On Mammon’s Altar, America is Sacrificed

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” – Matt. 6:24

America’s history is not over, but it’s future is once again imperiled. I believe the warning of Thomas Jefferson and the conclusion of Abraham Lincoln regarding the cause and effect of the American Civil War is resonating once again. Jefferson noted, and is etched in his memorial in Washington, DC,

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

He was reflecting on the institution of slavery and the ultimate conclusion to the future of a nation that demanded freedom for “all men,” yet denied it to a particular race or class of people. History proved his fears in the deaths of over 640,000 men killed and over a million other casualties. Four score and nine years after Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln, in his second inaugural address, deduced that the God of justice balanced the books on America’s greed. He asserted, and these words are also etched on his memorial in the nation’s capital,

If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

I believe that both Jefferson, Lincoln, and many others fully and rationally understood that God, who is just, will at His appointed time, call for “justice to roll down like waters in a mighty stream.” No matter how much good a person or nation does, greed and other evils are not dismissed, but weighed in the balance. This is especially true when those evils become the natural gravitations of a nation. Anyone who thinks that America will dodge God’s justice because of it’s fabled Christian heritage, has forgotten what He did to the Children of Israel. As the apostle Jude wrote,

Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” Jude 1:5-7

Throughout scripture, there has been warnings after warnings to those who worship money. Greed always destroys relationships, communities, and nations. It has, and will be the undoing of America as well. Even though Jefferson and Lincoln were referring to the sin of slavery, the underlying evil was the love of money. As the oft-quoted scripture asserts, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” What is important to consider is that as long as America seeks pleasure and wealth, to the exclusion of discipline and morality,  judgement on evil will surely come.

Recently I’ve heard a couple interviews with Andrew Bacevich, a historian and retired colonel and author of the book, “The Limits of Power, The End of American Exceptionalism.” When asked by Amy Goodman on the Democracy Now program whether he believed he saw the end of American empire, he stated, “Yes, I do. And I think the key question is, will the American empire end catastrophically because of our blind insistence that we will not change? Or will we be able to disengage ourselves from and dismantle the American empire in a sensible, reasonable way that will do the least damage to the world and the least damage to ourselves?

Coupled with the prognostications of former US Comptroller General, David Walker that the US economy is facing “a demographic tsunami,” it would seem that the United States is about to meet a perfect storm. Read the following articles and give some serious consideration to them.

Democracy Now interview with Andrew Bacevich

A Fiscal Hurricane on the Horizon – USA Today

National Debt Clock, etc.

The I.O.U.S.A. Movie Trailer

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