Thoughts About the Times (Written in 2010)

tfp.2016.03.10.abandoned-church-edward-petersonI was searching for some files in my computer this afternoon and stumbled across this piece I penned on 4/23/2010 – nearly six years ago. It still rings very true. With only minor modifications, I submit it for your consideration below.


God is slow to anger. But the murder of over 40 million (now 54 million) unborn children in their mother’s wombs since our Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, has finally worn thin with our Creator.

 The American Church has failed miserably. We have allowed the secular culture to enculturate us. We are barely distinguishable from the world. I believe the recent, rapid unleashing of the power of the state is the beginning of God’s hand of judgment upon our nation. I believe things will get worse before they get better.

Yet true Christians will never stop living their faith. I still believe very strongly in American DNA, and the more I read and research the more I see that that DNA is rooted in the Christian faith, and until that faith is reawakened in America, no Tea Party, no state’s declaration of sovereignty, can save us.

I recently heard a woman say, “I want my country back.”

Apparently God is not ready to give it back to us. A loving God is disciplining us. He knows we have more to learn and more to changing to do.

For generations, Americans were a “good” people. Alexis deToqueville is said to have written “America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” Within our lifetime, America ceased being good. Thus the troubles we see on our horizon.

Our fight is not with Congress or the President. Our fight is with our selfish selves, and with God’s archenemy, the devil, who wars against us.

God will achieve several things through the difficulties that await us.

  • First and foremost, He will judge His church and set it right again.
  • He will judge all of us Americans, rich and poor, for our worship of self and for our quest for things.
  • He will judge our political leaders.
  • He will judge the greedy business magnates, and the politicians who are in bed with them. These are the pillaging barbarians of our day.
  • He will judge the abortionists and those who promote their bloody craft.
  • He will judge those who flaunt their homosexuality along with their vocal supporters.
  • He will judge the hedonists who prey upon our children.
  • He will judge Hollywood for their peddling of hedonism and violence.
  • He will judge the media who prefer the lie to the truth.
  • He will judge the educators who teach falsehoods and enslave young minds.
  • He will judge those who make their living off of bitterness and envy.
  • He will judge those who cultivate their own bitterness and envy and use it as a political tool.

The Scriptures teach us that people are judged by God following their death, and that they are dispatched to either heaven or hell. Nations, however, are not eternal in nature. They must be judged in time. Just as God has done with other nations throughout history, He will squeeze us until our hearts return to Him or until our rebellion brings us individually to His final judgment. Jesus taught us that unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it cannot bring forth fruit. I do not know how long this purging will take. I cannot say how long the seed will remain until its shoots begin to break through the soil afresh.  Israel was held captive in Babylon for 70 years. Perhaps we will be long gone before God’s work with America is done. Perhaps this truly is the time of history when God begins to wrap things up and bring His final judgment to bear upon all of mankind.

 We must be faithful to God. And we must depend utterly upon Him for the power to remain faithful.

 One thing we can count upon. He IS faithful.

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