“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)
In the small Ohio town where I grew up, things changed slowly — if at all. As the years passed before I went off to college in another state, I experienced a predictable environment around me. Mom stayed home and took care of the kids. Dad went off to work and was home for supper. Our grandparents lived right up the road and brought us bags of oranges and fresh fruit at Christmas.
Christians went into a “holy huddle” mentality and tried to separate themselves from the increasing evil.
Sunday was always the day for worship in our church, and the Bible was considered true — all of it. Some people acted out and hurt others and were hauled off to jail to be disciplined by the courts. Some people got their college education and came back to take over the family business or to pursue a profession or job. The foundations were solid.
There were dos and don’ts, and we all knew that Jesus loved us “because the Bible tells me so.” But all that started changing even before I graduated high school. A few “rebels” were already experimenting with drugs, although the main drug of choice was beer.
Then the Supreme Court decided it was OK to abort babies at will by supposedly discovering a “right to privacy” that wasn’t in the Constitution, at least the one I read. They threw the Bible and the Ten Commandments out of our schools.
Oh, yes, the Bible Club could meet up the street in a union hall once a week.
So Christians went into a “holy huddle” mentality and tried to separate themselves from the increasing evil. Our pastor spoke on moral issues such as the prom, and the “hot topic” of the 1963 election was whether the pope would influence the government because John F. Kennedy was Catholic.
If we didn’t like a candidate of either party, we had no compunction about telling him to pack his bags and hit the highway by voting him out. But those were the simple times. The foundations had not yet been removed.
Now, they have.
The “pillars” of our society — the home, the church, and civil government — are no longer constrained by a strong father, the Bible, or the Constitution. They are no longer put together by faithful men who fear God or protected by nine legal scholars in black robes.
Regrettably, this may be America’s last truly free election. The party platforms of the Republicans and Democrats are diametrically opposed. When it comes to many societal issues, it’s as if Christ and the devil are in holy combat for the heart and soul of our nation.
The choice is clear. This election could be about destroying the America we’ve known for centuries and turning it into a vast, poor wasteland where there is no government except the power-hungry and self-serving, and no limitations on actions, as long as people can cruise through with no penalties.
If we choose the wrong path during this election, we may have no other time or voting choice to fix our mistakes — as we descend to a one-party cabal of uncivilized tribal groups.
We should remember what President Abraham Lincoln said in the middle of that mess that was the Civil War:
“Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this.”
He continued: “We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We — even we here — hold the power, and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just — a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.” (President Abraham Lincoln, annual address to the U.S. Congress, Dec. 1, 1862)
Maybe we are simply destined to repeat the past. Not with .44 caliber bullets and canons, but with PC laws and “discovered” rights that divide us up to make us ready for the enemies of freedom — the invaders who will kill us off one by one.
This may very well be America’s last election. What do you think — and what will you do?
Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discusses today’s pressing issues. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 18 years and a candidate for governor in 2010, and is co-host of the daily “Stand in the Gap Today” radio program.