The United States of America is facing unprecedented crises along many fault lines.
Economically we are facing the largest national debt in human history. Politicians on
the left downplay it and those on the right speak words of warning as though pretending
that meaningful action is still possible. Many Bible scholars however categorize our
debt as already "runaway", beyond our ability to address. That does not mean God has
judged America, but who can deny the "handwriting on the wall?"
Politically we have become a surveillance state, wherein every keystroke and every
phone call is being recorded in a huge data base. Only a small minority of citizens are
unwilling to trade privacy for security, but of these only a tiny percentage have found a
way to live "off the grid", so to speak. Anyone living in this manner is seen as a wildeyed fringe
fanatic, going without the ability to use internet and cell phones to stay in
contact with friends and family: virtual hermits who are even more vulnerable than they
can hope to realize, unwilling to see the "handwriting".
Internationally, we are mired in foreign wars, for which we are unable to pay. Though
our actions be right, we are unable to control Islamic hatred which stems from spiritual
darkness rooted in cultures which have no tradition of critical thought. As a nation our
vast military complex is helpless to effect real change politically, economically, or
socially among these cultures. All we can do is keep our ﬁnger in the dam against
certain hostile groups, such as the Taliban, who are striving in every possible way to
gather momentum. We applaud our brave service members, but ignore the
Morally, we are divided over issues of homosexuality, abortion, and immigration, which
issues are reﬂected daily in the political realm. Because of our history of abortion,
approved at the national level and funded by taxes, many believe that judgment is
God has been allowing unprecedented natural disasters to warn Americans to return to
him in heartfelt repentance. Every ﬁre out of control, every hurricane, every earthquake,
every tornado comprises a "handwriting" that we should be able to read, not of
impending doom and disaster, but of a loving God who is calling us back to himself
before it is indeed too late.