To The Reader's Forum:
Washington reminded us that the "smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained." (First Inaugural Address)
Lincoln, while declaring a day of prayer and fasting (March 30, 1863), stated: "It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord." (Psalm 33:12)
When a nation founded on God's principles and greatly blessed by Him turns to brazen rebellion, we know what happens. Old Testament history and prophets' writings record the glaring example of Israel.
Billy Graham recently said "Self-centered indulgence, pride, and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle. Our society strives to avoid the possibility of offending anyone - except God."
Ruth Graham once remarked, "If God doesn't punish America, He'll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah" (see Matthew 11:20-24). Sodom and Gomorrah were prideful, materialistic, and "gave themselves over to sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust" - becoming a byword through the ages for homosexuality. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with a fiery cataclysm; they were never rebuilt. See Genesis 19, Ezekiel 16:49-50, 2 Peter 2:6, Jude 7.
Extensive research, including by the GLMA, continues finding that homosexuals - even in "gay-friendly" countries like Holland - have much higher rates of disease, drug and alcohol abuse, mood/anxiety disorders, battering, and suicide than heterosexuals.
Recent Dutch research found that even gay men with a steady partner averaged 8 sexual partners per year. 40% of homosexual men have a history of major depression, compared to 3% for men overall.
Yet such living is celebrated and called good? "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil" (Isaiah 5:20).
God's Word is clear about homosexuality (Romans 1:26-28, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:9-11, Jude 7), and Jesus gave the eternal definition of marriage in Matthew 19:1-12.
But many American leaders today have the "Jehoiakim attitude." This wicked Jewish monarch rejected, cut in pieces, and burned the Word of God.
When a town elects leaders that rebel against God to the point that "same-sex marriage" is proudly extolled, and it becomes a "same-sex marriage destination," that town has invited God's judgment. If you think Jamestown has problems now, just watch.
God is saying to the people of Jamestown today, "Wake up and repent, for you have welcomed a Trojan horse!"
Randall S. Braley