To the Editor: ‘A nation of addictions’

We are a nation of addictions … and our addictions have become our idols. Most of us think of addictions as drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gambling, excessive exercising, idolizing sports and celebrities, uncontrollable spending, etc., etc. Now we can also add to that list cellphones, computers, laptops, iPads, iPods, TV, Twitter, Facebook, etc., etc.

This country was founded on Christian principles and our founding-fathers acknowledged that if America followed the loving rules for life that God put forth for our happiness (the Ten Commandments) then we would be blessed with His protection, prosperity, power and peace. But if America turned away from God and worshiped other God’s (idols), His protections and blessings would be withdrawn.

In the middle of the 20th century, America began officially to remove God from our nation. Prayer and scripture were abolished from public schools and the Ten Commandments have been removed from public buildings. (Curiously though, an exception to this is that the two huge oak entry doors of the Supreme Court and the wall behind the justices, both display the Ten Commandments).

Nativity scenes have also been forbidden in public places, and there is a move to remove “In God We Trust” from all our coined and printed money. The very mention of God or Jesus in any context is now becoming taboo, unless used for purposes of mockery or attack. God is being driven out and the idols are taking over. Christians are being belittled and persecuted.

Our nation has forgotten about its foundations and its purpose to be a “light unto the world.” The standards and values that we have held so dear are being abandoned. What we once knew as immoral is now the accepted way of life, and instead of being the “light,” we are spreading tolerance for everything abhorrent to God and an intolerance to all righteousness.

We have been given a warning. On Sept. 11, 2001, our country was attacked. It was a foreshadowing of something much greater and more severe if we do not repent and turn back to God. Outside of the will of God (his protections), national security is an illusion. Our rise and fall as a nation depend on our relationship with God. This applies not only to us, but to the whole world. In the days of Noah, the people received many warnings but paid no heed, and they were totally destroyed. Before Jerusalem was totally destroyed, they also received many warnings. There were many alarms to wake up the sleeping nations … to change their course back to God or receive judgement.

Unfortunately, I do not now see any signs of change. Immediately after 9-11 happened, the churches were overflowing and patriotism was rejuvenated. Three months later it was back to worshipping the idols of the land and again having no time for God. We did not heed the warning, so like in the past, another one will come.

Will we ever learn before it is too late?

Suzanne Seibel

Story First Published: 2019-01-25