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Has America Lost Its Way? By Sherry Lush

I borrowed this title from a quote I have included in this blog. The quote came from Sondra Baras who was recently in America, visiting from Israel. She arrived when the New York shooting happened and was about to depart just after the Texas school shooting occurred. Sondra was born and raised in the United States and remembers this nation as a shining light of morality. She ponders the following:

“Has America lost its way?  When I was growing up in the US, it was a beacon of freedom, morality and human rights that shined its light all over the world.  No more.  What happened to the righteous values of its founders?  What happened to the fundamental respect for human life?  Something terrible has happened and I hope it does not spread to other countries.  And I pray to G-d that America finds its way back. That the people take a good look at the soul of their country and seek a way back to a kinder, gentler place.  Americans deserve better.” 

No nation is or ever has been perfect. Sin exists and people yield to it with results that bring corruption and death. But at the same time the righteousness that comes only through knowing and following the G-d of the Bible was pushing back the effects of sin.  America’s churches used to be full. Families ate dinner together and talked about their day; they even read the Bible together. Children were taught to obey and to tell the truth. People honored the Ten Commandments, or at least tried. Stealing was wrong, and there were consequences!

In our classrooms we could read the Bible. We stood proudly to salute the flag every day, and with our hands on our hearts we said in unison, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands; one nation under G-d.” Yes, we said, “under G-d,” and those words have impact.

But as the years have gone by, G-d has been pushed out of our public squares, pushed out of our courtrooms and out of our classrooms. G-d is a gentleman. He will not force His presence to be where He is not wanted. When His presence leaves, a vacuum is created that must be filled. We have watched in disbelief as lawlessness has swept in to fill the vacuum. Rioters have filled our nation’s cities crying out for police to be eliminated. Drugs are silently killing tens of thousands of our children every year, and the number climbs. The filth and depression of homelessness lines our streets. Gangs break into stores and take what they want without consequence. Many prominent district attorneys are proud to let ruthless criminals go with little or no consequence. Mass shootings are widespread, and the list of atrocities we are seeing seems to be endless.

Is there a way back for America? This is what the Lord told Israel if they found themselves in trouble:

2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked waysthen I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Are we willing?