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The Way Back for America

   In the past fifty years the United States has changed from a country that was built on God, that respected God, and that honored God to a country that ignores any real existance of God.
   I place the blame for this squarely on the shoulders of two entities:  each individual American and the many gods living in America.
   Each individual American (Christians and myself included) has placed himself up as god.  We decide what we will do.  We say what and who will control us.  We decide what we will do with our time.  We do what we want to do.  We have made ourselves, god.  This is wrong.  We are humans.  We are no god.  The first step in the journey back is us humbling ourselves back down to our place as created being (created by God and created for what He wants).  We are His servants.  We should come to His throne all the time and ask Him what He wants.  When we find ourselves doing what we want, we should humble ourselves back down under His feet.
   Beyond us, beyond what we can see or touch, there is God.  He is the one who calls the shots.  He controls when the sun will come up (and a million other things), not us.  This is something that is seen everywhere you look, but most people refuse to look.  God will not force our eyes open.  The second step back involves us opening our eyes and looking for God, not looking for Him for one moment or even one day, but looking for Him for the rest of our lives.  If we look for Him with all of our lives, we will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29).  God is invisible and quiet, but He is there.  We must look for Him.
   America has many gods:  sports, work, money, gadgets, television, politics, religion, and the list goes on and on.  We become obsessed with these things.  We spend every spare moment with them.  When a moment becomes idle, we rush to fill it with one of these gods.  We put them in the position of god.  They control us.  We bow before them.  We are convinced that they will make us happy.  We end up not having time for God.  This is wicked.
   God is God and God is supposed to be our God.  He is supposed to control us.  We are supposed to listen to Him and spend time with Him.  Only He will make us happy.  These gods distract us away from God.  The third step back to God is turning from our gods and the fourth step is spending time with the only God.  Turn off the television, the computer, the iPad, and the cellphone.  Throw the gods out of your life.  Spend time with God.  If you can't do it all at once, stop these things for at least one hour a day and spend that hour reading the Bible, listening to God, and aligning yourself with His ways.  As you can, give God more and more of your time and life.

   If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

   The problem with America is not that every citizen does not take these four steps.  The problem is that Christians don't care enough about God to take them.  Shame on Christians for not being Christians (these four steps is what being a Christian is).  Shame on Christians for thinking that their mass rallies, chain letters, and empty prayers could correct America's problems.  How bad does America have to become before they realize that only God can bring America back?  God will take care of America's problems if America's Christians will walk these four steps.

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