It’s Official: We Have Forgotten God

God save AmericaO God, restore us and cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. Psalm 80:3

Many people wonder what has happened to our country. Out of frustration, some ask questions on social media about the moral decline in America: How did we get here? When did the erosion of our biblical values begin? How did we reach this point where this people, a nation under God, failed so miserably to keep His commandments and be effective witnesses for Christ? John R.W. Stott once said:

We should not ask ‘what’s wrong with this world?’ For that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, ‘What has happened to the salt and light?’ 

There are many ways to dissect the problems in our culture, and explanations are just as numerous. One observation is too many believers have backed out of culture, no longer being an influence while others have conformed to this world. So what’s the bottom line here?

The root of every moral failure, problem, and societal decline is sin. And in a culture in which sin is celebrated and promoted, God’s judgment is right around the corner.

A society that used to claim Christianity now allows the murder of 4,000 innocent babies a day – government approved and funded by our taxes. We have an irresponsible spending addiction and instead of cutting spending and paying down the national debt, government keeps spending what they do not have. Judges overrule the will of the people in many states that once voted to protect the definition of marriage, and homosexual activists continue to push their agenda in every part of our culture. The next step must necessarily be to silence the speech of Bible-believing Christians. God was kicked out, and His Word was banned from public schools that once promoted and valued its principles. Instead, they’ve ushered in sex education including the approval of sexual experimentation and government-funded distribution of condoms to young kids, promoted by Planned Parenthood.

We used to have it all, didn’t we? In such a blessed nation, it’s obviously very easy to take things for granted. It’s also easy to trust in our own strength, wealth, and accomplishments. We forget what it cost our founders and early American patriots to form this republic. Most importantly, we forget what it cost our Savior, Jesus Christ, to provide a way for us to be set free from sin and the chains of this temporary world.

We have also forgotten much of the history that has under-girded America and society’s tone has gone from spiritual to secular. We have gone from having a reverence for Almighty God to being complacent at best and hostile toward God at worst. Pride comes before a fall and this country is tumbling quickly.

Early in our history, practically every anthem, hymn, and song written within a 150-year period referenced Jesus Christ, God’s blessings, glory, gratitude, America’s beauty or religious freedom. For example, in 1861, after a visit to a Union Army camp, Julia Ward Howe wrote the poem that came to be called “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Published in February 1862 in The Atlantic Monthly, the poem has become perhaps the best-known Civil War song, and is a well-loved American patriotic anthem. Here are the first and last verses:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on…

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me:
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free
While God is marching on.

Around this time, President Abraham Lincoln, perhaps one of the most well versed presidents in the Holy Bible, resided in the White House. In November 1863, he gave his now famous Thanksgiving proclamation in which he mentioned America’s need for softened hearts and appreciation of God’s providence. Lincoln encouraged all people of the United States to be grateful for the “year filled with blessings of fruitful fields” and to acknowledge the Lord saying, “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”

Earlier that year, President Lincoln, with full agreement and support of the U.S. Senate, declared a lesser known national day of fasting and prayer to God. Only 87 years after celebrating America’s independence and freedom as a nation, Lincoln saw that the country was showing signs of comfort and complacency which went hand in hand with spiritual apathy. As some Christians believe the terrorist attacks on 9-11-2001 were part of God’s judgment on America, Lincoln believed the civil war in America was God’s judgment on the nation for its sinfulness. Here is a partial text from Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation:

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.

We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.[i]

Imagine what Lincoln or our founders would say if they could see America today. It’s time we get back to the basics.

Our nation reflects the Church and is suffering because we have grown lukewarm. Jesus is standing outside knocking on the door asking to be allowed back inside (Revelation 3:20). We must set an example for unbelievers by repenting of our individual sins and our apathy. We must then recommit our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ and proclaim His truth to a dying culture regardless of current trends and the popularity of moral relativism. Next, we need to decide if we will live our lives seeking the approval of God or of man. Who are we serving right now, today? The choice is ours.

If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”   Joshua 24:15-16

 

 

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22 Responses to It’s Official: We Have Forgotten God

  1. Bro. Nick May 1, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    Your inciteful article should get “Amerikans” to think – unfortunately it is my understanding that we have gone beyond the limits that “THE LORD GOD” established for all other countries that have been world powers – with the exception of His chosen people – Israel!

    You included the quote “We have also forgotten much of the PROUD history that has under-girded these great United States …” (Emphasis on PROUD – mine.) – yet when I read the Holy Word of GOD – Jehovah hates mans PRIDE and our PROUD and PROULDY ways:
    Isaiah = 9 | Jeremiah = 9 | Ezekiel = 4 | Daniel = 2 |
    Hosea = 2 | Obadiah = 2 | Habakkuk = 1 | Zephaniah = 5 | Malachi = 2

    Read and seriously think about and pray about the meaning and implications of what GOD Himself says about PRIDE: Job 35:9-13; Prov 8:13; Mal 4:13-15; Mk 7:33; Rom 1:30; 1 Tim 6:4; 2 Tim 3:2. The wording of all of these verses is most powerful and meaningful in the KJV!

    “THE ONLY WISE GOD” does not mince or use ‘politically correct’ words!

    My understanding is that the massive PRIDE which has been prevalent for many years in all facets of life in this country – including ‘religion – is the major reason for our downfall – for from PRIDE comes all the ‘side effects’ (acceptance of – the murder of unborn infants [aka abortion] – sodomy [aka- homosexuality & same-sex ‘marriage’] and all of the other sexual perversions [‘affairs’, ‘shacking up’, ‘pornography’, and other all too common practices too vile to list in this response] – alcoholism – drug use – etc….)

    Me thinks that ‘the days of Noe and of Lot’ are upon “Amerika”.
    My prayer is that when “THE ONLY WISE GOD” judges “Amerika” that He will – only because of His Bountiful Grace and Longsuffering – have Mercy upon us!

    • David Fiorazo May 2, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

      Thanks for your insightful comments, Nick. I made a few edits and now mention pride as yours is an excellent point and one we should address more often. Thanks again, and stay strong in these last days. And yes, God save America and have mercy on His church!

      • Bro. Nick May 7, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

        David, I give all thanks and praise unto “THE LORD JEHOVAH” that His Holy Word is always true – and that He is able to use those servants who are willing to submit to His Holy Will!
        (Psa 115:1 – KJV)

        My prayers are always for individual people – of whatever country and territory of this world they live in:

        1) “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Eph 6:18 – KJV)

        2) “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Pet 3:9 | 1 Tim 2:3-4 – KJV)

        3) “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” (1 Tim 2:1-2 – KJV)

        I personally will not pray “… God save America …”

        • David Fiorazo May 8, 2014 at 11:53 am #

          It’s a technicality, Nick. I’m not suggesting an an anti-Christian country can be saved as a whole. Remember how and upon what America was founded. The Truth of the Holy Scriptures. Of course we are no longer the same country however, people need to be saved and only God can do such a miraculous work. Jesus Christ is the only hope for so many people that think they are good, religious, or who think they are going to Heaven and yet they haven’t trusted Him alone to save them. This may be more dangerous than those who have never believed or have never gone to church. God forgive, God revive, and God save America! If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chron. 7:14)

  2. gideon May 14, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    David as you say in Truth, this country was founded on GOD’s Holy Scripture. It followed and obeyed GOD’s Holy Law. Unfortunately with the Constitution came a new god and it’s Law. Thus, the judgement.

    • David Fiorazo May 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

      Interesting point, Gideon. Rather than obey God’s Laws, we’ve made an idol out of our Constitution – and we don’t even follow that anymore. Keep fighting the good fight of faith.

  3. John May 14, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Absolutely 100% Right On. This is the cause of America’s and many other countries downfall. Yet it all fits with the End Times Prophecies. Very soon now God will judge the world and each person will have to decide who they want to serve. For the battle is Not between God and people, the battle is between God and Satan and the prize is your soul. Who will You Serve??? Find out more at http://www.itshisstory.com

  4. Governmental Deception May 14, 2014 at 11:22 am #

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  5. Ken felts May 14, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    I don’t believe we Christians has forgotten God at all I believe we are in the book of revaluation and satan is gaining full authority over the earth like the scriptures says. Everyone acts like if everyone would repent that God will restore America back to its former glory. It’s not going to happen the word says to prey so u can escape these things coming upon the earth that’s what repentance will do for us. All this talk that I keep hearing about taking back the republic will never happen and dummies calling for arms against this new world order is just going to get a bunch of people killed. There is no stoping this order that is at hand. Gosh Christians are u not ready for our Heavenly Father to finish this work upon this earth? Is not everyday an evil day here?do not rebel against authority’s no were in the bible does god condole this. Repent and do not take the mark of the beast. But does not god say that l that are not mine I will cause them to take the mark? Hope that u are his. This is a terrible time were going into we’re it is going to get so bad for the testing of this world and what does god say ?that no one repented

  6. Jus'Say'n May 14, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    The Key (The REAL Key, not the Occultic/Masonic Key) is to be found in Hosea 4:1-2

    4 Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is NO TRUTH, NOR MERCY, NOR KNOWLEDGE of God in the land.

    Wives don’t FORGIVE Husbands – they run to the Courts of the High Priests of Ba’al and file for Divorce. Husbands don’t Love/Forgive Wives – they run to the High Priests of Ba’al and file for Divorce.
    The Courts are chaulk full of the most Arrogant, Self-Righteous, Self -Serving Demons on earth – with their fines, statutes, laws, rules and regulations of Ba’al. All written to serve Ba’al and to be Money Makers for the State and Lawyers. “NO MERCY”!!!

    2 By swearing, and lying (Courts, Judges, Lawyers), and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

    Of course ALL scripture was written to ALL people. BUT TO THE “LEADERS OF THIS PEOPLE” FIRST – as with “The Jew First then then the Gentile”…

  7. M.K. May 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    Not everyone in the US has forgot God. It is our job to pray for those who have. We who know the Lord need to come before him on the Country’s behalf. We are his children. We are to remind God of his word. We are to be like the woman who went before the unjust judge; going to him night and day until he gave her answer. I know that it rains on the just and the unjust but I will not sit back and say nothing as the devil steals from the people of God. We as God’s children need to pray for revival. I will not give up on this land I will not sit back and surrender it to the devil. I will fight on my knees and cry out on my face.

    • David Fiorazo May 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

      I agree, M.K. There are many wonderful, committed Christians in America. Sadly, too many have conformed to the world rather than be the salt and light that pierces the darkness and leads souls to Christ. Let’s not give up, the harvest is plentiful!

  8. Brother John May 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    One only needs to look at Judah and Israel: both turned their backs on God since they were prosperous and no longer needed Him, and both nations were taken into captivity by foreign nations. Have we learned nothing from history? God will not treat the USA any differently if we do not repent and return unto Him. May God have mercy upon us!

    • David Fiorazo May 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

      Exactly. Thanks, Brother John. God bless you and stay strong, shining His light in such dark days ahead…

  9. Brent Sherman May 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Yet, we know that God knows the end from the beginning. And, we know that the US, the World, the Jews, the Gentiles, and the Church are on God’s time clock (of Israel, the Fig Tree). I’ve been shocked for a long time. I’m really becoming shocked no longer.

    • David Fiorazo May 14, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

      HE is sovereign, Brent. Thanks for the comment. Evil doesn’t surprise me either – there is nothing new under the sun – it is the apathy of a culture conforming Church that still baffles and disappoints some of the remnant.

  10. Evvy Johnson May 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    Hi David, The Lord gave me 2 Chron 7:14 many years ago to give to the church and many just blew it off then but now that all these things and more are happening, they are a little more receptive to hearing what God has to say to America and all people of earth. Many of our brothers and sisters, especially here in America are asleep but we must wake up and watch, for He is coming and He will come quickly. Christians, don’t be caught asleep! Wake up! We are not to know the day nor the hour but we are to know the season that He returns and it seems that the season is just about upon us. With all that is happening in the world and even here in pretty much protected America, we can see that all is not normal, that even creation groans for release for The ;Lords return.

    • David Fiorazo May 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

      Hello, Evvy, let’s keep speaking the truth in love and standing strong in the midst of compromise all around us. God can send revival but the Church has quite a bit of repenting and humbling ourselves to do so I’m not holing my breath. Yes, let’s wake up (Revelation 3:2-3) and understand the times, we must be about the Lord’s business if we have any hope of hearing “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

  11. tsweeney1431 May 14, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Jeremia 50:38 “A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.”

  12. watchman48 May 15, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Thank you for your message David… The Holy Spirit spoke into my left ear three days in a row to led me to the visions God had given to Pastor Dumitru Duduman, After thirty three months or trying to deny God’s Judgment for America I began to pray to God for confirmations of this judgment if this was truly His warnings for America… And after receiving His confirmations He led me to two other pastors who had seen visions of America’s judgment.
    God will not have mercy on that which He has judged, but He will have mercy on those who repent of their sins and accept Christ Jesus as their LORD. Praise the LORD,

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