4. The storm of a divided America because of class warfare and racial division
Many thought that electing the first black president was going to help ease ethnic tensions because it showed that the white majority in our nation has gotten over racism. But, in my opinion, his frequent pro-government, anti-business rhetoric has also brought to the public square the socialist language of class warfare that divides the rich from the middle class and the poor. His socialistic economic philosophy is based on a “zero sum game” in which, in his view, a person can never get rich without taking it unjustly from the poor, thus spawning a policy based on greed, envy and covetousness!
Making it worse, in my opinion, some of his surrogates in media often make it seem that the (real) reason white people don’t either agree with or vote for Obama is because he is black. Also, I recently read that some leaders have predicted and many disgruntled people have tweeted that if Romney gets elected, there will be riots in the streets.
I hope and pray that it never comes to this but the rhetoric on both sides has definitely been acerbic!
If Romney is elected, he really needs to intentionally reach out to people of color, especially in urban areas, to demonstrate that he truly wants to be the president of every American and he needs to enact policy to help empower the so-called “47 percent” of those in America who don’t pay federal income tax and/or are depending on entitlements.
5. The storm of radical Islam
The so-called Arab Spring has resulted in massive mob-led movements in Arab and Islamic nations which has replaced authoritarian leaders with radical Islamists who want to instill Sharia law in their nations (e.g. Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, to go along with the Islamic radical rule of Iran, Saudi Arabia and other nations, which eventually may even include Turkey which was once a secular Islamic nation that is now leaning more towards radical Islamic rule).
What this means for America: there will possibly be more jihadists targeting our nation, American citizens abroad and all our interests, companies and properties on foreign soil, as well as more pressure from Arab nations to move away from our alliance with Israel in exchange for more of their oil, as well as greater cooperation and regional stability related to American interests.
Obama’s foreign policy has been to leave these nations in revolution alone (whether right or wrong, many are critical that he didn’t do anything to support the uprising against the present regime in Iran that took place a few years ago).
If Romney gets elected he will have his hands full because “the train has already left the station” regarding the change in the political landscape in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.
6. The storm from inordinate materialism, entertainment and pleasure seeking amongst the population
With the increased capacity of social media, Internet, and entertainment there has come an increased amount of self-focus and individuality which is constantly reinforced to the masses of people by sponsors marketing their wares on television as they feed on our carnal desires. Consequently, we are increasingly becoming a nation of individuals who know little regarding living sacrificial, virtuous lives with a transcendent purpose; truly, our lives are not worth living if we have nothing we are willing to die for.
A nation that values materialism and pleasure more than sacrificial love for faith, family, friends, and nation is a nation in decline whose best years are behind! The only hope will be for another Great Awakening that has the power to transform our cultural values and lifestyles, resulting in mass conversions and mass movement towards loving God first and our neighbor as we love ourselves.
This is something only the body of Christ is called to do as the salt of the earth and light of the world (Matt. 5:13-16). Only the church can transform the culture of a nation from the ground up and top down, and which we are responsible to do no matter who gets elected!
7. The storm from a weakened American church
The Roman Catholic Church is reeling from numerous sex abuse scandals threatening their financial base, diluting their prophetic moral voice, and emptying their pews—especially of young people. So bad is their dilemma, they don’t have enough men planning to become priests to shepherd all their parishes, and they have to close and consolidate many of their parochial schools because they don’t have enough students to cover expenses.
The Protestant Church has lost its majority status for the first time in American history, with a low of only 48 percent of the U.S. population. Also it is important to note there are presently no Supreme Court justices who consider themselves Protestant.
The decline of the Roman Catholic and Protestant Church in America will have huge ramifications in regards to future policy decisions that in past generations had to consider the strength and opinion of the Roman Catholic Church and Christian population before attempting to pass legislation and before releasing certain movies, literature and modes of media.
In my opinion, it is not a coincidence that same-sex marriage advocates made their huge policy move after the scandals of the Roman Catholic Church surfaced in the beginning of the 2000s, as well as the dramatic increase in lewdness and sexuality in television shows.
Furthermore, the evangelical church has largely lost its center as its messaging frequently appeals to the rampant individualism deteriorating our culture with churchgoers and adherents motivated to come to Christ merely for self-fulfillment, health, wealth, prosperity, comfort and a shallow spirituality that comes without a radical commitment to the cause of Christ. This has resulted in the church appealing to and even perpetuating the very lifestyle that is responsible for our national and cultural decline.
The only hope for America is for a godly, holy remnant to rise above the self-focused cultural fray so that we will once again have prophetic “pulpiteers” instead of men-pleasing “puppeteers” who water down the message of the cross, repentance, and eternity so their crowds keep swelling and their offerings keep overflowing!
If Obama gets re-elected, look for more challenges to our freedom of speech and the First Amendment that could possibly squelch what is preached on the airwaves and from the pulpit. For example, in Canada the pulpits and airwaves have already been restricted in the name of hate speech.
In closing, sometimes a nation has to unravel and its people experience disorientation before they are desperate enough to open up their hearts for a spiritual awakening. It may have to come to that in America, especially if this nation continues to choose leaders and elected officials who snub their noses at God. At the end of the day, whether America stands or falls, His kingdom and government will continue to increase and will outlast every man-made nation, kingdom and government!
Joseph Mattera has been in full-time ministry since 1980 and is currently the presiding bishop of Christ Covenant Coalition and Overseeing Bishop of Resurrection Church in New York, a multiethnic congregation of 40 nationalities that has successfully developed numerous leaders and holistic ministry in the New York region and beyond. Click here to visit his website.
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