What Have We Become and Where Are We Heading?

     I just sat down a couple of minutes to check out our new quartet web site and listen to one of our concerts from this past weekend. Earlier, I was watching the nightly news, which described all the hate and unrest that is filling our college campuses. I saw kids tearing down our American flag and putting a Hamas flag up in its place. I saw police being cursed, spit upon and punched by people who were out of control and hated them. I watched as Jewish students were being harassed and assaulted just because they were Jews. I saw buildings being broken into and vandalized because that’s what these folks claim they have the right to do. They called themselves demonstrators and want their voices heard to stop the aggression on Palestine. But what they really are, are radical revolutionaries, who want the Jews and Israel to no longer exist. They want to destroy the foundation of our democracy and rule with the Marxist ideology. And sadly, it is happening right before our eyes. I am being very honest when I say what’s happening is wrong and should not be tolerated. These people have gone far beyond what the rights of free speech and demonstrations are guaranteed under The Constitution. They are criminals, terrorists, and a threat to our country and should be treated as such.  

     My feelings are not politically motivated because you know as well as I do that there are problems with all parties. My feelings come from a love and respect of my country and what we used to stand for. They come from being indebted to the lives of so many brave men and women who willingly laid them down since our country’s founding. They come from being blessed as a nation and individuals for what the Lord has given us. When I say I’m angry, I am but I’m also heartbroken when I see what we all should be cherishing slipping away before our very eyes. The removal of American history and civics courses from our classrooms was not done by accident, there was a definite purpose. If our children are not taught how our country was founded and what the costs of our freedom were, they will not know why and who we are. They will not know how a democratic form of government is supposed to work and why. Without this knowledge, future generations will continue to be deceived and lied to about their country and what sets it apart from other forms of government. You know something is wrong when a person has to learn the very things I just mentioned to pass their test to become a citizen of this country. This being the case, ask yourself why aren’t our children being taught these same things? If you read history, you will find that General Eisenhower, who later became president of the United States, made a startling statement when he and the Allied forces entered the Nazi concentration camps to liberate the Jews. He told all the reporters and camera men to record and photograph everything they witnessed. He told them his reasoning for doing this was that in the future people would forget the atrocities or say that they never happened. This is exactly what is happening across our country and throughout the world. Many of the Muslim nations are proving this with their endless aggression against Israel. Quite a few of our country’s leaders seems to no longer want to support or help in the defense of the Jewish nation. Is history starting to repeat itself? You will have to be the judge of that.

     Over the years, we as Christians have chosen to not speak up when we see things happening that go against everything we believe in and stand for. We choose to say nothing when we know deep down inside, we should. When we don’t have the courage to challenge others and their beliefs, are we condoning what they are saying or doing in a way? When we do this in a loving manner, without being judgmental and using the Bible as our basis, we may be able to change people’s lives or at least give them something to think about. But let’s look at it from another point of view. First off, the Bible clearly states the Jews are Jesus’ chosen people and they will never again lose their homeland. Prophecy tells us that in the final times, satan and his world leaders will try to defeat Israel. This is going to be a failure because the Lord God has promised to take care of them. For discussion’s sake, let’s just see what’s happening and does it point to the coming of Christ sooner rather than later. I was listening to Dr. David Jeremiah talking about the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ. First and foremost, he pointed out that nothing else has to happen before Christ comes back for His Church. This event is what we refer to as the Rapture. As for events that will lead up to the actual Second Coming, almost every one of them has already taken place. So, are today’s events at our colleges part of this master plan? Is what we are seeing in the middle east, setting the stage for what is going to come and how soon do you think it will happen? Should we be surprised when things seem to be getting worse everywhere we look? What should each one of us be doing? You will have to answer that for yourself.  As for me, I do not in any way, shape or form agree with what’s happening on these campuses or condone it. If asked, I will respecfully state why I feel the way I do and voice what I believe the consequences should be for this type of behavior. It is just so disheartening for me to see what we have become as a people and a nation. I shudder to consider what our fore fathers would think if they could see what we have become after they gave so much to give us our freedoms. Sadly, many people don’t really care as long as they are not directly affected.

     The question remains, what can we as Christians do? First and foremost, fervent prayer for our country and that God would provide wise and Godly leaders to step up. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion in a manner that is befitting of what we believe is right and with Christian love.  Be sure to use scripture to back up your stand. And lastly, tell your family and friends, or whoever you may come in contact with about the love of Jesus and how much He loves them. Explain how prophecy is being fulfilled and what that means in our near future. If we are willing to do our part, the Lord has promised to help us any way He can. More than ever before, our world needs to be told about Jesus and His saving grace. We need to share how He has changed our lives and how they can experience the same changes in theirs. When doing this, we must also be truthful about what will happen to those who choose not to accept this free gift. We are always eager to talk about how great Heaven is going to be, but we tend not to mention the word hell. People need to know for sure that there is a place called hell and all unsaved people, no matter how good a person they are, will end up there for an eternity of unbearable pain and suffering. When we are given the choice of being truthful or sugar coating this fact, choose being truthful. I would rather scare a person into heaven, than have them unknowingly end up in hell because of my reluctance of talking about it. Each one of us should pray for the Lord’s guidance, when we are given the opportunity to witness to whomever it might be. Always remember that you may be the only chance an unsaved person has to experience his or her salvation. When our daily lives reflect what we say and believe, people will see it and want what we have. Let’s let Gods light shine through us.

     I realize that this month’s article is a little different from most, but I really felt led by God to talk about it. These events are partially due to the failures of both political parties and good people not speaking up. We, as a country, have been subtlety invaded by radical groups who are changing the minds of our children. They are in our classrooms and in our government with the full intent of fundamentally changing our children minds, which will inevitably change our nation. We must realize that the main culprits are satan and his angels, which makes this a spiritual war. I know that the Lord is and always will be in control of His creation, even when at times it doesn’t appear to be the case. I know He will give you and I all the tools that we need to tell folks about Jesus and defeat satan at the same time. Just like the song I’m Forgiven says “When satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future,” and so we must be reminded of ours.

     In closing, I urge each one of us to stand up for what is right and speak up for what we know to be true. Someday, each one of us will stand before the Lord to give an account of what we have accomplished for Him. The things we have done for Him will determine what our answer will be, even though He already knows what they are.  I encourage each one of you to pray fervently for the Lord’s help to Stand Up, Speak Up and Look Up. I assure you that it will change your life and the lives of those you come in contact every day.

Hope to see you at one of our upcoming concerts! God Bless!

Tom Wingert