understand our desperation. They’re aware we’re fed up. They announce ideas of sweeping change and plans to save the future, then bam! They are elected and prevented – by a broken political system – to make many, if any, alterations.
And in the meantime, we the people are suffering.
Our boundaries have faded into confusion and we’re trapped.
Our country’s despair reminds me of 2 Kings 6:26-30 during which Samaria was held captive by the country of Aram. An army had besieged Samaria, which basically means they locked people in the city (cities had huge, unscalable walls back then.) No one could get in or out to obtain food. As the siege wore on, those inside the walls slowly starved.
One day, in the midst of the tension, Samaria’s king wandered about, hoping to provide encouragement. A desperate woman approached him and cried, “King, help me! My neighbor and I made an agreement: yesterday, we ate my son with the understanding that today, we’d eat hers. Now, she is backing out of the deal. Give me justice, King!”
The king stepped back, staring in shock at the woman. He was appalled conditions had deteriorated so extremely. In reaction, he tore his robe and wailed among the people.
Surely, this could not have been the first time he witnessed the hopelessness of the situation.
However, his reaction indicates it was.
The Samaritan state of affairs was frantic: parents were eating children. Had the king been unaware of the buildup? Was he that disconnected? Was his full belly enough to distract him from the dismal surroundings?
The American situation is disturbingly similar. We often feel the same: unheard, unrepresented. Desperately unhappy, yet dismissed by those who could make a difference.
So we look for a solution in a person. A replacement.
For some, a presidential candidate has become that person.
But I submit to you: this will not succeed. Whoever is elected will have little to no power to make real change because our system is inherently broken.
And as long as it is in place, changing a few or all of the leaders will land us right back where we began.
True, lasting change will only be the result of a complete overhaul. The entire thing needs to be thrown out with the bathwater. No more corruption. No more injustice.
No more flawed system that leaves politicians no choice but to adopt shady practices in order to survive. Am I suggesting they are as much a victim of the jaded system as we are? Yes, I am. Victims in a different way, but victims nonetheless.
Our entire foundation is flimsy. Unstable. Built with man’s hands, it has resulted in twisted, strange policies that have led us to dark places we never imagined. We find ourselves on a train headed into a bizarre world, and no one knows where the tracks lead. We look to the conductor, but he is just as lost as we are.
However, a new day is coming.
Yes, a day in which every nation is prosperous, during which food flows in abundance and righteousness reigns – it’s foretold. Victims freed. Oppressors crushed. Nations functioning in harmony. The needy delivered. Those who prosper from others’ hardships will be plucked from their high places.
We can trust it will, someday, exist.
But now – in the midst of chaos and uncertainty – it seems far-fetched. True peace and security require the cooperation of many, which appears unfathomable when human personalities enter the equation.
So, we have a choice.
We can fight and scratch and force our current system to be the world in which we dream.
We can unfriend our Facebook friends who don’t hold to our beliefs and stop speaking to the Democrat down the street. We can debate and argue and stand on our soapboxes and prove to our coworkers – darn it – I’m right! Can’t you just see it?!
Or we can nod and observe, trusting that this. Isn’t. It.
Pouring ourselves into a current system isn’t the answer. It won’t work. It’s like building the Taj Mahal on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Pretty soon, it’s going to topple.
Friends, I am anxiously awaiting the day when our current system is blown to smithereens by the Coming of Christ. His way – which will be implemented during the Millennial Reign – is far loftier than ours could ever be.
Does anyone else long for this solution?
Is anyone else as disillusioned as I with what stands before us?
I yearn to hear your opinion. I deeply desire to know what you feel. I covet your feedback.
What are your thoughts? Can we ever fix this?
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My beloved Friends, we most assuredly have hope. It’s just that what we hope in – well, this isn’t it.
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