Why I Think American Civilization is Crumbling

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  1. Your perception while bleak is the view of what Biblical prophecy forecasts as well. I believe the article is written using the “mind of Christ” as well as the way God sees the world.

  2. “This does not excuse errors, such as how Native Americans were often treated or the terrible institution of slavery. ”

    This statement completely negates what you’re trying to claim as what is Christian and what is the American moral compass. Your casual use of the word error to describe the raping of human culture is embarrassing and demonstrates your lack of Christ-like compassion. These events were a horrendous act orchestrated by the very government and Christian leadership you are pining to see again. An error is made when someone makes a miscalculation in a budget spreadsheet or when someone forgets something on a grocery list. An error is not the decimation of culture in the name of God and government. However, my favorite part of your article is where you prove your own point; “Ignorance of American history and the Bible is epidemic”. Honestly, I’m not surprised of your ignorance of American history. Most Christians possess a clouded lens on the topic. I can only pray that you will research history before producing another article written in an authoritative tone, because many people may mistake your opinion as gospel truth. God help them if they do.

    1. I have read much American history and know the philosophy of the founders. Further, my comment on “errors” was obviously meant to refer to moral errors, and not slight ones. But whatever the moral failures of America, we are falling from American ideals. That was my point, which you missed.

    2. Chris Powers, I fail to see how Doug’s “statement completely negates” his assertions. “Completely”? And his choice of the word “error” somehow “demonstrates [his] lack of Christ-like compassion”? The insertion of one word in what is probably one of hundreds if not thousands of articles, papers, journals, etc. “demonstrates [his] lack of Christ-like compassion”? Wow, what juridical world operates like that? I think, instead Chris, it demonstrates your lack of fairness and objectivity in the analysis of what Doug has said. Your hyperbolic and baseless criticism reveals more about your heart than it does about Doug’s knowledge and analysis of history. “Most Christians possess a clouded lens…”? Your authority for that statement, Chris? Is it possible Chris, that the beam is in your own eye?

    3. Chris:
      I dont think Mr. Groothuis is being cavalier in the least. History is ALWAYS looked at in the context of the times. If I judge a man or nation based upon a standard thats improved today I will misapply myself as though if I were there at that time I would have been more advanced than those people, The times of the founders were ripe with slavery throughout the world. Much of the initial African slave trade was initiated by Blacks in Africa themselves. Does this justify the practice? Of course not. The only way slavery could be eradicated just like Jim Crow in the South was through reference to a Higher Power with authority. A LAW above the law so to speak. The United States as other western countries failed for decades to their shame BUT it was their form of government and belief and trust in the God of scripture that paved the way for the abolitionists and the end of slavery. To UNIQUELY attribute the US to some monstrous deed is not reasonable, Undoubtedly it was part of a larger system that was monstrous. We were part and parcel of that BUT we also were on the cutting edge of ending it.

    4. Upon reading this I have hope now. Never stop reading the book my brother. Gods wrath will come upon the iniquite of those who intended to make lives harder for the righteous of the world and our country. I applaud not only the intellegence of this article but I also admire your hearts aim at rebuilding a nation that can perhaps realize its true goal of freedom. However, until these demons are overcome by their own destruction we will all see a change globably that will awe the planet. Defeat evil with good. Win the war and tell people we can have a beautiful place to live, work, learn, and most of all love one another once again. -Revelation is only beginning

  3. Chris. You need to study American history from a different perspective. The Indians were treated terribly and Slavery was an abomination , but like everything in history it needs to be placed in its historical context to fully grasp its role. Slavery was an institution that was widespread and the slave trade was instituted and perpetuated from Africa to all nations both predominantly Christian and non Christian. America and Great Britain both led the way in abolition and the predominant aspect of that was Christians and the Christian church. The Indians were a different story- and while mistreated the whole story is far from the blanket indictment you state. http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/7302

  4. It is a good time for us to reflect on Augustine’s City of God which reminds us that while earthly kingdoms pass away, God’s kingdom in Christ will last forever. This gives us the hope and faith to strive and pray for change in this world now.

  5. Dr. Groothuis, I live in the so-called “bible belt” of the United States and could not agree more. I think America is in desperate need of another “great awakening”, one which brings the Church as a whole closer to the Puritans in every way.

  6. Lincoln was no friend to the Declaration or the Constitution. He was willing to trade away slavery with the Corwin Amendment while proclaiming his true motives, taxes in his first inaugural.

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