Going to church was just about automatic on Sunday. And other religions were celebrated by their members as well with no animosity toward others. Kids of the two predominant religions in America at the time, Christianity and Judaism, had no problem with each other, in fact, the Christmas festivities usually included a Hannukah "bush" with the Christmas tree and we children compared notes on gift-giving. We Christians used to laugh and say our Jewish friends had a better deal with daily gifts for many days instead of just one.
But something happened during the 1960s. America began to lose its soul. It started after the Great Society began. The lead up to that program held what many thought was great progress. The end of hunger. Full equality. Medicare and Medicaid. But like the reality of most "dream" programs, the onset of corruption in administration and the strings attached by the federal government quickly placed their tentacles in the way of individual freedom and initiative. Government that giveth can also taketh away and America is still on the learning curve on that absolute.
And then the "Big Daddy" hit. Lyndon Johnson drew our young men into the Vietnam War with what many call a bogus "Gulf of Tonkin Resolution". Whether that was true or not is still debated, but the war became a huge dividing force in America and many of our troops were killed or suffered horrific injuries, physical as well as mental, fighting in a war American had no stomach to fight to win. We really never recovered from the turmoil and social unrest brought on and liberalism used this, as it relentlessly does, to make great inroads into the educational system, the media and even our churches. Oh, these changes began much earlier, but this period brought them on full scale with no apologies and no relent.
Even though Ronald Reagan made a valiant effort to stem the tide with a resurgence of conservatism, the numbers were stacked against him and many in his own party, the Republicans, spent much of their time trying to undercut him instead of fighting for liberty. This problem has continued unabated today; witness the treatment of Ted Cruz by a bunch of old men fearful of losing their grip on party power. Since I'm getting older myself I am allowed to say that.
So today we find ourselves with a country that is broke, a government that is no longer "for the people", an education system that teaches propaganda instead of academics, political correctness in place of truth, and a leadership that is trying to punish Christians by taking away their religious freedom. The relentless push is on to control every aspect of our lives and open our borders to lawbreakers and non-citizens making demands to which they are not entitled while at the same time our bread and butter group, the middle class, is being destroyed. I mean, really, did you ever think you would see a Supreme Court say that you had to buy a certain product whether you needed it or not? All of these things lead up to this: instead of "Happy Days" we are rapidly becoming the "Hunger Games".
And where does God fit into all of this? Well, if you believe as I do that He is all powerful and all knowing, He is watching America crumble and He is waiting. What is He waiting for? He is waiting for the good Christian people of America to rise up, stand strong and speak out. He is looking for us to "Stand up for Jesus' and goodness and light. He knows we have it in us and He is leaving it to us to use our free will to act as He would want us to act. Not in anger or with our fists, but with our hearts and minds. That is are where our true strength can be found and the truth is where the power is. God will always be there for us when we do the right thing.
So what are we going to do. Are we going to "Stand up for Jesus" or wallow in a newly created Third World state? I guess only we can decide since God is testing us. But God is waiting, hoping and ready to support us. Let's live up to His love.