Following the first two stages of national self-destruction–demoralization and destabilization–the next stage involves crises, ideally several taking place at the same time. These crises take several forms: economic, political, social, military, etc. America being the number one target of communism, the soviets’ hand can be seen clearly stirring the crisis pot as she was drawn into the Korean and Vietnam Wars, neither of which threatened her sovereignty. Tens of thousands of Americans died in foreign lands in wars that had no direct effect on the United States. Due to situations not of her making she is now involved in the longest war in her history. Following WWII she was forced to suffer through the Cold War, spending her treasure on nuclear weapons and other war-related items. During the 1970’s she suffered a fake energy crisis characterized by long lines at gas stations while ships ladened with oil sat just offshore because they could not unload their cargo. This was followed by a fake health crisis which persists to this day in the nation with the best health care on earth. This was followed by a rising tide of civil disorders involving the races that continues to rage. Today we have an economic crisis which, according to those on the left, can only be solved by “income redistribution” and success guarantees. Anyone paying attention to details can see that there are unseen communist agitators working in the background while closet communists work openly in the political arena. They are routinely elected to public office by promising voters whatever those voters demand. And only the blind cannot see that a “Political Correctness” (self-esteem) crisis has taken over the nation. Americans have given themselves the right not to ever be insulted, looked down on, viewed negatively. The word “no” has been stricken from the nation’s vocabulary. Guaranteed success has materialized in the form of “participation trophies,” thereby guaranteeing that no one has to face the crisis of losing. Though the United States is not alone in this regard, she does lead the world in P.C. mania.
Meanwhile the church is wallowing in her own crises as she tries to determine such things as when human life actually begins. Is it at the moment of conception or at birth? Is that which is developing in the female’s body God’s most valuable creation or merely a blob of cells? Does the female have the right to destroy whatever is in her womb? And if so, at what point does that destruction become a sin, if ever? Is homosexuality a sin or just another life-style? Does God approve of gay marriage? Is the social gospel the way to go? What about revolution theology? Does God approve of it? Does the church have any part to play in social issues such as poverty, war, racial justice, etc? Do God’s true saints vote? (I do not vote because He said in His Word that He establishes and removes governments. The same holds true in His church). What about divorce? A mass murderer can become an ordained minister but a divorce’ can’t. Is that doctrine of God? Does God play an active part in one’s daily life or is He merely a general overseer? These are questions that demand answers. However, the crises arise when professing Christendom cannot decisively answer them. There is no universal agreement involving any one of the questions listed above. Which brings up another question: Is there one definite answer to any question involving religion? Or does each believer have the right to decide for himself what is right and wrong. Does that decision hold true in all situations? Do “situational ethics” have a part to play among patrons of the church?
As the above brings to light, crises galore permeate the world’s social and religious systems. Question: What is the solution? Answer: Stage four. L.J.