The things we see about us today are not the same as they were a month ago, a year ago or even a week ago. This is true in every facet of our individual lives and it is also true in the life of our nation.
A good example is what happened to our nation back on Sept. 11, 2001. Ever since that tragic day we have had a sense of urgency to do something about the threat of terrorism that is real, and if not defeated, will continue to gnaw at us like a dog gnawing a bone until it’s all gone.
As an American, I commend the actions taken by our leaders, but we must remain vigilant to deal with this threat in the present, and also in the near and distant future. However, because of this new threat, in many ways we have forgotten the real threat that we have dealt with over the past several decades: the threat of Communism. Because of the fall and breakup of the Soviet Union, I believe many Americans think this threat no longer exists. It would be pointless to name the Communist countries that still exist in the world today because Communism is more than just a country. It is a philosophy that seeks to dominate and rule the people who live under its leaders.
To validate what I am saying, if you will go to The Congressional Record to the date of Jan. 10, 1963, you will find a list of "Current Communist Goals." These goals were taken from the book “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen. This information was based on his experience with the FBI for 16 years. If you want or need to be brought back to reality, as I share six of these Communist goals, just ask yourself how many of them have come true and have been fulfilled during the last 40 years.
No. 1: Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them censorship and a violation of free speech and free press.
No. 2: Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and television.
No. 3: Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as normal, natural and healthy.
No. 4: Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with social religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a religious crutch.
No. 5: Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of separation of church and state.
No. 6: Discredit the family as in institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
These goals printed in The Congressional Record have been in existence for more than 40 years and they are available for all to see. At this point, allow me to pose a very somber question. How are the Communists and the ungodly which would do their bidding, doing in our nation?
Let’s say for a moment that you are a teacher and this is part of the test that you had to employ to grade your students. What kind of grade would you give them? Would it be high or low marks? Along these same lines, is this something that every American should be concerned about or something we should just ignore and say that it is no big deal and does not matter?
With regard to the future of our nation, in your heart, only you can answer that question. Even at the risk of being ridiculed by some people, I want to tell you how I feel about what is going to happen down the road.
As I have studied the Bible over the years, there is a story in the Old Testament that directly relates to what is happening to our nation today. This story is recorded in the book of Genesis and is about Abraham who is known as the "Father of the Hebrew people." When God commanded Abraham to leave the Ur of the Chaldeans and go to the land of Canaan, he took his nephew Lot with him. In time, they both became so prosperous they had to separate and Abraham settled in the land of Canaan while Lot, given the choice, settled in the fertile valley of the Jordan River and moved his tents as far as Sodom.
The men of Sodom, and its neighbor Gomorrah, were very sinful and wicked and because of this God decided to destroy them. When he learned of God’s decision, Abraham pleaded with God and said, "Would you also sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it?" The final outcome was, finding not even 10 who were righteous, God destroyed these wicked cities by sending fire and brimstone.
I believe with all my heart that God has withheld judgment on America because we still have millions of Godly, righteous people here.
My question to you is this, "If we continue down the same path with regard to our nation’s moral decay as in the past 40 years, will God continue to spare us?" This is far more serious than most of us realize.
(Editor’s Note: Jim Davidson is a motivational speaker and syndicated columnist. He may be contacted at 2 Bentley Drive, Conway AR 72034.)