Friday, February 6, 2015

America: In God we DON'T Trust

As my wife Kim bounced along in the back of a taxi on a pot hole filled street in Cusco, the taxi driver struck up a conversation.  He asked her where she was from and what she is doing in Peru. Kim told him that she was a missionary, which set off an immediate conversation about the United States.
The taxi driver asked her why the US dollar has, "In God We Trust" written on it.  He went on to say that, "the whole world knows that Americans don't trust in God.  The whole world knows that most Americans are not Christians." 
Now, why would a taxi driver in a third world country say something such as this.  Well, look at what is going on in the States now and imagine what someone from the outside world sees.
Family – The family unit in the Sates is being destroyed. Fathers are not fathers, but are abusive to their children and wives. In almost every family there is adultery, alcoholism, lust, and hate. Mothers neglect their children in order to make money. Children growing up with these types of parents are disrespectful, disobedient, rebellious and they hate their parents. Families are never together but live separate lives. A husband and wife get married to fulfill their own selfish desires and when they can't fulfill their selfishness, they hate each other. Children are a burden to them instead of a blessing. In the United States more than 50% of marriages end in divorce.

Marriage between same sex couples is now the norm, and if you don't fully support this, you are demonized as being filled with hate.  Recently the Helena Independent Record published an article about lawmakers considering striking down the law that bans gay marriage.  The commentators of this article demonized Christians as bigots, haters, and superstitious.  One commentator named "Atheist Educator" said, "I have no problem understanding that some people are bigoted and driven by their fears into following ancient superstitions proffered by some who want to control their behavior (and gain access to their finances.)  It certainly IS a bronze-age superstition. C'mon, a talking snake? A guy lives inside of a fish? People rise from the dead?" 

The rapid spreading of Gay marriage has destroyed countless families and morality in society. If you raise your voice against this practice, like the Bible does, you will be persecuted and even jailed. This is sadly the attitude in America that many people on the outside see.  Sin has corrupted the thinking of unregenerate man, which leads them to call evil, good, and good, evil.

Abortion – The tragedy of abortion has killed generations of babies. Today, a baby is murdered through abortion every second in the world. 125,000 abortions a day. 40-50 million babies are killed each year throughout the world.  People justify killing babies by saying it will save the baby from a hard life, or that it is best for society because the derelict parents are unable to care for the baby.  People actually justify murder for the sake of their selfishness and inconvenience.  We read stories in the Bible of people sacrificing babies to Molech, a demonic false god, and we are shocked that people could actually do that.  However, in the States, the people have sacrificed far more of their own babies to the false gods of themselves.

Hitler had the same view as most Americans.  He desired to eliminate certain types of people that he thought were worthless, and build the perfect race of people.  In Hitler's holocaust his ideology drove him to starve, torture, and then kill 17 million people.  Like abortion proponents of the day, Hitler deemed these people as not human in order to justify his atrocity.

Hitler and the Holocaust were once deemed as evil, but now Americans are doing the same thing. 
Americans have picked up where Hitler left off, and they have advanced Hitler's dreams far beyond Hitler himself. 
Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, Americans have slaughtered more than 57.5 million babies.

Life means nothing anymore. There is a hospital in England that actually burns aborted babies to heat the hospitals. Sin has corrupted the thinking of unregenerate man, which leads them to call evil, good, and good, evil.

These are only a few examples of why this taxi cab driver said that, "the whole world knows that Americans don't trust in God.  The whole world knows that most Americans are not Christians."

He asks a good question, why do we have "In God we Trust" on our money?  The remnant of true, born-again, Christ exalting Christians is far lower than it once was.  I would be shocked if 2% of Americans fall into this category.  Since the majority of people in the States are against Christ and His teaching, whether they prove it by their words or actions, maybe they should change the bills to says, "In ourselves we trust."  It is much more fitting.

What is the solution? It is the same solution to every evil.  The gospel.  When people are confronted with the depth of their sin, and realize by the regenerating work of the Spirit that Hell awaits and their only way of escape is the gracious person and work of Christ, then, and only then will their hearts be changed.  Sin only leads to the logical conclusion:  They call evil, good, and good, evil.


Morgan Family said...

Heartbreaking, but true. How do you share the gospel with those you come across in everyday life that you may or may not ever see again. Do you use tracks? Is it different with each person?

Scott Doherty said...

I give them tracts and try to start a conversation. If they don't talk, at least they have a tract. Sadly in America, most are so openly against the gospel that they will only look at you in disgust. God is sovereign though, which is our only hope. In Cusco it is much different. 99% of people will talk to you about the gospel with no problems.

Morgan Family said...

It is not quite that bad yet in the rural areas of Georgia where we live. Sadly the problem is OUR faithlessness and lack of obedience. If you ever think of us, pray that we would be faithful to share the gospel. Thanks Scott.